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Black Caps rewarded for hard grind: Hesson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/11/2016 Sean Martin

New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson has a somewhat perverse explanation for what contributed to Pakistan's last session collapse to lose the second Test in Hamilton - they had nine wickets to lose.

The tourists went into Tuesday's last session at 158-1, chasing 369 but were all out 72 runs later, to hand the hosts a 2-0 series win.

"In the end it probably helped us the fact that we weren't able to take wickets through the day because they had to come harder," an elated Hesson said afterwards.

"And that probably helped us create one or two wickets in the early stages after tea."

He believed their openers, Sami Aslam and Azhad Ail, batted well but not at the pace needed to dictate the game.

The required run rate had reached 6.2 an over in the final session and that was always difficult for new batsmen, Hesson said.

"I think it was building up all day. I thought we put in 80 overs of hard grind to get the game to that position."

Hesson also believed the second new ball did more when the roller hadn't just been on the pitch, which was why the first new ball hadn't done as much.

"History suggests later in the day it does start to play a few tricks so we were always hopeful it would."

The win also showed New Zealand knew how to play in home conditions and the side had only lost two home Tests in four-and-a-half years, Hesson said.

It was also pleasing to come on the back of recent losses in South Africa and India.

"To come straight from India without warm-up games, for the majority of them, to be able to put in a performance like that was very pleasing."

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