Jamieson bowls NZ to 2nd test, series win over Pakistan
Christchurch: Paceman Kyle Jamieson continued an extraordinary start to his Test career, taking 6-48 as New Zealand beat Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second test Wednesday to claim its fourth win in four tests at home this summer.
Jamieson’s five-wicket haul was his fourth in six tests since his debut against India last year and followed his 5-69 in Pakistan’s first innings, giving him match figures of 11-117 in Christchurch.
Pakistan was bowled out for 186 on the fourth day after starting its second innings 362-runs behind New Zealand. Its first innings of 297 — a solid performance after losing the toss — was eclipsed by New Zealand’s 659-9 declared which was built around Kane Williamson’s 238, Henry Nicholls’ 157 and Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 102, his maiden century.
In sweeping both of its home series this summer, New Zealand moved past Australia to attain the No. 1 ranking in tests for the first time. Much of the credit for that belonged to the tall right-armer Jamieson.
“We had to graft away for decent periods of time and I guess as a bowling unit we were clinical across the day,” Jamieson said. “I think the way myself, Tim (Southee), Trent (Boult) and Matt (Henry) bowled kind of set us up to finish it off.
“We’ve got the four-pronged attack and I see myself very much as the fourth prong.”
Jamieson claimed his first wicket of the second innings before stumps on Tuesday, leaving Pakistan 8-1 and New Zealand needing nine wickets to win. He then ran through the Pakistan top and middle order on Wednesday, using his weapons of menacing bounce and late swing, to achieve his best bowling figures in tests.
//New Zealand had only four tests this home summer and needed to win them all to attain the No. 1 test ranking and to promote its chances of reaching the final of the World Test Championship.
It had two innings victories against West Indies, then beat Pakistan by 101 runs and an innings and 176 runs.
“As captain and a player I take responsibility,” Rizwan said. “I didn’t do very well in ‘keeping. Fielding is a very important part of the series.
“If you want to win the match you must take 20 wickets. The bowlers created opportunities early on but we didn’t hold the catches.”
Misbah under the pump as PCB considers changes in coaching setup
Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering changes in the national team’s coaching setup, with Head Coach Misbahul Haq under the pump once again.
According to sources, the PCB was already concerned about the team’s performance in the recent past and the results on New Zealand tour have amplified the board’s reservations with the team management.
After the team returns from New Zealand, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani will hold separate meetings with Misbah, Bowling Coach Waqar Younis and Batting Coach Younis Khan to discuss the national team’s poor performance. Meanwhile, Pakistan Shaheens’ Head Coach Ijaz Ahmed will also be questioned about what went wrong in New Zealand.
Team Manager Mansoor Rana has already been asked to submit the tour report as soon as possible.