result
1st Test, Abu Dhabi, Nov 16 - 19 2018, New Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates
153 & 249
(58.4 ov, target 176)227 & 171
New Zealand won by 4 runs
player of the match
Ajaz Patel
New Zealand
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• The Report by Danyal Rasool

Debutant Ajaz Patel scripts stunning four-run win for New Zealand

The left-arm spinner took five wickets as Pakistan collapsed spectacularly around Azhar Ali in a chase of 176

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Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Hemant Brar
Scorecard summary
New Zealand153/10(66.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Pakistan227/10(83.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Babar Azam62 (109)
Asad Shafiq43 (93)
New Zealand249/10(100.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
BJ Watling59 (145)
Hasan Ali5/45(17.4)
Yasir Shah5/110(37)
Pakistan171/10(58.4 overs)2nd INNINGS
Azhar Ali65 (136)
Asad Shafiq45 (81)
Ajaz Patel5/59(23.4)
Neil Wagner2/27(13)

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
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

arm ball, outside off, goes back and late-cuts it towards deep backward point

58.2
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

short of length, goes back and punches it towards sweeper cover

58.1
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

tossed up around off, pushes it uppishly towards cover-point

end of over 581 run
PAK: 171/9CRR: 2.94 
Mohammad Abbas0 (10)
Azhar Ali65 (132)
Neil Wagner13-4-27-2
Ajaz Patel23-4-59-4
57.6
Wagner to 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

57.4
Wagner to Azhar Ali, no run

looks to scoop it over the keeper, this is pressure now. Moved across to the length ball but didn't get anything on it

57.3
Wagner to Azhar Ali, no run

short outside off, pulls it towards midwicket this time, more like a drag this one, still no run

57.2
Wagner to Azhar Ali, no run

another pull down to fine leg, doesn't take the single

Someone asked for the scorecard of Ind-WI draw with scores level. Here you go

57.1
Wagner to Azhar Ali, no run

short delivery from around the wicket, pulls it down towards deep backward square leg

end of over 571 run
PAK: 170/9CRR: 2.98 
Azhar Ali64 (127)
Mohammad Abbas0 (9)
Ajaz Patel23-4-59-4
Neil Wagner12-4-26-2
56.6
1
Patel to Azhar Ali, 1 run

down the track, Ajaz shortens his length but Azhar manages to push it down the ground for a single, to long-off

56.5
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

goes for the reverse sweep, Williamson is at short third man, makes a good stop

56.4
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

length ball, stays in his crease and blocks

56.3
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

use of feet and drives it along the ground towards long-off

56.2
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

short, some room there, goes for the cut. Williamson is there at third man

56.1
Patel to Azhar Ali, no run

fuller on the stumps, defended from the crease

end of over 561 run
PAK: 169/9CRR: 3.01 
Mohammad Abbas0 (9)
Azhar Ali63 (121)
Neil Wagner12-4-26-2
Ajaz Patel22-4-58-4
55.6
Wagner to Abbas, no run

goes for the yorker but doesn't get it right, a low full toss on off stump, defended back by Abbas. Well done!

Shah Saleem: "Azhar Ali hasn't been attacking a bowler from other end. You can't keep exposing your 11th man. I think he hasn't hit a boundry in last 10 overs. "

55.5
1
Wagner to Azhar Ali, 1 run

yes, he does. Upper-cuts this one towards third man, well short of Southee there, Abbas to face the last ball

Can he take a single on this ball?

55.4
Wagner to Azhar Ali, no run

slower one outside off at 115 kphs, Azhar pushes it softly towards covers

55.3
Wagner to Azhar Ali, no run

short and wide and cuts it to the right of the fine leg, there was chance for two but Azhar Ali denies any run

Best performances - batters
Azhar Ali portrait
Azhar Ali
65 runs (136)
5 fours
0 six
Control86%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
0 four
0 six
3618719525
Kane Williamson portrait
KS Williamson
63 runs (112)
5 fours
0 six
Control96%
Productive shot
flick
23 runs
3 fours
0 six
5508127520
Best performances - bowlers
Ajaz Patel portrait
AY Patel
O
23.4
M
4
R
59
W
5
ECO
2.49
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Hasan Ali portrait
Hasan Ali
O
17.4
M
3
R
45
W
5
ECO
2.54
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesNew Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel
Series resultNew Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2327
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 days16,17,18.19 November 2018 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel
Umpires
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Bruce Oxenford
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Ian Gould
TV Umpire
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Paul Reiffel
Reserve Umpire
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Shozab Raza
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath