Pakistan and New Zealand will return to Abu Dhabi for the series decider starting on December 3, 2018. The third Test will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Live updates: Day 2

New Zealand 227/7 in 90 overs [Yasir Shah 62/3]

New Zealand won the toss and they decided to bat first.

The day's play will begin at 11:00 AM PST, 7:00 PM NZDT.

New Zealand won the first Test in Abu Dhabi by a mere four runs, but Pakistan bounced back by winning the second game by an innings and 16 runs.

PTV Sports Live Streaming info

PTV Sports will telecast the match live for the viewers in Pakistan starting 11 AM local. The live stream can be watched on the official website of PTV Sports.

Sky Sports NZ will broadcast the third Test live in New Zealand. Sony Six holds the television coverage rights in the Indian subcontinent. SonyLiv will provide the live online coverage for the subscribers in the Indian subcontinent via their app and website.

Abbas' injury paves way for Shaheen Afridi

Mohammad Abbas has been ruled out of the third Test due to a shoulder injury. Young left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi will be making his Test debut for Pakistan. According to an ESPN Cricinfo report, Pakistan might make another change in the side. Bilal Asif has been in an indifferent form, and Pakistan might consider replacing him with Faheem Ashraf.

De Grandhomme's form under the scanner

Seamer Trent Boult played two back-to-back matches and there is a possibility of him getting rested for the decider.

Cricbuzz reported that Tim Southee is in line for replacing him in the side. Colin De Grandhomme has been in some poor form with the bat.

Even though, he has been bowling well with the new ball but hasn't found much success with the old ball. Spinner Ish Sodhi might be replaced with William Somerville due to his average performances in both the matches. The Abu Dhabi pitch has produced results in the last four matches played here.

The pitch favours the pacers slightly more than the spinners, but it is unlikely that this match will be a high-scoring game. There is no threat of rain through the five days of the match so fans can expect a good game of cricket under the bright sun.

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