Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Younis Khan
44(84) 2x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 1 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
LRPL Taylor
104(133) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 3 1 0 1 1 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

Yasir Shah
O21.0
M1
R79
W5
Eco3.76
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TA Boult
O10.0
M6
R12
W2
Eco1.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
67 | 7 Runs | PAK: 196/5

  • Asad Shafiq41 (116b)
  • Sarfraz Ahmed24 (23b)
  • BB McCullum3-0-12-0
  • MD Craig17-3-66-2

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"It was a very good Test match. Both teams came out with the right result," says Brendon McCullum. Credit to Pakistan for putting it under a lot of pressure. The toss was really important. We followed the blueprint that Pakistan have been using. We played a brand of cricket which allowed us to a position where we could have won the Test match. I am proud of the boys since we can take the confidence from this match. Bowlers were outstanding throughout. To execute your plans in conditions like this, I was pretty delighted. We are a pretty young team and the confidence is going to serve as well."

Ross Taylor is the Man of the Match for his century. He says, "I was pretty rusty in the first Test. So it was quite nice to spend some time. It was a good Test. Pakistan spinners bowled very well and put us under a lot of pressure. When you play on a pitch like that, there will always be a ball with your number, so you got to keep scoring."

"A little bit (disappointed). We could have done better," says Misbah. "The major difference was the dropped chances. Things could have been different had we taken those. We were planning to chase it down, bat normally till 40-45 overs and then promote Sarfraz but we lost quick wickets in the middle. Sarfraz is in the form of life, his confidence is increasing by the day. The way he played, you could never say that it was a difficult pitch. He could give more winning chances in the future. Just second series (for Yasir) and it's good for us that he is improving. Their spinners took two wickets on the last day but Yasir took five. Full marks to NZ. They really improved after the first game. They put us under pressure with the bowling. It's (failure) part of the game. Sometimes you are not thinking and you get centuries and sometimes you get out when you are in good form."

They are shaking hands. It's a draw. A fair result one would think after five days of gruelling fight between the two teams. The game moved at a slow pace for the first three days before coming to life in the last two. Superb innings from Sarfraz to bring Pakistan closer to New Zealand's total in the first innings, then another excellent innings from Ross Taylor, who helped the visitors go for an aggressive declaration. Pakistan started the chase confidently but that mid-innings wobble broke their momentum. New Zealand would have probably hoped for more from their spinners, who did not really make much impact on the fifth day, leaving a lot for Southee and Boult. But it was not to be. Excellent Test match overall.

Badar: "Devashish, officially it may be a draw, but in fact it's a huge victory for the Kiwis given they really scared Misbah's men and took 15 wickets here compared to only 5 in the 1st test. Looking forward to Sharjah. "

Jawad: "Hats off to Kiwis for a remarkable comeback! Its a win for them as they dominated in many of the sessions after being whipped up in the first test. The prospect of another test match looks much more tempting now! Test cricket is timeless and pretty much one of its kind in sporting world."

Jimmee: "@ Badar Disagree. It's a bigger "loss" for the Kiwis. They were unable to force a win, despite winning the toss, unlike Misbah's team when they had the advantage. They also lost 19 wickets batting 1st and 3rd, and didn't score anywhere near as much as Pakistan did when they had the opportunity. It's not so much an opportunity squandered, as it is a sign that New Zealand weren't capable of playing winning cricket."

66.6
0
McCullum to Asad Shafiq, 4 bye, fires it full but this is down the leg side, runs down to the fine leg boundary
66.5
0
McCullum to Asad Shafiq, no run, fuller delivery on the stumps, the batsman digs it out
66.4
2
McCullum to Asad Shafiq, 2 runs, short ball wide outside off, the batsman has pulled it from there and slapped it through midwicket
66.3
0
McCullum to Asad Shafiq, no run, full delivery on the stumps, dug out towards square leg
66.2
0
McCullum to Asad Shafiq, no run, drifting down the leg side
66.2
1nb
McCullum to Asad Shafiq, 1 no ball, this has slipped off his hand! A really high full toss, the keeper takes it head high

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Younis Khan
44(84) 2x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 1 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
LRPL Taylor
104(133) 12x4 - 0x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 4 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
1 3 1 0 1 1 0 1

Best performances - Bowlers

Yasir Shah
O21.0
M1
R79
W5
Eco3.76
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
TA Boult
O10.0
M6
R12
W2
Eco1.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Off the mark

9

The number of sixes that have been hit off Mark Craig's bowling in this Test, the most off any NZ bowler in a Test since 2001

Spin trick

16

Wickets taken by Pakistan's spinners in this Test, at an average of 26.68; NZ spinners have taken 4 wkts at an average of 74

Fourth-innings star

53

Younis Khan's average in the 4th innings of Tests. He has 4 hundreds and 5 fifties in 32 innings

4th-innings blues

14.69

Taufeeq Umar's Test average in 4th innings, since 2004. In 16 attempts, his highest is 39

Runs at last

118

Number of runs Taylor had scored in his last 6 Test innings, before the hundred here

The 90s factor

31

Ross Taylor's strike rate from 93 to 100. Till then, his innings SR was 89

Take Your Time

89

Brendon McCullum's first Test wicket came in his 89th Test, second to Alastair Cook's 105 Test wait (v India, July 2014)

Sticking it out

1

Number of Pakistan batsmen who have been involved in two 75+ tenth wicket stands - Rahat Ali is the only one.

The Pursuit of Lead

1

Number of times that Pakistan have taken a first innings lead against New Zealand after fielding first and conceding 400+ runs