Player of the Match
Player of the Match

92 | (maiden) | PAK: 226/5

  • Misbah-ul-Haq70 (226b)
  • Adnan Akmal2 (17b)
  • DL Vettori34-13-57-1
  • CS Martin24-6-63-2

Pakistan have won their first Test series since 2006, and deservedly so since they have been the better team throughout the series. It was perhaps a bit strange that they did not make more of an effort to try and win the series 2-0 given that coach Waqar Younis said they would push for two wins, but ultimately they opted for the safety-first approach and they were able to do that because of the ascendancy they claimed after the 1st Test in Hamilton. New Zealand would be disappointed but would realise that their batting let them down in both Tests, while today they were on top after the first hour with 3 wickets but couldn't dislodge Younis and Shafiq until after they had batted for substantial periods. Stick around for the presentations shortly.

New Zealand Cricket CEO and former international Justin Vaughan congratulates Pakistan and offers commiserations to the home side, which Shane Bond also does.

Daniel Vettori: We really enjoyed this Test, a great ground and a good pitch. We couldn't quite play catch-up in this Test and that is because Pakistan were on top after Hamilton. We now focus on getting our combinations right for the one-dayers and the World Cup.

Misbah ul-Haq, who is also Man of the Match: The team played really well and fought hard, in this Test everybody did their role and we saw the series as more important than this Test. Younis Khan batted well in both innings and Umar Gul did well in the last Test, but everybody's contributing and that's really good to see.

Misbah collects the series trophy and the team pose for the obligatory photos and are understandably fairly chuffed.

That concludes our coverage of this Test match, hope you have enjoyed it. Thanks for all your mails which often overwhelmed us in terms of volume, always interesting to read. Don't forget to join us for the one-day leg of this series, which begins on Saturday here in Wellington but at the Westpac Stadium. Nitin and Andrew will have their end-of-game pieces up shortly, but for now this is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Sanjay Murari and everyone else here at ESPNcricinfo. Adios!

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and he defends this full ball on middle back down the pitch, they shake hands and that is that, the Test is drawn
Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defends this on middle and leg

Pakistan 4th innings Partnerships

1st4Taufeeq UmarMohammad Hafeez
2nd31Azhar AliMohammad Hafeez
3rd7Younis KhanMohammad Hafeez
4th118Younis KhanMisbah-ul-Haq
5th55Misbah-ul-HaqAsad Shafiq
6th11Adnan AkmalMisbah-ul-Haq