722dThe Report by Shashank Kishore

Raval and Williamson seal solid eight-wicket win

Debutant opener Jeet Raval batted with focus to overcome a testing period against the new ball and took New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory in Christchurch

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KS Williamson
61(77) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 22 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
8 8 6 3 5 13 2 16
JA Raval
55(121) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 13 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
6 4 7 10 13 14 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

C de Grandhomme
O15.5
M5
R41
W6
Eco2.58
RHB
OFFLEG
2W1W
3W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Rahat Ali
O15.5
M2
R62
W4
Eco3.91
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

11.00am start, Lunch 1.00-1.40pm, Tea 3.40-4.00pm, Close 6.00pm

Match days

17,18,19,20 November 2016 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: George Binoy

2.30 pm A terrific Test for New Zealand's debutants. Jeet Raval with the bat and Colin de Grandhomme with the ball. A promising start to the home summer for the hosts. they lead the series 1-0.

Raval leads the players off the field. New Zealand may have found an opener to stick with.

Tim Newton-Howe: "Raval was NZs most successful batsman, but De Grandhomme is easily man of the match - he is why NZ won. He basically set up the first innings lead with his bowling in the first Pakistan innings."

Azhar Ali at the post-match presser for Pakistan. He says Misbah's father in law is not in good health: I think we could have played a bit better in the first innings, on that kind of track if you score a good first innings total, you're always in the game. We take some positives out of the game but there's lot to improve on. We'll regroup, tours away from home is a challenge, we have done it in the past and we have belief we can bounce back.

Kane Williamson: Very good performance, the boys put the recent defeats behind to win a very good Test. I thought it was a good surface, if it went later into today and tomorrow it's a good batting surface. the pitch didn't do a lot yesterday but the boys put it in the right areas. It did a bit in the first innings ... Colin on that surface nipping it both ways was superb ... six-for on debut, he'll never forget. And Jeet Raval, quite high pressure situations for him to walk into and do well ... We'll have to look at the surface in Hamilton and see what's in store.

Colin de Grandhomme is the man of the match: I felt pretty good and confident coming in to the Test match, just tried to take is as another game and that helped. Once I got past the first couple of balls, I felt pretty normal. I felt good [while batting] felt normal. It'll be hard to better this with the ball but with the bat just focus longer and should be fine.

Hah, can't help but admire how no-fuss and no-talk de Grandhomme is. Doesn't say much at all, in that soft, slow drawl of his.

Thank you for all your emails during this Test. Do join us for Hamilton, which begins on November 25. Cheers.

31.3
4
Yasir Shah to Raval, FOUR runs, and there it is! Raval pulls a short ball to the square leg boundary to seal New Zealand's eight-wicket victory. Raval made 55 in the first innings - the top score of the Test - and he's finished on 36 not out in the second. Splendid debut on a testing surface
31.2
0
Yasir Shah to Raval, no run, defended on the back foot this time, toughest run of the game, this
31.1
0
Yasir Shah to Raval, no run, defended on the front foot back to the bowler

But it's Henry Nicholls. not Taylor.

Neil: "Raval should be MOTM in my opinion. NZ scored just over 300 runs and he's scored about 90 of them, almost a third of New Zealand's runs."

END OF OVER:
31 | (wicket maiden) | NZ: 104/2

  • JA Raval32 (86b)
  • Azhar Ali3-1-6-1
  • Yasir Shah9-1-41-0

Colin de Grandhomme anyone?

30.6
W
Azhar Ali to Williamson, OUT, would you believe it, Williamson has fallen! He tried to sweep and got a top edge that went straight to Shafiq at short fine leg. His average drops 0.08 below 50.

KS Williamson c Sami Aslam b Azhar Ali 61 (85m 77b 4x4 1x6) SR: 79.22

30.5
0
Azhar Ali to Williamson, no run, worked off the pads to short fine leg, Raval wanted one, williamson did not
30.4
0
Azhar Ali to Williamson, no run, this is taking an age now! Played back to the bowler

One-down

7

No. of consecutive Test series in which Pakistan did not lose their first Test, before facing a defeat in this. The last time they lost 1st Test of a series was in SL 2014.

Combined attack

2009

Last time 4 NZ bowlers took 3-wkt hauls in a home Test, before this - also against Pak, in Wellington.

Slow going

80

Runs scored by Pakistan in the first 50 overs in this inns - least for them since 2001. Previous lowest: 83 v SL, Sharjah, 2011-12.

Second-quickest

1

No. of NZ bowlers who completed 100 Test wickets in fewer matches than Wagner in 26 - Hadlee did it in 25 Tests.

Low first-innings

2002

Last time the first inns aggregate in a Test in NZ was lower than the 333 runs in this match - in Hamilton, between Ind and NZ, only 193 runs were scored in first inns.

Impactful Amir

3/43

Amir's figures in the first inns of this Test - his best in 13 innings since return. This is also his first three-for in 7 inns in NZ.

The best

6/155

Previous best figures by a NZ player on Test debut - Alex Moir v Eng, Christchurch, 1951. Colin de Grandhomme has bettered that with 6 for 41 in this match.

Pakistan's third-lowest

2

No. of lower totals for Pakistan in New Zealand, than the 133 in this match. Both those lower totals came in the same match - 104 and 118 in Hamilton, 2000-01.

Dream Start

8

No. of NZ bowlers to take a five-wicket haul on their Test debut, including Grandhomme. The last to do so was Bracewell in 2011-12.

Top-order crumble

2013

Last time Pakistan's top-four added less than 50 runs in their first innings of a Test, before this - in Johannesburg. Their top-four added 43 runs in this match.

Misbah's milestone

50

No. of Tests captained by Misbah, including this. He is the first Pakistan player and 16th overall to lead in 50 or more Tests.