Vic­tory to re­mem­ber

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Welling­ton: The cur­rent Black Caps coach Mike Hes­son was aged 10 when New Zealand clinched a 2-0 se­ries win in the third of three tests in Dunedin, thanks in part to the last-wicket hero­ics of Jeremy Coney and Ewen Chat­field. “We hadn’t beaten Pak­istan in a test se­ries since 1985,” Hes­son said fol­low­ing New Zealand’s dra­matic late sec­ond-test win in Hamil­ton on Tues­day that gave them a 2-0 se­ries tri­umph from two tests.

New Zealand’s test se­ries record is vastly dif­fer­ent at home than away, and Hes­son felt his side could use that ad­van­tage over Pak­istan. We know how to play over here.

Beat­ing Pak­istan 2-0 pro­vides the Black Caps with a boost ahead of the Chap­pell-Hadlee ODI se­ries in Aus­tralia, cap­tain Kane Williamson says. New Zealand’s chances of back­ing up their first test win in the sec­ond en­counter ap­peared to be fad­ing through­out the fi­nal day as the visitors reached tea for the loss of just one wicket af­ter NZ de­clared late on day four.

But Hes­son felt his side never stopped work­ing to put them­selves in a po­si­tion to win. The coach had praise for the side’s two test debu­tants, all­rounder Colin de Grand­homme and opener Jeet Raval, who both played sig­nif­i­cant parts in the se­ries win.

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