Player of the Match
Player of the Match

76 | 2 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 218/10

  • Saeed Ajmal1 (6b)
  • Daniel Vettori14-1-51-2
  • Chris 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!

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

Mohammad Amir c & b Vettori 15 (53m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Vettori to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, fires it full and he gets and he gets an inside edge to the on side
Vettori to Saeed Ajmal, no run, thrusts forward and defends
Vettori to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, he gets adventurous this time, gets on his knee and shovels it over midwicket, there's protection
Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run, quicker through the air and defended
Vettori to Mohammad Amir, no run,

75 | 3 Runs | PAK: 216/9

  • Saeed Ajmal0 (4b)
  • Mohammad Amir14 (32b)
  • Chris Martin16-4-45-2
  • Daniel Vettori13-1-49-1
Martin to Saeed Ajmal, no run, angles it inwards and Ajmals hangs his bat out and nearly edges it
Martin to Mohammad Amir, 1 run, he pushes it to the covers and he decides to expose Ajmal
Martin to Mohammad Amir, no run, angles in and he runs it down to third man and refuses the single

Pakistan 4th innings Partnerships

1st4Imran FarhatKhurram Manzoor
2nd2Imran FarhatFawad Alam
3rd18Mohammad YousufFawad Alam
4th71Mohammad YousufUmar Akmal
5th66Shoaib MalikUmar Akmal
6th34Kamran AkmalUmar Akmal
7th2Kamran AkmalMohammad Amir
8th6Umar GulMohammad Amir
9th10Mohammad AsifMohammad Amir
10th5Saeed AjmalMohammad Amir