NEW ZEALAND v PAKISTAN
2nd Test, Hamilton
NEW ZEALAND 271 & 313 – 5 DEC
PAKISTAN 216 & 230
NEW ZEALAND WON BY 138 RUNS
New Zealand beat Pakistan in the 2nd Test at Hamilton with dramatic turn of events in the final session of the 5th day. With this win New Zealand sweeps the Test series at 2-0. This is New Zealand’s first Test series win over Pakistan since 1985.
New Zealand, in their 2nd innings, put up 313 on the board with Ross Taylor’s unbeaten 102. New Zealand declared after setting a target of 389 for Pakistan to chase down in the final day.
Pakistan, coming on to chase 389, in the final day was very comfortable for two long sessions. The opening stand between Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali brought 131, until Mitchell Santner got rid of Azhar Ali at the end of the second session. Pakistan needed 211 more runs to win with 9 wickets in hand with minimum 34 overs of play left. A draw seemed most likely to be the result, but the odds of New Zealand’s win was way lot less than Pakistan.
The last 9 wickets of Pakistan fell like a house of cards, within 24.3 overs. After Sami Aslam’s departure, there was nothing left for Pakistan to win. A draw was their last resort, but the last 6 wickets fell within 11 overs. Neil Wagner picked up the final 3 wickets in a blow, the first two in 91st over and the last one on the first ball of the 93rd.
New Zealand swept the series with a 2-0 whitewash over Pakistan by a handsome margin of 138 runs. Tim Southee was awarded man of the match for picking up 8 wickets in the match.