New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 101 runs in the first test at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Wednesday, December 30th. Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan’s 102 and 60 went in vain. They fought their tooth and nail to draw the match but couldn’t withstand Kiwis.
After losing 3 wickets on day 4 Pakistan was willing to draw the match. Fawad Alam hit a blistering century (102 off 269 balls) under pressure to save the match for Pakistan. It was his second century in test cricket after 11 years since his first on his debut match. Captain Rizwan also led from the front but unluckily got out for 60 by Neil Wagner.
Pakistan had to survive more than 6 overs in order to draw the match after 122 overs but despite the hard try of Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi, they could survive till 123.3 overs. It was a thrilling match overall and this match was the proof why test cricket is the best format of the game and it has to be kept alive.
Who scored the most number of runs in the match?
Kane Williamson scored the most number of runs (150) in the match as well as was the highest run-scorer among kiwis.
Who grabbed the most number of wickets in the match?
Kyle Jamieson grabbed the most number of wickets (5) in the match.
Who made the most number of runs in the match for Pakistan?
Mohammad Rizwan made the most number of runs (131) in the match for Pakistan.
Who bagged the most number of wickets for Pakistan in the match?
Nashim Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi bagged the most number of wickets (4) in the match .
MATCH SUMMARY-New Zealand defeated Pakistan
|New Zealand 1st innings 431/10||Pakistan 1st innings 239/10|
|Kane Williamson 129 (297)||Faheem 91 (134)|
|Watling 73 (145)||Rizwan 71* (142)|
|Afridi- 4/109 overs:36||Jamieson-3/35 overs:23.2|
|Yasier- 3/113 overs:37||Wagner- 2/50 overs:21|
|New Zealand 2nd innings 180/5 dec||Pakistan 2nd innings 271/10|
|Blundell 64 (107)||Alam 102 (269)|
|Latham 53 (112)||Rizwan 60 (191)|
|Naseem-3/55 overs:12.3||Jamieson-2/35 overs:26|
|Abbas-1/33 overs:11||Southee-2/33 overs:23|
NEW ZEALAND won by 101 runs.
Man of the Match-New Zealand defeated Pakistan
Kane Williamson has bestowed the Man of the Match for scoring the highest run in the match (150).