ABU DHABI (AFP) – Pakistan strolled to victory by 248 runs in its first Test against New Zealand on Thursday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Pakistan had needed two wickets after their opponents resumed at 174-8 but it took only 16.3 overs for them to reach their target as New Zealand folded at 231 in 70.3 overs.
Kiwi Mark Craig, who along with Ish Sodhi (63) had delayed Pakistan’s defeat after batting for 14.5 overs on Wednesday, couldn’t prolong his resistance as he was bowled by leg-spinner Yasir Shah for 28 off the first ball of the second over in the day.
But Sodhi, who added 39 for the ninth wicket, further defied the bowling with a career-best knock, adding 54 runs for the last wicket with number 11 Trent Boult, who made 19 not out.
Sodhi hit seven boundaries and a six during his two-hour resistance before he was finally trapped leg-before by paceman Imran Khan, who finished with 2-37.
Shah finished with 3-74, while Zulfiqar Babar and Rahat Ali took two wickets for 48 runs each.
This was Pakistan’s third Test win in a row after they white-washed Australia 2-0 last week, their first series win over the Aussies for 20 years.