Player of the Match
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Best performances - Batsmen

KS Williamson
KS Williamson
238(364) 28x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 42 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
17 31 14 41 32 21 39 43
HM Nicholls
HM Nicholls
157(291) 18x4 - 1x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 38 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
26 13 37 20 20 13 1 27

Best performances - Bowlers

KA Jamieson
O20
M6
R48
W6
Eco2.40
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W2W
KA Jamieson
O21
M8
R69
W5
Eco3.28
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

New Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

11.00 start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

Match days

3,4,5,6 January 2021 (5-day match)

Test debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

New Zealand 60, Pakistan 0

Scorer: Ranjith P | Commentator: @AlMuthu

That's all we have for you. Thank you for joining us throughout this amazing Test summer which ends with New Zealand as the No. 1 team in the world and potentially inching their way towards that World Test championship final. India and Australia are still ahead of them on percentage points. But stranger things have happened. Anyway, this is Al Muthu signing off on behalf of Shashank Kishore, P Ranjith and Thilak Ram. Have fun you lot!

Kane Williamson is Man of the Series: It's an incredible couple of games. Huge amount of effort goes into every Test match and we were up against a quality side in Pakistan and even though the result on paper was very much in favour of us, it was a game of small margins. At times we had a bit of luck go our way and that helped us create partnerships. We are realistic about that. Very proud moment as a team at the end of our Test summer and we know we've achieved something special. Both guys have been involved in a number of formats through the last couple of years, Kyle is a special cricketer, his contributions as soon as he's hit international cricket is immense. And along with Daryl as well, in a role that isn't natural, he bats a little bit higher. The attitude they've had coming in has been very good. The way Daryl came out and batted, increasing the run-rate when we needed, he fully deserved that hundred. It was a real battle for a long time. I didn't know where I was going to get another run. But it was nice that the openers saw off the new ball and gave us a foundation. And Nicholls played a really good innings too, with a pulled calf muscle. It was really nice to be out there and put a few partnerships and put up a really good competitive total. Nice to finish our Test summer on a high.

Mohammad Rizwan: As captain, I take responsibility. Fielding is very important part of the Test match. If you want to win, you have to take 20 wickets. Bowlers created chances, but we didn't back them up. It's an honour to lead Pakistan. I'm disappointed that I couldn't bring a result for Pakistan and PCB. But we tried. We tried our best. We will learn a lot from this tour. We failed in all departments, but we have a series after this against South Africa in a short time and we'll look to do well against them. Congratulations to New Zealand, specially Williamson and Nicholls. But the big difference between us was Jamieson, the way he bowled.

Kyle Jamieson is Man of the Match for his 11 wickets in the match: We had to graft our way for periods at a time and I guess as a bowling unit, we were clinical. I guess, from my point of view, just sitting back and watching these guys going to work, it's a four pronged attack and I'm pretty much the fourth prong and I love learning from these guys. Not too bad. I guess those two guys have been great for New Zealand cricket and to have my name somewhere along those guys is special [Vettori and Hadlee are the only bowlers with better match figures for New Zealand]

That ends the Test summer for New Zealand. Four Test matches. Four wins. All of them showcasing extremely watchable cricket. Kane Williamson's batting has hit another level. Apparently that's possible. He came in on the back of playing T20 cricket at the IPL. He was rested from the T20s earlier so that he could concentrate on getting back his Test match rhythm. Based on 600-plus runs in three matches, he sure got back to it alright. No. 1 batsman in the format leading the No. 1 team in the format. How's that for symmetry?

New Zealand owe a lot though to their bowlers. Neil Wagner didn't let two broken toes stop him from winning a Boxing Day thriller. And now that he's out for five-six weeks, Kyle Jamieson has stepped up to take on the role of tormentor in chief. His bounce continues plays on the back of the batsmen's minds. It always makes them end up in the worst position possible while facing him. They just can't be confident coming forward to him, which makes them sitting ducks because he has such a good fuller ball. He got Mohammad Rizwan with one that was pretty much on the cards. A glorious inswinger that zipped through bat and pad and knocked over leg stump. We'll be seeing a lot more of those as his career progresses.

81.4
W
Boult to Zafar Gohar, OUT, taken at long leg That's the game. That's 2-0. That's the No. 1 Test ranking for the first time in their Test history. Hagley Oval stands up to applaud a band of players who might be New Zealand's best ever. And a new kid has changed everything completely. For now he's not the focus. For now this ball is the focus. Length. Down leg. Slog. Straight up. Simple catch. And the crowd chants No. 1! Clap! Clap! Clap! No. 1! Clap! Clap! Clap!

Zafar Gohar c Henry b Boult 37 (78m 64b 7x4 0x6) SR: 57.81

81.3
4
Boult to Zafar Gohar, FOUR, knuckle ball, turns into a full toss, which he's able to swing away to the midwicket boundary
81.2
0
Boult to Zafar Gohar, no run, superb yorker tailing into the left-hander, nearly takes him off his feet
81.1
0
Boult to Zafar Gohar, no run, slogs at a length ball on off stump, misses

END OF OVER:
81 | 11 Runs | PAK: 182/9

  • Zafar Gohar33 (60b)
  • Naseem Shah0 (1b)
  • Tim Southee20-8-45-0
  • Kane Williamson3-0-16-1
80.6
1b
Southee to Zafar Gohar, 1 bye, whoa! They've sneaked a bye even though the ball is safely in Watling's hands. He had no idea of the sneakiness happening. It takes Southee's yell to break his reverie. And by the time he aims at the stumps, the single is taken. Well done Zafar and Naseem! That puts the batsman on strike for the next over. This is excellent from Pakistan.
80.5
4
Southee to Zafar Gohar, FOUR, picks the gap between backward square leg and deep midwicket. Powerful pull shot from Gohar.

Pakistan 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3Abid AliShan Masood
2nd14Abid AliMohammad Abbas
3rd29Azhar AliAbid Ali
4th33Azhar AliHaris Sohail
5th9Azhar AliFawad Alam
6th10Fawad AlamMohammad Rizwan
7th28Fawad AlamFaheem Ashraf
8th19Zafar GoharFaheem Ashraf
9th26Zafar GoharShaheen Shah Afridi
10th15Zafar GoharNaseem Shah