New Zealand 229/7 on first day of Abu Dhabi Test

PESHAWAR: New Zealand scored 229 runs for the loss of seven wickets at the end of first day’s play in third Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

New Zealand elected to bat first after winning the toss on a slow track. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was top batsman for New Zealand with 89 runs, while Jeet Raval scored 45 and Watling scored 42.

New Zealand gave Test debut to WER Somerville who was unbeaten on 12 at the end of first day’s play.

For Pakistan, Yasir Shah was the pick of bowlers with three wickets, Bilal Asif took two wickets and Hasan Ali and debutant Shaheen Shah Afridi took one wicket each. Although the scoring rate of New Zealand was slow, but still they managed to get good score on the scoreboard and honours were even at the end of the day.