New Zealand 429 & 153 (Taylor 59) beat
Pakistan 332 & 218 (Umar Akmal 75) by 32 runs
First Test, Dunedin
Fast bowlers Shane Bond and Iain O'Brien both picked up three wickets to bowl New Zealand to a 32-run win over Pakistan on the final day of the first Test in Dunedin.
Having been set 251 to win, Pakistan were bowled out in the second innings for 218, that in itself an impressive recovery after they slipped to 24 for three early on.
Bond was lethal with the new ball, removing Khurram Manzoor (4) and Fawad Alam (5) and he returned to remove Umar Akmal, who made a patient 75 as he tried desperately to see his side over the line.
Mohammad Yousuf made 41, Shoaib Malik 32 and Kamran Akmal 27 but New Zealand kept pegging them back with wickets, O'Brien dismissing Malik, Kamran and Umar Gul for four.
Pakistan eventually collapsed from 195 for five to 218 all out, Daniel Vettori taking the last two wickets to fall when he had Mohammad Asif caught by Ross Taylor for nought and Mohammad Aamer caught and bowled for 15.
Taylor scored half-centuries in either innings for New Zealand, his 59 in the second innings becoming more crucial as the match went on and despite the Pakistan bowlers wrapping it up very quickly in the morning session, they had always been left a testing target, and as it turned out, one that proved to be just out of reach.
The second Test in the three-match series begins in Wellington on 3rd December.
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