NZ vs PAK 2nd Test Recap: New Zealand won by an innings and 176 runs
Brief Score: NZ - 659/6 d (Williamson 238, Nicholls 157; Abbas 2/98, Afridi 2/101)
PAK - 297 & 186 (Azhar Ali 37, Zafar Gohar 37, Jamieson 6/48, Boult 3/43)
Player of the Series - Kane Williamson
Player of the Match - Kyle Jamieson
The ICC No. 1 Test batsman and the Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson-led New Zealand vanquishes Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second Test played in Christchurch and clean swept the two-Test match series by 2-0 on Wednesday. In reply to NZ's mammoth 659, Pakistan are just managed to reach 186 all-out in their second innings. A thumping win for the Black Caps and with these combined team efforts, The New Zealand Cricket team climbs atop the ICC Test rankings (WTC).
Pakistan did well in the first Test and does pretty well here in the first innings too, but the bowling just fell apart after a while. There's no way you can concede 659 on a pitch that is helpful in the final session on Day 4 as well. New Zealand mentally out batted them and then Jamieson took over again. Skipper Kane Williamson led from the front while Jamieson and Nicholls are the two other heroes for the hosts.
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Once they got that mammoth total of 659, it was always going to tough for the visitors and with Jamieson threatening every ball, it was literally impossible to take this to Day 5. Jamieson took his second fifer and a maiden 10-wicket haul of his short but impressive Test career so far, rattled Pakistan into submission as the visitors chopped to an innings defeat and series whitewash in the Christchurch Test.
The ruthless Kyle Jamieson leads the team with his stellar performances in both innings and he has been adjudged Player of the Match. Kane Willamson named as 'Player of the Series' for his blitzkrieg double tons in both Tests.
The tall bowler got five of the first six wickets to fall in the second innings to make it a 10-wicket haul. He finished with 11/117 which has been the best bowling figures in Test cricket at Christchurch now. Southee and Boult may not have taken many wickets, but their control did help Jamieson to chip away. Azhar Ali had the stomach for a fight, but he couldn't do it alone.
''It's an incredible couple of games. Even though the result on paper was in our favour, but Pakistan is a quality side. We worked hard and got lucky with a few moments. Kyle is a special cricketer. He's gone a long way to moving this team forward and complementing the bowling attack, Williamson said during the post-match presentation.
''Daryl bats higher and bowls a few more overs, but the attitude both of them brought in was great to see. I am sure there are many more hundreds to come Daryl's way. It was a real battle for a long time. The runs were tough to come by as Pakistan bowled great lines. The openers gave us a great start and Nicholls batted with a calf muscle injury and it was an incredible effort. Really pleasing performance, nice to finish the Test summer on a high,'' he further added.
NZ captain Kane Williamson slammed 4th double-century, Nicholls hits his 7th Test hundred and Daryl Mitchell also scored his maiden Test ton. NZ took 362 runs lead over Pakistan in their first innings. Williamson scored 238 off 364 balls studded with 28 boundaries. Nicholls played a blitzkrieg knock of 157 off 297 while Mitchell hits his maiden Test century and remains unbeaten on 102 to propel his side to a mammoth total.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. Pakistan were all-out for 297 in their first innings. The Kiwi speedsters were bowled beautifully especially Kyle Jamieson, who has been phenomenal and took his third five-wicket haul (5/69). Southee and Boult also picked two wickets each for the hosts.