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Santner takes a one-handed blinder as Kiwis pull off thrilling win against Pakistan



Watch: Santner takes a one-handed blinder as Kiwis pull off thrilling win against Pakistan

New Zealand are in terrific form in the longest format of the game. They recently outclassed West Indies in the two-match Test series by winning all the games. The Kiwis continued their winning formula against Pakistan in the ongoing bilateral Test series.

 

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Kane Williamson-led team took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. However, the victory didn’t come that easy. The hosts had to work really hard to settle for a win. The final session of the match proved to be a decider of the match.

Pakistan lost too many wickets and were playing a defensive style of cricket to settle for a draw. But the hosts were pretty much focussed only on winning the game. Chasing 372, Pakistan were in all sorts of trouble after being reduced to 0/2.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult got rid of Shah Masood and Abid Ali inside 3 overs. Azhar Ali scored 38 while Fawad Alam was the pick of the batsmen. He scored a terrific 102 including 14 fours before he was dismissed by Wagner.

Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan 60 with the help of 6 fours. Then they started losing wickets like a pack of cards. The likes of Southee, Boult, Wagner, Jamieson picked up 2 wickets each.

After losing 8 wickets, the visitors still had a chance to settle for a draw as they had to remain at the crease for around 7 overs. Mitchell Santner did a pretty good job by dismissing the tail-enders.

The highlight of the match was when he took a one-handed catch to get rid of Naseem Shah. The Kiwis won the game by 101 runs.



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New Zealand not only won the match but also secured 60 points to become the top-ranked Test team in the world. “That’s great being the No. 1 Test team. It’s a game of small margins. It could have gone either way in the last session. It’s great to come away with a brilliant Test win against a great side like Pakistan.

It’s a special moment. It (to play in the World Test Championship final) provides the context and added intensity, especially when it comes down to crunch moments like we saw today in the last session. There is a little carrot there.

However, it’s not at the forefront of your mind because, in Test cricket, there’s so much that goes in to manufacture a result. It’s moment by moment for five days, that’s why there’s so much enjoyment out of playing the game. It’s good that we are still in the hunt for that (top-two finish) but we know that there’s still a lot more cricket to be played,” Williamson said at the post-match presentation.

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