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NEW ZEALAND took nine wick­ets in a dra­matic fi­nal ses­sion of the sec­ond Test against Pak­istan to win by 130 runs in Hamil­ton yes­ter­day and clean sweep their se­ries 2-0. It was New Zealand’s first se­ries win over Pak­istan since 1985. Pak­istan were faced with an im­pos­ing 369-run tar­get in their sec­ond in­nings but set them­selves up for a run-a-ball slog when they reached tea on the fi­nal day at 158-1. The match edged to­wards a cliff-hanger fin­ish be­fore Tim Southee re­moved Pak­istan’s lead­ing run scorer Sami As­lam for 91. The se­ries win to New Zealand, af­ter a first Test tri­umph in Christchurch, means Pak­istan fall from sec­ond to fourth in the world rank­ings while New Zealand re­main sev­enth. Af­ter reach­ing tea on the fi­nal day need­ing 211 off 204 de­liv­er­ies, Pak­istan could only pon­der whether they left their charge too late. Open­ers Azhar Ali (58 off 161 de­liv­er­ies) and As­lam (91 off 238) laid the plat­form with a record fourth in­nings open­ing stand for Pak­istan of 131 but it lasted a time­con­sum­ing 60 overs be­fore Azhar was

dis­missed. It was a Test that be­gan with all the early signs in Pak­istan’s favour. They won the toss on a lush green sur­face and cel­e­brated with a wicket in the first over. But that bright start faded rapidly and in the end not even the loss of more than four ses­sions to rain could save them. Reach­ing 369 would have meant over-tak­ing the record suc­cess­ful fourth in­nings chase in New Zealand of 348-5 by the West Indies 47 years ago in Auckland.

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