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MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Abdur Rehman makes a successful appeal for the wicket of Daniel Vettori. — Photo: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Abdur Rehman makes a successful appeal for the wicket of Daniel Vettori. — Photo: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Pakistan's left-arm attack of Abdur Rehman and Wahab Riaz destroyed the New Zealand second innings and set up a 10-wicket win inside three days in the first cricket Test here on Sunday.

New Zealand's second turn at bat lasted less than 39 overs as it was rolled for 110 leaving Pakistan a mere 19 runs for victory which was achieved in 22 balls.

At one stage New Zealand lost four wickets for one run, collapsing amid a baffling array of aggressive shot-making at a time when patience was required.

Pakistan, which resumed the day at 235 for four in the first innings, was all out midway through the second session for 367, a 92-run lead.

By the time New Zealand passed that target it was already eight wickets down, with most dismissals being the result of poor decision-making by the batsmen.

Man-of-the-match Rehman took three for 24 off 15 overs with his left-arm spin, while medium-quick Riaz took three for 38 in an unbroken 11-over spell.

Wickets tumble

When New Zealand started the run chase, it reached 36 in 12 overs before the wickets started to tumble.

Tim McIntosh — who had survived three close leg-before appeals and being dropped at second slip — was first to go when he charged down the wicket to Rehman, misread the ball and was stumped by Adnan Akmal.

Brendon McCullum attacked when perseverance was required and reached 35, including five boundaries, before he was caught behind, although television replays showed the ball deflected off his thigh pad and not his glove.

New Zealand had staggered through to 60 when its game fell apart completely in the space of 15 balls.

Martin Guptill (11) tried to sweep Rehman out of the park but top-edged the ball to Taufeeq Umar at midwicket, Jesse Ryder went lbw to Riaz's first ball, Ross Taylor (8) was run out going for an unnecessary single, and Kane Williamson (1) was caught by Azhar Ali at second slip off Riaz.

Tim Southee, who top scored for New Zealand with 56 in the first innings, reached 17 when he tried to hit Umar Gul over the boundary, but was caught at mid-on to have New Zealand eight down for 90.

All the partisan crowd could find to cheer about was the batting of tailender Chris Martin, whose average of 2.47 is one of the worst in Test cricket, but he managed to make seven and reach his 100th Test run in his 60th international.

Pakistan had earlier looked to be in trouble when it was four for 107 in its first innings before Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq put on 149 for the fifth wicket. When they fell in successive balls Pakistan was six for 256, Adnan Akmal and Abdur Rehman added 76 for the seventh wicket and put the tourist in front.

Akmal went for 44, caught by a diving Ryder in the gully off Southee and Rehman, whose 28 included two sixes and three fours, was out five balls later, bowled by Brent Arnel. — AFP

New Zealand — 1st innings: 275.

Pakistan — 1st innings: Md. Hafeez c McIntosh b Martin 0, T. Umar c Williamson b Arnel 54, A. Ali c Young b Martin 24, Younis c and b Arnel 23, Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Arnel 62, A. Shafiq lbw b Southee 83, A. Akmal c Ryder b Southee 44, A. Rehman b Arnel 28, U. Gul lbw b Vettori 17, T. Ahmed c Southee b Martin 18, W. Riaz (not out) 0, Extras (b-4, lb-6, w-1, nb-3) 14; Total (in 108 overs) 367.

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-72, 3-104, 4-107, 5-256, 6-256, 7-332, 8-332, 9-365.

New Zealand bowling: Martin 25.1-7-86-3, Southee 32-10-82-2, Arnel 28-6-95-4, Vettori 29-12-48-1, Williamson 6-0-33-0, Guptill 2-0-13-0.

New Zealand — 2nd innings: T. McIntosh st. A. Akmal b Rehman 3, B. McCullum c A. Akmal b Riaz 35, M. Guptill c Umar b Rehman 11, R. Taylor (run out) 8, J. Ryder lbw b Riaz 0, K. Williamson c Ali b Riaz 1, R. Young c Ali b Gul 12, D. Vettori lbw b Rehman 3, T. Southee c sub b Gul 17, B. Arnel (not out) 8, C. Martin c Younis b Gul 7, Extras (nb-5) 5; Total (in 38.3 overs) 110.

Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-44, 3-60, 4-60, 5-61, 6-61, 7-71, 8-90, 9-96.

Pakistan bowling: Gul 8.3-3-28-3, Ahmed 4-1-20-0, Rehman 15-6-24-3, Riaz 11-1-38-3.

Pakistan — 2nd innings: T. Umar (not out) 12, Md. Hafeez (not out) 9, Extras 0; Total (for no wkt. in 3.4 overs) 21.

New Zealand bowling: Martin 2-0-11-0, Southee 1.4-0-10-0 .

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