Williamson terms Test series win over Pakistan as ‘special’

Kane Williamson termed his crew’s first away collection win over Pakistan in 49 years as “particular” after New Zealand thumped Pakistan by 123 runs within the third and closing Take a look at in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Williamson’s elegant 139 in New Zealand’s second innings aided by an unbeaten 126 by Henry Nicholls helped New Zealand set a frightening 280-run goal for Pakistan on the fifth and closing day.

Spinners Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel, and quick bowler Tim Southee took three wickets apiece as Pakistan folded for 156 in 56.1 overs on a sluggish fifth day pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

New Zealand’s final away collection win over Pakistan was in 1969 after they received the second Take a look at in Karachi and drew the opposite two in Lahore and Dacca.

New Zealand got here this time as underdogs to the powerful circumstances of Pakistan’s non permanent dwelling in United Arab Emirates, a truth which Williamson felt made the victory particular.

“It was a unbelievable collection to be part of and clearly to go one-all after which have a deciding match that goes 5 days with each groups in with an opportunity of a consequence proves it was a particular win,” stated Williamson, who has now captained New Zealand to victory in 5 of their final six collection.

“Actually from our perspective to have received the collection in opposition to a facet like Pakistan who’re formidable in these circumstances is sort of particular.”

New Zealand received a hard-fought thrilling first Take a look at by a mere 4 runs in Abu Dhabi earlier than taking place by an innings and 16 runs within the second in Dubai.

Williamson stated he was happy with his gamers, most of whom had not performed in Asia.

“For sure I’m happy with them. I stated inexperience when it comes to worldwide publicity however they’ve performed home cricket and bowled lots of overs.

“I don’t assume (it was) an ideal sport from both facet. I feel Pakistan performed near an ideal sport in Dubai but it surely was a tricky struggle. Every crew tried to stay afloat and ultimately we pulled it off.”




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