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New Zealand coach Gary Stead expects nerve-wracking contest in second Test
New Zealand tour of the UAE

New Zealand coach Gary Stead expects nerve-wracking contest in second Test

After New Zealand’s sensational win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, Black Caps coach Gary Stead is expecting a nerve-wracking contest in Dubai which starts on November 24.

New Zealand pulled off an extraordinary four-run win in Abu Dhabi on Monday as they defended a modest 176. Debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel ended up with 5-59 as Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for just 41 runs.

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The win was Stead's first as head coach since he took over the role from Mike Hesson in August and he believes it will change Pakistan's approach ahead of the second Test which starts on Saturday.

"Pakistan are a good team, hard to beat over here," said Stead. "That's what makes this really, really pleasing. But they'll be better for it, and if they were taking us lightly, they won't be now.

"I expect them to be better and I expect us to be better as well."

Yasir Shah had sparked New Zealand collapse in the second innings and Stead, 46, spoke about doing the same thing to the opposition by applying consistent pressure.

"It was always going to be that we need to keep fighting and fighting, and my message to the boys was that if you can lose wickets in clumps, then why can't we do that back to them through sustained pressure.”

‘Last hour freakish’ - Wagner

Paceman Neil Wagner, who became the eighth New Zealand bowler to complete 150 Test wickets in Abu Dhabi, praised his side’s fightback.

"It was an amazing fightback," said Wagner. "We knew we'd be in with a chance if we kept fighting. That last hour (on day four) was quite freakish."

Wagner praised his team-mate Ajaz Patel who bagged a five-wicket haul on debut.

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"It was pretty awesome to see a guy like Patel come in in his first Test," said Wagner of the 30-year-old left-arm spinner.

"It took me about eight Tests to have my first win, so to play a special part in a win, see a smile on his face, was a cool moment."