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Fawad ton in vain, NZ clinch thriller

Fawad Alam’s ‘comeback’ hundred was not enough to avoid a 101-run defeat in the first Test against New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. 

With 2020 at its end, New Zealand and Pakistan have put up a tremendous fight on day five to finish off the year. A Mitchell Santner jump brought and end to the match. Young Naseem Shah, who batted 24 balls for 1 run, sat down dejected as he struck one straight to the bowler.

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A target of 373 was ahead of the visiting side but the intent was more towards drawing the match rather than going for a win on a placid track.

In the second over of the day, Trent Boult sent back Azhar Ali for 34. The next wicket took a long long time to come. Fawad and his captain Mohammad Rizwan put on a 165-run partnership for the fifth wicket to keep the Kiwis waiting.

Fawad scored his second Test hundred – 102 off 269 with 14 boundaries. The last one had come 11 years back on his debut.

Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner turned the tables with the wickets of Rizwan, who made 60, and Fawad in the final one and half hours of the Test match. Rizwan was trapped lbw by Jamieson while Fawad got out in the worst possible way he could, edging a Wagner bouncer to the keeper.

Faheem Ashraf (19) and the lower-order batters added resistance but so close, yet to far. Pakistan bundled out for 271 runs in 123.3 overs.

Tim Southee, Boult, Wagner, Jamieson and Santner shared all ten wickets – two each.

New Zealand take 1-0 lead in the series and also stay in hunt for World Test Championship final. The second Test in Christchurch will start on January 3.

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson was awarded player of the match for his 129 in the first innings.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 1st innings: 431

Pakistan 1st innings: 239

New Zealand 2nd innings: 180/5d

Pakistan 2nd innings: 271 in 123.3 overs (Fawad 102, Rizwan 60; Southee 2/33, Jamieson 2/35)

New Zealand won by 101 runs

Player of the Match: Kane Williamson

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