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Shehzad ton pegs back New Zealand

Opener hits unbeaten 126, Hafeez makes 96 as Pakistan reaches 269 for 1 at stumps on opening day

Shehzad ton pegs back New Zealand - Cricket News
Shehzad was unbeaten on 126, bringing up his third Test hundred.
A stirring hundred from Ahmed Shehzad helped Pakistan reach 269 for 1 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (November 9). 
 
Shehzad was unbeaten on 126, bringing up his third Test hundred after Pakistan opted to bat. Mohammad Hafeez, however, missed the three-figure mark by four runs as New Zealand's bowlers made little progress on a flat track at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Shehzad ran a single off Jimmy Neesham to get to his hundred off 221 balls with 12 boundaries. At the end of the day, he had hit 14 boundaries during his 290-ball stay.
 
Keeping Shehzad company at the other end was Azhar Ali, unbeaten on 46, after forging an unbeaten 91-run stand for the second wicket.
  


Earlier, Hafeez and Shehzad achieved a record 178-run opening stand against New Zealand in all Tests, surpassing the 172-run stand between Ramiz Raja and Shoaib Mohammad in Karachi in 1990.
 
Hafeez was nearing a sixth hundred when Corey Anderson caught him off his own bowling. Hafeez's knock included ten boundaries.
 
It was a tough day for New Zealand on the field. Mark Craig nearly had Shehzad out for 16, but BJ Watling, the wicketkeeper, missed a stumping chance with the batsman yards out of his crease. Later, Hafeez was almost dismissed on 35 by Ish Sodhi, but the ball was caught on the bounce by Ross Taylor at slip. Watling then dropped Azhar on 31 off Craig.
 
Pakistan went with the same side which had won the second Test against Australia last week while New Zealand opted for two seamers and two spinners.
 
The second Test will be in Dubai (November 17-21) and the third Test will be in Sharjah (November 26-30).

Please click here to see the full scorecard and follow live ball-by-ball coverage of Pakistan v New Zealand from Abu Dhabi.

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