NZ vs PAK 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: Day 1: Stumps
Brief Score: NZ - 222/3 (87 overs)
Kane Williamson 94*, Henry Nicholls 40* Shaheen Afridi 3/55)
The opening Test between New Zealand and Pakistan (NZ vs PAK) is still in progress at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. New Zealand will be the happier of the two sides at the end of the play on the first day as the Kiwis dealing with the conditions quite well. The Run Rate was on the slower side, but the hosts will be pleased at the end of the first day of the Boxing Day Test with seven wickets in hand. New Zealand ended with 222/3 in 87 overs at the Stumps on Day 1. Williamson is just 6 runs away from another ton.
First with Ross Taylor and later with Henry Nicholls, the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson propelled decent partnerships and made sure they didn't lose any additional wickets against Pakistan in the first match of the two-match Test series.
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A gritty Kane Williamson has lead his team to 222/3 at the end of Day 1 after they were 19/2 and will hunt his 23rd century on Day 2.
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Earlier, Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to field first. Pakistan threatening paceman Shaheen Afridi got Pakistan off to a superb start by dismissing the NZ openers cheaply, but the seasoned Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor stitched a fine 120-run stand for the third wicket, which may put massive pressure on the visitors to make a come back on day two. Afridi claimed all three wickets in New Zealand's first innings.
''We were going to have a bowl, but its now important to form partnerships like the last series. The wicket can deteriorate a little, so we'd like to put on a first innings total and try pile the pressure on them. Ross Taylor's longevity is commendable, and that's an incredible achievement from him (most capped NZ player of all time across formats). Santner gets the nod for this Tests, we're going in with him.'' The said New Zealand skipper post day one