Black Caps celebrate win over Pakistan with Bhangra music

Black Caps celebrate win over Pakistan with Bhangra music

With the Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch not worrisome for batting Pakistan has high hopes of enforcing a 1-0 lead in the three-match series while New Zealand can take heart from the fact that Pakistan lost a Test here against Sri Lanka by 21 runs after set 136 to win a year ago.

Pakistan seemed on course to go 1-0 up in the series after reaching 130-3 just before lunch on the fourth day, needing just another 46 to clinch victory.

In a video that has gone viral, two New Zealand players can be seen dancing to superhit pop number "Mundian To Bach Ke" in the dressing room after their narrow 4-run win over Pakistan.

Debutant Kiwi spinner Ajaz Patel completed the remarkable comeback with Pakistan just five agonising runs short of the target, sneaking one past the defence of Azhar Ali, whose battling 65 was almost enough for Pakistan.

All hopes were pinned on Azhar Ali to take his team to victory shepherding the tail-enders.

Set 176 to win, Pakistan were bowled out for 171 with debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel finishing with 5-59 and fast bowler Neil Wagner taking 2-27. Skipper Laura Delany got very emotional the other day in her post match press conference. I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for test cricket. "I guess when you look back, winning by such a small margin means every contribution in terms of runs scored and runs saved on the field did matter". A couple of reckless shots from the Pakistani batsman saw them losing three wickets for eight runs. The best in recent memory.

"One of the characteristics we hold very dear is our attitude whenever we had to get back into the game, be it with the bat, ball or in the field throughout these four days", he said.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed blamed poor batting for his team's loss.

Pacer Mohammad Abbas offered some support to Azhar by surviving 10 deliveries, but it was not enough when New Zealand trapped the veteran batsman lbw in a thrilling finish. The second's day play will start at 10:00 AM local, 11:00 AM PST.

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