Abu Dhabi - Pakistan's Misbah-ul Haq became his country's most successful captain
as his team strolled to victory by 248 runs in its first Test against
New Zealand on Thursday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
victory gave Misbah 15 wins in 33 Tests, bettering the 14-win record of
the illustrious Imran Khan (48 Tests) and Javed Miandad (34 Tests).
a great feeling to be part of the winning team. It's a young team,
nobody expected us to perform like this," said Misbah. "I have always
believed in myself and in my team and that paid off."
needed two wickets after their opponents resumed at 174-8 but it took
only 16.3 overs for them to reach their target as New Zealand folded at
231 in 70.3 overs.
Misbah said it was nice to have a turn around after losing the Test series 2-0 in Sri Lanka in August.
you have to be patient. It was an absolute disaster for me, I didn't
get any runs in Sri Lanka and one-day series against Australia, but I
kept calm through that."
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he was disappointed.
"Obviously we were clearly second in this Test match," said McCullum.
to Misbah and his team. They were dominant in this Test match and we
have a fight on our hands in the next two games. We've got to make sure
we keep improving. Spin is obviously a threat but so is reverse swing."
Mark Craig, who along with Ish Sodhi (63) had delayed Pakistan's defeat
after batting for 14.5 overs on Wednesday, couldn't prolong his
resistance as he was bowled by leg-spinner Yasir Shah for 28 off the
first ball of the second over in the day.
But Sodhi, who added 39
for the ninth wicket, further defied the bowling with a career-best
knock, adding 54 runs for the last wicket with number 11 Trent Boult,
who made 19 not out.
Sodhi hit seven boundaries and a six during
his two-hour resistance before he was finally trapped leg-before by
paceman Imran Khan, who finished with 2-37.
Shah finished with 3-74, while Zulfiqar Babar and Rahat Ali took two wickets for 48 runs each.
was Pakistan's third Test win in a row after they white-washed
Australia 2-0 last week, their first series win over the Aussies for 20
It was again a case of Trans-Tasman neighbours Australia and New Zealand failing to cope against Asian spinners.
New Zealand still has a better record in the continent than their
Aussie cousins, losing six of their 13 Tests, winning two and drawing
Australia have lost 10 of their 15 Tests in Asia, with only one win and four draws.
had taken 14 wickets and Shah 12 in Pakistan's win over Australia and
the same two bowlers also came good against New Zealand as well.
Babar finished with five and Shah four in the match.
Pakistan, Ahmed Shehzad hit a career best 176 and Younis Khan and
Misbah smashing hundreds in the team's first innings total of 566-3
Tom Latham scored his maiden hundred for New Zealand in a paltry 262-run total in the first knock.
Mohammad Hafeez scored his first hundred since July 2012 in Pakistan's second innings.
The second Test starts in Dubai on November 17 while the third and final in Sharjah from November 26.
The two teams will also play two Twenty20 and five one-day internationals, also in United Arab Emirates.