N.Zealand win first away Test series over Pakistan in 49 years

Debutant Will Somerville grabbed three key wickets to information New Zealand to their first away collection win over Pakistan in 49 years with a crushing 123-run win within the third and ultimate Check on Friday.

The off-spinner took 3-52 and was aided by fellow spinner Ajaz Patel’s 3-42 as Pakistan got here up effectively brief after being set a frightening 280-run goal in 79 overs.

They crumbled to 156 in 56.1 overs on a weary pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The victory gave New Zealand a 2-1 collection win after that they had taken the primary Check by a slender four-run margin on the identical venue. Pakistan bounced again with an innings and 16-run win within the second Check in Dubai.

New Zealand’s final away collection win in opposition to Pakistan was a 1-Zero victory in matches performed in Pakistan in 1969.

Captain Kane Williamson, whose 139-run innings turned the match and the collection in his aspect’s favour, mentioned: “It was improbable. Beating Pakistan of their yard may be very powerful.

“It feels fairly particular, and this might be one which the blokes bear in mind for a very long time.

“We all know the sport can ebb and stream in a short time however we got here out and performed very effectively at this time.”

It was New Zealand’s fifth Check collection win of their final six performed since November 2016. They beat Pakistan, Bangladesh, the West Indies and England — all at dwelling — with the only loss got here in opposition to South Africa.

Somerville, who took 4-75 within the first innings to complete with seven wickets within the match, broke a cussed 43-run sixth-wicket stand between high scorer Babar Azam (51) and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who made 28.

Patel ended Azam’s 114-ball resistance earlier than getting the final wicket when he dismissed Hasan Ali for 4, sparking celebrations among the many New Zealand gamers.

Pakistan have been once more let down by sloppy batting and Sarfraz rued missed alternatives.

“We had our probabilities in all three Assessments however we couldn’t seize them,” he mentioned.

“It’s very disappointing to lose a collection in circumstances that are our personal.”

Pakistan have been off to a disastrous begin when Mohammad Hafeez, in his final innings earlier than he retires from Check cricket, was bowled by quick bowler Tim Southee for eight.

– Match-turning innings –

Medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme had first-innings centurion Azhar Ali caught behind for 5 earlier than Somerville’s double strike pushed Pakistan to 55-5 at lunch.

Somerville had Haris Sohail caught off a tentative push within the slip together with his third ball of the primary over for 9 and subsequent ball had first innings centurion Asad Shafiq caught behind off the glove.

Within the final over earlier than lunch Imam-ul-Haq, watching 4 wickets fell on the different finish, gave a simple catch to ahead short-leg off Patel for 22.

Earlier, New Zealand declared their second innings on 353-7 after some 45 minutes of batting with Henry Nicholls remaining unbeaten on 126 and Williamson dismissed at his in a single day rating of 139.

That 212-run stand between Williamson which introduced New Zealand again into the sport on Thursday, was lastly damaged with the very first ball of the day.

Medium pacer Hasan Ali trapped Williamson leg earlier than and even a assessment didn’t lengthen the New Zealand skipper’s innings.

However his 283-ball knock, containing 13 boundaries, turned the match.


Nicholls took a pointy single to finish his third Check hundred and completed with 12 hits to the ropes throughout his 266-ball knock.

De Grandhomme struck two boundaries and two sixes as New Zealand added 81 runs in 45 minutes, making certain they arrange a frightening goal for Pakistan.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah completed with 4-129 and debutant paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took 2-85.

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