New Zealand defeated Pakistan in a Test series away from home for the first time in 49 years after thumping the home side by 123 runs in the third and final encounter on Friday.
Chasing 280 to win in 79 overs on the last day, Pakistan was 55/5 at lunch and was bundled out for 156 in an extended middle session.
Fast bowler Tim Southee, who was playing his first Test in the 3 match series, took 3-42 while 34-year-old debutant William Somerville and fellow spinner Ajaz Patel, playing his third Test, shared six wickets.
Kane Williamson & Co. scored 274 and 353-7 declared, against Pakistan’s 348 and 156, to clinch the series 2-1. The Blackcaps won the first Test by four runs at the same venue, and lost the second in Dubai by an innings.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Pakistan collapse to give New Zealand the series 2-1. Big result for the Kiwis.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 7, 2018
An away Test series win for NZ…what a fantastic result in the age of home dominance. 🏏👏👏 #PAKvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 7, 2018
It's that time once again – to find the 1992 World Cup Final or the 2017 Champions Trophy Final DVD #PAKvNZ
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 7, 2018
When Misbah and Younis were playing, Pakistan lost only 4 Tests out of 24 in the UAE. Since then they have lost 4 out of seven. #PakvNZ
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 7, 2018
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) December 7, 2018
How good @BLACKCAPS
— Suzie Bates (@SuzieWBates) December 7, 2018
Geez that’s a good effort! https://t.co/GBYOR6v0DH
— Sophie Devine (@sophdevine77) December 7, 2018
Pakistan will now need to survive 2 sessions with 5 wickets in hand to avoid a series defeat at home against New Zealand, this despite brilliance from Yasir Shah. While NZ have been sensational, Pak batting clearly letting them down #PakvNZ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 7, 2018
Thats it: Pakistan Lost home series against New Zealand after 49 Years. NZ beat Pakistan in 3rd Test and won series 2-1. After series lost Pakistan drop to number 7 in ICC Test Ranking. #PakvNZ
Next Series #PakvSa in South Africa.
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) December 7, 2018
Wow NZ 🙌🏽👏🏽, very well played specially winning in Asia.. so good for Test Crickat, well lead by Kane Williamson , Well Bowled @Shah64Y , and whatta debut for @wersomerville, u r a super star mate, age is just a number #PakvsNZ #Testcricketstillalive #UAE
— Fawad Ahmed (@bachaji23) December 7, 2018
End to Pakistan's fortress in UAE and an unhealthy amount of Test cricket from UAE that I have watched in the past two months. #PAKvNZ
— મલય Desai (@MalayD) December 7, 2018
New Zealand win it! What a game. What a win. One for the ages. No matter how Pakistan is they rule UAE. The fortress has been breached. One of the best wins in NZ history imo. What a champion – Kane Williamson. Hats off.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 7, 2018
Pakistan's recent Test record at 'home' (UAE)
Played 8, won 2, lost 5, drawn 1
Their recent Test series losses in UAE
to Sri Lanka 0-2 (2) in Sept-Oct 2017
to New Zealand 1-2 (3) in Nov-Dec 2018#PakvNZ
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 7, 2018
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) December 7, 2018