Debutant spinner Ajaz Patel took five wickets as New Zealand pulled off a thrilling four-run win over Pakistan in the first Test at Abu Dhabi.
Defending a target of 176 runs, New Zealand bowlers led by Patel (5-59), bowled out Pakistan for 171 on a drama-packed fourth day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
It is the fifth smallest win in terms of runs in Test cricket's history and gives New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Azhar Ali fought a lone battle for Pakistan with 65 and was the last man out when he was trapped leg-before wicket by Patel. He reviewed the decision but the replays showed that the ball was going on to clip the top of the stumps.
Pakistan began the day as favorites to chase down the total although the Kiwis would’ve taken some hope from Pakistan's failure at the same ground last year to chase 136 against Sri Lanka.
Kiwi spinners Ajaz Patel and Ish Sodhi opened the bowling and straightaway caused problems as Pakistan lost three wickets in the first six overs.
Imam-ul-Haq was trapped leg-before by left-arm spinner Patel in the fifth over. In the sixth, Sodhi had Mohammad Hafeez caught in the covers and then three balls later held on to a return catch low to his left as Haris Sohail drove a full toss back at him.
However, Azhar and Asad Shafiq calmed things down as they constructed a fourth wicket partnership of 82.
Shafiq made an aggressive 45, but his dismissal was constructed beautifully by Neil Wagner – pushing Shafiq back and then getting him to nick off to a length ball in the last over before lunch. That changed the game as Pakistan lost their final seven wickets for just 41.
After lunch, Babar Azam ran himself out for 13 and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed fell for a second time sweeping Patel, this time getting a glove through to BJ Watling.
Bilal Asif went on to heave a straighter ball from Patel and was bowled leaving Pakistan 154 for seven, still 22 runs short of victory.
In the next over Wagner had Yasir Shah caught in the slips and then Hasan Ali attempted a slog-sweep off Patel, picking out substitute fielder Tim Southee in the deep.
With five runs needed to win, Patel found the delivery, trapping the top-order batsman to win the match for New Zealand.
The second Test starts in Dubai from Saturday.