Former England Captain Calls Pakistan Cricket "Unpredictable" After Their Loss To New Zealand

Updated: 19 November 2018 23:25 IST

In his tweet, Michael Vaughan also wrote that Test cricket is "alive and kicking".

Former England Captain Calls Pakistan Cricket "Unpredictable" After Their Loss To New Zealand
Pakistan and New Zealand play their second Test in Dubai. © AFP

Pakistan yet again showed how erratic they can be by slumping to a shocking loss against New Zealand in the first Test match of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi, losing the game by a narrow four-run margin despite being in firm control during some of the crucial points of the game. This led to a sarcastic reaction from former England captain Michael Vaughan, who took to Twitter to call the Pakistan cricket team "unpredictable". He wrote, "Don't you just love Pakistan Cricket .. so so unpredictable .. 130 for 3 needing a further 45 to win the Test & lose by 4 .. Test cricket is alive & kicking .. We have witnessed some great games over the last few months .. Pitches are the key."

Chasing a 176-run target, Pakistan looked to be on track for a victory at Lunch, but yet another unexpected batting collapse ensured they were all out for 171 as New Zealand's Ajaz Patel bowled exceedingly well to take a five-wicket haul.

 It is the fifth smallest win in terms of runs in Test cricket's history and gives New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Azhar Ali fought a lone battle for Pakistan with 65 and was the last man out when he was trapped leg-before wicket by Patel. He reviewed Bruce Oxenford's decision but the television replays upheld the decision.

Resuming on 37 without loss, Pakistan began the day as favourites to chase down the 176 they needed for victory although New Zealand will have taken some hope from Pakistan's failure at the same ground last year to chase 136 against Sri Lanka.

Kiwi spinners Patel and Ish Sodhi opened the bowling and immediately caused problems as Pakistan lost three wickets in the first six overs.

(With AFP inputs)

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Topics : England Cricket Team Pakistan Cricket Team New Zealand Cricket Team Michael Vaughan Sarfraz Ahmed Kane Williamson Cricket
Highlights
  • Pakistan lost the game by a four-run margin.
  • Pakistan and New Zealand play the next Test on November 24 in Dubai.
  • Michael Vaughan also said that Test cricket is "alive and kicking".
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