New Zealand register first Test series win over Pakistan in 31 years
New Zealand’s pacers sparked a final session collapse as the hosts clinched their first Test series victory over Pakistan since 1985.cricket Updated: Nov 29, 2016 11:49 IST
New Zealand created history after clinching their first Test series victory over Pakistan since 1985.
New Zealand’s pace bowlers sparked a final session collapse to dismiss Pakistan for 230 and give them a 138-run victory in the second Test at Seddon Park on Tuesday.
The visitors had set themselves up for an enticing final session pursuit for the 369 victory target having moved to 158 for one at tea, but a more attacking strategy and the second new ball swung the game back in New Zealand’s favour.
Neil Wagner grabbed three wickets to wrap up the tail after Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme and spinner Mitchell Santner had all claimed victims in the final session as the visitors slumped from 199-3 to 230 all out.
Pakistan had not lost a Test series since they were beaten 2-0 by Sri Lanka in August 2014, winning five and drawing two, which included one tied series in England this year that gave them the top Test ranking before India supplanted them.
In New Zealand last two Test series, the Kiwis lost 0-1 to South Africa before being whitewashed by Virat Kohli’s India 0-3 in September-October.