Abu Dhabi win ranks as 'one of our best' - Williamson

Arnold Nichols
November 20, 2018

The Kiwis pegged back pegged back Pakistan, claiming a couple of wickets but a brilliant 83-run partnership between Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam revived Pakistan, who pushed ahead to 227 to salvage a 74 run lead.

"We knew the surface was not easy and we saw this throughout from both sides".

Pakistan now requires just 139 more runs to win the match with 10 wickets in hand and take a lead in the three-match Test series.

Resuming on 37 without loss, Pakistan began the day as favourites to chase down the 176 they needed for victory although New Zealand will have taken some hope from Pakistan's failure at the same ground previous year to chase 136 against Sri Lanka.

It was Pakistan's fourth worst collapse in their Test history.

Bilal Asif's wild swipe got him bowled on duck, and the next batsmen Yasir Shah and Hasan Ali couldn't add to the scoreboard either, leaving Azhar Ali exclusively in charge of the run-chase with a wicket in hand.

Pakistan finished the first session with 130-4.

Abu Dhabi witnessed the fighting spirit of New Zealand on Monday as they stunned Pakistan by defending 175 runs from a hopeless situation.

"It certainly was dramatic", said Williamson. Skipper Laura Delany got very emotional the other day in her post match press conference.

Williamson - who missed final One-Day International (ODI) in Dubai on Sunday with a groin injury - won the toss and opted to bat in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Pakistan lost the Pak Vs NZ test match by 4 runs as they bowled out on 171 while chasing 176.

"It's a great advertisement for test cricket". Henry Nicholls (55) and BJ Watling (59) built a solid partnership and reached to half centuries. "I guess when you look back, winning by such a small margin means every contribution in terms of runs scored and runs saved on the field did matter". "I'm 30 now, so I've put a lot of work in to be able to put myself in this position so it's quite rewarding to be able to contribute and really get one across the line for the country".

Twitter erupted after an epic victory by New Zealand.

Pakistan's opener Imamul Haq returned to the side after missing the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi with a finger injury.

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