Advantage Pakistan In Sharjah

It was advantage Pakistan at stumps on Day One of the Third Test against New Zealand in Sharjah on Wednesday.  The hosts won the toss and batted and it proved a wise choice, although not immediately.  The tourists dismissed Shan Masood for just 12, when the opener was bowled by Mark Craig.

After lunch Mohammad Hafeez, who is back in the side, reached his half-century and was ably supported by Azhar Ali in a decent 87 run partnership before Craig had Ali caught by Ross Taylor for 39.  The Black Caps had their tails up soon thereafter when Daniel Vettori dismissed Younis Khan lbw for just 5.  The Pakistanis would not lose another wicket.

After tea Hafeez brought up his century and was unbeaten on 178 at the close having hit 23 fours and three sixes at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.  Captain Misbah-ul-Haq had made his way to 38 with his side in a position of strength on 281/3 going into the second day.