Dubai - Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and
elected to bat in the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
New Zealand leads the three-match 1-0 with a stunning
four-run victory in the first Test when Pakistan lost the last six wickets for
just 24 runs while chasing 176 runs.
Pakistan capitulated to 30-year-old Ajaz Patel as the
left-arm spinner made a dream debut by claiming 5-59 in the second innings in
test cricket's fifth narrowest ever victory in terms of runs.
Pakistan kept faith in the same playing XI and surprisingly
retained struggling Bilal Asif. The off-spinner could take just 1-76 in the
first Test and was one of the three tail enders to get dismissed for zero in
Pakistan's frenzied chase at Abu Dhabi.
New Zealand retained the winning combination which meant yet
again no place for experienced seamer Tim Southee or fast bowler Matt Henry.
Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Hasan Ali, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah
Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, B.J. Watling, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel