New Zealand team topped ICC Test Rankings after defeating Pakistan, surpassed Australia


Mount Monganui: New Zealand beat Pakistan by 101 runs in the first cricket test and scored a hat-trick of victories in domestic Test matches this season and also made it 1–0 in the 2-match series. With this, for the first time, the New Zealand team defeated Australia in the World Test rankings to become the number one team.

However, Pakistan gave him a tough challenge and for the first time in this session, he took a test of New Zealand till 5th day. The Pakistani team had a target of 373 runs for the win and after losing 3 wickets for 71 runs, the entire team was dismissed for 271 runs in the second innings.

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Earlier, the hosts had increased to 192 runs by dismissing Pakistan for 239 runs in the first innings. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner sent No. 11 batsman Nasim Shah to the pavilion. Earlier, Naseem and Shaheen Afridi had Kiwi bowlers for eight overs.

On the last day morning, Trent Boult dismissed Azhar Ali (38) with the third ball of the day. After this, however, Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan had almost dashed New Zealand’s hopes of victory. Both put pressure on the Kiwi bowlers with a century partnership.

On a difficult pitch for batting, both took two sessions on the last day in the morning and raised hopes of a draw. Both added 165 runs for the 5th wicket and stayed at the crease for five hours.

Fawad scored 102 runs in 236 balls with the help of 14 fours. At the same time, Rizwan, who saved Pakistan from Followan by scoring 71 runs in the first innings, scored an innings of 60 runs in 156 balls.

Kyle Jamieson broke the partnership by dismissing Rizwan. Fawad was caught by Neil Wegner in the hands of wicketkeeper BJ Watling. After this it was meaningless to expect miracles from tail batsmen.
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