Kane Williamson-led New Zealand created history on Tuesday after winning their first series win on home soil in 31 years against Pakistan.Black Caps much-awaited triumph came after they secured a memorable win in the second Test of two-match series by 138 runs in Hamilton.
The visitors, who ranked second in the world before the start of the series, are now down to fourth in the ICC Test ranking after suffering 2-0 defeat. The disaster for Azhar Ali’s men started after the team dropped two catches inside the first six overs of the match, as the hosts, who were put into bat on a green top, made challenging 271 in the first innings, courtesy half-century from opener Jeet Raval and a stunning late order 49 not out from wicket keeper batsman BJ Watling.
For Pakistan, it was once again pacer Sohail Khan, who was the pick of the bowlers, as he picked four wickets, whereas Imran Khan picked three and Mohammad Amir claimed two wickets. In reply, the Green Caps were in trouble right from the beginning, as veteran pacer Time Southee removed openers Sami Aslam, skipper Azhar and veteran Younis Khan in the first nine overs at the score of just 12.Young Babar Azam showed his experienced players how to bat in testing conditions, as the right-hander scored a timely 90 not-out off 196 balls to help visitors reach a respectable total of 216, handing Black Caps a handy lead of 55.
For New Zealand, pacer Southee was the star of the show as he finish with figures of 6-80 in 21 overs.In the second innings, Kiwis made full use of the great batting conditions as out-of-form Ross Taylor scored a stunning 102 not out off just 134 balls, which helped hosts declare at the score of 313 for five, setting record target of 369 for visitors to level the series.
For Pakistan, this time it was pacer Imran who was the best performer, as he claimed three wickets. On the last morning of the match, Pakistani openers started in a slow but solid manner, as both Sami and Azhar put 131 runs for the first wicket, before Azhar departed after scoring 58 off 161.
In the last session, the Green Caps needed 208 runs in 34 overs to level the series, as Sami Aslam took the charge to the Kiwis, but was dismissed for his career best 91 off 238 balls. His dismissal brought another batting lineup collapse, as the visitors lost their last seven wickets for just 31 runs and were eventually bowled out for 230 half an hour before the end of play.
For his brilliant bowling performance in the first innings, Tim Southee was awarded man of the match for New Zealand against Pakistan