New Zealand new No.1 with 2-0 win vs Pakistan

A historic day in New Zealand cricket sees them topping the ICC Test rankings for the first time, thanks to an innings and 176-run victory against Pakistan at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

New Zealand new No.1 with 2-0 win vs Pakistan
Kane Williamson takes New Zealand to No.1 in the rankings. ©Getty Images


It took a little longer than two sessions on day four to rattle Pakistan for 186 runs in 81.4 overs. Zafar Gohar, who fought 67 balls for his 37 runs, pulled Trent Boult to fine leg to end the innings. Before that, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson took the wicket of Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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Kyle Jamieson took his fourth Test five-wicket haul and a maiden match haul of ten wickets. He attained career-best figures of 6 for 48 in the second innings as he ran through the Pakistani batting order.

Being 8/1 on day three, Pakistan lost three in the first session and a further three in the second. Azhar Ali made 98-ball 37 before debutant Zafar’s knock delayed a New Zealand victory.

Aside from becoming the number one Test team, New Zealand have also moved to 70% World Test Championship points, closing the gap with India (72.2%) and Australia (77.6%).

ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 table (after NZ vs Pak 2nd Test): 

Australia – 77.6%
India – 72.2%
New Zealand – 70.0%
England – 60.8%
South Africa – 40.0%
Pakistan – 30.7%
Sri Lanka – 22.2%
West Indies – 11.1%
Bangladesh – 0.0%

ICC Test rankings (after NZ vs Pak series):

1. New Zealand – 118 points
2. Australia – 116
3. India – 114
4. England – 106
5. South Africa – 96
6. Sri Lanka – 86
7. Pakistan – 82
8. West Indies – 77
9. Afghanistan – 57
10. Bangladesh – 55

Brief scores:

Pakistan 1st innings: 297 (Azhar 93, Jamieson 5/69)

New Zealand 1st innings: 659/6d (Williamson 238, Nicholls 157, Mitchell 102*)

Pakistan 2nd innings: 186 allout in 81.4 overs (Zafar 37; Jamieson 6/48, Trent Boult 3/43)

New Zealand won by an innings and 176 runs

Player of the Match: Kyle Jamieson

Player of the Series: Kane Williamson

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