New Zealand defeats Pakistan by eight wickets in opening Test in Christchurch


Captain Kane Williamson (61) led from the front despite departing in search of the winning run as debutant and opener Jeet Raval (36 not out) brought up the victory with a boundary alongside Henry Nicholls (0 not out).

Tom Latham (9) was the only other wicket to fall in a dominant performance from the Kiwis, who completed the crushing win at 108-2.


Mohammad Amir (1-12) and Azhar Ali (1-6) were the wicket-takers for the Pakistanis.

There was only ever going to be one winner after Pakistan were bowled out for 171 early on Sunday.

Resuming at 129-7 – a lead of 62 runs – Sohail Khan and Asad Shafiq provided some stubborn resistance as the pair combined for a 53-run eight-wicket partnership.

Sohail was eventually dismissed for 40, skying a Tim Southee (3-53) short ball to Colin de Grandhomme at backward square leg.

Neil Wagner (3-34) – a day after claiming his 100th Test wicket – then sent Asad back to the pavilion for 17 before Rahat Ali (2) was the final wicket to fall off Southee’s bowling.


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