BLACKCAPS bowling coach Shane Jurgensen said he was proud of the way his bowling unit contained Pakistan after losing the toss on the opening day of the second Test in Dubai.
The ground is notorious for bat dominating ball early on, and Pakistan's total of 207-4 from 90 overs, rated as the second lowest runs ever accumulated on a full opening day at the venue.
Colin de Grandhomme bowled brilliantly in the morning session and could have had more than the two wickets he picked up in the first hour.
Azhar Ali continued his strong form, posting back to back 50s in the series, as the hosts ground their way to tea at 124-2 from 59 overs.
As he did in the first Test, Tim Southee came on as a substitute fielder and made an impact. This time by running out the dangerous Ali for 81, as the right-hander pushed and ran to mid-off, only to be sent back too late by Haris Sohail (81*).
Ajaz Patel claimed the late wicket of Asad Shafiq as the BLACKCAPS finished the day at near-parity.
Awesome to have Alec Astle in Dubai to present our Test caps at the end of training yesterday 👍— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 24, 2018
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Stumps on an even first day in Dubai.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 24, 2018
After winning the toss Pakistan reached 207-4 after 90 overs. De Grandhomme 2, Patel 1 & a Southee/Watling run-out. Card | https://t.co/fwkgkaF2JC #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/ppjnYxUoJM
Ajaz Patel strikes late on day one with the 2nd new ball due.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 24, 2018
Lovely drift, dip & turn un-does a charging Shafiq.
Pakistan 182-4 with six overs remaining in the day.
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Wicketless second session in Dubai.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 24, 2018
68 runs added from 31 overs, as Pakistan grind to 124-2.
Azhar Ali's posted back to back 50s in the series.
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De Grandhomme's double-strike has Pakistan 56-2 at lunch after winning the toss on day one of the second Test in Dubai.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 24, 2018
Plenty of action in the first two hours! Card | https://t.co/fwkgkaF2JC #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/j1wKMAFoIT
CDG is on fire in Dubai.— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 24, 2018
Pitching the ball up, getting it to wobble. He's claimed the first two Pakistan wickets & created two other chances.
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