About the Match
Pakistan completely dominated New Zealand at Dubai, and after that brilliant performance, they will be the more confident of the two sides heading into this series decider. The Kiwis, however, will gain confidence from their recent victory at this venue and also from their improved batting effort in the second innings of the last match. Pakistan have lost just one out of the twelve test series they have played in the UAE and we expect them to maintain their impressive record by securing the series at Abu Dhabi.
the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has hosted seven test matches out of which only one has produced a draw. And with a bowler-friendly track expected to be served up for this game, wagering on a draw here seems risky.
Pakistan and New Zealand have now played 57 test matches against each other. 25 of those have been won by the former and 11 by the latter with the rest all having ended in stalemates.
Both have a win each in the two test matches that have been played between them at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. While Pakistan emerged victorious by 248 runs in the first of those encounters in 2014, New Zealand recently registered a four-run victory here in the opening game of the ongoing test series.
Haris Sohail too scored 147 last time while Asad Shafiq has also been amongst the runs. Azhar Ali has a couple of good hits, including a 65 in the first test at this ground, and he is another key man at the top. Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali are undoubtedly the main threats in this Pakistani bowling attack. Yasir has picked 22 wickets in the series which includes a match-haul of 14 wickets at Dubai - the second-best figure by a Pakistani bowler in tests. The leg-spinner is likely to give the New Zealand batsmen a hard time once again.
Mohammad Abbas, who is third in the ICC test bowling rankings, will be expected to strike early with the new ball. In the first test of the ongoing series, they faltered with the bat in their second innings and made a mess of the chase to lose the match by four runs. The hosts, however, bounced back strongly at Dubai to level the series. Pakistan declared at 418 in the first innings before wrapping up New Zealand for just 90 which all but ensured their victory.
Caption Williamson is the third-best batsman in the world in test cricket and he cracked a fifty in the first match at this ground. Latham and Taylor too would have grown in confidence after scoring 50 and 82 respectively in the second innings of the last game. Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel and Ish Sodhi will be the ones to watch out for when it comes to bowling. Patel has been a surprise package, snaring eight wickets in the first two matches of his test career and Pakistan will now be wary of this left-arm spinner. Sodhi has not taken too many wickets in the series but he is expected to make a significant impact on this spin-friendly surface.
New Zealand now have six wins, two defeats and three draws in their last eleven test matches. They came into this series on the back of a 1-0 win in the two-match test series against England at home in March. Their batting on this tour overall has not been too impressive and their horrendous display in the first innings of the last match led to their innings defeat
Pakistan is favrioute to win the match
Team winning the toss likely to bat first as pitch is likely to be damage in after 03rd day of the match