1st Test: Fawad Alam century in vain as New Zealand hold nerve to beat Pakistan by 101 runs

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 101 runs in the first Test at Bay Oval on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Fawad Alam scored his second Test century against New Zealand. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Zealand beat Pakistan by 101 runs in the first Test at Bay Oval
  • Fawad Alam showed his mettle and smashed a century after a gap of 11 years
  • The second Test is scheduled to take place at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval from January 3

New Zealand bowlers overcame Fawad Alam’s career-defining century to help their team register a tense 101-run victory over Pakistan in the first Test in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

Pakistan were dismissed for 271, chasing a victory target of 372, with 4.3 overs remaining in the Test at Bay Oval. At the same time, New Zealand overtook Australia to claim the No. 1 world ranking in Tests for the first time in its history.

New Zealand were on the verge of a huge win at the start of the final day but a 165-run partnership between Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan helped Pakistan take the game to the last hour of the play.

Fawad Alam showed his mettle and smashed a century after a gap of 11 years to put Pakistan on course to save the Test match at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

Kyle Jamieson ended the partnership when he had Rizwan trapped in front, albeit after a review, for 60, and left Pakistan 242-6, still, 131 runs away from their target with 25 overs remaining.

Jamieson also had Yasir Shah caught in the gully for a duck, while Neil Wagner first dismissed Fawad for 102 and Faheem Ashraf for 19 to expose the tail.

Mitchell Santner then trapped Mohammad Abbas in front for one, before he captured the last wicket when he had Naseem Shah caught and bowled for one with 4.3 overs remaining in the test.

The second Test is scheduled to take place at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval from January 3 and New Zealand need to win that game as well to give them any chance of making the Test Championship final at Lord’s.

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