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New Zealand remained in contention for the World Test Championship final with a spectacular victory as Pakistan collapsed in the last session of the first test at Mount Maunganui; Black Caps will top the test standings if they win the series

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Mitchell Santner took Naseem Shah’s final wicket to seal New Zealand’s spectacular win at Bay Oval

The New Zealand bowlers produced a final end-of-session wave to guide their team to a tight 101-point victory over Pakistan in the first test at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday and keep their hopes of reaching the World Championship final alive. of testing next year.

Pakistan were sacked for 271, chasing a winning goal of 372, with 4.3 overtakes remaining in the test at Bay Oval.

“It was a brilliant game,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. “Both teams did their best and Pakistan were incredibly tough in this second set, but the boys kept coming.

“A huge effort on the part of the bowlers to get us across the line.”

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New Zealand had been the big favorites to win the game as the final matchday started with Tourists 71-3, but a 165 partnership between Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan gave tourists a chance for a draw, if not a victory. unlikely.

Kyle Jamieson ended the partnership when he trapped Rizwan ahead, albeit after a test, for 60 years, and left Pakistan 242-6, still 131 fleeing their target with 25 passes remaining.

He also had Yasir Shah caught in the ravine for a duck, while Neil Wagner, who played the last three days with two broken toes, had Fawad caught by doorman BJ Watling for 102 then Faheem Ashraf for 19 to expose the tail.

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Mitchell Santner then trapped Mohammad Abbas ahead for one, before the final pair Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah stoically resisted for nearly eight overs.

Naseem, however, went too far past a delivery from Santner and the left-arm spinner jumped high to take the layoff caught and bowled, then celebrate the victory with raucousness.

“Not a huge disappointment (with the result),” Rizwan said. “It’s Test Cricket. We lost that game, but we’re still in the series.”

The second match of the two-test series will take place at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval from January 3 and New Zealand must also win this match to give them every chance of qualifying for the Test Championship final at Lord’s.





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