Pakistan will certainly be keen to continue their winning momentum in the upcoming three-match Test series against New Zealand. Sarfaraz and co. comfortably brushed aside Australia in the two-match Test series played in September in the UAE. Mohammad Abbas made the headlines in the series against Australia due to his splendid bowling performance in the second and final game of the series.
On the other hand, New Zealand will certainly be keen to put up a good show with bat and ball in this three-match Test series. The likes of Jeet Raval, Henry Nicholls, and Tom Latham have done well for New Zealand for past couple of years. BJ Watling is the first-choice keeper for New Zealand in five-day cricket. New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson will be determined to score runs in this series after not doing much in the one-day series.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018 Test series is certainly going to be a much closer affair as both teams have produced good performances in Test cricket so far this year.
Here are some of most important statistics with regards to Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018 Test Series.
1 victory for Pakistan out of the last 5 Test matches played against New Zealand since October 2014. New Zealand completed a 2-0 whitewash over Pakistan in a test series played in New Zealand in 2016.
2014 was the last time Pakistan won a test match against New Zealand. The game was played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi in 2014.
2011 was the last time Pakistan won a Test series against New Zealand. Pakistan will be focused to end their winless streak against New Zealand in Test cricket.
48.75 is the average for Ross Taylor against Pakistan in Test cricket. He has scored 780 runs in 10 matches with two centuries to his name.
1 wicket needed by New Zealand Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner to complete 150 wickets in Test Cricket. He currently has taken 149 wickets in 36 games at an average of 28.26.
30 wickets needed by New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee to complete 250 wickets in Test cricket. He currently has taken 220 wickets in 60 matches at an average of 30.82.
67 runs needed by Pakistan’s middle-order Asad Shafiq to complete 4,000 runs in Test Cricket. He has scored 3,933 runs in 63 matches at an average of 39.33 with eleven centuries to his name.
12 wickets needed by New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi to complete 50 wickets in Test Cricket. He currently has taken 38 wickets in 15 games at an average of 48.71
150 runs needed by New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls to complete 1,000 runs in Test Cricket. Nicholls has scored 850 runs in 18 Test matches at an average of 35.41 with two centuries to his name.