NZ won the most exciting test of the year, defeated Pak by 4 runs, 5 big records created - CricketGalore

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Monday, 19 November 2018

NZ won the most exciting test of the year, defeated Pak by 4 runs, 5 big records created

In the opening test of the 3-match test series between Pakistan and New Zealand, which is being played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in UAE. In which, the New Zealand team Outclassed the host Pakistan in a thrilling encounter by just 4 runs.
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On the 4th day, Pakistan needed 139 more runs for the victory with 10 wickets in hands and one time they were dominating the chase with Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali added 82 for 4th wickets. Azhar stood tall till the end and got dismissed the last wicket for 65 runs.
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This was supposed to be a foregone conclusion in a dying format, right? But what a match this was, one for the ages, one for the youtube virals and turned out to be the most thrilling match of the year.
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It looked done when New Zealand collapsed for 153 in the first innings. It looked done when Pakistan was off to a flyer yesterday. It looked done when Shafiq and Azhar Ali were milking runs it around for fun at the score of 130/3.
But trust Pakistan to infuse life, even if it is at the cost of looking really stupid by losing 7 wickets for 41 runs.

Brilliant performance by Ajaz Patel on debut:

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For New-Zealand, The 30-year-old, Ajaz Patel picked his maiden 5 wicket haul on his debut with the figure of 5/59 and won the ' Man of the Match' award for his match-winning performance.

5 Big records created during the match:

1. This is only the second time that Pakistan has lost a Test in the UAE after taking a first innings lead. The other was vs Sri Lanka in 2017 by 21 runs while chasing fourth innings target of 136 (never lost from 2010 to 2016 after taking the first innings lead).
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2. Asad Shafiq becomes the 11th Pakistani player to score 4000 Test runs in Tests and 3rd Slowest, he reached this milestone in 110 Innings.
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3. The second biggest win for New Zealand by defending the smallest target in Tests history and also the narrowest victory ever for them in tests.
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4. Ajay Patel who took 5/59 on debut, now has the second best figures for New Zealand on the debut test match.
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5. Pakistan's 5th biggest loss while chasing the smallest total in test history.

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