New Zealand beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in first Test


New Zealand have delivered a reminder of their quality on the green grass of home with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Pakistan in Christchurch.

"We knew that second innings would be really important against a strong side like Pakistan who tour very well". They also managed a lead of 67 runs in the first innings.

New Zealand, however, were the more fortunate of the two sides that had their debutants keep them in front right from the onset.

Another former captain Javed Miandad said it does not matter whether the team wins or lose we should play positive cricket.

Pakistan hasn't loss a test series in New Zealand since 1985, winning five and drawing three of the series played between the teams in that period.

New Zealand's other debutant, Colin de Grandhomme, was Man of the Match for taking seven wickets in the Test; his 6 for 41 in the first innings was a New Zealand record on debut.

The 55 made by New Zealand opener Jeet Raval on test debut is still the highest score by any batsman in the match so far.

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This was Misbah's second such offence in the last 12 months, the first coming at The Oval Test against England in August, and necessitated the penalty in accordance with the International Cricket Council's Code of Conduct.

Neil Wagner (3-34) - a day after claiming his 100th Test wicket - then sent Asad back to the pavilion for 17 before Rahat Ali (2) was the final wicket to fall off Southee's bowling.

"Jeet came into global cricket and looked like he had been there for years. He was very calm, stuck to the game plan and certainly reaped the rewards".

Pakistan ended the match without captain Misbah-ul-Haq who had to return home because his father-in-law is seriously ill.

Pakistan, who started the day at a parlous 129 for seven, leading by 62, were dismissed for 171, with seamer Sohail Khan the top scorer with a test-best 40.

"As a batting unit we need to put up a better show and we are capable of that".

He said it would give them vast confidence ahead of the second and final test in Hamilton, starting on Friday, where Pakistan will be without veteran skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who has flown home after the death of his father-in-law.