1st Test: Die Hard performance of Pakistani team flushed Kiwis

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Pakistan tour of New Zealand
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Hamilton: Pakistan won the 1st test against New Zealand by 10 wickets. The test match with the flat pitch comes to an end on the ‘Dramatic Day’ (3rd Day). Pakistani team bowled out the New Zealand team in a session (3rd Session).

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The toss on the 1st day was not so important in the eyes of cricket analysts but in the end it proved that how important it was for Pakistan. On the 1st day, captain of Pakistan Cricket Team ; Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss & elected to field. It was very strange decision as the pitch was flat & it was good for batting.


Day 1:

According to the decision of Pakistani captain, Pakistani team came into the ground to bowl out the Kiwi’s batsmen. Tim McIntosh & Brendon McCullum were the opening batsmen from the New Zealand side.

The first wicket went down at the score of 9 in 2nd over when McIntosh got out. It was the 1st wicket for Tanvir Ahmed.

After that Brendon McCullum & Martin Guptill started playing beautiful shots. The Brendon McCullum wasn’t given out by the umpire Rod Tucker who was umpiring in his 9th match.

The dangerous man McCullum went out after scoring 56 runs. After that wickets started falling.

The key man for Pakistan was Abdur Rehman who was threatening Kiwis batsmen. The decision of the Pakistani captain was looking great as 7 wickets of New Zealand were down at the score of 177 in 64.5 overs.

Then the young batsman Williamson started building partnership with new batsman Tim Southee. It was shocking moment for Pakistan as the lower order was hammering them. Younis Khan got a difficult opportunity but failed to catch Kane Williamson after the ball deflected off Adnan Akmal’s gloves.

At the end of the day, the score of New Zealand was looking good then it was. Still 3 wickets were behind & Williamson & Southee were on 44 & 56 respectively. The score was 260/7 in 90.0 overs.



2nd Day:

On the 2nd Day, Pakistani bowlers were looking fit & the New Zealand batsmen were looking to score more runs. But in the play of just 7.5 overs, the complete New Zealand team got out with an addition of 15 runs. Williamson got 2nd Fifty of his career.

When Pakistani team came out for batting, they were thinking of setting big target. They received a shock when Mohammad Hafeez got out in the 1st over. Then Taufeeq Umar & Azhar Ali tried to build a partnership.

On the score of 72, Azhar Ali got out at the ball of Martin. In the addition of 35 runs, Pakistan lost its two more wickets. Now the Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq was on the crease with unexperienced Asad Shafiq. Both tried to play a sensible innings.

The captain of New Zealand team, Daniel Vettori wasn’t looking good but he bowled his overs. The solid rocks (Misbah-ul-Haq & Asad Shafiq) were annoying Black Caps.

Before the end of play, Asad Shafiq completed his 2nd Fifty. Then Misbah-ul-Haq started playing aggressively against Kiwi’s bowlers. He played two beautiful sweep shots to complete his Fifty.

At the end of the day, Pakistan was on 235 with the loss of 4 wickets in 80 overs. Asad Shafiq was on 74 & Misbah-ul-Haq was on 50.



Day 3:

On 3rd day, both sides were looking confident. After the addition of 21 runs, well settled Asad Shafiq & Misbah-ul-Haq got out. The the new branch of Akmals, Adnan Akmal started building partnership with Abdur Rehman. All the frustration was for New Zealand. Both were hitting all around the ground.

At the score of 332, Pakistan again lost well settled Adnan Akmal & Abdur Rehman.Then Umar Gul & Tanvir Ahmed came in to keep the scoreboard ticking. Both played aggressively.

At the score of 367, all 10 wickets of Pakistan were down but all of them played well. New Zealand was not expecting this sort of performance from the lower order of Pakistan. New Zealand was trail by 92 runs.

The lead of 92 runs taken by Pakistan build pressure on the Kiwi’s batsmen. The opening wasn’t good enough for New Zealand as the 1st wicket went down at the score of 36 runs. The McCullum was given out by the umpire which wasn’t out.

After that wickets kept falling. The key bowlers for Pakistan were Wahab Riaz & Abdur Rehman. On one side New Zealand batsmen were facing spin & on the other hand they were facing high quality of fast bowling with great pace over 140km/h.

With this mixture of bowling & great traps, Kiwi batsmen failed to survive. Wahab Riaz for the first time bowled a spell of 11 overs with a great pace. Then Pakistani captain appointed Umar Gul to get rid of the tail & the plan again worked.

Chris Martin who was playing his 60th test succeeded in scoring century of his runs in test career.

The complete New Zealand team was bowled out at the score of 110 runs in a session (3rd session). Brendon McCullum was the man with the highest score of 35. Pakistan was just 19 runs behind the victory.

Taufeeq Umar & Mohammad Hafeez came in to score the winning runs for Pakistan. Both played nice & beautiful shots. At the 3rd ball of the 4th over, Taufeeq Umar got a thick inside edge at the ball of Southee which was comfortably taken by Young but umpire Daryl Harper refused to shook his finger up.

At the very next ball, Taufeeq Umar played a beautiful straight drive & scored the winning runs. It was a very wonderful moment for Pakistan.

The match was over on the 3rd Day. Everyone was saluting the Pakistan Cricket Team.




Result: Pakistan won by 10 wickets.

Man Of The Match: Abdur Rehman (Pakistan) {6 wickets in a match}




Difference between Pakistan Cricket Team & New Zealand Cricket Team:

Pakistan Cricket Team:

  • Won the toss & chose the right decision.
  • Tight Bowling.
  • Great Batting.
  • Sharp Fielding.
  • Played the game according to their plan.
  • Mentally prepared.


New Zealand Cricket Team:

  • Lost the toss.
  • Batsmen failed to stand on the crease & poor selection of shots.
  • Bowlers failed to stop the flow of runs & to put pressure on the opposition batsmen.
  • Played the game without any proper plan.
  • Mentally not prepared.



    Hope New Zealand will figure out their problems & will bounce back. Pakistani eyes are now on the series win as this will be the 1st series win after the 2006/2007 test series win against West Indies. So, All the Best to Pakistan.

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