Pakistan in New Zealand, 2010-11 January 19, 2011

Pakistan continue their dominance

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Pakistan won their first series since 2006 and continued to maintain their impressive win-loss record in New Zealand

It may have come as a surprise to many that Pakistan did not try to chase down New Zealand's target of 274, but considering that they last won a series in 2006-07, their safe strategy was probably understandable. Pakistan, though, continued to maintain their excellent stats in New Zealand. Their record of eight wins in 15 matches in New Zealand since 1990 is level with Australia's. Also, Pakistan continued their excellent run in Wellington, where they have not lost a single match since 1990.

For New Zealand, however, this turned out to be yet another opportunity lost to register an elusive series win. They last won a Test series in 2005-06 (matches excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe) against West Indies at home. Since then, their only series wins have come against Bangladesh and they have lost three of their last five home series.

The defeat in the first Test was Vettori's 16th as captain. Among the four New Zealand captains who have led the team in at least 20 Tests, his win-loss ratio of 0.37 is better only than John Reid's 0.16.

Teams in New Zealand since 1990
Team Played Won Lost Drawn W-L ratio
Australia 12 8 2 2 4.00
Pakistan 15 8 3 4 2.67
England 12 7 2 3 3.50
South Africa 7 3 1 3 3.00
Sri Lanka 11 2 4 5 0.50
India 11 1 4 6 0.25
West Indies 9 1 4 4 0.25

Pakistan were the more consistent side in both departments. Their bowling was much more lethal as they dismissed New Zealand for 110 in Hamilton and succeeded in bowling out the home team in all four innings. New Zealand, despite performing much better in Wellington, lacked the bowling firepower to bowl out Pakistan twice.

Batting and bowling stats of the two teams
Team Runs scored Batting average 100 50 Wickets taken Bowling average 5WI 10WM
Pakistan 963 38.52 0 9 38 26.63 0 0
New Zealand 979 24.47 1 9 25 38.84 0 0

Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan scored crucial half-centuries to help Pakistan salvage a draw in the second Test. Misbah has revelled in his captaincy role: he has scored six fifties in seven innings since taking over as captain and is just one fifty away from equalling the record of seven consecutive half-centuries.

Younis, on the other hand, improved on his already outstanding fourth-innings record. Among batsmen with over 700 runs in the fourth innings, his average of 59.13 is second only to Don Bradman's 73.40. Only two of his eight fifty-plus scores have come in victories, though.

Top batsmen in the fourth innings in Tests (min qualification 700 runs)
Batsman Matches Runs Average 100 50
Don Bradman 18 734 73.40 3 4
Younis Khan 23 887 59.13 4 4
Geoff Boycott 36 1234 58.76 3 7
Sunil Gavaskar 34 1398 58.25 4 8
Jack Hobbs 26 979 57.58 2 6
Ricky Ponting 51 1362 54.48 4 5

Jesse Ryder had a career average of over 50 coming into this series against Pakistan. But his performance in this series was very poor, as he aggregated just 39 runs in four innings including two first-ball ducks, which resulted in his career average dropping to less than 45.

Despite his troubles with captaincy, Vettori's superb batting form continued. He scored his sixth Test century overall and his fourth as captain. Among New Zealand batsmen who have scored at least 1000 runs as captain, Vettori's average of 39.12 is the fifth highest. His four-wicket haul in the first innings made him only the sixth player to score a century and pick up four wickets in an innings in the same match as captain.

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  • sameera on January 21, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Who says Sachin does not play well in 4th innings. In recent 3rd Test against SA he played whole day and was 14 not out.

  • Arif on January 20, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    Can't believe how we yet again and again fall in love with this team; the only to be kicked in the back yet gain... Can we cease singing praises of one off performances or one off series? We need to appreciate consistency, not flash in the pan performances. We as fans need to mature so that the team can know whats expected of them. They know that one or 2 good performances in the career (ala Abdul Razzak) and they will be remembered as legends. Even blood sucking leeches have better records of consistency... How short memories we have... how easy we forget... How easy we let them off the hook. Are we not like victims of love, that are charmed back in to bed by the smooth talking casanova who knows how to push our buttons?

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    A fourth innings record second only to bradman... Meaning that in this day and age, he is the very best man-for-the-tough-job :) And has been for the last 50 years at-least? That is, after Bradman's time... THIS is the record to be very very proud of. Pakistanis should start appreciating their unsung heroes.

  • Sajjad on January 20, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    If PCB gives proper coaching to this team with some new players for 3,4 years then this team could b one of the best team in the world.

  • Nadeem on January 20, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Here you go, one more Sachin hatter. Keep on Hatting sachin, he will bight you back and score more runs again and again. Please dont hate Sachin otherwise he will never quit the game.

  • athar on January 19, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    i knew tendulkar is not going to be there because he can not play in 4th innings.

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    A positive start with the start of a new year. Hope Pakistani team will be able to win more matches and series including ODI worldcup. And get rid of the ghost of 2010.

  • Powderdubdub on January 19, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Yet another proof how hard the current PCB worked to destroy Pakistan Cricket, their pathetic behaviour towards Yunus Khan nearly ended the career of this gifted batsman. Now they are after Shahid Afridi and a few others, GOD save Pakistan Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    i love PAkistan..geo man ..nd well played Younis ,Misbah..but misbah im angry by ur defensive role toward s the end..u can win the second one any how .......mashallah

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