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Patel vows to keep pressure on Pakistan in second Test
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Patel vows to keep pressure on Pakistan in second Test

Ajaz Patel, who spun New Zealand to a stunning victory in the first Test against Pakistan has vowed to keep the pressure on Pakistan when the two sides meet again in the second Test in Dubai starting Saturday.

Left-arm spinner had a terrific start to his Test career as he recorded figures of 5-59 in Abu Dhabi to help New Zealand pull off a nerve-wracking four-run win.

The 30-year-old, who collected the man of the match award on his debut, said keeping up the pressure for longer periods is the key in a Test match.

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

"I think it will be pretty much the same plan, to keep the pressure for a longer period of time and keep bowling good balls in good areas," Patel told AFP.

"A good ball is a good ball in Test cricket and batters respect that. Likewise, they will put pressure back on us so it's a bit of a cat and mouse game, backward and forward, so we will do our best."

Patel added that Pakistan are good players of spin and since the defeat in the first Test, his side are preparing for a backlash from the home team.

"Pakistan batsmen are good players of spin and after that defeat they will go hard on us so we will be ready for that.”

Another win would give New Zealand their first series triumph away to Pakistan since Graham Dowling led them to success in 1969.

‘Tradition of fighting hard’

Patel said New Zealand have a tradition of fighting hard.

"I think it's a very much a New Zealand environment thing, that is that everything is possible at any point of time and we always go out and fight regardless of chasing or defending a small total or a large total.

"Cricket is a funny game and one ball can change things very quickly so it's one of those things. If you keep fighting every ball you walk off satisfied and we take this approach in every game."

Patel said he looks forward to playing against the country of his birth when India tour New Zealand next year.

"I will be fortunate if I am able to play in that series," said Patel. "As a growing Indian you are always passionate about cricket and you watch a lot of great Indian players just like I have watched New Zealand players."

Patel hopes he can test his skills against Virat Kohli.

"Kohli will be a great challenge," said Patel of the Indian maestro. "You always want to challenge yourself against the best and he is the best in the world.

"So if that comes I will cherish it and give it the best crack."