New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Wellington, 5th day

Flying start and a sleepy finish

Plays of the Day on day five of the Wellington Test between New Zealand and Pakistan

Andrew Fernando at Basin Reserve

January 19, 2011

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Chris Martin appeals successfully for Azhar Ali's scalp, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Wellington, 5th day, January 19, 2011
There was plenty of words from the New Zealand bowlers but not enough wickets to force victory © Getty Images

The ominous start to the day
Having been defensive in the field for much of the fourth day and with a 1-0 lead in the series, it was always going to be interesting to see whether Pakistan would play for the draw or attempt to chase down the tantalising 274 on the last day of the Test. Mohammad Hafeez didn't keep the opposition wondering for long. The first ball of the day, a short, wide offering from Chris Martin, was walloped over the slip cordon for four. The openers at least, seemed to have one eye on the a 2-0 series victory.

Aggressive burst of the day
The New Zealand seamers too, came out firing on all cylinders as they attempted to make inroads into the Pakistan top order. Chris Martin began the morning with a heated debate with Hafeez, but it was Tim Southee who was the more visibly fired up new-ball bowler. His second over of the day began with two trips to the striker's end, as he stared Hafeez down in between red-faced remarks. He then hurled the ball at the stumps having fielded it in his follow through, only to hit Hafeez in the back of the leg - much to the batsman's chagrin. Southee finished the over with another long stroll to the opposite end as his teammates closed in around him to add a few words of their own.

Tortuous over of the day
Younis Khan made an excellent 81 on a day five pitch, but before he was set he underwent an agonising examination at the hands of Daniel Vettori. Vettori began his fourth over with an arm ball that struck Younis in line with off stump and seemed to be headed for middle and off, but despite the massive appeal, the batsman survived. The next delivery leapt up to take Younis' glove, but lobbed just over silly mid-off and three unconvincing defensive strokes later, Younis had his third lucky escape of the over, when he edged in between the keeper and slip to collect three runs.

Deja vu of the day
In an almost direct parallel to day three, Younis Khan was dismissed off the last delivery of the afternoon, just when Pakistan seemed to have laid the foundation to launch an attack in the final session. Just as in the first innings, Younis had made an important half-century, and just as in the first innings, he had batted out the entire session in the company of Misbah-ul-haq. He had been caught behind then too, as now, and perhaps the only difference was that this time he was dismissed by Southee, rather than Vettori.

Wake-up call of the day
Having batted out six consecutive maidens just after the tea break, the Pakistan batsmen seemed to be resigned to a draw. They had also put most of the Basin Reserve crowd to sleep. Asad Shafiq though, who had seen out 22 deliveries without getting off the mark, decided to prove he hadn't nodded off himself and danced the pitch to loft Vettori over mid-on for six. The next ball too, was dispatched to the boundary through backward point, adding to Shafiq's stunning infinity percent increase in strike rate. Misbah at the other end though, continue to bat as though he no longer had a pulse.

Attacking field of the day
As the Test was in its final throes, and Pakistan still 48 runs from victory, New Zealand had little to lose by crowding the infield. Martin's final over was bowled with an 8-1 off-side field. Three slips, a gully, a point and three short covers surrounded the batsman, and all eight men were located within fifteen metres of the stumps.

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Posted by SAM_SAYA on (January 19, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

It was good to see Pakistan coming out with approach to win the match, and although taufeeq fell in 2nd over, azhar and hafeez continued to attack but due to good bowling from Kiwis, they lost three wickets and i think that forced Pakistan to look for a draw. I think they would have attacked in third session if Younis had not fallen on last ball before tea. Anyways it was a great cricket test match.

Posted by khurramsch on (January 19, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

wel some people cpmlaining about pak drawing. after losing 3 for 42 in 12 overs & knowing only younis & misbah left as asad is in 4th inings and adnan cant bat longer. there was no chance to win. the only poor show from pakistan was on 4th day 1st session when droping catches not bowling good.sometime things are not that simple from outside.3rd test 5th day ind vs SA indian having a strong batting lineup only made less than 150 in 80 overs. & i say they did well to draw 1st series in SA.

Posted by Chona on (January 19, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

@Sat Matharu " Pak need to adopt Bhaji's fearless attitude to win if they are to achieve anything"....??????.well that is a joke....

so you think bhajji is a batsman...oh yes that is true...he can only take wickets when either batsman makes a mistake.... and lastly just check record....india has won only once in 20 years in NZ and Pak has won 8 times during same it does not matter if it was 2-0 or 1-0...a series win was more important than to please the crowd....... why teams should play for corwd pleasing....????? Cricket is after all about winning and losing....not for pleasing crowd all the time....

if that is so then test cricket will change into T20 and players like Dravid Chanderpaul will be thrown out of test well done Pak and well done on winning the series..........

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 19, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

@Sat Matharu: "They really need to adopt Bhaji's fearless attitude to win if they are to achieve anything". You mean throw their bat around like a mad man? No they have Afridi for that, and thankfully he only plays limited overs cricket nowadays. And just for the record they did achieve something, a series victory, but alas people like you will never give them the credit when it's due.

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (January 19, 2011, 18:09 GMT)

@ AndyZaltzmannsHair... dude wat kinda silly shots do u need to play when u need only 3 an over? yeah pak was 42/3 at one stage but it doesnt mean u can never think of another result.its a five day match n situation changes and u play according to that. after 42/3 it was 150/3 at one stage, two set batsmen on wicket, nz ran out of options , they were tired, ball was old, no nz bowler presenting any threat then why couldnt they try? just keep scoring 3 an over and vettori will b forced to spread his field and then even if u lob a shot in air its a good chance it will fall safe.that is the job of a captain to tell his team that we achieved one goal now lets push for another, if u tell ur team that we have done enough u r not sending out a good message to ur 150/3 misbah could hold one end n let younis n asad play their natural game, nothing T20 or even ODI material was ever needed.any odd ball can get a batsman out in nz, so y not score while u r on wicket?

Posted by CricketChat on (January 19, 2011, 16:56 GMT)

Fair result give all that's been going on with Pak cricket of late. I hope they can play with more positive intent in ODIs now that the WC spots suspense is over. They should play all the players from WC squad to come up with best 11 for the tournament.

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 19, 2011, 16:32 GMT)

This test match reminded me one of the recently played IND vs SA (3rd Mtach) at Cape Town, SA. Only PAK was playing 4th inning instead of IND. Novice, Asad Shafiq (of # 6 Team) was much faster in making run (24 runs of 85 B) than veteran SR Tendulakr (of #1 team) who made first 3 runs (4th inning of IND vs SA, 3rd Match Cape Town) in 69 balls and remained not out at 14 after facing 91 balls. The bottom line is sometime a team has to paly defensively in order to win. But certainly I would have expected much more positive play, by taking risk, from #1 team rather than accusing other teams. Needless to say: I think Team PAK is doing well considering that they are playing all the time on foreign soils.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 16:22 GMT)

It's really disappointing that Pakistan didn't go for a win. Apparently we watch a match for a result when result is possible. Misbah and company should have taken some calculated risk. At least in last 10/15 overs. Pakistan had a very good tail to survive these many overs, had we even lost couple of wickets chasing the target in last session. My 5 days got wasted due to a -ve mindset of Misbah and Waqar. What they were trying to achieve from a weaker NZ side and from a 2 test match series? Pakistan was not going to loose the series anyhow. Had we won it, it would have lifted the spirits of the team before world cup.

Posted by truth1 on (January 19, 2011, 15:33 GMT)

I agree with AndyZaltzmannsHair that there are hardly any teams that have the same ability to regenerate so quickly as Pakistani team does.Also people who think Misbah should have gone for win are probably forgetting that at a stage when they were 43/3 it seemed all over.Had Younis survived into last session it would have been a totaly different story. The fact that Misbah,the captain, has scored 6 consecutive fifties (3 of them not out) so far(an average of >111 as a captain and better than Bradman as a captain about 104) with all of these admist batting crises shows the class of man who was not given a chance for almost a decade. Reminiscent of the fightbaks by Miandad and Imran Khan.Leaders create crises (e.g,Ejaz Butt) and crises create leaders (e.g,Misbah);when the going gets tough its the tough one who gets going.This team is not world beater at present but it has the potential.Imagine if Misbah had class of Amer and asif at his disposal.Keep feet on ground,its only a begining.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 15:18 GMT)

reading these comments i find that many ppl are ridiculing misbah for his negative approach...if he had to attack and throw his wicket away then what would you have said??captain irresponsible???under the circumstances with pakistan winning the series already and having a history of crumbling when under pressure, i think misbah did the right thing and closed up shop early...infact misbah is a good candidate to lead pakistan in wc...maybe the timing of changing a captain not soo good but mayb afridi will be relieved of burden of captaincy and potentially would do better as a batsmen n bowler..asad shafiq is a test player and should not have been picked ahead of moyo

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

Well said "Misbah is the new Dravid"

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

@ Rafey Zuberi :MISBAH IS THE NEW DRAVID??? Good joke..

Posted by khurramsch on (January 19, 2011, 13:48 GMT)

wel played by pakistan after losing 3 wickets in 12 overs for 42. only younis & misbah left who can bat longer there was no option for going for win on 5th day. i dont know y people are speaking about that pak played very slow? the only poor performance from pakistan was on 4th day when in 1st session they were very por on field. droping many catches & not bowling wel. 5th day was perfect.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 13:46 GMT)


Posted by khurramsch on (January 19, 2011, 13:45 GMT)

@Sat Matharu : dear after losing 3 wickets in 12 overs & knowing after yonis & misbah only asad (palying 4th inings ) & adnan who cant bat longer there was no option to win.som times thing are not that easy inside the field. do u remebr 5th day 3rd test betwen ind vs SA?india has strong batting but they only made les than 150 in 80 overs?

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 13:10 GMT)

@ AndyZaltzmannsHair - U said it all mate... cudnt have said better :)

Posted by KALPANA. on (January 19, 2011, 12:35 GMT)


Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 11:31 GMT)

Well done Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan needs as much confidence as they can get before the start of the world cup. If Pakistan does well in the ODI's thatll mean theyll enter the world cup with their heads high and even more important their self belief will also be at an all time high. I wouldnt start singing hyms in Pakistan's praise as yet but i feel that this will do Pakistans preparations for the cup a world of good. GO GREEN MACHINE

Posted by zainthepakfan on (January 19, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

A very good win for Pakistan, but this is absolute typical of Misbah,no one is taking credit away from his resilience but he could atleast rotate the strike more. I mean younis didnt play any harsh shots either but played at a decent test match pace i.e around 50 runs per hundred balls. but look at Mibah for heavens sake. PLaying almost 250 odd balls he scored around 60 odd runs. I mean all great cricket teams rely on rotating the strike, this defense off a hundred maiden overs is beyond me. They did the same against SA in UAE. That just shows the lack of confidence he has in his own and his teams ability

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

Poor show from the paks. Ever since the 2007 T20 Final, it seems Mishap has been mentally scarred for life and does not take any risks. They really need to adopt Bhaji's fearless attitude to win if they are to achieve anything

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (January 19, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. They were always blamed for being too volatile, well they showed that after a disastrous start (42/3) they did not crumble and the champion batsmen in the form of YUNUS and captain MISBAH played so masterfully that they rescued Pakistan from an apparently precarious situation. NZ bowlers were all over them in the morning session with hostile bowling plus the bowlers were snarling and throwing the ball at the batsmen to hit their body wherever they could (ICC must take notice of SOUTHEE's behaviour, umpires totally failed to control some of the the NZ bowlers and fielders). Well a 2-0 series win was very attractive but a 1-0 series win is better then a 1-1 series.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

I think Pakistan did the right thing and they adopted the right approach. It was frustrating for NZ because they were expecting Pakistan to explode and make mistakes but that didn't really happen....

Posted by Aftabkhan24 on (January 19, 2011, 9:57 GMT)

well done Pakistan for wining series after long ages...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 9:46 GMT)


Posted by zn264 on (January 19, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, you batted out the last day pretty well after a shaky start. Very dissapointing for the Black Caps, but we can take a few positives out of that game though, and build, slowly but surely. Good to see Taylor getting some runs, and maybe we have found our opening pair finally??? Again, congrats to Pak, well played.

Posted by liaqathussain on (January 19, 2011, 9:24 GMT)

well done pakistan for winning a series after almost 5 years,, well deserved,, still plenty of work to be done especially at the top order and with kamran akmal back in the squad i think pak can play him as a batsmen in the team,, umpiring as been pathetic in the match

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

16 overs 85 runs and 6 wickets in hand and Misbah not showing any positive intent, pathetic I would say. But still I am happy with the results from this series, without 3,4 main players of starting 11 we managed to do well.

Posted by ummii on (January 19, 2011, 9:06 GMT)

Although NZ is a weaker team but not many were expecting Pakistan to win a test series on there NZ soil, as Pakistan was drowned into so many off-field controversies. Hats off to the resilience of Misbah ul Haq. Some thing to learn for Shahid Afridi, which is patience.

Posted by noba on (January 19, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

i blame misbah on some parts but to be honest wat he did was right...yes he was too defensive yes he could have gone for the win with the positive approach and it might have even gotten them home but knowing pakistan and their ability to absorb pressure i think wat he did was right. if he gave them the signal to go ahead and hit they would just over do it a tad bit and it would've just resulted in losing wickets and perhaps losing the game (which wud jus result in a series draw) the end of it all a draw was the best option cuz it assured them of a series win and he knew wat a TEST SERIES WIN meant for them (coming after 4 years). so kudos to him for giving pakistan a chance to hold a trophy of a test series :D

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Very dissapointing to see Pakistan playing so defensively and not going for the win when only 60 were needed off the last 10 overs with 6 wickets in hand but at the same time its refreshing that we have finally won a test series..time to move on from the test mode to the odis and then the big one; World Cup..I hope PCB doesnt make the stupid mistake of replacing Afridi as captain for the world cup..good luck to Pakistan for the odi series and WC.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 8:34 GMT)

Misbah was named Man of the Match by New Zealanders for not going for the win :P

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

nz were too pathetic, one good bowling spell could have seen pakis reeling. i hope they dont make misbah the one day captain because of this

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Why are people cribbing.. I think Pakistan has displayed tremendous appetite by drawing thrice on Day 5 in four test matches (2 times vs SA and now). Even though they were defensive in not scoring at 3 per over on Day 5 but you cannot blame them since they were leading series 1-0. Well played Pakistan, hope they can build up on this in future.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 8:20 GMT)

A good series for Pakistan. Younis and Misbah proved that they are the best of the lot despite their age. They certainly proved those people wrong who are in favour of getting rid of the seniors and vie for the induction of juniors in their places. PCB was wrong in omitting Mohammed Yousuf who is also a world class player. Had he been there Pakistan would certainly have gone for a win in this test. Misbah rightly opted for safety first tactics because no other youngster was as reliable as himself and Younis Khan. It is high time that PCB bosses forget about their personal grudge against some of the playes and select the team on merit. Yousuf, Younis and Misbah are a must for Pakistan Test side. For ODI's and T20's we can look for other options.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 8:17 GMT)

Any ways a good win for Pakistan. Hafeez is playing like a spoiled kid nowadays.

Posted by wc1992 on (January 19, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

A GREAT Victory, something only team like PAKISTAN can achieve WHAT a BOWLING lession for WORLS and Reminder to ICC and BCCI and might i add ECB .. what PAKISTAN is MDE of ... challange any teanm in the workd to take there caption and two of the best player and play to NZ at home and see how they do it ... if it was not for UMPIRES NZ was facing another at leat BIG defete if not BY INNigs .. i mean whar 1ist innings NZ was 8/1 UMPIRE HARPER did not gave guptill OUT while the BALL DEVETED AT LEAST 24CM after the nick.. few other really close calls dar i say some looked plumb but again at 180/6 REACE YOUNG was only 2 or 3 not out again UMPIRE MISSED a PLUMB (this may not enough to describe how PLUMB it was) LBW ... even to NZ commentory team was trying hard to make other UMPIRING BLUNDER (against only PAKISTAN) look 50/50 or CLOSE calls but they GAVE ON THIS ONE after FEW MINTS(i live in NZ auckland)...a GREAT GREAT win by THIRD GRADE TEAM FROM PAKISTAN (thanks to ICC and co )

Posted by durriya on (January 19, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

a good end to their series against kiwis but lot to improve best of luck to Pakistan in ODI series and for World Cup

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

@AndyZaltzmannsHair: Very well said!!!! :D

Posted by   on (January 19, 2011, 7:24 GMT)

This was a terrible offering from Misbah. He deserved a severe chiding rather than the man of the match award. If he had tried even half as much as Younis, the 2-0 would have been ours. I am absolutely disgusted. He had no right to present team Pakistan to the rest of the world as chickens, and that too singlehandedly. Lets not forget him berating poor Asad Shafiq everytime he tried to hit shots. No no, lets lay the blame on the only shoulder that deserves it.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 19, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

@pk_cric_rox: When your team is 42/3 in the 13th over, after seeing the top 3 batsmen play their shots and get out, what exactly do you expect from the others? They had a mountain to climb after the 13th over and they climbed it. If it was so easy to bat on a wearing 5th day wicket, teams would regularly chase down 300 plus scores without much discomfort, but it just doesn't happen all too often. Be happy that the batsmen once again showed resilience and played proper Test match innings. If you want to see batsmen playing silly shots, go watch T20 cricket or the IPL.

Posted by irfanulhaq on (January 19, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

Waoo..Great Win....Take a bow Misbah. Even Pakistan team has been facing so many outfield problems but still they manage to win the test against England, drew the series against New Zealand,Australia & South Africa & now won the series against New Zealand. That shows how much talent is there in Pakistan.

Before 10 months they visited the New Zealand & had totally different team, from the current team only Umar Gul was part of that team, Now after 10 months with a new team they manage to able win the series. Very nice progress.

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (January 19, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

a very coward and pathetic cricket from pakistan on day 5. after younis n misbah were settled they could attempt for win at any stage of the game. vettori even gave them a chance when he put his weakest bowlers arnel and franklin in attack for 10 over n pak scored only 15 runs in those overs. could easily score 30 odd runs to push new zealand fielders on boundaries n score 3 singles almost every over. this is the reason misbah should not lead pakistan in world cup becoz he is way too defensive and careful and luck only favours the brave. oh and another thing about umpiring, its third series in a row where 90% of umpiring howlers went against pakistan.just a co-incidence i know but really bad for the team that is trying to establish and redeem.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (January 19, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

If there's a team out there that has the regenerative ability of Pakistan, I've yet to see them. The ability to not only fight but literally thrive in the face of adversity is stunning. They deserve this series victory and dare I say a pretty handy Test team could be in the making here. The youngsters still need a couple more years of experience at the highest level, and they probably don't quite have the maverick geniuses of old, but they seem to want to play a good, solid brand of Test match cricket. All the best to them.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (January 19, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

hi hi hi. We finaly won a test series in my life time hahahhaaa. So happy. Congragulations to Pakistan for showing fight and won the series.

Above all thanks to Mr. Majeed for stay away from pakistan team this time around so that we can draw a test match and win the series.

Good job by misbah, younas and all players. Good luck for ODI's. have fun.

Posted by rizzz86 on (January 19, 2011, 6:03 GMT)

good series win for pakistan before wc .... i think pak should go for win in 2nd test ... anyways congratz to pakistan team

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