1st Test, Dunedin, Nov 24 - 28 2009, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
429 & 153
(76 ov, target 251)332 & 218
New Zealand won by 32 runs
Player Of The Match
22, 5/107 & 3/46
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• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Bond and O'Brien outdo Umar's heroics

Shane Bond ruined a dream debut for Umar Akmal and took New Zealand to their first win in more than a year

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand429/10(131.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Ross Taylor94 (174)
Mohammad Asif4/108(34)
Saeed Ajmal2/91(37.5)
Pakistan332/10(96.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Umar Akmal129 (160)
Kamran Akmal82 (136)
Shane Bond5/107(27.5)
Chris Martin3/63(21)
New Zealand153/10(67 overs)2nd INNINGS
Ross Taylor59 (83)
Tim McIntosh31 (136)
Umar Gul3/41(14)
Pakistan218/10(76 overs)2nd INNINGS
Umar Akmal75 (174)
Shane Bond3/46(21)
Iain O'Brien3/63(23)
end of over 762 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 218/10CRR: 2.86 
Saeed Ajmal1 (6)
Daniel Vettori 14-1-51-2
Chris Martin 16-4-45-2

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 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 Ajmal, 1 run

fires it full and he gets and he gets an inside edge to the on side

Vettori to Ajmal, no run

thrusts forward and defends

Vettori to Amir, 1 run

he gets adventurous this time, gets on his knee and shovels it over midwicket, there's protection

Vettori to Amir, no run

quicker through the air and defended

Vettori to Amir, no run
end of over 753 runs
PAK: 216/9CRR: 2.88 
Saeed Ajmal0 (4)
Mohammad Amir14 (32)
Chris Martin 16-4-45-2
Daniel Vettori 13-1-49-1
Martin to Ajmal, no run

angles it inwards and Ajmals hangs his bat out and nearly edges it

Martin to Amir, 1 run

he pushes it to the covers and he decides to expose Ajmal

Martin to Amir, no run

angles in and he runs it down to third man and refuses the single

Martin to Amir, no run

Martin loses his radar completely as he bowls that full and very wide outside off, almost lands outside the pitch

Martin to Amir, no run

inside edge and he nearly chops it onto his stumps, almost over there

Martin to Amir, 2 runs

bowls round the wicket, fires it full and wide and he reaches out and whacks it to Fulton at sweeper cover

Martin returns

end of over 741 run • 1 wicket
PAK: 213/9CRR: 2.87 
Saeed Ajmal0 (3)
Mohammad Amir11 (27)
Daniel Vettori 13-1-49-1
Iain O'Brien 23-3-63-3
Vettori to Ajmal, no run

gets well across his stumps and keeps it away

Vettori to Ajmal, no run

lunges forward and defends again

Vettori to Ajmal, no run

gets well forward and smothers the spin

New Zealand's old friends Aamer and Ajmal are at the crease

Vettori to Mohammad Asif, OUT

edged to first slip! Vettori bowls the quicker one and angles it on the off stump, he had to play at it and the edge is snapped up comfortably by Taylor

Mohammad Asif c Taylor b Vettori 0 (25m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Vettori to Amir, 1 run

pushed through quicker and he defends forward

Vettori to Amir, no run

tossed up on the off stump, he gets forward and defends

end of over 731 run
PAK: 212/8CRR: 2.90 
Mohammad Asif0 (18)
Mohammad Amir10 (25)
Iain O'Brien 23-3-63-3
Daniel Vettori 12-1-48-0
O'Brien to Mohammad Asif, no run

offers no shot this time

O'Brien to Mohammad Asif, no run

and now the off beak, angles in on the off stump and induces the outside edge to second slip, well bowled

Best performances - batters
Umar Akmal portrait
Umar Akmal PAK
129 runs (160)
21 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
34 runs
7 fours
1 six
Daniel Vettori portrait
DL Vettori NZ
99 runs (133)
14 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
26 runs
5 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Shane Bond portrait
SE Bond NZ
Mohammad Asif portrait
Mohammad Asif PAK
Match details
University Oval, Dunedin
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Shane Bond
Shane Bond
Series resultNew Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1934
Hours of play (local time)Noon start, Lunch 14.00-14.40, Tea 16.40-17.00, Close 19.00
Match days24,25,26,27,28 November 2009 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
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Rudi Koertzen
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