Wellington: New Zealand won the first Test against Pakistan in a thrilling match. With this, they were able to move closer to the number one position in the ICC Test rankings. For the first time in history, New Zealand can win the series. New Zealand won the first Test by 101 runs. Score New Zealand 431 & 180/5 declared. Pakistan 239 & 271. The match could have been drawn if the visitors had been able to hold on to 28 more balls.
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However, Naseem Shah returned the catch in the over thrown by Mitchell Santouner and the Kiwis won. Pakistan started the fifth day at 71 for three. The resistance of Fawad Alam (102) and Mohammad Rizwan (60) gave Pakistan hope. However, the match ended in a draw when Kyle Jamison dismissed Rizwan and broke the tie. Fawad was fired by Neil Wagner.
Fawad, 35, scored his first Test century in 2009. However, the player was dropped from the team due to instability. However, he returned to the Pakistan team after a stellar performance in the recent domestic season. The fact that he scored a century again came as a surprise to the fans. He hit 102 off 269 balls with 14 fours.
But with the return of Fawad, Pakistan could not hold on to the tail end. For New Zealand, Tim Southee, Trent Bolt, Kyle Jamison, Neil Wagner and Mitchell Santouner took two wickets each. Kane Williamson was the man of the match, scoring a century in the first innings.
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Last Updated 30, Dec 2020, 12:41 PM