New Zealand defeated Pakistani Cricket Team after 49 years in away series. After winning a series against Pakistan at UAE New Zealand break the 49 Years old record. They have defeated Pakistan in a home in 1969. Therefore, this is a national record for New Zealand Cricket Team. It is the first series win for Kiwis (Black Caps) against Shaheen (Green Shirts) after almost decades. The credit of this achievement for Kiwis Cricket Team goes to their leader-like captain Kane Williamson. It was his consistent performance which made it possible for them to score a series win.
Otherwise, defeating Pakistani Cricket Team at home is a hard nut to crack for even stronger teams. It is due to much familiarity of Pakistani players with UAE playing conditions due to their most of the hosted series. n this way they have set a record. It is the first series win of Kiwis against Pakistan at their home (Pakistan’s Cricket Home / UAE) after 49 Years. In past, Kiwis defeated Pakistan in a Test series at Pakistan in 1969 with a lead of 1-0. Now they defeated Pakistan with a lead of 2-1. The credit of this win goes to their consecutive performing batsman and skipper Kane Williamson.
If we talk about batting:
No doubt, it is Kane Williamson alone leading run-scorer, who has entered his name as a successful batsman in New Zealand victory after 49 years, Kiwis’s Skipper Kane Williamson remains top scorer with an average of 77.20. He scored 386 runs in 6 innings of 3 Test matches. Azhar Ali from Pakistan remains at second with 307 runs with an average of 61.40 after playing 5 innings. H Nicholas remained at 3rd with a total of 287 runs with an average of 57.40 in 6 innings. Kiwis remain lucky in Longer Format against Shaheens by snatching the series by 2-1. This is the record series win by Kiwis in away series against Shaheens.
In Bowling Department:
It is Yasir Shah from Pakistan, who has also bowled well and entered his name into the chapter of New Zealand Victory after 49 years against Pakistan with a successful bowler. The magical leg spinner took 29 wickets with an average of 19.03 in all 6 innings. Yasir Shah has also completed 200 wickets in just 33 Test Matches, which is the world record of fastest 200 wickets.
Previously, the world record of fastest 200 wickets was of Clarrie Grimmett’s who did so in just 36 Test matches in 1936 at Johannesburg. Yasir Shah has completed 50 wickets in just 9 test matches, whereas, he has completed 100 wickets in just 17 matches.
In this series, AY Patel, Left Arm Orthodox Spinner, from New Zealand stood at Second number with 13 wickets in 5 innings with an average of 29.06. Pakistani Pacer Hasan Ali remained 3rd in bowling ranking of the overall test series with 13 wickets in 6 innings with an average of 21.07.
New Zealand victory after 49 years as for as the Records are concerned, this series proved as a landmark for both teams. In this series, Yasir Shah achieved the milestone of the fastest 200 Test Wickets by a bowler. Whereas, Kiwis broke the record of defeating Pakistan at home series after almost five decades, 49 years.
Hafeez retires from Test Cricket:
Pakistani matured top-order batsman, Muhammad Hafeez has announced retirement from Test Cricket. He decided to give the opportunity for youngsters to take his place. His possible replacement might be Shan Masood, who is a technically strong batsman. It is a difficult decision for Pakistani Cricket Team and Muhammad Hafeez as well because it will take time to fulfill the gap a good batsman. Whereas Shan Masood proved his class as a good technical batsman on different occasions in the past, but now he needed to display it on a regular basis.
Kane Williamson’s Series:
As far as the results of this series are concerned, Pakistani batting line-up remained lagging in nerves and patience. They were unable to perform well in demanding situations. This has again shown their lack of nerve cricket. To be a better team in the longest format of cricket, they needed to improve the psychological aspect of sportsmanship. Moreover, Kane Williamson was the major difference between Pakistan and New Zealand. He was not only the man of nerves but also the man of technique as well and he proved it in an exceptionally well manner.