NZ THRASH PAKISTAN IN TEST
AKane 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.