New Zealand are looking to win their first away series against Pakistan since 1969 as they gear up for the 2nd Test at the Dubai International Stadium.
The Kiwis edged out Pakistan in the first Test by 4 runs, one of the narrowest margins of victory in history. And now, they have golden opportunity of turning the tables on the men in green.
Their opener, Henry Nicholls, feels the black caps need to work harder in order to beat Pakistan in Dubai. He dismissed the pressure of history and expectations.
‘It’s a nice start to the series but there is a lot of hard work that goes into winning Test matches, and bring out performances over a period of 5 days. We’ll be turning up tomorrow morning, focusing on that first session, leaving the history and record stuff to reflect on afterwards.’
On Team changes he added, ‘Gary and Kane will make that decision, Its nice to have options getting into the second Test, This is a different ground, a different surface, we’ll have a look at that today, and then make that decision accordingly.’
Meanwhile, Pakistan are eager to make a strong comeback to level the affair in Dubai Sports City. Sarfraz Ahmed expressed they have left the Abu Dhabi woes behind and are looking to start afresh.
‘We don’t want to repeat the mistakes we made in Abu Dhabi. This is a really crucial Test match.’
Pakistan, at most, are likely to make one change to their line-up with Shaheen Afridi in the reckoning. The hosts collapsed in the chase during the first Test, losing seven wickets for 41 runs.
‘In general, teams in the subcontinent, win the toss and elect to bat. We haven’t been great chasers and have squandered opportunities. We are working on it. But our area of concern is to hold on to our nerves while chasing in Tests. In T20Is and ODIs we are fine, but chasing in Tests is a worry at the moment. ‘
Pakistan have played 12 Tests at Dubai International Stadium, won 6, lost 3 and have drawn 3.
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