The highest total of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi venue is 598/9d scored by England against Pakistan in 2015. New Zealand team highest scorer at this ground is 262 scored against Pakistan in 2014. Pakistan highest score at this stadium is 570/6d against Australia in 2014. The last match between these two teams was played on November 16, 2018. In that match, New Zealand won by 4 runs. Now both teams got equal wins in this test series which means it will be the series decider match.
Here are some stats of top performed players in last two matches from both teams. Yasir Shah took 22 wickets, Hasan Ali took 11 and AY Patel took eight wickets. Babar Azam is the leading runs scorer with 202 runs, Haris Sohail scored 189 and Azhar Ali 168 so far.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat.
Pakistan team/playing XI
1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Haris Sohail, 6 Babar Azam, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Bilal Asif, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Shaheen Afridi.
New Zealand team/playing XI
1 Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 BJ Watling (wk), 6 Henry Nicholls, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Trent Boult, 10 Ajaz Patel, 11 Will Somerville.
3rd Test, New Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates 2018, Watch NZ v PAK Cricket highlights today – Third test day one from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (U.A.E) Monday 3rd December 2018. Six of the last seven Tests in Abu Dhabi have gone to the side batting first, and the other was drawn. The return to Abu Dhabi, which also hosted the first Test, would please the seamers on both sides, as its pitch offers at least a modicum of assistance: the quicks have taken seven five-wicket hauls here, compared to just one in Dubai. Pakistan are going to be without Mohammad Abbas, who has been ruled out of the decider due to a shoulder injury. Shaheen Afridi will replace him. But Pakistan might consider another change, which is the inclusion of allrounder Faheem Ashraf to bolster the lower order and bowl seam in place of Bilal Asif.
With the series on the line and 20 wickets paramount, New Zealand may be lured into replacing Colin de Grandhomme with the experienced Tim Southee, who much like Taylor has produced a couple of outstanding performances in Asia in the past. Although effective with the new ball, de Grandhomme is rendered just a support bowler once the shine wears off, and his batting, with the highest score of 14 in four innings in this series, has hardly warranted continued selection. However, at least on paper, that switch would lengthen New Zealand’s tail, so another option could be to keep faith in de Grandhomme and replace Neil Wagner, who has only three wickets in the series, with Southee.
New Zealand: LWDWW (Last five Tests, most recent first)