NZ Vs PAK: New Zealand's team has managed to become number one in the Test rankings for the first time. New Zealand beat Pakistan in a very exciting match on the last day of the first Test match.
NZ Vs PAK: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 101 runs in the first cricket test and scored a hat-trick of victories in domestic Test matches this season. New Zealand has now made it 1–0 in the two-match series. With this, for the first time, the New Zealand team defeated Australia in the World Test rankings to become the number one team.
Pakistan, however, gave him a tough challenge and for the first time this season, New Zealand pulled a Test till the fifth day. The Pakistani team had a target of 373 runs to win and after losing three wickets for 71 runs, the entire team was dismissed for 271 runs in the second innings. Earlier, the hosts had increased to 192 runs by dismissing Pakistan for 239 in the first innings.
Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner sent No. 11 batsman Nasim Shah to the pavilion. Earlier, Naseem and Shaheen Afridi put the Kiwi bowlers to eight overs.
Good partnership for the fifth wicket
On the last day, Trent Boult dismissed Azhar Ali (38) with the third ball of the day. After this, however, Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan had almost dashed the hopes of New Zealand's victory. Both put pressure on the Kiwi bowlers with a century partnership.
On a difficult batting pitch, both took two sessions in the morning on the last day and raised hopes of a draw. Both added 165 runs for the fifth wicket and stayed at the crease for five hours. Fawad scored 102 runs in 236 balls with the help of 14 fours. At the same time, Rizwan, who saved Pakistan from Followan by scoring 71 runs in the first innings, scored an innings of 60 runs in 156 balls.
Kyle Jamieson broke this partnership by dismissing Rizwan. Fawad was caught by Neil Wegner at the hands of wicketkeeper BJ Watling. After this it was meaningless to expect miracles from tail batsmen.