Once Nicholls and the skipper departed, no one else could hold the fort and New Zealand were bowled out for the lowest first innings total in Abu Dhabi. As for the Pakistani bowlers, Yasir Shah was the pick of them with three wickets, 3 others picking a brace and Bilal getting one of his own. Tea was pushed ahead and now has been taken at the fall of the last wicket of the first innings. New Zealand can gather themselves in the break and will be hoping to pick some quick wickets in the final session or else Pakistan would be out of sight on Day 1 itself.
Will they be able to take the momentum back to Abu Dhabi and win the series?
Or will the Kiwis display another terrific effort to keep the series in their grasp? Praises Sohail, Azhar and Azam for taking their time out in the middle and scoring runs, especially on these pitches in Dubai, which are no longer flat-tracks.
Feels that Yasir's spell was the best he has ever seen as a player in his Test career. On the team discussion after the first Test, Ahmed says that the talk was that poor cricket played in Abu Dhabi will be left over there itself and over here, good cricket needs to be played.
On the declaration, Sarfraz says that the score was not in mind, just to keep New Zealand for as long as possible on the field was the plan. Praises his fast bowlers especially, for bowling well in this heat.
On the upcoming tour of South Africa, Ahmed reckons that Pakistan need more fast bowlers. On the pressure of must-win home games, Sarfraz admits that there is a whole lot of pressure.
Adds further that batting first is not always that easy as people feel, stating that the early morning moisture makes it very difficult to bat.
Says that all these factors which he said above - batsmen, fast bowlers will be taken into consideration while picking the squad for the third Test Pakistan had announced a squad only for the first 2 Tests. Says that Yasir bowled well and in demanding areas but feels his own batsmen could have done better in playing spin.
On the second innings display, he is happy that the batters learnt from their mistakes. Praises Pakistan batsmen for setting up this win after scoring more than runs. Smiles on being told that the ball to dismiss him in the first innings was Yasir's best but says that Shah bowled a lot of good deliveries and the Kiwis will have to face him again in the next match.
Wants his batsmen to be prepared. Is happy about the fact that the batters ensured that it did not turn out to be a one-sided game after that first innings implosion.
Smiles on being asked about Imran Khan's record of most wickets by a Pakistan bowler in a Test match. On his own performance, Yasir says that this was a big display for him as he had not done much after coming back from injury.
Aids the wicket for giving him spin and bounce, which he lacked in the previous games. On the momentum loss after the previous match, Shah states that the team had put that behind and was more focussed in this game.
Adds that even though they bowled the Kiwis out for 90 in the first innings, they did not take them for granted.
Hopes to do even better going forward. Their run rate might have been slower than a snail but they did the dirty work and got the runs on the board. And they proved to be more than enough. With the ball though, they would have enjoyed Yasir's 14 but would have loved to see other bowlers contributing.
But either ways, they will take this win. Please stay tuned for the presentation There were no cheap dismissals in the top 7 barring Raval and every batsman put a price tag on his wicket. Will serve them a world of good going into the third Test.
But fightbacks from Latham, Taylor and Nicholls ensured that Pakistan had to fight hard to earn this win. They picked up 10 wickets inside 36 overs in the first innings, but in the second, they had to bowl Yasir Shah was again at the forefront, taking 6 wickets in the second dig, but this time around, he got good support from Hasan Ali.
Pakistan have bounced back. What a big win for them. But it is an even bigger victory for Yasir Shah.
He had been having a rough outing for the past few games but this one has seen him be simply the best. Caught behind! The series is level Shah runs across to his left and dives as if in a swimming pool.
It has been HIS Test match, taking 70 percent of the opposition wickets to have fallen. Coming to the ball, it is full and outside off, Boult looks to defend but the ball spins away, takes the outside edge and Sarfraz does the rest.
Pakistan appeal and the umpire raises his finger! Top edge and taken! Special performance from a special player. He gets down and does the sajda. This was the googly, outside off, Wagner went for the slog sweep but due to the away turn, got a top edge.
The ball swirled a lot in the air but Hasan Ali came running in from deep mid-wicket, kept his cool and took it nicely, diving forward in the end. New Zealand still 17 away from making Pakistan bat again. That has somehow gone through. Full and around off, Patel looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge past the slip cordon towards third man.
The deficit is now down to The stand is worth Moves to Full on middle, NW looks to sweep but gets it off the glove, over the keeper and leg slip! A run taken. Two runs taken.