Twitterati goes insane after thrilling win by New Zealand over Pakistan
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 20, 2018,
Nov 20, 2018, 2:14
The match, however, was spun around by New Zealand's Aijaz Patel, who took a five-for to cap a brilliant debut performance and win Man of the Match award.
New Zealand's lurch from 220-4 to 249 all out left a victory target of 176 for Pakistan, whose openers Imam-ul-Haq (25 not out) and Mohammad Hafeez (8 not out) took them to 37 without loss at the end of day three. The leg-spinner pitched it on the middle stump and turned it a long way to disturb the New Zealand skipper's woodwork.
In a low-scoring game, such as this one, a tight finish is always on the card and New Zealand have as much a chance to strike first as have Pakistan to go one up in the series. Williamson brought up his fifty but got out for 63 runs as soon as Nicholls lost his wicket. The hosts were back in the driver's seat, having reduced New Zealand to 108/4 at their adopted fortress.
I shall dread to see the character of the pitch change today and if the Pakistan batsmen bat sensibly and apply themselves to the task which is not as hard as it looks they have this wonderful opportunity to go past the winning post without much fuss.
Before his dismissal, Asad Shafiq passed a personal milestone of 4,000 Test runs, becoming the 11th Pakistani batsman to do so.
Yasir and Bilal Asif continued to bowl well, causing problems for the batsmen on a dry, turning surface.
Nicholls and Watling stitched a 112-run partnership between them, furthering New Zealand's lead to 146 with their single-minded effort. It's also on the second time in their history that they have successfully defended a total less than 200.
Yasir Shah showed signs of resistance but, after playing out 38 balls for nine runs, became the 150th test scalp for Wagner.
Resuming on 37 without loss, Pakistan began the day as favourites to chase down the 176 they needed for victory although New Zealand will have taken some hope from Pakistan's failure at the same ground previous year to chase 136 against Sri Lanka.