It was Test cricket at its very best! New Zealand bowlers’ pulled off a heist against Pakistan during the first Test in Abu Dhabi to earn a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The visitors registered a thrilling four-run win over indisciplined Pakistan, who suffered a major collapse of epic proportions that will be remembered for the ages. Also Read - Former England Captain Alastair Cook Gives Thumbs Down For Shortened County Cricket Championship
Debutant spinner Ajaz Patel took five wickets to lead a never-say-die approach from New Zealand bowlers, he was well supported by fast bowler Neil Wagner (2-27) and Ish Sodhi (2-37). Defending a modest 176-run target, the Kiwis bowled out Pakistan for 171 on a drama-packed fourth day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
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The Black Caps celebrated their momentous win over Pakistan in Bhangra style. A video has emerged from the New Zealand dressing room after the magnificent victory in which Ish Sodhi and Jeet Raval were seen dancing to the famous punjabi song – “Mundian To Bach Ke Rahii”.
It is the fifth-smallest win in terms of runs in Test cricket’s history and gives New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Azhar Ali fought a lone battle for Pakistan with 65 and was the last man out when he was trapped leg-before-wicket by Patel. He reviewed Bruce Oxenford’s decision but the television replays upheld the decision. The second Test between the two sides will take place in Dubai, from November 24 to November 28.
Resuming on 37 without loss, Pakistan began the day four as favourites to chase down the 176 they needed for victory although New Zealand will have taken some hope from Pakistan’s failure at the same ground last year to chase 136 against Sri Lanka. Kiwi spinners Patel and Ish Sodhi opened the bowling and immediately caused problems as Pakistan lost three wickets in the first six overs.
Imam-ul-Haq was trapped leg-before for 27 to a full length ball by left-arm spinner Patel in the fifth over. In the sixth, Sodhi had Mohammad Hafeez caught in the covers and then three balls later held on to a return catch low to his left as Haris Sohail drove a full toss back at him.
Pakistani nerves were eased by the sight of Azhar and Asad Shafiq carefully rebuilding the innings with a fourth wicket partnership of 82.