New Zealand eye first Pakistan series win in over 30 years

Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 09:19 IST | AFP

New Zealand have a chance to seal a first series win against Pakistan in more than 30 years in the second Test in Hamilton with the tourists without talisman Misbah-ul-Haq

NZ skipper Kane Williamson
NZ skipper Kane Williamson

Hamilton: New Zealand have a chance to seal a first series win against Pakistan in more than 30 years in the second Test in Hamilton with the tourists without talisman Misbah-ul-Haq.

The seventh-ranked Black Caps go into the match which begins tomorrow 1-0 up in the two-Test series following a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over second-ranked Pakistan in the opening Test in Christchurch.

A win or draw in Hamilton will be enough for New Zealand to notch their first series win over Pakistan since 1985 and only their third ever in 22 series between the two countries.

New Zealand, like Pakistan, were short of runs in the first Test but declared themselves delighted with the 'world-class' seam attack of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme, suggesting no change there.

"The way the four seamers in particular got into spells, held their areas for long periods ... was world class and it certainly was a huge effort," said captain Kane Williamson.

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