New Zealand Herald – For years, the Black Caps’ test cricket road trips usually ended poorly, but this time, they were on the road to riches.

Summary

  • A superb 123-run triumph over Pakistan gave the Black Caps a 2-1 series win – their first away series victory against Pakistan since the summer of 69.
  • As Bryan Adams crooned, nothing can last forever, and the victory marked just the Black Caps’ 15th away test series win – the first in Asia since 1984, and just their second against a major nation since 1986.
  • In fact, this century, the Black Caps had only claimed away test series victories over Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and the West Indies, and considering that Pakistan had trounced Australia in their previous test series, victory should indeed be recognised as a superb accomplishment.
  • In their first test series under coach Gary Stead, the Black Caps bounced back from a horror second test defeat – and from a dire position early in the third – to truly trounce Pakistan on the final day, and claim a famous victory.
  • In the end, fittingly it was Williamson who took the final catch as the Black Caps claimed a dominant test victory, and a famous series triumph.


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