DUBAI: New Zealand defeated Pakistan by four runs in the first test in Abu Dhabi on Monday with debutant spinner Ajaz Patel took five wickets.
The stunning defeat came as Ajaz Patel lead a never-say-die approach from New Zealand bowlers as they pulled off a thrilling four-run win over an indisciplined Pakistan
To defend the modest 176-run target, New Zealand bowlers led by Patel (5-59), fast bowler Neil Wagner (2-27) and Ish Sodhi (2-37) bowled out Pakistan for 171 on a in a shocking fourth day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
It is the fifth smallest win in terms of runs in test cricket history and gives New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, according to SuperSport.
“The attitude, certainly today and throughout the game, was brilliant,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson who now has nine wins in his 18 tests in charge.
“How those two bowlers Ajaz and Wagner bowled, for almost 20 overs, was brilliant. We knew the surface was not an easy one. There was considerable turn from day one and all the spinners bowled well.”