Mohammad Rizwan wants to take advantage of the green conditions and exploit the moisture on offer. Kane Williamson would also have looked to bowl but is happy to put on some partnerships. Agrees there’s a green tinge to it but thinks the pitch can break up later. Santner gets the nod for this one, he says, conceivably ahead of Daryl Mitchell.
Pak vs NZ Highlights today – 1st Test, Pakistan tour of New Zealand from Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Saturday, 12-26-2020.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Pakistan team: 1 Shan Masood, 2 Abid Ali, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Fawad Alam, 5 Haris Sohail, 6 Mohammad Rizwan (capt and wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Mohammad Abbas, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Naseem Shah.
New Zealand team: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Tom Blundell, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.
Match Timings: 22:00 GMT (prev day) | 11:00 Local | 03:00 PKT
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Wayne Knights
TV Umpires – Chris Brown
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Shaun Haig
Match number – TEST No. 2397