ABU DHABI: In-form Pakistan stretched their winning spree, crushed New Zealand and bagged a 248-run victory against the Kiwis on fifth day of the first test at Abu Dhabi stadium.
At the start of the final day, Pakistan needed just two wickets for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series while New Zealand needed 306 for an unlikely win.
Misbah-ul-Haq was poised to overtake Imran Khan and Javed Miandad as Pakistan’s most successful Test captain, after his team played the perfect game to finish the fourth day on the verge of victory in Abu Dhabi. Mohammad Hafeez’s brisk century – his first in more than two years – allowed Misbah to declare in the first half of the day, giving Pakistan’s bowlers at least 144 overs to dismiss New Zealand. They took eight wickets in 54.
Chasing a total of 480 runs for victory, Kiwi batsmen could only managed 231 runs.
Yesterday, Pakistan declared their second innings on 175-2 to set New Zealand a 480-run victory target.
Pakistani spinners again proved to be unplayable as Zulfiqar Babar got three wickets while Yasir Shah took one wicket.
With this win, Misbah-ul-Haq has become Pakistan’s most successful test captain with 15 test wins.