November 29, 2009 1:02:57 am
Shane Bond (3/46) produced a desperate piece of brilliance in the last session of the first Test to help New Zealand go 1-0 up with a 32-run victory over Pakistan at the the University Oval here on Saturday.
Chasing 251,the tourists were struggling at 23 for three when Umar Akmal walked in. But the first-innings centurion belied all expectations as he stood between New Zealand and victory for close to two sessions.
Bond finally gave the hosts the breakthrough when he brought one in to Umar and latched on to his second caught and bowled chance. The last three batsmen fought determinedly for nine overs,but the task was made harder by some smart bowling from skipper Daniel Vettori,Iain OBrien and Chris Martin.
In fact,the Kiwis had to put up a real fight to claim the last seven wickets which was in contrast to the first three wickets that fell after Pakistan cleaned up the Kiwi tail in the morning. Pakistan started the final session needing 86 runs with five wickets in hand and both the Akmals in the middle.
Kamran knocked off three quick boundaries and it looked as if Pakistan will reach the home stretch rather easily. But Bond and OBrien,reversing the ball appreciably,dried up the runs.
Earlier,Martin accounted for Mohammad Yousuf after he and Umar had added 71 for the fourth wicket. He bowled a ripper out of nowhere. From short of a length,the ball kicked up and jagged in towards Yousuf,who did well to drop his wrists but the ball tailed in and kissed the glove. After Umars departure,it was matter of time for the New Zealanders to wrap up the Pak innings.
NZ 429 and 153 (Taylor 59,Asif 4-43) bt Pakistan 332 and 218 ( Akmal 75,Bond 3-46,OBrien 3-63) by 32 runs
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