New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Hamilton, 3rd day January 9, 2011

Pakistan seal crushing win on dramatic day

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Pakistan 367 (Shafiq 83, Misbah 62, Arnel 4-95) and 21 for 0 beat New Zealand 275 (Southee 56, McCullum 56, Ahmed 4-63) and 110 (McCullum 35, Rehman 3-24, Gul 3-28) by 10 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

What Pakistan inflicted on New Zealand on a dramatic third day in Hamilton was nothing short of an embarassment. On a still-placid track, the hosts were victims of some incisive Pakistan bowling but let themselves down through some equally inept batting, transforming a Test that had been closely-fought on the first two days into a hopelessly one-sided contest in just one session.

Pakistan's build-up to this Test had been hijacked by the spot-fixing hearings in Doha but they managed to infuse plenty of significance to a Test that otherwise appeared as a sideshow. Missing several of their first-choice players, for reasons ranging from allegations of corruption to indiscipline and fitness, Pakistan were propelled to victory on the back of strong performances from their inexperienced players under a fresh captain. Misbah-ul-Haq's team had held South Africa to two draws in the UAE, but this win, for all the distractions off the field and though against a less prominent opposition, would go miles in restoring some pride after a turbulent few months.

For New Zealand, who had challenged India in their Test series there, it marked another low, and a dispiriting start - discounting the Twenty20 series prior to this - to John Wright's tenure as coach.

Pakistan's lower order, including its bowlers, had played a crucial role in stretching the first-innings lead to 92 after the loss of two early wickets in the day. And the confidence with which they went about extending their team's advantage with the bat, showed in the way they attacked on the field in the session after tea.

While New Zealand dropped catches, Pakistan hardly gave anything away. While New Zealand's seamers often overpitched to the tailenders, the Pakistan bowlers backed their superior pace by varying their lengths. And while Daniel Vettori was negotiated safely, his left-arm spinning counterpart Abdur Rehman never seemed far from taking a wicket.

Rehman was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers in the first innings, strangling New Zealand's run-flow with a spate of maidens in the session after lunch on the first day. It was no surprise then that Misbah turned to him as early as the ninth over in New Zealand's second attempt.

Rehman doesn't rely too much on spin but plenty on alterations in place and length. He should have had Brendon McCullum out lbw almost immediately with a quick straighter one, but just an over later he fooled Tim McIntosh, who stepped out to a flighted delivery that was held back, played inside the line and was stumped. The psychological edge he had gained over Martin Guptill in the first innings, tying him down with five straight maidens, reaped rewards in the second, as the batsman top-edged an ill-planned slog-sweep. The icing on the cake was the wicket of Vettori, done in by a bit of turn from the footmarks and trapped plumb.

Rehman had been the beneficiary of three dropped catches during his stand of 72 with Adnan Akmal that took Pakistan in to the lead, but, barring an early lapse from Taufeeq Umar at slip, the visitors were ruthless on the field. Ross Taylor had begun his innings with a couple of confident drives but he was unable to beat a direct-hit from Misbah while attempting a risky single. And when Kane Williamson inside-edged Wahab Riaz onto his pads, the spontaneous appeal for an lbw did not distract Azhar Ali at slip from diving low to claim a catch that was later upheld.

In the interim, Riaz was fortunate to get a caught-behind decision against McCullum - the ball deflected off his thigh - and his extra pace accounted for Jesse Ryder first ball as he failed to bring his bat down in time against an inswinging yorker. Umar Gul wrapped up the innings; he had debutant Reece Young caught at deep square leg off a short delivery, and then bounced Chris Martin not long after he had completed 100 runs in Test cricket. From 60 for 2, New Zealand collapsed to 110 all out, including losing four wickets for one run and the humiliation was only 19 runs away.

New Zealand had tried hard to even things out on the third morning, but as has been the trend throughout this Test, Pakistan pulled them back to surge ahead. Williamson and Southee's resistance in the first innings ended quickly on the second day, Misbah and Shafiq led the team's recovery after they had been reduced to 107 for 4, and Adnan's counterattack today compensated for the early departure of the overnight duo.

When the seamers strayed on the pads, Adnan flicked them elegantly to the fine-leg boundary; he cut powerfully when they dropped short and drove when they pitched up. His boundary-filled 66-ball stay not only gave Pakistan the lead but eased the burden off those who followed, and their carefree batting yielded more runs. His approach rubbed off on Rehman, who broke a 30-ball runless drought with two sixes off Vettori, while Gul and Tanvir Ahmed did their bit down the order, including smacking Brent Arnel for 15 in an over. The last four wickets added 111, and by the time Martin claimed Ahmed as his 500th first-class victim, the foundation for victory, as it turned out, had been firmly laid.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at Cricinfo

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  • faizipak on January 11, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    really played well team Pakistan .. hats off !!

  • Umms on January 11, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    @justk. Zaheer's bowling average is 31 in test!!! though he is a good bowler, but needs to improve his average...

  • on January 11, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    I really appreciate the cricketing spirit of Indian guys commenting here, they are really appreciating good cricket from Pakistan. thanks Guys, I have been visiting pakistani domestic cricketing websites and i can ensure you we have army of fast bowlers in the waiting queue. All credit goes to Aqib Javed who has really worked hard at cricket academy and talent hunting and polishing them. He has stream lined the Pakistani fast bowling factories. Pakistan fast bowling and spin attack Rahman, Saeed Ajmal and afridi will be a really tough attack for any opponent in WC especially when it is in subcontinent.

  • myaqoob on January 10, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    PAK 15 squad for world cup . Kamran Akmal Mohd Hafeez Younis Khan Mohd Yousuf Misbab ul Haq Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi Abdul Razack Wahab Raiz Umer Gul Shoaib Akther Suhail Tanvir Saeed Ajmal Asad shafiq Tanvir Ali

  • faizipak on January 10, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    that was OutStanding Team Pakistan .. Thumbs Up Misbah Eleven

  • Point4 on January 10, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    The worst governing body in the world,the worst Cricket Board chairman in the world,a dubious domestic structure where no one is sure about the players' loyalty,3 important players including former test captain being tried by the ICC right now,a captain who does not have much test credentials (although he has done excellent job in this test),above all more than three fourth of the country plagued by internal strife and terrorism--despite all these and many more ailments whcih team can win a test far way abroad under conditions as alien as they can get..only Pakistan...the reason is their bowling resources which are never dwindling..ICC should take over cricket governance in Pakistan for good and we will see them back in the top3 rankings in 2 years.but it must be said their batting os as weak as ever although these are early days fo most of their batters..this comment is from india...

  • LOVEUCRIC on January 10, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    congratulations pak team,,,, we all wish to see the Pak Flag always high. it is possible by the team spirit of our players. our players are capable to defeat any time in any format of cricket. only to utilize themselves and not to take the pressure. please if the players can see my request start the practice for world cup from now. the bowlers should also practice for hitting the ball too far because we can win the world cup through team combination. everyone should perform at their best. the guys like wahab riaz, suhail tanvir they have the potential to hit the ball so well, so, please shahid and Razzaq bhai you also do your best practice from right now. the net session should must be more and more. start struggles from right now. we all wish that amir and imran nazir should must play in world cup 11. sorry if i wrote something wrong this is my first comment. we wisht to see the world cup in pak.

    Long live pak,

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Who would have predicted this?

  • Ind_Cric_Fan79 on January 10, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Great win by PAKISTAN.... ASIANS started to conquer the away games.... Inspite of the absence of some main stars, PAK s really rockin d world... They proved PAK is one of the favourites of WORLD CUP... @Arsalan_RC-Y guys like u r always targeting Indian team ? They have not self claimed that they are no 1. Their performance over 2 years earned them this tag... If Pak played lik dis for another 2 or 3 years, surely PAK will earn no 1 tag.

  • Aftabkhan24 on January 10, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Well done Guys....Team in green finally in action and toward right direction

  • faizipak on January 11, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    really played well team Pakistan .. hats off !!

  • Umms on January 11, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    @justk. Zaheer's bowling average is 31 in test!!! though he is a good bowler, but needs to improve his average...

  • on January 11, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    I really appreciate the cricketing spirit of Indian guys commenting here, they are really appreciating good cricket from Pakistan. thanks Guys, I have been visiting pakistani domestic cricketing websites and i can ensure you we have army of fast bowlers in the waiting queue. All credit goes to Aqib Javed who has really worked hard at cricket academy and talent hunting and polishing them. He has stream lined the Pakistani fast bowling factories. Pakistan fast bowling and spin attack Rahman, Saeed Ajmal and afridi will be a really tough attack for any opponent in WC especially when it is in subcontinent.

  • myaqoob on January 10, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    PAK 15 squad for world cup . Kamran Akmal Mohd Hafeez Younis Khan Mohd Yousuf Misbab ul Haq Umer Akmal Shahid Afridi Abdul Razack Wahab Raiz Umer Gul Shoaib Akther Suhail Tanvir Saeed Ajmal Asad shafiq Tanvir Ali

  • faizipak on January 10, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    that was OutStanding Team Pakistan .. Thumbs Up Misbah Eleven

  • Point4 on January 10, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    The worst governing body in the world,the worst Cricket Board chairman in the world,a dubious domestic structure where no one is sure about the players' loyalty,3 important players including former test captain being tried by the ICC right now,a captain who does not have much test credentials (although he has done excellent job in this test),above all more than three fourth of the country plagued by internal strife and terrorism--despite all these and many more ailments whcih team can win a test far way abroad under conditions as alien as they can get..only Pakistan...the reason is their bowling resources which are never dwindling..ICC should take over cricket governance in Pakistan for good and we will see them back in the top3 rankings in 2 years.but it must be said their batting os as weak as ever although these are early days fo most of their batters..this comment is from india...

  • LOVEUCRIC on January 10, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    congratulations pak team,,,, we all wish to see the Pak Flag always high. it is possible by the team spirit of our players. our players are capable to defeat any time in any format of cricket. only to utilize themselves and not to take the pressure. please if the players can see my request start the practice for world cup from now. the bowlers should also practice for hitting the ball too far because we can win the world cup through team combination. everyone should perform at their best. the guys like wahab riaz, suhail tanvir they have the potential to hit the ball so well, so, please shahid and Razzaq bhai you also do your best practice from right now. the net session should must be more and more. start struggles from right now. we all wish that amir and imran nazir should must play in world cup 11. sorry if i wrote something wrong this is my first comment. we wisht to see the world cup in pak.

    Long live pak,

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Who would have predicted this?

  • Ind_Cric_Fan79 on January 10, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Great win by PAKISTAN.... ASIANS started to conquer the away games.... Inspite of the absence of some main stars, PAK s really rockin d world... They proved PAK is one of the favourites of WORLD CUP... @Arsalan_RC-Y guys like u r always targeting Indian team ? They have not self claimed that they are no 1. Their performance over 2 years earned them this tag... If Pak played lik dis for another 2 or 3 years, surely PAK will earn no 1 tag.

  • Aftabkhan24 on January 10, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    Well done Guys....Team in green finally in action and toward right direction

  • ice6430 on January 10, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    my village team can play better than this.i think the sun is doing damage to their brain by wearing black its absorbing the heat they cant play too good.well done pakistan i hope u win world cup, get rid of lorgat from icc he is an idiot .

  • justk on January 10, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    @Arsalan: Just one match does not mean that indian bowlers are bad and pakistani's bowlers are best..and that too, if they are debutants, then bowlers will give nighmare in the beginning..remember ajantha mendis, but now where is he..same will happen to mohammed aamir and the new bowler which you have mentioned..only asif is a very good bowler as he always pitches the ball on fullish length making the batsman to play forward and asking questions...and on zaheer khan, oh yes, we rever him as hero here...and no shame in that..he is someone who has bring new heights to indian bowling..

  • Owaiz on January 10, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    it was awesome performance but pakistani team needs consistency

  • on January 10, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    i don't know what is wrong with daniel vettori he has been acting weird he has not leading the team well i have seen no passion in him for playing cricket...and he will led his team down really badly on this upcoming world cup.....

  • ishak1225 on January 10, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Good works..nice to see some improvement in Pakistan Test Cricket..Keep it up you are the black horse in WC 2011

  • on January 10, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Thanks God! for giving us a pleasurable news of winning Pakistan after such a long time. Hope that this performance and spirit remain continues till the end of world cup and all the best to ll the teams for the world cup.

  • faheem103 on January 10, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    THIS SHOULD BE A HEADLINE AT CRICINFO.COM, OR ATLEAST SHOULD BE APPEAR IN FIRST 3 TOP NEWS BOX. I WONDER WHAT HAPPEN IF IT WAS ANY OTHER COUNTRY WON BY 10 WKTS.

  • cricpolitics on January 10, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    It's a blessing in disguise that Pakistan players are not participating in the IPL. This will keep their focus on playing for Pakistan and keep playing like they are supposed to play. NZL paid a heavy price due to ICL and now they will pay even bigger price due to IPL. It's a shame that outstanding players like Shane Bond had to sit out of NZ team for so long and then came back so late that it was time to retire. A real loss for cricket.

  • on January 10, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    hey, what happen to my previous comments, if we cant say what we think is the real deal, then what is the purpose of these comments.

  • Q72941 on January 10, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    Ever so entertaining Pakistan Team even without their Stars,may be good for them! Hope to see Umar Akmal in action but not a listless Kamran Akmal.

  • on January 10, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    well done Pakistan and great job by Misbah he's the one who can lead the team....he has proved it....

  • on January 9, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    Thats amazing so many decisions were against Pakistan still they won this test so easily.

  • on January 9, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Ashes is over now, but they still have the on from main cricinfo page. Its amazing Pakistan just won a good test match and you cannot see anyting about it, you have to go to pakistan page.

  • SnowSnake on January 9, 2011, 22:53 GMT

    Congratulations, Pakistan. I hope that series works well for both teams, Pak. & NZ alike.

  • stevenmcrae1 on January 9, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    that batting performance from NZ was worse than what Australia in the Ashes series. NZ are going to need to do build there confidence for the Basin reserve. but that will a good match. good bowling conditions if its overcast and its a really winding day. id like to see Daryl Tuffey and Adam Milne in the team for that test then maybe NZ are in with a chance. Pakistan only one that test because NZ were not confident in there batting

  • on January 9, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Credit where credit due - NZ didn't lose this game - they played badly yes. But, Pakistan played well, and got the win that they deserved... Well done Pakistan!

  • Elias77 on January 9, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Pakistan's performance

    Batting: Pretty good. Need to build on starts, especially the senior players. It's going to take time for the juniors ones to adjust especially when conditions are difficult. Hope PCB gives them time. Good players on the fringes too (Akmals, Farhat, Alam Yousuf and many more)

    Bowling: Exciting to see how much talent Pakistan has. Once Sohail Tanveer's is completely healthy the bowling line up would be even better. Need to see more of Tanvir on swinging/seaming pitches. If (tainted) Amir/Asif come back then Pakistani attack is probably one of the best.

    Fielding: Excellent. Except for missed run out in 1st inning. Took all the catches. Slip work was very good.

    Umpiring was substandard. Ideally there shouldn't be any bad decisions (there were at least 5). Dar & Bowden's work in Ashes was amazing but they had help from UDRS which should be implemented in all matches.

    TV commentary was aggravating and one-sided. Their job is to be neutral but they weren't.

  • truth1 on January 9, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    interesting comment. fighting between 2 worst teams. If Newzealand is the worst team then how did it bring India to knees when New Zealand was in winning position in first 2 tests and fluke centuries from a tailenders (only because he was playing on his own soil) saved them .If India were playing in New zealand then they would have lost both matches as they can only win in india. We still remember when Ganguly took a team to new Zealand and was ripped apart. India can never win a series outside India except against BD and zimbabwe.Vist Austaralia now and u will find out you can't win even against this weak team either."Lion papers of backyard " Prove it. Once this geriatric middle order is gone (soon) you will lose to BD and zimbabe as well.

  • on January 9, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    thumbs up Team Pakistan !

  • rambadi on January 9, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    What the hell is going on with New Zealand? They are not even putting up a fight. Hammered by Pakistan, India, and even Bangladesh. While it is only fair to admit that Bangladesh is a far better team than it used to be, knowledgeable cricket fans must also admit that New Zealand is a far worse team than it used to be.

    It is interesting that New Zealand is crashing down at the same time Australia is. So, I have to ask: What is going on in the Oceanic countries? Is it loss of interest in cricket, or do they just not have the talent anymore. Or is it that too many of their children now waste time playing video games rather than real sports?

    Granted, New Zealand has a population of barely six million. They don't have a huge talent pool. Australia, however, has five times that. While Australians have become losers, the cricketers of New Zealand have hit rock bottom. This is not a good thing at all for Cricket.

  • on January 9, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    thank u boys.what an answer to the critics who were speaking of banning pakistan team.well we r not going anywhere,beaware, future is our.no controverisies and i am ready to bet that pakistan is the world best team, and any one doughts it.lets play.

  • on January 9, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Whether Newzealand is a weak team or Pakistani team is under bigger controversies, this Win is going to them a big boost in their confidence!!! Team showed good test match temperament by bowling according to their field and captain's plans. Well played guys and wish you best of the luck for coming matches!!!

  • on January 9, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    yeah yusuf ji..... just concentrate on your bengali team... do not try to poke your nose.... In Pakistan cricket matters if you think Pakistan is worst team.... what about Bangaladeshi team... best.????? we will see.... in coming world cup....

  • on January 9, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    nice win...tht should take on also in future....

  • Akshayav on January 9, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    A very good game of cricket from Pakistan.

    I did see the 2 hours of the game every morning. The body language the Pakistani players were displayed itself was very nice to watch. They looked confident and full credit to them to be able to put the issue in their cricket board behind and play so well. Misbah did a wonderful job and was constantly backed up with his players delivering. The best part of it was there was an all - round performance from Pakistan and almost all of them chipped in well in performing their role. New Zealand have unfortunately hit and all time low and now look like a side that depend on only a single player to perform , Daniel Vettori. It is so much like how Zimbabwe at one point of time were completely dependent on Heath Streak to perform. Anyways kudos to the Pakistan team and the youngsters in their side. It surely does look like Pakistan will have another series trophy to add on.l

  • Abbas_Quereshi on January 9, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    I'm proud of our boys. Pakistan Zindabad. :)

    Our fast bowling stock is endless. Playing without our frontline bowler(amir & asif) still manage to win against kiwis that's amazing. Hope amir will play for pakistan very soon. he's still young. ICC should ban him for 1 years not lifetime. and that give him good lesson. as far concerned abt salman but icc should ban him for life time. he is a traitor. that punishment should be an example to others cricketers. they will never let there country down.

  • kuroneko on January 9, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    My god this is embarrassing. A B-grade Pakistan team, playing away from home, gifts us a toss decision and invites us to bat first on a featherbed Hamilton pitch. And this is how we respond? I'll say this: this is now the worst NZ team I've ever seen. And I've been watching cricket for over 25 years. If you're trying to put this into context, here's some. Consider the following Pakistan cricketers, who are currently of playing age if not entirely 'available': Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Dinesh Kaneria. That's almost an entire TEAM that Pakistan aren't picking.

  • on January 9, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    I LOVE PAKISTAN IN ANY SITUATION

  • on January 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    I am happy to see them winning but afraid the time the start getting better, there comes a scandal! You know I was watching them very closely in England and then....

    Mercy Pakistan Cricket team!

  • on January 9, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    A good performance indeed by Pakistan. Now please don't let the tables turn in the second Test with an opposite performance.

  • cricket_for_all on January 9, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    I really wanna see IND VS PAK now.

  • on January 9, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan!! Hope they keep up the good work and the confidence is back by the World Cup.. always a delight to watch them perform! Good luck!

  • on January 9, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    what about my comments on this article? have i voilte any rule of decent comentry? i think cricinfo is big enough to accept small criticism?

  • UAETigers on January 9, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Whether Newzealand is a weak team or Pakistani team is under bigger controversies, this Win is going to them a big boost in their confidence!!! Team showed good test match temperament by bowling according to their field and captain's plans. Well played guys and wish you best of the luck for coming matches!!!

  • on January 9, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    mashallah now pakistani team is coming back on wining track , and inshallah we will show up the world Who R Pakistanis

  • The_big_j on January 9, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Full credit to misbah, I think he's done a heck of a job with the team he's got and the situation he was put under. It's too soon to expect any consistency from this side but let's hope they are all understanding their role in the side. Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz can be as destructive as Asif and Ammir and they proved that this match, also good help from rehman and tanvir the bowling was very solid. The batting was still very weak... we wanna see some 100's CMON!! Nonetheless good job Pakistan a very good win indeed.

  • LeftBrain on January 9, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Very good performance by Pakistan, batting, bowling and fielding all came together to produce the most comprehensive performance in years. and the good thing about this is there were no so-called super stars, and I think that was the only reason Pak won. Had they had those MoYo and Malik and Butt and Kamran they wouldnt be in this position. Thanks PCB for kicking them out.

  • on January 9, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Another Brilliant Victory !!

  • mensan on January 9, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Certainly a great win for this B-team of Pakistan. Well done!

  • on January 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    thats the pakistan that done everything while he performing.........(P

  • Q72941 on January 9, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    That's an ironic comeback form PAK after lossing the T20 series. I mean they were supposed to be good at that format, not in Test!

  • on January 9, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    ha..fighting between two worst teams...may be australia is also going to join them!

  • gudolerhum on January 9, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Pakistan is one of the most unpredictable of teams! What a turnaround! NZ have a lot of questions to answer.

  • on January 9, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Wow what a brilliant victory. This series will decide how is Pakistan gonna play in the WC.

  • on January 9, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    A great beginning for the pakistanis in the year 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hope the continue to rock and have a great surprise by winning the 2011 world cup.....Good luck tp pakistanis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 9, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team. Hats off to young Asad Shaifq and Abdur Rehman. They played really well. Shafiq did a great job in adding to the good total that Pakistan reached at the end of their innings. All the players made their contributions to achieve the success which added to the very few wins that Pakistan have produced in recent times.

  • Chapelau on January 9, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    What a great shame for NZ cricket...a very poor performance against a weakened Pakistan side ...... what has happened and where do they go from here?

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    What Pakistan inflicted on New Zealand on a dramatic third day in Hamilton was nothing short of an embarassment

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan! You were not even favorites but won so comprehensively. I hope the same professionalism to be continued in the second test and Pakistan would win a test series after ages!!!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 9, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. A clinical performance. Beautifully outwitted the Kiwis. Outclassed in every department. Early on, good effort from the Kiwis but this time round the Pakistanis were just too good.

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Awesomeness! Where can I see highlights?

  • Arsalan_RC on January 9, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Wahab Riaz is an exceptional Reverse swing bowler, Leagues ahead of Zaheer khan, and he just debuted while Zaheer has been playing for almost 10 years!

    He bowled some unbelievable reverse swinging Yorkers during S.A one day series, but without luck.

    i hope he develops as a good new ball bowler aswell

    Whats with Pakistan? playing without 2 frontline bowlers (aamir and Asif) and still win this test duo to bowling! oh did i mention Sohail Tanveer dint even play!

    and compare what happens to India when only Zaheer khan is out of the attack! its the biggest Joke that India is No 1 since the Englishmen invented cricket!!

  • on January 9, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan and Misbah. Agood reply from Misbah to his critics. Keep it up.

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!! Thanks for a very good start of 2011. I wish they can be consistent in the performance. A lot of bad things are being talked about Pakistan cricket and players but it a great achievement to keep the moral high in tough time with a fresh team and captain.

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Abdur Rehman and Wahab Riaz bowled ripper of spells

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Each and everyone of you are Stars...Viva le Pakistan.

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    pakistan bowler abdyr rehman proofed that green shirts r not BAD...........hip hip hurray

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad... Go for glory in World Cup!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 9, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    WHAT THE? I saw Misbah and Shafiq fall early, thought to myself here Pakistan goes again. Went to get some sleep and then bam wake up and it's finished.... I missed all the action!!

  • heavens on January 9, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Good display by Pakistan. They need to maintain that momentum in the 2nd test as well and make sure a series win after such a long long time. Good luck pakistan

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan on winning the test match. Keep it up and continue doing well!!!

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Yep, It's really a dramatic Win over New Zealand! Good Work!

  • Harris.a on January 9, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    lol pakistan will win this series if we stay with te same team . and please dont drop hafeez because he made a duck. that happens to even he best players like tendulkar. so give hafeez more chances to get used to his format

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    I have serious reservations about Vetturi's post match presentation. He did refer to a couple of lapses his side displayed in the game. But defeat? no. He blammed that on' poor umpiring decisions'. And did he uttered even a single word of praise for pakistan for their hard earned win? I wish he had. Have you heard him saying anything in favor of pakistan, at least congratulate them whole heartedly?!. Please let me know if he did. Till that time i will have to say that he did not behave like a host captain. Rather his behavior was that of a host(ile) captain. No show of sportsmanship spirit, really. Correct me if I am wrong.

  • Meety on January 9, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    Pretty weak 2nd innings from the kiwis - well done though Pakistan - never thought they would out-field NZ!

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    What A Win .. Thank God !!

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    When the cornered tigers roar, the kiwis shiver. World we are here and we are not going out.

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    wow al last after a long time a big from pakistan. keep it up boys

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    1st victory of 2011......

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    It is amply clear that the cosmetic changes made to the Black Caps have had no impact on the final outcome, band aid fixes will not work, surgery is the need of the hour. The sooner NZC realise and act the better, there is no point in giving John Wright the same bunch of players, the past failures wer not because of Mark Greatbatch those were inspite of him. The team needs new blood, not players who have taken their places for granted namely Ryder, MacIntosh, Guptill and to an extent McCullum and Vettori as well. More such embarrasments are in store if action is not initiated. The forthcoming World Cup in India, is all but a write off, every vcitory in the World Cup by the Black Caps would be an achievement. They have lost to Bangladesh and India in the subcontinent both were straight whitewashes, we face a similar fate at home.

  • khurramsch on January 9, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    real surprise result. went to sleep at 2:30am when NZ 18/0 in 4 overs. whn woke up, checked cricinfo on mobile thinking it might b stumps NZ 150/2 but shoking result.they finished in hurry.good performance.

  • khurramsch on January 9, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    good performance from pakistan. need to keep it up for next game.well every body was talking about placid pitch but credit to they 2 batting lineups which are famous for collapses that match ended in 3 days with 7 in 1st 7 in 2nd & 16 in 3rd day.good work by pak tail for getting 92 which 1 thought might not b enough. bowled well. they need to keep it up for next to win the series. BUt 1 must admit that both teams are very much even.

  • on January 9, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Pakistan continues to be the boogie team for New Zealand even at the back of recent turmoils. Although a catastrophic NZ collapse was always on the cards owing to their recent record in India and Bangladesh but no one can take credit away from PK Team. The team may not be without flaws but it has shown us the improvements in certain areas. First, the selection make sense (replacing Farhat with Taufiq, Opting Asad over Imar, Playing Rehman instead of Ajmal) secondly, the field placing was sensible which is evident by certain dismissals. Third, bowling plan was quite effective esp. use of bouncers. Last but not the least Misbah's role as a leader and a batsman is commendable. Though Pakistan should have won it by an innings margin, had asad and misbah made hundreds, but never the less a win is a win. The only area which Pak needs more improvement is to convert their fifties into hundreds to completely shut the doors at the opposition.

  • Andy_Roo on January 9, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    I have long been dissappointed by the results of the NZ test team. Just when they seem to show some promise they fall apart, as they have just done against pakistan. I think one of the problems for NZ is that the gap between first class domestic cricket and test cricket is just too wide. Maybe CricketNZ should explore the possibility of entering teams into the Australian Sheffield Shield competition. This would benefit their players with more exposure to a tougher competition and give them the opportunity to become full-time professionals and enhance their development. Three teams, based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch seems to me to be the right number, providing an important stepping stone into international cricket for those players identified with some talent. I know Australian cricket is not in the best shape at the moment but the sheffield shield has long been recognised as the toughest first class competition in the world. Surely NZ cricket could only benefit.

  • emperoreresh on January 9, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    great work done by the pak.....it will boost them to gain some confidence just before 40 days away from the world cup...but they need to be more consistent as most of the times it has been seen that they pluck a good-win then struggle to manage another..they need to give more times on batting & fielding if they want to do some pride in th wc....best wishes 4 them...

  • Day1_First_Ball on January 9, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    strange day for ross taylor - a millioniare overnight - and congrats to him on the IPL (no grudges there - amazing for him) - but then to be part of this utter and total spanking. And unfortunately I (like many other nz cricket fans) have no interest in his performance, or his team's performace in the IPL. It's fighting NZ test cricket we want to see...and test cricket here seems to be on this continual slide aways from us (the long time test cricket fans) with no solution in sight... And i just don't believe that the IPL money circus helps - but it also can't be stopped.

    Good luck John Wright - you have our best wishes!

  • on January 9, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. bowling is not a problem but hey need to bat like that in every test match.

  • Nadeem1976 on January 9, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Hahahahahahahhaahaa. What a win. Good to start to new year 2011. Forget about 2010 and hope to see more victories in 2011 and in future. Job well done. I hope PK win this series now. What a session of bowling. Destroyed NZ in NZ. What a bowling. Well played. And thanks to Mr. Majeed to stay away from pakies this time around.

  • HarryTedboy on January 9, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    The NZ batsmen were a disgrace. They should be forced to refund their pay for non-performance.

  • on January 9, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    What an absolute disgrace ! This is an appalling performance by New Zealand. Some players have got carried away by the IPL money. based on today`s performance none should have been picked up in the IPL Auction.

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Congratz team Pakistan on this great victory.

  • mohammedatta786 on January 9, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    that was a really good performance, i hope they o on a winning streak from now until after the world cup ;)

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    Congrates Team Pakistan on dramatic victory

  • scorpshadow on January 9, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Finally a much needed won by Pakistan. Now they just have to give in there best at Wellington to finally won a test match series after 5-6 years

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    That is a Great Victory...... I congratulate to all Pakistani

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    ASAK to all , it was bad batting by NZ which set up the victory , tanvir pace is very much in early 120 and not effective , may be need Taha for worldcup , who is captaining for ONE DAYS AND WORLD CUP , will misbah be there in one days as well younis khan needs to bowl 5 overs in a match if he wants to be in X1

    PLEASE DISCUSS

  • faizipak on January 9, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    outstanding Pakistan . A great Victory :)

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    wonderful game by young players from green side. really impressive come back. Pakistan top order also need to improve their game.

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    rubbish rubbish rubbish is what the black caps are. Well done Pakistan for bowling very well but i think it was more the fact the blackcraps decided to leave their bats at home. Ross Taylor clearly had other things in mind. Representing your country in any sport should all ways be the pinnacle of achievement not taking money from quick bash and dash tournament like the IPL. The mindset of the players is all wrong, you can tell by the body language, lack of chatter, and the acceptance of mediocrity. There is so little hope for this side and cricket in this country. The step from provincial to test level is too great. It's so disappointing to see a side do well in two tests in India revert backwards in a great rate of knots. What are the coaches and management teams telling the players? That its OK to get 'out' and not give a toss. John Wright has a lot of work to do.

  • Philsy on January 9, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    A very poor performance from NZ, to go from 60 for 2 to 110 all out. It was going to be a challenge after being down on the first innings, I think that they struggle with test cricket because they don't play enough of it and haven't learned to put opposition teams under the sustained pressure required to win at the top level. Although Pakistan are, on paper, in the second division of test cricket, they do have a tendency to produce freakishly good performances against just about anyone on occasion. Hopefully, from a NZ perspective, this was Pakistan cricket in sublime mode, and we'll get the ridiculous version next week.

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Gud win by Pakistan after all these controversies we have something to cheer about ...:)

  • albstp on January 9, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Pakistan pace bowling source is endless. Rest all nations can just dream of these pace bowling talents....

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    pakistan is always a talented with or without its star perfoemers....imagine the team with aamer and aasif

  • ahmad25 on January 9, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    very well played Pakistan.Its a team effort ,specially warm applause to abdur rehman ,Misbah,Asad shafiq ,tanvir ahmed and wahab riaz.Keep it up and win the series.PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    New Zealand crickets have been going through disastrous performances. It would be really hard for them to get out of there.

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    This is a big win and this will re rise his courage and we hope this win and onward wins will helpful for 2011 world cup. our prayers with Pakistan team.

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Shocking performance. Days like these leave you feeling embarrassed and ashamed to be a NZ cricket fan.

  • on January 9, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Well done boys ... we hope that you guys will end the drought dis tym by winning dis series ... GOD BLESS YOU and GUD LUCK 4 da next ...

  • AsrarQazi on January 9, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    It was Martin's 500th first class victim and not test victim as stated.

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Stunning win this. Really unexpected. NewZealand whittled under Pakistani pressure resulting the match to be over within 3 days! Big win for PAkistan!

  • P.I.Edwards on January 9, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    Oh dear poor NZ! Some lessons from the game:

    Let's make the referral system compulsory for all internationals when available.

    Taylor may be a million dollar player, but perhaps he needs to be laid off for a while until he can concentrate on the game in front of him. Such a move might shake help the others in the team who are just not performing to relise that their places are not assured.

    NZ has a team that looks great on paper, and has the potential to get back to its former place in the top 4 or 5 teams. We can only go up from here, so let's look forward to 2011 as the year when we get it Wright again! P. I. Edwards

  • imran_k12 on January 9, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Yo!! gREAT Performance by PaKISTAN. Thats the spirit...

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Welldone Pakistan. It is surprises like these that make us love you!!! Keep up the good work TEAM GREEN!!! :D

  • 123451 on January 9, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    A very very encouraging win for Pakistanis, that would really help them. they have down and under by more than many problems in the last few years. Hope this is a turnaround. congrats!!!!!!!!

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    indian bowling vs pak bowling no match at all....thats why kiwis are able to score in india.. :)...i m really happy today..:p

  • JohnSilva on January 9, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    I am an Indian but was thrilled to see this crushing Pak win ! What an amount of talent you have ! Top seven or eight stars are not playing for some reason or the other but there are plenty of others to step up and be counted. It was a pleasure to watch top class bowling by Riaz and Gul - consistent 140+ and late swing. Rehman - wonderful change of pace and good turn. Fielding has improved a lot. The tail can bat ! Main batsmen have plenty of talent. Pak can go all the way in ODIs. Only they have to develop concentration and discipline to play long test innings. If they can do this they could be a top test team as well !

  • sillybouncer on January 9, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Good win for Pakistan, wih out amir & Asif lethal bowling. reminds me of the 2W's some 10 years back. well played pakees and keep it up.

  • sharprider on January 9, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Magnificent, fantastic and unpredictable (as they are generally known), the Pakistani cricketers are far from being written off. The team regrouped in a huge way and grabbed the opportunities that came their way, unlike something they have miissed out in some of their earlier matches this past year. Also, full marks to the coaches, Waqar and Miandad, for motivating the relatively young bunch of cricketers who demonstrated a lot of big match temperament despite having limited exposure in such matches. All the best for the forthcoming matches, including the prestigious World Cup.

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Congratulations.Great to be back on the winning streak.Great things happen when the captain of the ship is clever and sensible!!!!!! Let us now focus on winning the series and then the world.Great timing and a confidence booster win. Mehdi - Singapore

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Great all round performance from Boys in Green

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    I am utterly embarrassed by this performance. I was at the ground on the first day, and would never have guessed it would end so dismally.

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, u have beaten a team that so called world # 1 team was not able to beat in there own home. well done. keep it up.

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    good win for Pakistan..... it was much needed.... before one dayers and offcourse world cup... I think Pakistan might surprise... lots of people in world cup... best of luck... Paksitan

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    A really disappoint bulletin for such a great performance by Pakistani bowling attack , a really exhibition of top class spin, great pacey bowling and early reverse swing demonstration is overshadowed by such an ordinary explanation of a such great performance by Pakistani bowling attack. Also in the headline of bulletin which should have been "Pakistan bowling attack outclass NZ" is "a dramatic day" ..Such an appreciation? Dramatic?

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Good Going Pakistan Best Of Luck For The Next...

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    thts a gud start by pak of 2011..pak played really well and hope till WC they become united and strong enough to hav a gud fight playing against top teams..gud luck pak

  • Attractivue on January 9, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Very good victory by Pakistan. It looked pretty comfortable and easy at the end but I'm sure the Pakistan team had done its fair share of hard work. Bad luck to New Zealand.

    Pakistan should aim to win this series and set the tone for next couple of years of Test Cricket. Pakistan team has proven that without one or two champion players you can still win. Pakistan must put life bans on corrupt cricketers like Asif and Butt especially.

    Can't wait to watch the next Test.

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    proud to be pakistani welll done pak

  • Tremors on January 9, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Great Effort!! waiting for this moment from long time....

    Congrats to PAK.i Cricket Team

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. My loved one team.

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    congrats pakistan good luk for the next match

  • MTA82 on January 9, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Nice to see Pakistan winning.

    Pakistan Team carry on your positive cricket and shut the mouth of all controversies by playing positive cricket.

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I am not a pakistani,, but if i was i wouldnt want aamir, asif or salman in paki team. Are they talented = yes they are.. but no point they will through the match..

    May be the current team is not as gifted as the trio however looks like they want to win. And thats what the world cricket wants...

  • PakoP on January 9, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    NZ gave away wickets too easy

  • on January 9, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    This Test is a welcome break from the IPL Auction that has been dominating the TV screen.Looked to be a quite even contest , but now Pakistan have pressed home the advantage of the 92 run lead and now with their bowlers striking regular blows have reduced NZ to 60/4 still 32 runs adrift ; and have assumed a vice-like grip on the match. Sorry to see NZ continue to falter but I'm happy that Pakistan looks to be getting into the winning habit again.Asad Shafiq is a really good talent and as far as the bowling is concerned Tanvir Ahmed and Abdur Rehman have impressed.Also nice to see Taufiq Umar return with a 50 but disappointing that he did not convert it into a big innings.

  • on January 9, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    draw written all over it....

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  • on January 9, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    draw written all over it....

  • on January 9, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    This Test is a welcome break from the IPL Auction that has been dominating the TV screen.Looked to be a quite even contest , but now Pakistan have pressed home the advantage of the 92 run lead and now with their bowlers striking regular blows have reduced NZ to 60/4 still 32 runs adrift ; and have assumed a vice-like grip on the match. Sorry to see NZ continue to falter but I'm happy that Pakistan looks to be getting into the winning habit again.Asad Shafiq is a really good talent and as far as the bowling is concerned Tanvir Ahmed and Abdur Rehman have impressed.Also nice to see Taufiq Umar return with a 50 but disappointing that he did not convert it into a big innings.

  • PakoP on January 9, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    NZ gave away wickets too easy

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I am not a pakistani,, but if i was i wouldnt want aamir, asif or salman in paki team. Are they talented = yes they are.. but no point they will through the match..

    May be the current team is not as gifted as the trio however looks like they want to win. And thats what the world cricket wants...

  • MTA82 on January 9, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Nice to see Pakistan winning.

    Pakistan Team carry on your positive cricket and shut the mouth of all controversies by playing positive cricket.

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    congrats pakistan good luk for the next match

  • on January 9, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. My loved one team.

  • Tremors on January 9, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    Great Effort!! waiting for this moment from long time....

    Congrats to PAK.i Cricket Team

  • on January 9, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    proud to be pakistani welll done pak

  • Attractivue on January 9, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Very good victory by Pakistan. It looked pretty comfortable and easy at the end but I'm sure the Pakistan team had done its fair share of hard work. Bad luck to New Zealand.

    Pakistan should aim to win this series and set the tone for next couple of years of Test Cricket. Pakistan team has proven that without one or two champion players you can still win. Pakistan must put life bans on corrupt cricketers like Asif and Butt especially.

    Can't wait to watch the next Test.