PESHAWAR: The first match of the Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand was evenly poised after the end of the second day’s play in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Pakistan were in a comfortable position to take a big lead in the first innings after bowling out New Zealand for 153, but that didn’t happen as the lower order didn’t contribute much. Pakistan were all out on 227 securing a lead of 74 runs with Babar Azam top scoring 62 and Asad Shafiq scouring 43. The lead was reduced to just 18 runs at the end of the day’s play by New Zealand with the loss of just one wicket. New Zealand were playing on 56-1 when the day’s play ended. Hasan Ali got the wicket of Latham for zero, but Raval and Williamson did good rebuilding.

Boult took four wickets for New Zealand in the first innings, while Grandhomme and Patel took two wickets each.