Pakistan 37-0 after set 176 to win first Test

Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali dejected after losing the first Test

Almost £800k was matched on Pakistan at [1.01] before New Zealand mounted a remarkable fight-back to win the first Test in Dubai by four runs.

New Zealand snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi courtesy debutant's Ajaz Patel five-wicket haul and with it took a 1-0 series lead.The away side in the process defended their second smallest total, only their second total below the 200-run mark. Both in terms of runs.

"It certainly was dramatic", Williamson reflected.

"It's a great advertisement for Test cricket".

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Colin de Grandhomme got rid off Imam-ul-Haq early in the innings, and Trent Boult followed soon by picking up the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez.

"We saw the nature of how wickets fell in clumps", Williamson said. "When the partnership (between Azhar and Shafiq) was going it looked the match was in our hands, but the way we collapsed it's very disappointing".

The second Test will be played in Dubai from November 24-28 before the teams return to Abu Dhabi for the final test from December 3-7.

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"Yes, without a doubt". Eventually, Ali was the final wicket to fall, as New Zealand sealed a famous win and provided one of the most nail-biting betting events in recent memory.

Patel was deservedly the Man of the Match and became part of an elite list for his side, being only the fifth player from New Zealand to win the Man of the Match on his Test debut.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed blamed poor batting for his team's loss.

No doubt after a fightback like the one we witnessed by Nicholls and Watling who both scored half-centuries, the New Zealanders have managed to play themselves back in the game. A collective bowling performance meant New Zealand couldn't even a get a proper start to the Test series which was expected to pose lots of questions on their composure.

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New Zealand were in course to take a healthy lead and set a good target.

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