Sunday 9 January 2011 

Bowlers Script Stunning Pakistan Victory

Bowlers Script Stunning Pakistan Victory
Bowlers Script Stunning Pakistan Victory
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Pakistan 367 (Asad Shafiq 83) & 21-0 beat
New Zealand 275 & 110 by ten wickets
First Test, Hamilton

Pakistan sealed their first Test victory since August with a stunning performance in Hamilton, where they beat New Zealand by ten wickets inside three days in the opening match of the series.

Replying to New Zealand's 275, they took a useful lead by scoring 367 and then dismissed the home side for 110, leaving themselves an easy run towards a clinical victory.

Unbeaten overnight on 74, Asad Shafiq added just nine runs before he was trapped in front by Tim Southee for 83 although he still ended up with the top score in the match.

Misbah-ul-Haq made 62 and wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal a career-best 44 to put Pakistan well ahead despite Brent Arnel's haul of four for 95.

It was then over to Pakistan's bowlers, who turned the game on its head. After Brendon McCullum's 35 in 46 balls seemed set to get New Zealand back into the lead and quickly, outstanding spells of left-arm spin from Abdul Rehman (3-24) and swing from Wahab Riaz (3-38) ripped through the New Zealand line up.

Riaz removed McCullum, Jesse Ryder (0) and Kane Williamson (1) while Rehman dismissed Tim McIntosh (3), Ross Taylor (11) and Daniel Vettori (3).

Umar Gul then ensured there would be no resistance from the tail to pick up figures of three for 28.

Taufeeq Umar, who hit the winning runs, then made an unbeaten 12 and Mohammad Hafeez nine as Pakistan cruised to their victory target in 3.4 overs.

Honours were even after the opening day, in which Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first, which saw New Zealand close on 260 for seven before saw Pakistan close the gap with Shafiq and Misbah to the fore.

The second and final Test gets underway in Wellington on 15th January.

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