Pakistan lead 1-0 in three Test series as Ul-Haq makes history

Misbah-Ul-Haq has become the most successful captain in Pakistan’s cricket history. With 15 wins in 32 test matches under his belt, he has overtaken the likes of Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, who won 14 test matches as a Captain for Pakistan.

Misbah achieved this milestone in the recent 248 run victory over the Black Caps in the first test at Abu Dhabi.

Misbah won the toss and elected to bat on a slow and dry pitch. Pakistan declared their first inning after posting a mammoth total of 576 with the help of three centuries from Ahmed Shehzad (176), Younis Khan (100 n.o) and Captain Misbah-Ul-Haq (102 n.o).

Pakistan then bowled the Kiwis out for 262 in the first innings, taking a giant lead of 304 in the first innings. Misbah decided not to enforce follow on and opted to bat again, and declared for a second time in the test at the score of 175 for the loss of two wickets.

It was the turn of Hafeez this time, who scored his first century in last 22 innings and sixth test century for the men in green. Chasing 480 to win, New Zealand were bowled out for 231, giving Pakistan a 1-0 lead in a three match series.

Speaking at the post match interview, Misbah hailed the young team, especially the effort of the young and inexperienced bowling attack in the absence of Ajmal, Irfan and Junaid.

“It’s a great feeling to be part of the winning team. It’s a young team, nobody expected us to perform like this,” said Misbah

“The kind of conditions we are getting, the world-class bowlers are struggling but these youngsters are living up to the expectations of the team, me and the whole nation. They are getting 20 wickets every match. So that’s a really big achievement for them.”

The second test of the series will begin on 17 Nov at Dubai cricket stadium in UAE. Pakistan will look to continue the good work and seal the series, whereas the Kiwis will look to improve their performance from the last encounter.

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