New Zealand beats Pakistan by 8 wickets in 1st test

November 19, 2016

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) Captain Kane Williamson scored 61 as New Zealand reached a target of 105 runs to beat Pakistan by nine wickets in the first cricket test on Sunday and take a 1-0 lead in the two-test series.

Leading by 67 runs after the first innings, New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 171 in its second innings and reached its target less than an hour after lunch.

Williamson was out, caught at short fine leg, with only one run needed for victory, but Jeet Raval hit a boundary from Yasir Shah in the 32nd over to post the winning runs and finish 36 not out.

The win gives New Zealand a chance of ending a 31-year losing streak to Pakistan in test series on home turf when the teams meet for the second test on Friday in Hamilton.


Pakistan has won five series and drawn three since the streak began in 1985.