New Zealand played their first home game of the season and came out on top with flying colors as they easily brushed aside formidable opponents Pakistan played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
The home side was put in a box seat after scintillating performance with the ball by all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme who took six wickets to see Pakistan crumble for 133 runs. In reply, another debutant hogged the limelight as opener Jeet Raval impressed with his excellent temperament and technique to top score with 55 runs to see New Zealand fold for 200 runs. New Zealand seamers once again put on a show with the ball as Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner took three wickets apiece to see Pakistan struggle to get only 171 runs.
Pakistani batsmen looked out of sorts in both the innings as the washout game leading up to the first test meant that the visitors had no spent no time in the middle and were short of game practice as they failed counter the potency created Trent Boult and co. Jeet Raval once again backed it up with unbeaten 36 runs along with Kane Williamson who scored 61 runs to see New Zealand win the game by eight wickets. Colin de Grandhomme bagged the award for player of the match for his superb spell of bowling that allowed New Zealand to boss the game for the rest of remaining days.
The home side pace attack exploited the favorable pitch conditions to a tee as visitors could not come up with anything with the bat in both innings. New Zealand would looking to settle scores to win the series as Pakistan will desperate to save their record of not losing a test series to New Zealand in their own backyard since 1985.
The contest at Hamilton is touted to be exciting one as conditions will be similar what played out in Christchurch.