Twitter Reactions: New Zealand win overseas Test series against Pakistan since 1969
The Black Caps snatched defeat from the jaws of defeat.
Published - Dec 7, 2018 5:38 pm | Updated - Dec 7, 2018 6:01 pm
By the close of play on the fourth day, Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls took New Zealand to a commanding position in the third match against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. The hosts, from the position of command, all of a sudden, found themselves in dire straits and eventually lost the encounter by 123 runs. Moreover, the Black Caps also won the three-match series 2-1.
Nicholls carries on
The Black Caps resumed the day with 272 on the board and with Williamson and Nicholls in the middle. Pakistan started the day on an impressive note as Hasan Ali trapped Williamson, who scored 139 from 283 balls, in the first over of the day. Thereafter, Colin de Grandhomme joined Nicholls in the middle and scored 26 runs from 19 balls with a couple of fours and as many sixes.
He was nipped out by leg-break bowler Yasir Shah. In his very next delivery, the tweaker nipped out BJ Watling for a golden duck. In the meantime, Nicholls accomplished his ton as well. The left-hander notched 126 runs from 266 deliveries with the help of 12 boundaries. Tim Southee churned out a quick-fire cameo of 15 runs and New Zealand declared at 357 for seven in 113 overs.
Pakistan capitulate again
Pakistan were set a target of 280 runs. Even as the target was achievable, the home team went for saving the match. Sarfraz and Co didn’t make the greatest of starts as Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, and Asad Shafiq perished for single-digit scores. Imam-ul-Haq, who scored 22 runs from 54 balls, was nipped out by Ajaz Patel and from nowhere Pakistan were reduced to 55/5.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam put their hands down and cobbled together a stand of 43 runs. William Somerville castled the captain to break the stand. Nevertheless, Babar didn’t drop the gun and went on to score 51 runs from 114 balls, albeit he wouldn’t be proud of the shot he played to get out. Southee, Patel, and Somerville picked up three wickets each to carve the Kiwis’ victory.
Here is how Twitter hailed New Zealand
An away Test series win for NZ…what a fantastic result in the age of home dominance. 🏏👏👏 #PAKvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 7, 2018
It's that time once again – to find the 1992 World Cup Final or the 2017 Champions Trophy Final DVD #PAKvNZ
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 7, 2018
Pakistan collapse to give New Zealand the series 2-1. Big result for the Kiwis.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 7, 2018
Wow NZ 🙌🏽👏🏽, very well played specially winning in Asia.. so good for Test Crickat, well lead by Kane Williamson , Well Bowled @Shah64Y , and whatta debut for @wersomerville, u r a super star mate, age is just a number #PakvsNZ #Testcricketstillalive #UAE
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) December 7, 2018
How good @BLACKCAPS
— Suzie Bates (@SuzieWBates) December 7, 2018
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) December 7, 2018
Thats it: Pakistan Lost home series against New Zealand after 49 Years. NZ beat Pakistan in 3rd Test and won series 2-1. After series lost Pakistan drop to number 7 in ICC Test Ranking. #PakvNZ
Next Series #PakvSa in South Africa.
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) December 7, 2018
New Zealand win it! What a game. What a win. One for the ages. No matter how Pakistan is they rule UAE. The fortress has been breached. One of the best wins in NZ history imo. What a champion – Kane Williamson. Hats off.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 7, 2018
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) December 7, 2018
— H.M. (@mishra_hemuguru) December 7, 2018
— nazar ul islam (@nazarulislam71) December 7, 2018
End to Pakistan's fortress in UAE and an unhealthy amount of Test cricket from UAE that I have watched in the past two months. #PAKvNZ
— Malay Desai (@MalayD) December 7, 2018
What a Test in Abu Dhabi ! New Zealand deserve all the accolades that come their way but Pakistan will rue losing a game that was theirs for the taking ! #PAKvNZ
— Kuldip Lal (@diplal) December 7, 2018
Both test won by Kiwi have been same old story, on both occasion Pakistan crumble under the pressure of chasing. How differently they bat sometime in both innings of same test. But great cricket by Kiwis 👏🙌 #PAKvNZ
— Vishal Sahani (@Vishalsahani18) December 7, 2018
Well done Pakistan cricket team u did what we expected#PAKvNZ
— Nisar Hussain (@NisarHussain01) December 7, 2018
This is the price you pay when you name a Test Cup "Oye Hoye"#PakvNz
— Amri (@amri_699) December 7, 2018