New Zealand’s bowlers produced a late final session surge to guide their side to a tense 101-run victory over Pakistan in the first Test in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday and kept alive their hopes of reaching next year’s World Test Championship final.
Pakistan was dismissed for 271, chasing a victory target of 372, with 4.3 overs remaining in the Test at Bay Oval.
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New Zealand had been hot favourite to win the game as the final day started with the tourist 71-3 but a 165-run partnership between Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan gave the tourist a chance of a draw, if not an unlikely victory.
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 its target with 25 overs remaining.
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