New Zealand have kept alive their hopes of playing the ICC World Test Championship final by thrashing Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second Test which concluded on Wednesday. Fast-bowler Kyle Jamieson starred with the ball, taking six wickets in the second innings and 11 in the match as New Zealand won the game without much trouble.
The win also helped them claim the top spot in the ICC Test Rankings for the first time in their cricket history. Starting the day on 8 for 1 and still trailing New Zealand’s first innings total by 354 runs, Pakistan failed to put up a fight with the bat and were all out for 186 to suffer the defeat as we as a whitewash. The visitors had lost the first Test by 101 runs.
🏆 2-0 #NZvPAK series sweep
🔝 No.1 in Test Team Rankings
— ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2021
Trent Boult gave the hosts the first breakthrough of the day when he accounted for nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas out for three in the fifth over. From thereon, Jamieson was the one who caused all the problems for the visitors. For Pakistan, Azhar Ali and Zafar Gohar top-scored, scoring 37 each. Earlier in the game, New Zealand had piled up a mammoth total of 659 for 6 (declared) in reply to Pakistan’s first innings total of 297.
ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Points Table:
While New Zealand have not moved up in the ICC WTC Points table after the win, they have closed the gap with top-ranked Australia and second-placed India. At present, Australia are the No. 1 with a win percentage of 76.7 while India are second with a win percentage of 72.2. New Zealand, on the other hand, are at the third spot with a win percentage of 70. As far as Pakistan are concerned, they are lying at the sixth spot with a win percentage of 30.7.
ICC WTC Points Table:
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