Kane Williamson, Rameez Raja
Kane Williamson (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson took a dig at Pakistan former batsman and commentator Rameez Raja. The Kiwis won the series against Pakistan in UAE by 2-1. Thus, the Blackcaps went on to win the series against Pakistan after a gap of 49 years, while playing away from home. Kane Williamson led from the front as the classical right-hander scored runs in both the innings.

New Zealand had won the first match by the skin of their teeth as they won by four runs. However, they lost the second Test match by an innings and 16 runs. New Zealand came back strong in the third and final Test match to win by 123 runs.

Rameez Raja, India, Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018
Rameez Raja. (Photo Credit: Geo Tv)

A fine performance from New Zealand.

Williamson scored 89 and 139 in each of the innings of the third Test and was awarded the Man of the match whereas Yasir Shah took the Man of the series award for taking 29 wickets. Williamson scored a total of 389 runs in the three-match series.

Meanwhile, Rameez asked in the post-match presentation, “Kane, you had to wait for 49 years for New Zealand’s series win over Pakistan in Asia”.

Kane Williamson said, “I didn’t wait for 49 years (smiles), I am only 28 — (when asked about his wait for the series win against Pakistan away from home which came in 1969). Fantastic performance to be a part of. Pakistan are a very difficult team to beat and showed how strong they are in Dubai. We knew there was a lot of hard work to do. After the first innings, we felt we had a good total but Pakistan came back well.

Meanwhile, Williamson gave his best wishes to Mohammed Hafeez who retired from the red ball version. Hafeez has been instrumental in the success of the Pakistan team over the years.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand Vs Windies, Seth Rance, Tim Southee, Chris Gayle,
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“To get a good second innings target and to come out today to perform like that was superb. The spinners came on this tour and showed their experience, which was massive for us. It was just about coming out and bucking down (on his performance). We (himself and Nicholls) were able to get that partnership and a bit of momentum as well. To come out here and to perform the way we did was special. We will remember this win for a long time. I want to wish Hafeez on his fantastic career as well. He’s been a great player for Pakistan”.

The spinners did a fine job for New Zealand. Ajaz Patel and debutant Somerville bagged three wickets in the second innings to help New Zealand to a fine win. Thus, it was a collective team performance from New Zealand to bag the series under their belt.

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