Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That is all we have for you. You can relive the day's play through Devashish Fuloria's report, and perhaps some press conferences in due time. But for now, this is Alagappan Muthu signing off

"Definitely, really tough circumstances to play the Test," says Brendon McCullum. "Our thoughts were elsewhere. Proud of the guys for sticking together. I think the tone was set with the way we bowled on the second morning. They were 280 for 3, we were behind the eight ball and for us to take seven wickets for not a lot of runs. The circumstances in Australia made us go out there and try and enjoy whatever we could from the game. And it obviously gave a huge chance to set the Test up. Not an easy place to tour, we watched the Aussie series keenly. We were destroeyed in the first Test. We're pleased to come back like this and hopefully we do well in the one-day series and with the world cup around the corner. I think it's his last Test match, he said he could do more if his workload was like this Test. It's great to have his family here, he's been a great for us and we love him to bits"

Mark Craig is the Man of the Match for his 10 wickets in the Test, and a fifty. "Big turnaround from the first Test. It was nice. Didn't really think, it was hard being out there playing. Boys just tried to stick together and wickets just happened. Not thinking about bowling and just letting the ball go was a big help" Mohammad Hafeez is the Man of the Series

"After starting very well during the first day, whatever happened in the second day that was really difficult to concentrate. I was struggling to concentrate, it was really difficult to bat on and carry on," Misbah-ul-Haq says, "The way we played Test cricket was really awesome. Only in this Test match, one bad day and we were totally out of it. Full credit to New Zealand, they out played us in the way they batted. You lose some focus, little loss in concentration and things happen and once momentum goes it is difficult to turn it back. Lot of positives, specially in bowling and batting. In these two series the way everyone scored runs and got hundreds, today's knock from Asad, that hundred was a big plus as well. It's difficult to say anything at the moment, obviously I've been thinking about my future. A big event is coming up, I'm focussing on the World Cup and I'm really thinking about what to do after that. Lets see what I decide in the next couple of months"

It's been an emotional week in cricket, the second day was abandoned and McCullum read a teary-eyed tribute to Phillip Hughes on television yesterday. It almost seemed like his double-century was fueled by angst. There was barely any celebrations when he reached the landmarks he did. This time though there was a happy smile on his face as he embraced his team-mates after squaring the series 1-1

4.20 pm Hugs all around for New Zealand. They've played the game they knew they could, and have beaten Pakistan on their adopted turf in four days. Daniel Vettori leads the team off the ground in what might well be his final Test. And his family's in the crowd, clapping heartily. Trent Boult made the early breakthroughs with the new ball, and then the spinners managed to keep the Pakistan middle-order silent. Well, all except Asad Shafiq who made a top-class century, full off authoritative strikes down the ground and rasping cuts behind point.

Mohsin: "in his short career, Rahit ali Inlvolved in 3, 50 Partnerships. and manage to give support to Sarfraz and Shafiq to score hundreds and Younis to score a double."

Sooryanarayanan: "With this win I've gotta say that this Kiwi team is bound for great things...... Baz as a skipper has been nothing less than outstanding........The world's got to watch out for a great team in the making.........."

Rishabh: "The turning point was the spin veteran, Vettori getting the runs veteran Younis Khan in the 1st innings. Was downhill since then for Pak. Heartbreaking to see them in the twilight of their careers..."

Craig to Rahat Ali, OUT, catch it, it's gone straight up and Brendon McCullum takes the catch that ends this Test and gives Mark Craig a 10 wickets for the match. Rahat goes for a low-percentage slog-sweep and gets a top edge and offers a simple catch

Rahat Ali c McCullum b Craig 6 (56m 42b 1x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Craig to Rahat Ali, no run, tossed up outside off, Rahat eases it towards point
Craig to Rahat Ali, no run, flighted outside off, Rahat pushes forward to block

63 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 259/9

  • Zulfiqar Babar0 (2b)
  • Rahat Ali6 (39b)
  • Trent Boult15-6-38-4
  • Ish Sodhi12-0-82-2
Boult to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, looks for the yorker, but it is a few inches outside off. Zulfiqar tries to get his bat down in time but doesn't. Beaten outside off
Boult to Zulfiqar Babar, no run, fuller delivery outside off, driven through point with an open face
Boult to Rahat Ali, 1 run, clipped a shortish delivery towards deep square leg
Boult to Rahat Ali, no run, full and wide outside off, not bothered with

Zulfiqar Babar is at the non-strikers' end because the batsmen crossed

Boult to Asad Shafiq, OUT, taken in the deep! Boult has his 99th Test wicket, and the NZ players go up to the departing Shafiq to congratulate him. It was a short ball that didn't allow him the room to swing his arms. Hits it on the splice and it soars up, Craig does well running in from the midwicket boundary and pouching that

Asad Shafiq c Craig b Boult 137 (183m 148b 18x4 6x6) SR: 92.56

Three double tons


Players who have scored three double hundreds in a year - Michael Clarke, Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting and Brendon McCullum



Tests where two batsmen have been dismissed in the 190s; Hafeez and Williamson in this game.

Umpires 25, Teams 3


Number of times that the DRS has been used this series - the umpire's decision was upheld on 25 occasions.

Success all around


Number of New Zealand batsmen who made 50-plus scores in this innings, a first for New Zealand.

Smashing them


Boundaries hit by NZ in this innings (66 fours, 22 sixes), the most for them in a Test innings, just bettering the old record of 87.

A Peak


New Zealand's score in the first innings, their highest in Tests, and the second highest by any team against Pakistan.

An unlikely record


Number of ducks for Younis Khan, the most by a top-seven Pakistan batsman.

Most Sixes


Number of sixes in this match so far, a record. Previous record was 27.

Rare draw


Number of away/neutral Test series that New Zealand have drawn against Pakistan. They have lost six and won one.