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
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!
fires it full and he gets and he gets an inside edge to the on side
thrusts forward and defends
he gets adventurous this time, gets on his knee and shovels it over midwicket, there's protection
quicker through the air and defended
angles it inwards and Ajmals hangs his bat out and nearly edges it
he pushes it to the covers and he decides to expose Ajmal
angles in and he runs it down to third man and refuses the single
Martin loses his radar completely as he bowls that full and very wide outside off, almost lands outside the pitch
inside edge and he nearly chops it onto his stumps, almost over there
bowls round the wicket, fires it full and wide and he reaches out and whacks it to Fulton at sweeper cover
gets well across his stumps and keeps it away
lunges forward and defends again
gets well forward and smothers the spin
New Zealand's old friends Aamer and Ajmal are at the crease
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
pushed through quicker and he defends forward
tossed up on the off stump, he gets forward and defends
offers no shot this time
and now the off beak, angles in on the off stump and induces the outside edge to second slip, well bowled