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Akhtar reminisces iconic victory versus New Zealand

Akhtar reminisces iconic victory versus New Zealand

The fateful Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in 2002, will go down in history as one of the most one-sided contests the game has ever seen. 

A fantastic record galore for the Pakistani batsmen and bowlers alike, the commanding win for the home side at Lahore completely obliterated the traveling Kiwis.

The match is largely remembered for batting legend Inzamam-ul-Haq’s prominent knock of 329, which placed him in a special company, becoming the second Pakistani player to score a triple century. 

The sturdy batsman’s mammoth innings featured an extravagant display of pristine striking as he garnered 38 boundaries and 9 sixes in total.

If the wounds of a gigantic team score of 643 was not enough to haunt the New Zealanders, they were pulverized by a brutal spell of fast bowling from Shoaib Akhtar who registered figures of 6/11 on a flat surface. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ thus reminisced this victory recently, remarking the scorching conditions in Lahore that day.

New Zealand, in the end, succumbed to their worst ever loss in Test cricket, being defeated by a margin of an innings and 324 runs.