Source: News Bharati English30 Nov 2016 09:14:14
Wellington, November 30: New Zealand bowled out Pakistani batsmen to win the 2nd Test match by 138 runs to clean sweep the series by 2-0. This was the first series win of New Zealand over Pakistan in last 30 years. The Kiwis took nine wickets in the final session to make up a dramatic victory over the visitors.
Pakistan was chasing 369 after Ross Taylor’s second-innings century lifted New Zealand to 313 for 5 declared on the fourth day. Requiring 369 to win the second ANZ Test and draw the series, the visitors could only muster 79 runs in the first session, scoring at less than two runs an over as the BLACKCAPS failed to make a breakthrough.
The result meant Pakistan slipped from second to fourth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, while New Zealand moved up one place to sixth. Fifties from openers Azhar Ali (58 off 161) and Aslam (91 off 238) laid the platform for Pakistan’s chase with a patient first-wicket stand of 131 in 60 overs. Babar Azam, who came to the crease after Mitchell Santner bowled Azhar, attempted to lift the pace, but was similarly bowled on the fourth ball after tea.
Aslam missed out on his maiden century when his mistimed drive off Southee was caught by Kane Williamson at mid-off. Sarfraz Ahmed was run out for a quick 19 off 21 and Matt Henry ensured Asad Shafiq did not get off the mark. Younis Khan, on his 39th birthday, struggled to 11 before he was lbw to Southee and Pakistan was in some trouble at 218 for 6.
Sohail Khan fell to Colin de Grandhomme for 8 and Wagner removed Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Imran Khan all without scoring, leaving Mohammad Rizwan not out on 13. New Zealand will be delighted with the result, given the loss of more than four sessions to rain early on. Southee was named player of the series for his match haul of eight wickets.