Pacers take New Zealand close to a win in Christchurch


New Zealand resumed at 104-3, in a position to build a substantial advantage in a match which has been shortened by the loss of the entire first day to rain.

"In terms of our performance, where we really stepped it up was the second innings with the ball", Williamson said.

Umpire Ian Gould ruled not out and New Zealand's review was lost when the ball-tracker showed the delivery would have missed the off stump by a hair's breadth.

Vice-captain Azhar Ali, instead addressed the media and said their inspirational captain was heading home to deal with the issue.

Williamson said the patience of New New Zealand's bowlers in Pakistan's second innings was crucial in clinching the emphatic eight-wicket victory.

Web Desk: New Zealand beat Pakistan in the Christchurch test match taking 1-0 lead in two matches series. reported 24 News.

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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The ball dominated the bat in the low-scoring match, with only Raval, who scored 55 in the first innings, and Williamson passing 50 runs. After the second Test, Pakistan will then fly to Australia to play a three-match Test series commencing next month.

With fast bowlers Boult and Tim Southee unable to procure a wicket, New Zealand turned to Todd Astle, back in the side for the first time in four years, but there was little assistance in the pitch for the leg spinner.

Misbah has indicated in recent times that he was contemplating a retirement from all worldwide cricket. He stuck to his game plan - he's very disciplined and knows what that is.

Skipper Azhar Ali, who has taken the captaincy from veteran Misbah-ul-Haq who returned home on Sunday to attend a family illness, says they'll take what they get, having always prided themselves as a team who can play in any conditons.

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.

"We should have put in a better batting show, especially the first innings".

"The suspension means Misbah will miss the second Test against New Zealand which starts in Hamilton on Friday, 25 November", said an ICC statement on Monday (November 21).