New Zealand v Pakistan 2nd Test: Kiwis win by an innings and 176 runs
New Zealand in a near-perfect display recorded an innings and 176 runs victory against Pakistan at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
New Zealand 659/6 (158.5)
Pakistan 297/10 & 186/10 (83.5 & 81.4)
Result - New Zealand won by an innings and 176 runs
Match Report – Salim Parvez
Jamieson takes a giant leap
It took the home side four days to wrap up the series 2-0 and go to the top of the ICC World Test Championship with 420 points from 11 games. Their opponents went down without much fight, bowled out for 186 having no answer to Kylie Jamieson, who picked up 6-48, to go with his five-wicket-haul on the opening day. The tall blonde pace man from Auckland, playing his sixth Test match was overjoyed, at being named the Player of the Match.
Still trailing by 354 runs, Pakistan batting line-up was facing a tough day ahead when Abid Ali and night watchman Mohammad Abbas, walked in to resume the innings. New Zealand had early success when Abbas was caught behind off Trent Boult, in the fifth over of the morning, not before he had wasted a DRS review. The survival was going to be hard with the wicket still offering lateral movement and bounce from three tall pace bowlers, particularly the 26-year old Jamieson, who at 6ft.8inches, was a real challenge in these conditions. With some smart catching, Pakistan bowlers too could have had more impact but alas.
At the first drinks break, Abid and Azhar Ali, having to show lot of patience and discipline on this surface, had taken the score to 46-2 before Jamieson came into his own. Abid after battling so hard for his 26 for little over two hours, departed to a smart catch at point and Jamieson followed it with the wicket of Haris Sohail as lunch was taken at 88-4. New Zealand were certainly in control of this game and with three wickets in the opening session of the 4th day, were on their way to wrapping up the Test.
Soon after lunch Azhar too was gone, caught behind off his glove down the leg side, to a ball aimed at his rib. He was gone for 37 and any hope of Pakistan surviving the day vanished when skipper Mohammad Rizwan, after five consecutive Test fifties to his name, could not quite come up with an innings his side desperately needed. He was bowled by Jamieson to leave the score on 98-6 and afterwards Faheem Ashraf (28) and Zafar Gohar (37), hung around but merely delayed the inevitable. It was unusual for Pakistan’s line-up to feature six left-handed batsmen but it made very little difference as New Zealand superiority in all aspects of the game was so glaringly obvious.
Pakistan had very little to show for in the two-Test series which they played without their captain and star batsman – Babar Azam. In the conditions that assisted the pace bowlers, the tourists were badly let down by its fielders to have little chance of competing with New Zealand, who are a very strong unit in their own backyard. In Kane Williamson, who was named Player of the Series, they have a leader who will continue to inspire greater achievements, moving forward.
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Pakistan - Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan(c)(wk), Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
Start Time: 22:00
Toss: New Zealand won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Officials: Christopher Brown, Christopher Gaffaney, Wayne Knights, Shaun Haig, Jeffrey Crowe
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