Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Umar Akmal
129(160) 21x4 - 2x6
Control %69%
  • Productive Shot
  • forward defence
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 2 3 0 0 1
LRPL Taylor
59(83) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 5 0 0 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Asif
O20.0
M6
R43
W4
Eco2.15
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SE Bond
O27.5
M4
R107
W5
Eco3.84
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
76 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 218/10

  • Saeed Ajmal1 (6b)
  • DL Vettori14-1-51-2
  • CS Martin16-4-45-2

So near and yet so far for Pakistan. Both teams fought tooth and nail but New Zealand have prevailed by 32 runs. Big round of hand shakes. It was a Test which had several turning points - Taylor's knocks, the Akmal brothers' partnership, Vettori and McCullum's rearguard action, Bond's hostile spell, Umar Akmal's second innings fifty and the brute of a delivery which got Yousuf in the second innings. Test match cricket at its best and we have to praise the groundstaff here for producing this sporting pitch.

Vettori let things slip in the middle of this chase by spreading the field out but that will be forgotten now. The presentation's coming up.

Yousuf: "This match is great for Test cricket. Full credit to the New Zealand side. We had the bowling attack to get 20 wickets but our batsmen need to get runs. Umar has tremendous talent. He batted better in the second innings. Catches were dropped in the first innings, our batting was a little inexperienced. The three fast bowlers were exceptional. The three new slip fielders will need time to get familiar."

Vettori:" The way the bowlers stepped up was great, bowling long spells. We missed the allrounder but the rest all stepped up. Our first innings batting and Shane's bowling won us the match. The pitch was pretty good for Test cricket. No turn? Doesn't worry me!"

Bond is the Man of the Match: "I'm really pleased with the way I've come through. I've always loved playing for New Zealand. I'm donating $500 to the Marist Club in Invercargill."

Watch out for more on today's excitement on Iain O'Brien's blog sometime tonight. He has tons to write about. First the celebrations, then to the laptop..if his bruised fingers allow him to.

That's it from us. I loved bringing this game to you. The second Test at Wellington starts December 3. On behalf of the rest this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers guys!

75.6
W
Vettori to Mohammad Amir, OUT, a return catch seals it! Vettori fires it full on the stumps and Aamer reaches forward to drive but ends up chipping it to Vettori who cups it in front of his forehead
75.5
1
Vettori to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, fires it full and he gets and he gets an inside edge to the on side
75.4
0
Vettori to Saeed Ajmal, no run, thrusts forward and defends
75.3
1
Vettori to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, he gets adventurous this time, gets on his knee and shovels it over midwicket, there's protection
75.2
0
Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, quicker through the air and defended
75.1
0
Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Umar Akmal
129(160) 21x4 - 2x6
Control %69%
  • Productive Shot
  • forward defence
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
4 0 0 2 3 0 0 1
LRPL Taylor
59(83) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 5 0 0 0 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Asif
O20.0
M6
R43
W4
Eco2.15
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SE Bond
O27.5
M4
R107
W5
Eco3.84
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF