Pakistan’s batting yet again could not survive in 2nd Innings against New Zealand that ultimately cost Pakistan the match. New Zealand has thrashed Pakistan in first test match by 8 wickets chasing 105 only.
Pakistan could only manage to put up 133 runs in first innings and massive lead was expected to be given by New Zealand but thanks to Muhammad Amir, Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan for restricting Kiwis on 200. The bowlers did their job but yet again Pakistan’s batting line up collapsed badly and our batsmen got all out on 171 in second innings, thus paving the way for Kiwis to take 1-0 lead in 2-match test series.
New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson’s 24th Test Half Century provided the kiwis an easy win over Pakistan chasing only 105 at Hagley Oval. A low scoring match is finally wrapped up within 8 sessions with the first day being washed out due to rain. Debutant from New Zealand Collin de Grandhomme has been awarded with Man of the Match award for his 7-64 with the bowl and aggressive 29 runs with the bat in the match.
The first test match proved out to be real test for Pakistani players, particularly for the batsmen who struggled a lot on bouncy track. In first innings, Pakistan scored 133 and in second innings, green caps could only manage to put up 171 on board. For Kiwis, this victory also ended up their four-match losing streak, which was a much needed win for the home side to regain their confidence.
In the meanwhile, Pakistani Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has returned back to Pakistan along with his wife upon the sad demise of his Father in Law. He will not be able to lead Pakistan in the second test match starting from Friday 25th Nov and skipper’s vice Azhar Ali will captain the side in second test match. Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stated that Misbah-ul-Haq will be available for Australian Tour.