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Debutants put NZ on top against Pakistan

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand's newcomers announced themselves in style as they eked out an advantage over Pakistan on the second day of the first Test in Christchurch.

The debut of Auckland teammates Colin de Grandhomme and Jeet Raval exceeded expectations as the Black Caps reached 3-104 at stumps on Friday after the visitors were skittled for 133.

De Grandhomme claimed a remarkable 6-41 with his swing-laced seamers while Raval reached an unbeaten 55.

"It's pretty special because we're pretty good mates so it's been good debuting together and doing well for one day," de Grandhomme said.

"I was expecting to score more runs than take wickets.

"I just tried to put it in the areas I wanted to bowl and they managed to do their bit so it's all good."

Losing the first day to rain shouldn't prevent a result at Hagley Oval after 13 wickets tumbled on Friday, fuelled by a record-breaking haul from de Grandhomme.

The strapping allrounder claimed the best figures by any New Zealander on debut, taunting the Pakistanis with medium pacers perfectly suited to the green pitch.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult recovered from untidy efforts with the new ball to bag two scalps each as the tourists paid for a series of loose shots against a moving ball.

After being sent in, Pakistan survived the first hour but when de Grandhomme clean bowled Azhar Ali for 15 with a sweet in-ducker it sparked a slide.

Misbah-ul-Haq, in his 50th Test as skipper, provided late ballast with 31 but nobody else reached 20.

The standout in the field was Raval, who effortlessly pouched three catches at second slip.

His confidence continued at the crease, even when three more accomplished teammates departed cheaply.

The 28-year-old's composure was evident as he put on 64 with fellow left-hander Henry Nicholls (29 not out).

Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored 16 runs between them, leaving the Black Caps teetering at 3-40.

Taylor was unlucky, caught down the leg side for 11 off Rahat Ali to continue a worrying lean trot.

There was a wicket each to seamers Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan and Rahat but none could fluster Raval.

Straight drives were an early feature from the Indian-born opener, who was organised on defence for nearly three hours.

He expanded his stroke play as the pitch flattened, hitting seven fours.

However, he couldn't steal the limelight from de Grandhomme, 30, who learnt he would start as the rain tumbled down on day one.

But he had no idea he would be handed the ball nine overs in.

"Whatever came, I knew I had to take it and enjoy it.

"It's just another day in the park, I suppose, at my age."

His was one of six changes from the team routed by India in the third Test in Indore in October, with allrounder Jimmy Neesham and seamer Matt Henry omitted before the toss.

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