New Zealand thrash Pak­istan by 8 wkts

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - — AFP

CHRISTCHURCH: A Kane Wil­liamson half cen­tury saw New Zealand snap a four-Test los­ing streak when they beat Pak­istan by eight wick­ets yes­ter­day in the first Test at Ha­gley Oval, Christchurch. A low-scor­ing match was wrapped up in­side eight ses­sions af­ter the first day’s washout, with Wil­liamson’s sec­ond in­nings 61 — his 24th Test 50 — the top score of the match.

Set 105 to win af­ter Pak­istan were all out for 171 in their sec­ond in­nings on the morn­ing of the fourth day, Wil­liamson lost his wicket with the scores level, leav­ing debu­tant Jeet Raval to seal vic­tory with a boundary off Yasir Shah.

It was a much-needed con­fi­dence boost for the home side, com­ing off a 3-0 series white­wash in In­dia and a com­pre­hen­sive 204-run loss to South Africa. “It was a nice toss to win,” said Wil­liamson who put Pak­istan into bat on a seam­ing wicket and had them all out for 133 in their first in­nings. “Af­ter a cou­ple of re­ally tough tours in South Africa and In­dia, it was im­por­tant we learned a lot but at the same time put some of that bag­gage away.” Azhar Ali, who will take over the Pak­istan cap­taincy with Misbah-ul-Haq hav­ing to dash home af­ter the match be­cause of a fam­ily ill­ness, said the tourists had no ex­cuses. Azhar said Pak­istan should have been able to cope bet­ter with the short-pitched bar­rage from Neil Wag­ner that un­did them in the sec­ond in­nings. “As a pro­fes­sional, as a team, we have to adapt to con­di­tions wher­ever we go,” Azhar said.

“If you come to this part of the world, you ex­pect that. You ex­pect sub-con­ti­nent teams will be tested with that short stuff and we all knew that.

“As time goes on, we’ll get bet­ter. We’re hope­ful to turn things around quickly.”

New Zealand’s debu­tants shone. Opener CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand: Com­pleted score­board in the first Test be­tween New Zealand and Pak­istan at Ha­gley Oval in Christchurch on yes­ter­day.

Pak­istan first in­nings 133 (Misbah-ul-Haq 31; C. de Grand­homme 6-41, T. Southee 2-20) New Zealand first in­nings 200 (J. Raval 55, H. Ni­cholls 30; Ra­hat 4-62, Amir 3-43, So­hail 3-78) Pak­istan sec­ond in­nings (overnight 129-7; So­hail 22 not out, Shafiq 6 not out) Sami As­lam c Watling b de Grand­homme Azhar Ali b Boult Babar Azam c Watling b Wag­ner You­nis Khan c Watling b Wag­ner Mis­ban-ul-Haq c Boult b Southee Asad Shafiq c Raval b Wag­ner Sar­fraz Ahmed b Boult Mo­ham­mad Amir c As­tle b Boult So­hail Khan c de Grand­homme b Southee Yasir Shah not out Ra­hat Ali c Latham b Southee Ex­tras: (b5, lb7, w5) To­tal: (all out; 78.4 overs)

7 31 29 1 13 17 2 6 40 6 2 17 171

Raval was un­beaten on 36 in the sec­ond in­nings af­ter top-scor­ing in the first in­nings with 55 while Colin de Grand­homme gave a mas­ter­ful dis­play of medium-paced bowl­ing, tak­ing 6 for 41 in the first in­nings when Pak­istan were skit­tled for 133. Af­ter New Zealand replied with 200, Pak­istan re­sumed their sec­ond in­nings on Sun­day at 129 for 7 and added a fur­ther 42 to be all out for 171. So­hail Khan posted a Testbest 40 as he and Asad Shafiq (17) showed gritty re­sis­tance at the start of the day.

But their 53-run stand for the eighth wicket came to an end when So­hail half-heart­edly pulled a short-pitched Southee delivery to de Grand­homme at back­ward square.

Wag­ner, who re­turned fig­ures of 3 for 34, claimed the wicket of Shafiq and Southee closed the in­nings when he had Ra­hat Ali

Fall of wick­ets: 1-21 (As­lam), 2-58 (Azam), 3-64 (You­nis), 4-93 (Misbah), 5-93 (Azhar), 6-95 (Ahmed), 7-105 (Amir), 8-158 (So­hail), 9-166 (Shafiq), 10-171 (Ra­hat) Bowl­ing: Boult 17-5-37-3 (1w), Southee 23.4-10-53-3, de Grand­homme 14-4-23-1, Wag­ner 20-6-34-3, As­tle 4-012-0.

T. Latham c Shafiq b Amir 9 J. Raval not out 36 K. Wil­liamson c As­lam b Azhar 61 H. Ni­cholls not out 0 Ex­tras: (nb2) 2 To­tal: (2 wkts; 31.3 overs) 108 Fall of wick­ets: 1-19 (Latham), 2-104 (Wil­liamson) Bowl­ing: Amir 7-2-12-1 (2nb), So­hail 6-1-21-0, Ra­hat 6-024-0, Shah 9.3-1-45-0, Azhar 3-1-6-1. Re­sult: New Zealand won by eight wick­ets caught for two. Southee fin­ished with 3 for 53 and Trent Boult, who leaked 19 runs in two overs on Sun­day, took 3 for 37.

Pak­istan re­moved opener Tom Latham early in New Zealand’s saunter to the fin­ish when he fended at a sharply ris­ing Mo­ham­mad Amir delivery and was caught by Shafiq in the gully for nine. It ended a dis­ap­point­ing Test for Latham who fell lbw to Amir in the first in­nings for one. Wil­liamson and Raval were largely un­trou­bled through to the end of the in­nings, un­til New Zealand reached 104 to level the scores and Wil­liamson swept Azhar Ali straight to Sami As­lam at fine leg.

The sec­ond and final Test in the series starts in Hamil­ton on Fri­day with New Zealand search­ing for their first series win over Pak­istan in 31 years. New Zealand sec­ond in­nings

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand’s cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson (L) bats with Pak­istan’s keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed dur­ing day four of the first cricket Test match be­tween New Zealand and Pak­istan at Ha­gley Park in Christchurch yes­ter­day.

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