Ajaz Patel produced an outstanding spell on his debut to stun Pakistan and help New Zealand in registering an impressive four-run win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
The match started with the Black Caps captain Kane Williamson winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision however backfired as the visitors were bowled out for just 153 runs in their first innings, where Captain Kane Williamson finished with the top score of 63 off 112 balls with five boundaries. For the Men in Green, leg-spinner Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed figures of three for 54.
In reply, the home side also couldn’t bat well and managed to post just 227 on the board, where middle-order batsman Babar Azam finished the innings with the top score of 62 off 109 balls with the help of five fours. For New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult was the star of the show as he claimed figures of four for 54.
New Zealand go 1-0 up in three-Test series with narrow victory.
In their second innings, New Zealand started with 74-run deficit, produced a better show with the bat and managed to score 249, where wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling and middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls scored 59 and 55 respectively.
For the Green Caps, pacer Hasan Ali and leg-spinner Shah was the stars of the show as they both claimed five wickets each.Chasing 176 to go 1-0 up in the series, the home side was in pole position to get over the line after reaching to 130 for the loss of three wickets. But a crazy second session on the fourth day saw Sarfaraz Ahmed-led unit lost seven wickets for just 41 runs and were bundled out for just 171.
Right-handed batsman Azhar Ali finished the innings with the top score of 65 off 136 balls with the help of five fours. For the visitors, left-arm spinner Patel was the star of the show as he claimed figures of five for 59.