The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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