Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi lies on the pitch after being hit on the helmet during play on the final day of the first cricket test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.(AP)
Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi lies on the pitch after being hit on the helmet during play on the final day of the first cricket test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020.(AP)

Fawad Alam’s fighting ton not enough, New Zealand seal dramatic win in 1st Test

Pakistan were dismissed for 271, chasing a victory target of 372, with 4.3 overs remaining in the test at Bay Oval.
By Reuters | Wellington
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 11:39 AM IST

New Zealand’s bowlers produced a late final session surge to guide their side to a tense 101-run victory over Pakistan in the first test in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday and keep alive their hopes of reaching next year’s World Test Championship final.

Pakistan were dismissed for 271, chasing a victory target of 372, with 4.3 overs remaining in the test at Bay Oval.

“It was a brilliant game,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “Both teams put their best foot forward and Pakistan were incredibly resilient in that second innings, but the boys kept coming.

“A huge effort by the bowlers to get us across the line.”

New Zealand had been hot favourites to win the game as the final day started with the tourists 71-3 but a 165-run partnership between Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan gave the tourists a chance of a draw, if not an unlikely victory.

Kyle Jamieson ended the partnership when he had Rizwan trapped in front, albeit after a review, for 60, and left Pakistan 242-6, still 131 runs away from their target with 25 overs remaining.

He also had Yasir Shah caught in the gully for a duck, while Neil Wagner, who has played the last three days with two broken toes, had Fawad caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling for 102 and then Faheem Ashraf for 19 to expose the tail.

Mitchell Santner then trapped Mohammad Abbas in front for one, before last pair Shaheen Afridi and Nassem Shah stoically resisted for almost eight overs.

Nassem, however, got too far in front of a delivery from Santner and the left-arm spinner leapt high to take the caught and bowled dismissal and then raucously celebrate the win.

“Not a huge disappointment (with the result),” Rizwan said. “That’s test cricket.

We lost this match, but we’re still in the series.”

The second match in the two-test series is at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval from Jan. 3 and New Zealand need to win that game as well to give them any chances of making the Test Championship final at Lord’s.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Indian batsmen Shreyas Iyer (L) and Shikhar Dhawan (R)(Shikhar Dhawan / Twitter)
Indian batsmen Shreyas Iyer (L) and Shikhar Dhawan (R)(Shikhar Dhawan / Twitter)

Iyer, Dhawan take 11-hour road trip to join Team India in Ahmedabad

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:29 PM IST
Shreyas Iyer on Tuesday took to Instagram and posted a story to update his fans about his travel with Shikhar Dhawan.
Close
Ajinkya Rahane: File Photo(PTI)
Ajinkya Rahane: File Photo(PTI)

‘Winning the WTC is equal to winning the World Cup’: Ajinkya Rahane

UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 07:07 PM IST
Team India either needs to win or draw the fourth and the final Test against England in Ahmedabad in order to secure their berth in the grand finale of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.
Close
Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted this photo on Instagram(Instagram/Michael Vaughan)
Former England captain Michael Vaughan posted this photo on Instagram(Instagram/Michael Vaughan)

India vs England: Vaughan posts photo in dug-up soil to take a dig at pitch

UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:51 PM IST
  • Vaughan's reaction comes after India took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series after beating England within two days in the third Test match in Ahmedabad.
Close
Representative photo(AP)
Representative photo(AP)

Three more COVID-19 positive cases in PSL: PCB

PTI
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:33 PM IST
  • One unnamed player was from Islamabad United, while the other two's names and teams were not identified by Pakistan Cricket Board media and communications director Sami Ul Hasan.
Close
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @BCCI ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2021** Ahmedabad: Indian bowler R Ashwin celebrates the dismissal of England's J Leach on the first day of the 3rd cricket test match between India and England, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_24_2021_000189B)(PTI)
**EDS: TWITTER IMAGE POSTED BY @BCCI ON WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2021** Ahmedabad: Indian bowler R Ashwin celebrates the dismissal of England's J Leach on the first day of the 3rd cricket test match between India and England, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (PTI Photo) (PTI02_24_2021_000189B)(PTI)

‘He wants to be the best’: Laxman hails Ashwin’s ‘critical planning & execution'

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:20 PM IST
While speaking on Star Sports, Laxman pointed out how Ashwin troubled someone ‘as great as’ Steve Smith during the Australia tour.
Close
R Ashwin has picked up 24 wickets in the series. (Getty Images)
R Ashwin has picked up 24 wickets in the series. (Getty Images)

'No shame in being beaten by Ashwin': Atherton says India spinner rare to

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:51 PM IST
  • India vs England: Ashwin has proven he's a beast on home soil, which is why Atherton reckons there is absolutely nothing surprising seeing him thrive.
Close
Madan Lal gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine(Madan Lal / Twitter)
Madan Lal gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine(Madan Lal / Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 04:30 PM IST
Lal, 69, took the vaccine at the Jeewan hospital and nursing home. The former India pacer was "proud" to get the jab and praised the "organised and well-handled" procedure employed in the hospital.
Close
Mayank Agarwal sweating it out during Team India's fielding drill ahead of fourth and the final Test against England in Ahmedabad(BCCI / Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal sweating it out during Team India's fielding drill ahead of fourth and the final Test against England in Ahmedabad(BCCI / Twitter)

India vs England: Indian players undergo fielding drill ahead of 4th Test

PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 04:19 PM IST
Indian players went through a fielding drill on Tuesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad ahead of the fourth Test against England.
Close
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin: File photo(PTI)
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin: File photo(PTI)

ICC Player of the Month: Ashwin, Root, Mayers in contention among men

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:42 PM IST
Ashwin played three Tests against England and scored 106 in the second innings of India's second Test victory at Chennai and took his 400th Test wicket in the third Test victory at Ahmedabad.
Close
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh (L) and IPL Trophy (R)(HT COLLAGE)
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh (L) and IPL Trophy (R)(HT COLLAGE)

Surprised at exclusion of Mohali for IPL: Punjab CM

ANI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:35 PM IST
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh also asked the BCCI to reconsider their decision as Mohali can very well host the IPL 2021 by taking all safety precautions.
Close
File photo of Mithali Raj(Getty Images)
File photo of Mithali Raj(Getty Images)

ICC Women's ODI rankings: Mithali retains 9th spot, Mandhana drops two slots

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:21 PM IST
Another veteran Mithali Raj--with 687 points--remained at 9th to be the second Indian batswoman in the top 10. Mandhana has 732 points.
Close
Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed(Twitter)
Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed(Twitter)

PCB's bio-bubble policy under scanner after Fawad Ahmed returns Covid positive

PTI
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:14 PM IST
Many reports in the Pakistan media blamed PCB for the positive test incident which has cast a shadow on the league.
Close
West Indies' Chris Gayle.(Action Images via Reuters)
West Indies' Chris Gayle.(Action Images via Reuters)

Chris Gayle targets T20 World Cup defence with Windies on comeback

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 03:08 PM IST
Former captain Gayle last played for West Indies in a one-day international against India in 2019 in what he then described as his last international appearance.
Close
Indian captain Virat Kohli with teammates during a Test match against England(PTI)
Indian captain Virat Kohli with teammates during a Test match against England(PTI)

Spin-heavy India eye series win against England, WTC final spot

Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 04:33 PM IST
Ind vs Eng: Virat Kohli's men completed an extraordinary 10-wicket win against England inside two days in the day-night third test in Ahmedabad.
Close
Cheteshwar Pujara in action against England. (BCCI)
Cheteshwar Pujara in action against England. (BCCI)

Pujara close to another fine achievement, can join Gavaskar, Viswanath, Kohli

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 02:48 PM IST
  • India vs England: Cheteshwar Pujara has a chance to do what even the great Sachin Tendulkar couldn't.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP