New Zealand put up a clinical show against Pakistan and won the first Test by 101 runs. With this, the Kiwis become the top-ranked Test team for the very first time in history. Although the home team had the command in the majority of the encounter, there was some drama in the end thanks to Fawad Alam's gritty ton. New Zealand needed as many as five wickets in the game's final session with Alam and skipper Mohammad Rizwan well set on the crease. However, the Blackcaps eventually managed to cross the line just few overs before the end of day's play. Wasim Jaffer Hilariously Trolls Pakistan For Losing the First Test Against New Zealand.
Notably, Pakistan lost their first eight wickets against Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson. However, kiwi skipper Kane Williamson surprisingly handed the ball to left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner to bowl from one end. The move eventually worked with Santner dismissing Mohammad Abbas in the 116th over. However, his efforts seemed to be going in vain as last pair Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi survived more than seven overs. With just four overs remaining in day's play, Pakistan were hopeful of getting a draw. However, Santner ended their party with a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Shah.
It was an on-the-stump delivery from Santner which Shah tried to drive straight with many close-in fielders surrounding him. However, he couldn't place the ball correctly, and Santner took a brilliant one-handed catch under pressure to take his side over the line.
WHAT A STUNNER !!
SANTNER U BEAUTY 😘
— V҉𝖎𝖘𝖍 V҉𝖊𝖗𝖘𝖊𝖘 (@unshiverse) December 30, 2020
With this, Kane Williamson's men also get a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. Despite the loss, however, Pakistan must have got a lot of confidence with their brilliant fight back. Also, their regular skipper Babar Azam is expected to get fit for the second Test, which will boost their morale even more. The second and final Test takes place at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on January 3.
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