New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson emerged the proud recipient of a ‘dramatic’ victory in the first Test against Pakistan on Monday.
Four days of intriguing Test match cricket culminated in a tight four-run win for the Kiwis, who clinched a key lead in the three-match affair in the United Arab Emirates.
‘It certainly was dramatic. Throughout the four days both teams were put under pressure. I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for Test cricket,’ said Williamson.
‘The wicket was challenging and both teams had to fight hard, and certainly Pakistan had the upper hand, but some of the characteristics we hold very dear is the attitude to fight on.
‘I think the fighting attributes of this team really shone through, and certainly today it’s important to build on a number of parts to go in to the next game, for sure.’
New Zealand gathered 153 and 249 to the opposition’s 227 and 171 as 40 wickets fell in Sharjah. Indian-born New Zealander Ajaz Patel was named Player of the Match, after taking seven wickets on debut.
‘Yes, without a doubt. The best in recent memory. In these conditions Pakistan are a very strong side. To get through them in four days and stay in the match and come out with this result must obviously rank as one of our best wins,’ added Williamson.
The second Test will get under way in Dubai on Saturday.