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Williamson, Raval complete eight-wicket win for New Zealand

Kane Williamson's 61 came off just 77 deliveries
Kane Williamson's 61 came off just 77 deliveries
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New Zealand 200 & 108-2 (Williamson 61) beat
Pakistan 133 &171 (Sohail 40) by eight wickets
First Test, Christchurch, day four

Kane Williamson scored a brisk 61 while Jeet Raval supported him with an unbeaten knock of 36 as New Zealand chased down 105 with eight wickets in hand on day four to win the first Test in Christchurch and claim an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the series.

Pakistan started the day at 129 for seven with a lead of 62 runs. Sohail Khan (40) continued to play his shots and scored two more boundaries before holing out to deep square leg off Tim Southee (3-53).

It took New Zealand just 34 more deliveries to bowl out Pakistan for 171 leaving them a target of 105 runs to get.

Tom Latham (9) and Ravan (36 not out) started cautiously for New Zealand scoring 19 runs in the first eight overs.

Mohammad Amir (1-12) provided Pakistan the breakthrough when he had Latham edge one to the slips. However, Williamson (61) looked very positive from the outset and was scoring runs at will.

With an unbeaten 39 run stand with Raval, Williamson took New Zealand to lunch at 58 for one, needing 47 more to win.

In the second session, the duo brought the 50-run stand off 77 deliveries while Williamson completed a fine half-century off 56 deliveries.

Just when the scores were level, Williamson was caught at short fine leg off Azhar Ali (1-6) ending his 77-ball knock but New Zealand eventually coasted to a eight-wicket win which allowed them take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Colin de Grandhomme was named the man of the match for his heroics with the ball in the first innings.

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