Pakistan wrap up victory

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Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Misbah-ul-Haq became Pakistan’s most successful Test captain after his side wrapped up a 248-run win over New Zealand in the first Test in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan were held up by a last-wicket stand of 54 in 15.1 overs by Ish Sodhi and Trent Boult but finally made the breakthrough to clinch a third successive win following their 2-0 whitewash of Australia and enabled Misbah to move ahead of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad with a 15th victory.

New Zealand, resuming on a hopeless 174 for eight requiring another 306 for an unlikely win, lost their ninth wicket in the second over of the final day wh en leg-spinner Yasir Shah spun through Mark Craig’s defences to remove him for 28.

However Sodhi cut, swept and pulled his way to his second half-century, bringing it up with a slog over the mid-wicket boundary, and Boult provided him with dogged support.

Victory was finally achieved after the drinks break when Imran Khan reversed a full ball into Sodhi’s pads and successfully appealed for lbw.

Pakistan’s celebrations were interrupted by a review of the decision but television replays showed it to be an umpire’s call.

The three-match series moves on to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium next Monday.

Published: Thursday 13th November 2014 by The News Editor

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