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Best performances - Batsmen

Azhar Ali
65(136) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
3 6 18 7 19 5 2 5
KS Williamson
63(112) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %96%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 23 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
5 5 0 8 12 7 5 20

Best performances - Bowlers

Hasan Ali
O17.4
M3
R45
W5
Eco2.54
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
AY Patel
O23.4
M4
R59
W5
Eco2.49
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00; Friday: Lunch 12.30-13.30; Tea: 15.30-16.00; Close: 17:30

Match days

16,17,18.19 November 2018 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Hemant Brar

Phew! What nervy last few moments. But New Zealand have 1-0 lead now, with two Tests to go. For now, that's all from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. See you soon, everyone!

Kane Williamson: We knew the surface was not an easy one. There was considerable turn from day one and all the spinners bowled well. A great advertisement for Test cricket. In the end, it came down to the wire. We will sit down and review our performance and the things to improve upon. The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant. How those two bowlers [Ajaz and Wagner] bowled, for almost I think 20 overs, was brilliant. From our perspective, it's important to look at things we could have done better, but at the same, the fighting spirit we should, we would like to hold on to that.

Sarfraz Ahmed: We are really disappointing, we didn't get a good start, but then Azhar and Shafiq put in a good stand but then the collapse was really disappointing. You have to give credit to Ajaz as well. I think the shots batsmen played towards the end were really disappointing. We had an opportunity to win this Test but we will try not to repeat the mistakes we made here.

Ajaz Patel (Man-of-the-Match): My game plan is very simple, even though the scoreboard didn't look single. As a unit, we kept chipping away. A lot of credit goes to the environment we have, a very calm environment we have. In terms of the pressure on debut, I think I have put in a lot of handwork, leaving the rest to Allah. It's an absolute dream come true in the end. We know Pakistan have got very good players of spin, but we kept chipping in there, and in the end, all thanks to Allah.

2.42pm Time for presentation.

Pakistan were cruising at 130 for 3 at one stage, that's when Wagner removed Shafiq moments before the lunch break. Then there was a mix-up between Babar Azam and Azhar Ali, resulting in Babar's wicket, and that gave New Zealand a real opening. Ajaz Patel bowled that beautiful line and length, just around off, teasing batsmen with optimum flight. Still, the steely Azhar Ali was there. One can say he should have farmed the strike once Bilal got out. Did he leave it too late? Perhaps, but then he took them within five runs of victory, before Ajaz Patel dealt the final blow.

Ajaz Patel: A dream come true. The plan was to keep it simple and quite, bowl on middle and off, nice and straight. I am 30 now, I have put a lot of work in to put myself here.

2.30pm What a Test match we had. A well-deserved victory for New Zealand, by a narrow margin of four runs. Wagner bowled 13 on the trot, a debut to remember for Ajaz Patel, a five-wicket haul including that final wicket of Azhar Ali. Gary Stead's first Test as a coach, he is absolutely delighted

58.4
W
Patel to Azhar Ali, OUT, given lbw. Pakistan review. Bowled from around the wicket, was slower in the air, Azhar Ali pushes forward but it spins past him, hits him high on the thigh. Did it pitch outside leg, was it too high? All sorts of things to be checked. Pitched in line, spins back to hit in line and stumps? Whoa!!! Umpire's call on the stumps as replay shows it would have hit the off bail. In the end, it's Azhar Ali who loses his wicket. Absolute scenes here. Azhar Ali is distraught, hugs and handshakes in the New Zealand camp. Had it been given not out, it would have remained not out, what luck!

Azhar Ali lbw b Patel 65 (136b 5x4 0x6) SR: 47.79

58.3
0
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run, arm ball, outside off, goes back and late-cuts it towards deep backward point
58.2
0
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run, short of length, goes back and punches it towards sweeper cover
58.1
0
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run, tossed up around off, pushes it uppishly towards cover-point

END OF OVER:
58 | 1 Run | PAK: 171/9

  • Mohammad Abbas0 (10b)
  • Azhar Ali65 (132b)
  • N Wagner13-4-27-2
  • AY Patel23-4-59-4
57.6
0
Wagner to Mohammad Abbas, no run, goes for the bouncer, Abbas does well to duck under it. Survives another one. Pakistan only five away now

Yasir: "Wagner has bowled 13 Overs in this spell."

Over the wicket. Silly point, short leg

57.5
1
Wagner to Azhar Ali, 1 run, pitched short but doesn't bounce at all, was a slower one I think, Azhar adjusts well and dabs it towards third man

Tayyab: "Will Azhar Ali finish like how Inzi did vs Bangladesh?" -- Inzamam was also one of two unbeaten batsmen when they won by one wicket against Australia in Karachi

Pakistan 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st40Mohammad HafeezImam-ul-Haq
2nd4Azhar AliMohammad Hafeez
3rd4Azhar AliHaris Sohail
4th82Azhar AliAsad Shafiq
5th17Azhar AliBabar Azam
6th7Azhar AliSarfraz Ahmed
7th0Azhar AliBilal Asif
8th1Azhar AliYasir Shah
9th9Azhar AliHasan Ali
10th7Azhar AliMohammad Abbas