New Zealand defeat Pakistan in first Test: Here're records broken
New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the first Test match of the ongoing three-match series. At one point, it looked like Pakistan would easily pocket the Test but the Kiwis staged a dramatic comeback to snatch a victory in this low scoring affair. Pakistan had a target of 176 in their final innings, but their batting line-up collapsed completely. Here're all the records broken.
Pakistan would like to forget this unwanted record
Pakistan failed to chase a meagre 46 runs when they had seven wickets in-hand. This makes it the second worst performance in the long 115-year history of Test cricket, as the last seven wickets fell for 41 runs. The worst performance was scripted by Australia, when they failed to score 45 runs with 7 wickets in-hand in their 1998 match at MCG against England.
New Zealand scripted some unique records unique record
Among players born in Mumbai, Ajaz Patel recorded the best bowling figures on debut. He picked up 7 wickets for 123 runs, and with this, he bettered the record of 6/63 held by Ravi Shastri. After Australia in 1882 and 1885, New Zealand are the only team to win two Tests by a margin of less than ten runs in a decade (2011, 2018).
Some interesting records the Black Caps scripted
16 out of 20 Pakistani wickets in the Abu Dhabi Test were picked by bowlers born outside New Zealand. Ajaz Patel took seven. Neil Wagner, born in Pretoria (South Africa) took three, Ish Sodhi, also born in India, registered three scalps. Colin de Grandhomme, who is a Zimbabwe native, took two wickets, and another wicket which fell off a run-out, was effected by Sodhi.
Other interesting records scripted in the match
New Zealand's win by four runs is the fifth narrowest victory margin in Test history. After Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneria at MCG in 2004, this was the first time when two Pakistani bowlers (Ali and Shah) took five-wicket hauls. Mohammad Abbas has taken wickets in twenty straight innings since debut, the second-highest stretch after Shane Bond's 32.