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

Bowlers won it for us - Misbah

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq credited his bowlers, who sparked a dramatic New Zealand collapse in the evening session to seal his team's crushing win. Abdur Rehman and Wahab Riaz began the demolition, picking up three wickets apiece, while Umar Gul came in to blast out the tail as the hosts were rolled for 110. New Zealand lost all ten wickets for 77 runs in the final session of play, bringing a premature end to a Test match that had promised a closely-fought contest at stumps on the previous day.

"We didn't feel like we were going to win today because the wicket was a bit flat and a bit slow," Misbah said. "It wasn't easy to get batsmen out here, but I think the bowlers did a fantastic job and they won the match for us today. They stuck to the job and did very well for the team."

He said the aim for the Pakistan bowlers had been to keep a good line and length and limit scoring opportunities. "The pitch is slow so it's not easy to score runs. The way I batted, I felt that it was a really tough wicket to score runs on. Batsmen get frustrated when they get stuck there and have to face a lot of deliveries without scoring many runs.

"So that was the key, to bowl in the right areas and just keep the batsmen frustrated and they are going to make mistakes."

Misbah also praised his batsmen for sticking to their plans, as they attempted to bat time and accumulate steadily. "We batted well. Our plan was to bat a bit longer and we wanted a bigger lead, because it looked like batting in the fourth innings was going to be trouble on this wicket."

Misbah put New Zealand's woeful collapse in the second innings down to inexperience and lack of patience, while affirming his side's efforts in the field. "I think that most batsmen are not used to these kinds of wickets where run-scoring is really difficult. You have to be a bit patient. As a batsman you feel under pressure when there are maiden overs and dot balls and you do make mistakes. We bowled and fielded well, and a 92-run lead would have been another thing on the batsmen's mind. I think all these things came together and we were able to get through."

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • DileepR on January 10, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Hi guys, like John Silva, I too am an Indian and I too am a fan of Pak cricket. I root for Pakistan (except when they are playing India !). I watched the NZ test and Pak performance was awesome. The margin of victory was huge and that also on NZ soil. One thing I would like to add is that I loved the body language of the Pak players - no unnecessary aggression and sledging. (Hope some of my own country players take a leaf out of this). The bat or the ball should do the talking. I believe there should be fire but it should be inside in the belly. The outside should be civil and players should behave decently towards their opponents. Just look at the ENG-AUS series. The Aussies were doing the sledging and the English were doing the winning ! Look at the greats - Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar - very very decent behaviour. Some Aussie ex-players said Aussie should sledge more in order to win ! English bowlers never or sledged very little ! Riaz and Gul also didnt ! Great !

  • asadkum on January 10, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ............................................... Congratulation to Pak team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done ................................ Keep it up .............................All the best for the 2nd one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • khurramsch on January 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    well one must admit that both teams are equally matched. both are known for their batting collapses. both have some good bowling & both are inconsistant. pak played well now they need to stay focused & win test series after losing t20 series

  • khurramsch on January 10, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    @Sehwagologist : yes dear pointless series yes very well said that nobody is intersetd BUT it seems that YOU are more intersted than the 2 playing nations.

  • sirvivfan on January 10, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Well doen Pakistan, good result. However must remain focussed to win the next test match. We have many detrators of Pakistan on this forum. Mr Sehwagolist may i remind you how India beat New Zealand at home, ha ha ha ha, how many double hundrerds were scored by New Zealand!! Wake up, you guys are suppose to be number 1 test playing nation. How can that be with a use less bowling attack!! Just returned from Cape Town Newlands, what a cowardly performance from the indian batsmen, could not bat against an attack who were a bowler short and a useless spin bowler in Harris, on a hot clear day! Come on England you can thrash this over rated team in England. I cant wait! SirViv

  • 123451 on January 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    If there were no need for descipline, mantality and maturity, Pakistan would have been by far the greatest team in the game. Go back to summer in England, they had a completely different team (only Gul and Azhar are in the side) and they could beat both Australia and England, now with almost another version of the team they beat Newzealand. that shows how much Cricket talent is there in Pakistan. Just think of removing 5 players of indian team, let alone a whole new side, and who would expect them to beat even Bangladesh.... No big win can be expected as a dawn for a new era for pakistan. the thing they need is to work on their desciplinary issues, and team management. they need a mentor rather than 4 or 5 coaches at a time, like once the had Bob woolmer together with a captain like Inzi or Wasim in order to nurture these guys. everybody has talent but raw talent, and if it isn't feed with right directions, these guys will also fade away like many others......

  • sharprider on January 10, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Well said, Misbah! I believe this is just a reflection of what I had written in my comments after the first day's play that the spinners should have been used more and that the objective of the Pakistan team should have been to corner the Black Caps. This was exactly the stratregy used by Misbah and the bowlers in their second innings and, thankfully, it paid off. This truly has to be a victory attributed to the bowlers primarily even though the batsmen did their part in getting the lead of 92, which, surprisingly enough, proved to be too much for New Zealand. One more thing; the inclusion of the Man-of-the-match Abdur Rehman was a blessing in disguise to begin with, but, really speaking, it was overdue...... a fact that had thus far been overlooked by the selectors for some very odd reason. Now, I believe that there is a sense of fairplay and dedication being injected into this Pakistan team. Moreover, this kind of comprehensive win had eluded India in their own series against NZ.

  • Azhar.Hassan on January 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Great to see the Pakistan team perform well. With all the distractions and turmoil of the recent past, it is good to see a nice result on the cricket field for Pakistan. Hope they can continue with this good form. Just shows what this team is capable of even without some of the first choice players (read bowlers).

  • ahamedirshad123 on January 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    it was already said that pakistan would win after 2010.It happened

  • nafdan on January 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    well done pakistan....... misbah proved his worth as captain.. even i thot that appointing misbah (who couldn't find a place for himself in the english tour) would be a rubbish... GEOFF LAWSON is correct... He said misbah shud hav been made captain six yrs ago... best available cricketing brain in pak...evry1 has accept his comments, bcoz the strategy used and field placements for the same.... mashallah he himself makes him available at the crease and gains good respect as a captain.....keep tanvir out and bring in sohail tanvir for wellington....

  • DileepR on January 10, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Hi guys, like John Silva, I too am an Indian and I too am a fan of Pak cricket. I root for Pakistan (except when they are playing India !). I watched the NZ test and Pak performance was awesome. The margin of victory was huge and that also on NZ soil. One thing I would like to add is that I loved the body language of the Pak players - no unnecessary aggression and sledging. (Hope some of my own country players take a leaf out of this). The bat or the ball should do the talking. I believe there should be fire but it should be inside in the belly. The outside should be civil and players should behave decently towards their opponents. Just look at the ENG-AUS series. The Aussies were doing the sledging and the English were doing the winning ! Look at the greats - Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar - very very decent behaviour. Some Aussie ex-players said Aussie should sledge more in order to win ! English bowlers never or sledged very little ! Riaz and Gul also didnt ! Great !

  • asadkum on January 10, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ............................................... Congratulation to Pak team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done ................................ Keep it up .............................All the best for the 2nd one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • khurramsch on January 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    well one must admit that both teams are equally matched. both are known for their batting collapses. both have some good bowling & both are inconsistant. pak played well now they need to stay focused & win test series after losing t20 series

  • khurramsch on January 10, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    @Sehwagologist : yes dear pointless series yes very well said that nobody is intersetd BUT it seems that YOU are more intersted than the 2 playing nations.

  • sirvivfan on January 10, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Well doen Pakistan, good result. However must remain focussed to win the next test match. We have many detrators of Pakistan on this forum. Mr Sehwagolist may i remind you how India beat New Zealand at home, ha ha ha ha, how many double hundrerds were scored by New Zealand!! Wake up, you guys are suppose to be number 1 test playing nation. How can that be with a use less bowling attack!! Just returned from Cape Town Newlands, what a cowardly performance from the indian batsmen, could not bat against an attack who were a bowler short and a useless spin bowler in Harris, on a hot clear day! Come on England you can thrash this over rated team in England. I cant wait! SirViv

  • 123451 on January 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    If there were no need for descipline, mantality and maturity, Pakistan would have been by far the greatest team in the game. Go back to summer in England, they had a completely different team (only Gul and Azhar are in the side) and they could beat both Australia and England, now with almost another version of the team they beat Newzealand. that shows how much Cricket talent is there in Pakistan. Just think of removing 5 players of indian team, let alone a whole new side, and who would expect them to beat even Bangladesh.... No big win can be expected as a dawn for a new era for pakistan. the thing they need is to work on their desciplinary issues, and team management. they need a mentor rather than 4 or 5 coaches at a time, like once the had Bob woolmer together with a captain like Inzi or Wasim in order to nurture these guys. everybody has talent but raw talent, and if it isn't feed with right directions, these guys will also fade away like many others......

  • sharprider on January 10, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Well said, Misbah! I believe this is just a reflection of what I had written in my comments after the first day's play that the spinners should have been used more and that the objective of the Pakistan team should have been to corner the Black Caps. This was exactly the stratregy used by Misbah and the bowlers in their second innings and, thankfully, it paid off. This truly has to be a victory attributed to the bowlers primarily even though the batsmen did their part in getting the lead of 92, which, surprisingly enough, proved to be too much for New Zealand. One more thing; the inclusion of the Man-of-the-match Abdur Rehman was a blessing in disguise to begin with, but, really speaking, it was overdue...... a fact that had thus far been overlooked by the selectors for some very odd reason. Now, I believe that there is a sense of fairplay and dedication being injected into this Pakistan team. Moreover, this kind of comprehensive win had eluded India in their own series against NZ.

  • Azhar.Hassan on January 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Great to see the Pakistan team perform well. With all the distractions and turmoil of the recent past, it is good to see a nice result on the cricket field for Pakistan. Hope they can continue with this good form. Just shows what this team is capable of even without some of the first choice players (read bowlers).

  • ahamedirshad123 on January 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    it was already said that pakistan would win after 2010.It happened

  • nafdan on January 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    well done pakistan....... misbah proved his worth as captain.. even i thot that appointing misbah (who couldn't find a place for himself in the english tour) would be a rubbish... GEOFF LAWSON is correct... He said misbah shud hav been made captain six yrs ago... best available cricketing brain in pak...evry1 has accept his comments, bcoz the strategy used and field placements for the same.... mashallah he himself makes him available at the crease and gains good respect as a captain.....keep tanvir out and bring in sohail tanvir for wellington....

  • shaantanu on January 10, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Well done pakistan.congratulations to the pakistani team and their fans.u deserve it.happy for misbah.he is a gentleman cricketer.the match was not aired in india i guess but would loved to have watched it.however pakistan has this uncanny habit of playing brilliantly cricket one day and pathetic cricket the the very nxt day.so keep ur socks up play well the next test n win the series.all the best.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on January 10, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    WELL WHATS THE PINT IN A POINTLESS 2 MATCH TEST SERIES THAT TOO AGAINST TWO LOSERS NOBODY IS INTERESTED EXCEPT IND-SA IPL ASHES GAUTAM GAMBHIR EARNING 2.4 MILLION USD TWICE THAN WHOLE PAK TEAM'S EARNING HAHAHAHA

  • on January 10, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    well done to pakistan. A spell of superb reverse swing bowling by wahab riaz. And superb spin by abdur rehman. And good fielding too. Well done!

  • on January 10, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    I hope sanity will prevail in PCB and they'll appoint Misbah as captain for WC... Afridi has been absolutely useless as a captain... Whenever team needs him, he let them down with poor individual performance or hitting a rash shot... and worst of all, he does not shy from criticizing his players in the media and alway come up with different reasons for defeat.... We have not won any T20 or ODI series under his leadership except for 2 T20 against Aust in summer and I think this is a high time that PCB appoints Misbah in place of Afridi... He will bring a lot of confidence and stability in the team which are required of a skipper. and he is also leading from the front with 4 out of 5 50 plus score...

  • on January 10, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Misbah was always the most eligible, sensible and responsible player to have as a captain, that Pakistan refused to have!

    I don't know why there was a delay in his first international cap too, and they seemed almost reluctant in making him the captain too. Anyway, hope better sense prevails. Good luck Misbah, you have the talent and the mind to be a great captain!

  • mithoauau on January 10, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    its good to have a win after dark clouds hanging over Pakistan Cricket. Tanvir Ahmed is not the Opening Bowling Partner Style of Pak Cricket, if some one noticed in Pak Domestic Cricket. New name is emerging Waqas Ahmed so i think he is ready to represent for Pakistan with Anwar Ali who win 2006 under 19 world cup for Pakistan. there are lot of names in Batting but bowling is been ignored in Talent.

  • AleemLatif on January 9, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Well played This PAK Team ... One thing is very evident that we do not need a team with BIG Names / HEROES ... like Shahid Afridi, Shoab Akhtar, Salman Butt,Mohd Yousaf, Mohd Asif, Imran Farhat etc etc.... but we actually need Players - who are AT LEAST HONEST ENOUGH in playing for their country and humble enough to put their 100% to achieve a Victory ... One thing - Misbah doing good with this team is, bringing a bit of calm and patience in the squad and is leading from Front as a Batsman. I hope Younas Khan/Moh Yousaf would support him well and not try to play negative games to fail Misbah as a captain.

    For World Cup 2011 I would still support Afridi as the captain of the side but would like Misbah to be part of the ODIs and T20s teams too.

    But may be Afridi need to learn a bit of patience/manners from Misbah - and should not speak negatively against any of his team mates in the media.

    Well done Abdul Rahman - by the way, I hope you would still would remain down-to-earth guy.

  • universalanalyser on January 9, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    @lankan neutral:if u r neutral then keep it neutral,don go against England,,evry team that has ever won a test in australian soil had celebrated their victory like nthn else,,n its thumpin 3-1,,its England tat has been outa sight even after their crushin victory,,perhaps this is not their final goal,,keep it up England n rest of th test nations too(India esp as they hav shown their real character lately)...i reckon evry eyes are now on Eng tour of India..cant wait to witness:),,and regardin SL victory in Aus,,they surendered their moment of precious victory in th final ODI,,such a poor performance unlike winners,,may b not had it been 5match series,,hope this opinion bodes to large cricketin mass..

  • Elias77 on January 9, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    I don't know what Misbah means by batting conditions being difficult?! The pitch was flat and slow similar to subcontinent. Day 1 and 2 were ideal batting conditions with ball doing nothing. Day 3 showed signs of variable bounce and ball not coming to bat but still it played very much like a batting track. Probably would have offered more help to spin and variable bounce on days 4 and 5. Will never know...

    A part of me wants the Wellington pitch to be exact opposite; Fast and bouncy. Pakistanis must learn to play in swing/seaming pitches and NZ is a good weak team to do this against. Although it might not help in the immediate preparation for WC but Pakistan must look beyond. They have a young team and if everyone click then they can retain these players for a loooong time.

    I think the credit goes to Pakistani bowlers and patience showed by middle batting order including Misbah

  • Zahidsaltin on January 9, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    THE TALK of pakistan not have won aseries for a long time doesnt matter much as every one know that we only play away games. Even the top teams like India had a some 8 years where they hadn't won any out of home series. So no worries there. But what I am most concerned about is having an attack bowler (TANVIR) who bowls at only 123-125 kph. It is not pakistan like. His speed was very much equalent to Younis Khans. We should find a future prospect instead of Tanvir. And yes thanks to JohnSilva.

  • pipsonian on January 9, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    great victory. lets not be complacent and try to wrap up the series.

  • gerardpereira20 on January 9, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    As an Indian I would like to applaud the PCB for trying to lift the dark cloud that hangs over Pakistan cricket. For picking a team that represented their country with Honor and honesty.A team that played the game in th right spirit and a team that one fairly. A strong Pakistan team is good for the game and great Pakistanis like Wasim, Waqar and Imram are loved and respected just as much in India as Tendulkar is loved and respected in Pakistan.

  • Rakim on January 9, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    I hope Pak win series 2-0, even 1-0 won't b bad !!

  • on January 9, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Keep your pants on everyone....let's see what nz does in the sec test...if Pak can win that one...then we will talk.

  • CricketChat on January 9, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    I was not sure about Misbah's appointment as Test captain since he himself was struggling to hold place and not particularly young, but he has provided the calming force Pak team needed after recent storms. The team seems to have gelled well under him. Pak fans deserve all the success their team can provide!.

  • ali145 on January 9, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    if misbah can win this seris for pak than i can say the PCB's decision is rite to appoint him as a captian so far the thngs is on track let us see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 9, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    @Harris.a: well yey...you ain't lost series yet !! but I am not sure, may be you will as the way Pak crashed NZ and you lost the series against Bangladesh and India. So not sure how far NZ will go to WC11 stage, I am predicting first round exit or may be if they play really good cricket, then second round

  • SohailShaikh on January 9, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Great result, well done Misbah, Waqar and team!

    We just need some of the batsmen to push on into 3 figures once they are set, that will make a huge difference when we are playing some of the higher ranked test playing teams.

  • LeftBrain on January 9, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    good win. and of all the players it is Misbah who is providing this sense of hope in team that was completely hopeless in last few years. Well done Misbah and well done Pakistan

  • Tabish-Muhammad on January 9, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    well done Pakistan, Well done Misbah.. I really appreciate Misbah's captaincy. Though, I am a big fan of Afridi, n afridi does have a lot of respect, but i reckon, Afridi should be replaced with Misbah as WC captain. Then, exprienced Misbah & Younis and thrilling Afridi, Razzaq and Akhter can win another WC for us. WELL DONE PAKISTAN!!!!

  • mensan on January 9, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team! Hats off to Misbah, Taufeeq, Asad, Gul, Tanveer, Abdur Rehman, Wahab and Adnan. I hope Hafeez, Younis and Azhar also play some defining innings in Wellingtom which has been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan. It is literally unbelieable to see this B-team of Pakistan defeating the Kiwis so crushingly.

  • cricket_for_all on January 9, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    I am Sri Lankan but I am very impressed with PAK performance. I think that they are now playing for the country. Their test performance at UAE was not bad and even ODI was not bad either under lots of pressure. I have a feeling that one of the sub-continent teams will get the WC (May be SA is also). ENG is celebrating like world champion after winning poor AUS (Both India (in test) and SL (in ODI) thrashed AUS right before the Ashes). So ENG can just dream about WC and test #1 spot lol!!!.

  • on January 9, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Well this series may not be watched much thanks to IPL Auction but nevertheless a fabulous performance by Pakistan. A typically Pakistani performance,the bowlers decimating the opponents within a session to set up a crushing victory in a match that had been a close contest for the first two days.Well done keep it up ! Hope Pakistan goes on to win the series.Commiserations to NZ, poor John Wright couldn't have had a worse start as coach (excluding the T20 series)

  • on January 9, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    Better performance by Pakistan Cricket team. They require to build on it, and in particular, their batsmen have to stay more at the wicket, rather throwing away their wickets cheaply. New Zealand is not a very challenging side, they need to get on with other hard teams like India, South Africa, Australia and England, where their guts would be intensively tested. Anyway, it is always nice to see Pakistan winning.

  • hamzaniazi on January 9, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Well done misbah and Pakistan cricket Team .Just Amazing performance from whole team .I think Misbah can be captain,gonna be really good option for world cup.he has spark n positive mind set !

  • Q72941 on January 9, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    A wonderful performance that really makes a Test match ever so special. When NZ had Asad & Misbah out, it seemed like they took the control back & at 62/2 they still looked in for a big total but the way Pak bowling kept striking, it was amusing and encouraging to see how Test format still has the balance between the bat & the ball. Hope to see some good stuff that makes Test Matches the best kind of the contest. Looking forward to see Umar Akmal in action like last time also Adam Milne could have a better time in Test than T20.

  • on January 9, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Great job of picking the side for this test. Keeping Shoaib Malik out of the tour, keeping T-20 players like Umar Akmal out of the test side and have real test players like Azhar Ali, Tuafeeq Umar and Asad Shafiq in the side. It is going to be tough to replace Rehman even if Saeed Ajmal comes back. Great job all round

  • on January 9, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Well played pakistan......batting has really improved...also we showed that we still have a good bowling attack even without aamir and asif

  • adil8 on January 9, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    GREAT IMRAN KHAN SAID, " I ONLY RATE PLAYERS WHO PERFORM WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN".. SO MISBAH IS THE WORTHY CAPTAIN OF ALL FORMATS..

  • on January 9, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Excellent!!!!!!!! it seems like Pakistan has found good quality test batsmen - Azhar, Asad - Good future if younis, yousuf and misbah also contribute. In last 12-15 months Pakistan has improved in test cricket and declined in one day and 20/20. i hope they find good combination for one day as well .... and separate test and one teams and dont rely so much on test player in 20/20 as much as in last few months.

  • on January 9, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    Short pitch bowling strategy against tail enders was superb.

  • on January 9, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    really unexpected. i woke up to find tht Pakistan had wrapped up the test :) victory feelz gr8

  • Saim93 on January 9, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    @JohnSilva good to know that an indian is also supporting pakistan, i myself as a Pakistani have been rooting for India in their current series against South Africa. Lets hope both teams continue their good form in the future!

  • Bunny.boy123 on January 9, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    well done Team Pak...May Allah help us in future & give our players to try hard than before (aameen)!!!

  • charia on January 9, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    really gud captaincy by misbah!!really impressed

  • ali145 on January 9, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    i will appecaite misbah as a good captain if he won this test seires for pakistan till eveything seems on track best of luck jajoooooooooooooooooo

  • Superman2010 on January 9, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    I can not believe that Pakistan can produce the above result, wel done Pakistan. I am specially impressed by Shafiq, Adnan Akmal and Rehman. I also think that all three Akmal brothers should be in the team for World Cup, and Adnan should be given keeping and other two brothers should be specialist batsmen, I think it will become an exploding team. I hope Amir comes back. For the time being we are very Happy to see Pak win, Pakistan nation got something to ceer about.

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Misbah proved to be a good captain by showing the wxact approach a captain shold have.His individual performance was also remarkable in giving Pakistan support when they collapsed and changed the history that if Pakistan's upper batting order falls down then the whole team falls down.His attacking strategy was also good and he made sure that every thing went as was planned and showed his leadership skill exquisitely.rest the team performance was also good..to be summed up everyone contributed and showed themselves as a fighting unit..may this spirit never die and they continue with this...

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    LOVELY WIN love to see u again n again like this really great performance

  • ibi7 on January 9, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    WeLl DoNe PaKiStAn.................................

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Thats why cricket lovers love team Pakistan all over the world...Their unpredictability...I mean no one would have imagined at least a crushing win over new zealand in their home soil..If Pakistan stay disipline like the way they were through out this test (n only 1 catch dropped as far as i remember) they can hurt any team real bad without even the main forces like amir, asif. Remember last time when Pakistan visited new zealand? Amir running in round the wicket left arm moving the ball away from the right hander with beautiful reverse swing. It's just good to see that Pakistan is not at the receiving side of such batting collapse which mostly is the case lol. Just need to be more disciplined in batting and fielding department and we will be one of the most attractive team of the world. and yes..I think people noticed one more thing..pakistan team batting 122.1 overs...and that means they stuck there when it was required instead of getting bowled out in 60 odd overs or sumthing.

  • 123451 on January 9, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    this win is a unique one; for there is no outstanding performance.It was a team effort, bowlers doing the job in both innings, and batsmen as well were right on task. A pakistani win usually require extra ordinary efforts. take examples of Umar Gul in 3rd odi in england and Razzaq in second against SA. what they need to make a habit of is wins with team works wich doesn't require cricket miracles, caus the problem is they don't happen everytime.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on January 9, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    When P.C.B selected Misbah as captain i thought that it was going to be a rubbish decision to appoint him captain but he really impressed with his attacking approach. The way he planned the two matches against S.A and then today against N.Z it was fantastic.His field placing and bowling changes were brilliant.Totally different tactics from Mohammed Yousuf and Salman Butt( both used to start the game with defensive mind and used to spread the fielding right from the 1st over of the match and even for new batsmen).That attacking field really made the different today and produced the superb result for Pakistan.Good luck Pakistan and Misbah..

  • Harris.a on January 9, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    lool yess atleast we aint lost this series even if they win next 1.

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    A good start, let's hope the momentum is kept.

  • daniraza on January 9, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Very nice effort by team pak....Heads off to them....Lets hope they win the series as well....Cheerz....:)

  • JohnSilva on January 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    I am an Indian but am thrilled to see a Pak Test win and that too a crushing victory ! Riaz and Gul were real fast with some late swing. Rehman with variation in turn and speed was excellent. The fielding improved beyond recognition. In batting there is plenty of talent, they only have to learn to concentrate and play with discipline to get big scores needed in test cricket. Even without many of their veteran players and stars, Well Done Pakistan !

  • SamAsh07 on January 9, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    This is performance. Getting an opposition out on a batting track, and to think the test match just started yesterday is scary...how did it end so fast?? Well, Pakistan was playing that's how.

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Great win after a longgg time !! Today i can hope pakistan can win a test series after YEARSSSSSS - I feel like cryin :D

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  • on January 9, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Great win after a longgg time !! Today i can hope pakistan can win a test series after YEARSSSSSS - I feel like cryin :D

  • SamAsh07 on January 9, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    This is performance. Getting an opposition out on a batting track, and to think the test match just started yesterday is scary...how did it end so fast?? Well, Pakistan was playing that's how.

  • JohnSilva on January 9, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    I am an Indian but am thrilled to see a Pak Test win and that too a crushing victory ! Riaz and Gul were real fast with some late swing. Rehman with variation in turn and speed was excellent. The fielding improved beyond recognition. In batting there is plenty of talent, they only have to learn to concentrate and play with discipline to get big scores needed in test cricket. Even without many of their veteran players and stars, Well Done Pakistan !

  • daniraza on January 9, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Very nice effort by team pak....Heads off to them....Lets hope they win the series as well....Cheerz....:)

  • on January 9, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    A good start, let's hope the momentum is kept.

  • Harris.a on January 9, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    lool yess atleast we aint lost this series even if they win next 1.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on January 9, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    When P.C.B selected Misbah as captain i thought that it was going to be a rubbish decision to appoint him captain but he really impressed with his attacking approach. The way he planned the two matches against S.A and then today against N.Z it was fantastic.His field placing and bowling changes were brilliant.Totally different tactics from Mohammed Yousuf and Salman Butt( both used to start the game with defensive mind and used to spread the fielding right from the 1st over of the match and even for new batsmen).That attacking field really made the different today and produced the superb result for Pakistan.Good luck Pakistan and Misbah..

  • 123451 on January 9, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    this win is a unique one; for there is no outstanding performance.It was a team effort, bowlers doing the job in both innings, and batsmen as well were right on task. A pakistani win usually require extra ordinary efforts. take examples of Umar Gul in 3rd odi in england and Razzaq in second against SA. what they need to make a habit of is wins with team works wich doesn't require cricket miracles, caus the problem is they don't happen everytime.

  • on January 9, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Thats why cricket lovers love team Pakistan all over the world...Their unpredictability...I mean no one would have imagined at least a crushing win over new zealand in their home soil..If Pakistan stay disipline like the way they were through out this test (n only 1 catch dropped as far as i remember) they can hurt any team real bad without even the main forces like amir, asif. Remember last time when Pakistan visited new zealand? Amir running in round the wicket left arm moving the ball away from the right hander with beautiful reverse swing. It's just good to see that Pakistan is not at the receiving side of such batting collapse which mostly is the case lol. Just need to be more disciplined in batting and fielding department and we will be one of the most attractive team of the world. and yes..I think people noticed one more thing..pakistan team batting 122.1 overs...and that means they stuck there when it was required instead of getting bowled out in 60 odd overs or sumthing.

  • ibi7 on January 9, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    WeLl DoNe PaKiStAn.................................