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Patel spins New Zealand to thrilling win in first Test over Pakistan

A great advertisement for Test cricket- Williamson revels in stunning win Patel spins New Zealand to thrilling win in first Test over Pakistan
Kristopher Love | 19 November, 2018, 19:41

This isn't a Test designed for predictions, but a gruelling day where momentum ebbed and flowed ended with Pakistan in a strong position to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

It's chaos on Sheikh Zayed Stadium as the Black Caps realise victory is theirs in the first test.

Patel was born in Mumbai and shifted to New Zealand as a child, resulting in his ability to interact in Hindi. But there was a lot of self-belief and we as a unit believed we could do something special.

"My game plan was very simple, we as a unit believed we can do something special here and everything went our way", said Patel, a 30-year-old left-arm spinner.

He snared two first innings wickets with Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed the first of his test career. Williamson brought up his fifty but got out for 63 runs as soon as Nicholls lost his wicket.

Spinners Ish Sodhi and Ajaz Patel started the Pakistan slide with three wickets in eight balls between them.

Pakistan were 130 for 3 chasing 176.

Pakistan were eventually dismissed for 171 in 58.4 overs. He had control, turn and bounce, his accuracy and subtle variations forcing the batsmen into errors.

Hasan Ali bagged his maiden five-wicket haul in Test Cricket while leg-spinner Yasir Shah took his 14th five-wicket haul.

Fakhar Zaman has been rested and left out of the squad for this game as talented youngster Saad Ali has been called up but they have an embarrassment of riches with Imam ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali all in good form in this format.

"I was just looking to hit my areas and make use of that wicket".

"It's a dream come true". Those two bowlers (Ajaz and Wagner) were fantastic, then just kept bowling. We knew the surface was not an easy one.

"It certainly was dramatic", said Williamson.

"It's a great advertisement for Test cricket". Yasir drifted one in on a good length around a middle-stump line to the unflappable Williamson, and as Williamson offered a defensive bat off the back foot, it looped and spun away to beat his outside edge and clip the off stump so tenderly, it took a few seconds for the bail to come off. Williamson was nonplussed, as was the on-field umpire; he needed the third umpire to ensure the batsman really had been bowled.