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Pakistan collapse hands NZ 'sweet' win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/11/2016 Dave Williams

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson admits the final two hours of the Hamilton Test match, where Pakistan had lost nine wickets to crash to defeat, has been one of the more-remarkable final sessions he has played.

The tourists' spectacular collapse, to be all out for 230 with less than nine overs to play, meant they handed New Zealand the two-match series 2-0.

Chasing 369 to win at the start of Tuesday, they were 158-1 at tea and poised to charge but with enough wickets in hand for safety.

At 199-3, they were still looking safe until Sarfraz Ahmed (19) was run out attempting a second run and New Zealand then took the second new ball.

The last six wickets went for 31 runs, with Tim Southee, Matt Henry and Neil Wagner suddenly finding new life in the pitch.

Wagner snared the final three wickets in his last six balls.

Williamson was relishing a "very sweet" win and his side's first series victory over Pakistan since 1985 - they have been on the end of some serious thrashings since.

"It will go down as a great Test victory," he said.

"Sarfraz's run out had opened the door and they knew that if a new batsman was exposed to the new ball, they would be in with a slim sniff.

"For it to completely flip turn and we start getting a few wickets, get the next new ball and we end up with a Test victory was something pretty sudden."

At the start of the match, Pakistan had won the toss and opted to bowl on a green Seddon Park pitch. New Zealand exceeded expectations with 271 and then were able to dismiss Pakistan for 216, with Southee's six-wicket bag earning him man of the match.

Ross Taylor's 102 not out then drove them to 313-5 declared.

Williamson admitted it might have been a generous declaration.

"Naturally, (that) crosses your mind when they are one down at teatime. I think, going into the day, we were hoping we'd get early wickets and do the job then.

"To make a good declaration, the opposition perhaps need to have a sniff. They did have one and, in hindsight, perhaps it was a good one."

His seam bowlers had been patient and kept Pakistan's run rate down in their second innings.

"And we were able to get our fruits at the end of the day, which was pretty fantastic."

Pakistan had been ranked No.2 in Tests but, following an eight-wicket loss in the first Test in Christchurch, needed a win to stay there.

Even a draw would have dropped them to fourth.

Skipper Azhar Ali said they were one-nil down in the series and wanted to make a result out of it.

They wanted to see off the new ball but they didn't score enough runs in the second session.

"Really, at tea, we need about 170-180 but we left about 30 to 35 runs too much to do in the last session.

However, at four wickets down, they thought of shutting down as the second new ball was due.

"At the end, it did happen - unfortunately, we couldn't get a say - not the result we wanted."

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