|Pakistan v New Zealand 2014|
||vs|| New Zealand
ScheduleWednesday, 26 November 2014 at 06:00 GMT / 06:00 UK / 11:30 IST
VenueSharjah Cricket Stadium
New Zealand created an immense pressure on Pakistan on the last day of the second Test at Dubai International Cricket Stadium but the latter was successful in drawing the game. The Kiwis piled up 403 in the first innings, declared their second one at 9-250 and set a target of 261 for the home side to win the game. Pakistan scored 393 in the first and reached 5-196 before the match came to an end and they still lead the three Test series at 1-0. The third and final Test of the series will be played in Sharjah where the Black Caps will try to win the encounter and the hosts will do their best to make it 2-0.
Sarfraz Ahmed was the star of the Pakistani side in the first innings and blasted 112 while Azhar Ali, Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq scored 75, 72 and 44 runs. Misbah-ul- Haq remained off colour but the other batsmen fought till end in the second innings and drew the game. The spin duo of Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah grabbed 8 and 7 wickets while Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil supported them nicely.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor smashed tons for the Kiwis in the match, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling and Mark Craig contributed useful runs whereas Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson are fighting for their form. Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi bowled their heart out and will be a threatening combination in the final game.
Wednesday, November 26 – Sunday November 30, 2014 @ 06:00 GMT, 10:00 local at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The venue with a seating capacity of 27,000 was established in 1982, the first Test was played between Pakistan and West Indies in January, 2002 and the last was hosted between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in November, 2011.
A smooth and sunny weather during the Test with the temperatures around 22-29ᵒC.
The winner will feel no hesitation in batting first.
The strip will favour the batsmen and the spinners.
Pakistan – Misbah-ul-Haq (C), Taufeeq Umar, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (C), Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Team Pakistan will most probably win the match and the series.