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22 April 2024

Pakistan win first Test inside three days

Pakistan's Adnan Akmal (second left) is congratulated by his teammates after dismissing Brendon McCullum in the New Zealand second innings on day three of the first Test in Hamilton on Sunday. (REUTERS)

By Reuters

Pakistan completed a thumping 10-wicket victory in the first Test over New Zealand inside three days after they had bowled the hosts out for just 110 in their second innings after the tea break.     

The visitors had been given a victory target of just 19 runs after they established a 92-run first innings lead earlier on Sunday before left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman was again the principle tormenter of New Zealand’s batsmen, taking three wickets for 24 runs and creating enormous pressure.     
Rehman, who was named man of the match, also combined magnificently with left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz, who ended with three for 38, while Umar Gul mopped up the tail to finish with three for 28.
Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar then wrapped up the victory in just 3.4 overs to guide the visitors to 21-0 and a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second Test begins in Wellington next Saturday.         
“We didn’t feel we would win today,” captain Misbah-ul-haq told reporters. “The wicket was a bit flat, a bit slow and it wasn’t easy to get the batsmen out but I think the bowlers did a fantastic job and they won the match today.” 
New Zealand had gone to tea at 33 for no loss, however they crumbled after the break, losing seven wickets for 35 runs.               
Tim McIntosh, who was dropped by Taufeeq Umar at first slip off Umar Gul and survived two confident lbw appeals before tea, was the first to go when he danced down the wicket to Rehman only to see the ball slide past his outside edge and be stumped by Adnan Akmal for three.      
Brendon McCullum was next to go, though he had could be considered unlucky when he was given out by umpire Rod Tucker for 35 when he was caught by Akmal down the leg side off a Wahab delivery.     
Television replays, however, showed he had not hit the ball with the delivery deflecting off his thigh pad. Coincidentally McCullum was given not out in the first innings when replays suggested the ball had brushed his gloves.              
The umpire review system is not being used in the series.           
New Zealand then collapsed with Martin Guptill (11), Jesse Ryder (0), Ross Taylor (8) and Kane Williamson (1), all being dismissed for the addition for a total of one run, while captain Daniel Vettori was out lbw for three to reduce the hosts to 71 for seven. McIntosh was dismissed with the team score on 36.           
Pakistan had been bowled out for 367 midway through the middle session, an overall lead of 92 runs after New Zealand were dismissed for 275 early on Saturday.           
New Zealand had captured two wickets in two balls during the first session when Asad Shafiq (83) and Misbah-ul-haq (62), who had rescued the visitors on Saturday after they slumped to 107 for four, were both given out lbw with the score on 256.       
The Pakistani tail, however, wagged with Akmal (44) and Rehman (28), who was dropped three times, combining for a 76-run partnership before they were both dismissed with the score on 332.             
Gul and Tanvir Ahmed then frustrated the New Zealand attack with a 33-run partnership before Vettori trapped Gul in front for 17. Tanvir was the last man out for 18 when he was caught by Tim Southee off Chris Martin. Wahab was nought not out.               
Brent Arnel finished with career-best figures of four for 95.        
“I think we fought pretty hard this morning to give ourselves a chance to come back into the game,” Vettori said after they had dismissed Pakistan for 367.
“I thought the three seam bowlers worked pretty hard and did a good job throughout the game, particularly Tim Southee.                
“It was probably his best test match bowling performance I’ve seen from him ... but then to let it all slip with a familiar batting performance in the third innings, it just leaves a really sour taste.”