New Zealand beat Pakistan on Wednesday by an innings and 176 runs in the second and final Test at the Hagley Oval.
The Black Caps showed some excellent bowling performances, especially their spearhead Kyle Jamieson who took 6/48. He has been rightly adjudged the Man of the Match. He achieved fantastic match figures of 11/117 helping the Kiwis cruise to an emphatic win and clinch the series two-nil.
This victory also catapulted Kiwis to the top in the ICC Test rankings for the first time.
When Pakistan resumed their batting on Day four in the second innings they were 8/1. However, they had no answer to the pace battery of New Zealand. Pakistan were all bundled out for a paltry 186 by the NZ bowlers. Jamieson ran through the Pakistan batting line up to hand his side a massive victory.
No one from Pakistan side could cross the 50-run mark. Azhar Ali and Zafar Gohar who scored 37 runs each were the highest scorers for the visitors.
It was not only Jamieson who ripped through the batting lineup of the Pakistan side, Trent Boult also picked three wickets. To rub salt to the wounds even skipper Kane Williamson who is a batsman picked one wicket. Williamson who decided to try his hands at bowling picked the wicket of Shaheen Afridi.
Jamieson, who has just played six Tests and hasn’t played away from home yet, has already taken 36 wickets (including four five-wicket bags) at a remarkable average of 13.28.
With this win the chances for New Zealand to reach the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final scheduled for June have gone up. They have won all four Tests in a multi-tour home summer for the first time, won a national record sixth consecutive Test match, and extended their unbeaten run in home Tests to 17.