Yesterday marked a special day in Test cricket. New Zealand pulled off a memorable win against Pakistan, which truly showed their determination and resolve. The Kiwis were in a hopeless position and almost certain to lose as Pakistan were cruising at 130/4 chasing 176 to win. But there was a twist. The Kiwis fought back to dismiss the Pakistanis for 171, thereby winning by just 4 runs – the fifth smallest winning margin in Test history. So here are the three things we learned from New Zealand’s sensational win over Pakistan:
1) King Kane
Kane Williamson once again proved his mettle as a captain. His strategy to spread out the field against the last recognised batsman Azhar Ali paid off very well. Ali was stifled at the crease and could not cut loose. This resulted in him being frustrated and eventually he lost his wicket to a turning delivery. That sparked wild celebrations from the Kiwis, who have to thank their captain’s tactics.
2) Awesome Ajaz
Ajaz Patel, the 30 year old making his test debut, justified his selection in the Kiwi team. He also rewarded his captain for sticking with him during the final stages of the match. Although New Zealand had Ish Sodhi in the ranks – a player who is much more experienced, Williamson chose Patel to bowl the majority of the overs. And what a brilliant tactic that turned out.
3) Pale Pakistan
What to say about Pakistan? Their unpredictability has been known for years and years. For all their wonderful bowling skills, their batting has struggled to perform again and again. It was such a small total to chase and they were in control of the situation. However, they simply threw it away and lost their wickets cheaply.
To sum up, New Zealand pulled off a great win in a match that is being hailed as one of the best in recent times. Pakistan were left stunned but they can only blame themselves and nobody else. But hats off to Kane Williamson’s captaincy!