New Zealand vs Pakistan cricket Test result: History made in UAE thriller


With the Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch not worrisome for batting Pakistan has high hopes of enforcing a 1-0 lead in the three-match series while New Zealand can take heart from the fact that Pakistan lost a Test here against Sri Lanka by 21 runs after set 136 to win past year.

Pakistan were just four runs away from victory when their last man standing, Azhar Ali, failed to take the team to the other side and fell lbw. A collective bowling performance meant New Zealand couldn't even a get a proper start to the Test series which was expected to pose lots of questions on their composure.

By the time the final wicket fell, meaning Pakistan were all out for 171, more than £47m had been traded in the match odds market on Betfair. New Zealand fought to successfully defend the second smallest target in its Test history with Patel and Wagner making the run-chase hard for Pakistan on a wearing wicket.

All hopes were pinned on Azhar Ali to take his team to victory shepherding the tail-enders.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was despondent in the post-match presentation with the loss and rightly so as it was Pakistan's narrowest loss in terms of runs in Tests. Pakistan soon put the visitors under extreme pressure by taking three quick wickets.

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"The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant", said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who now has nine wins in his 18 Tests in charge. I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for test cricket.

Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez remained unbeaten as the hosts ended the day at 37/0 in pursuit of a 176-run target.

The second Test will be played in Dubai from November 24-28 before the teams return to Abu Dhabi for the final Test from December 3-7. The best in recent memory.

"We knew the surface was not easy and we saw this throughout from both sides". But it was Raval who smashed two boundaries and then took a single off Mohammad Abbas to take New Zealand into the lead.

The second Test begins in Dubai on Saturday.