Kane Williamson (NZ): Real fighting effort. The surface wasn't the easiest - it offered a good turn on day one and all the spinners did a fantastic job. A great advertisement for Test cricket, it went on only for three days but went all the way to the wire. We need to go back and work on areas, Pakistan are a superb team and we should be proud of ourselves. The attitude throughout the game was outstanding. We saw through the game that wickets fell in crumbs and that was reflective of the way the game ended. Those two bowlers [Ajaz and Wagner] were fantastic, they just kept bowling. There are so many small margins, and when you have such games where you win or lose closely, you can find things that you need to improve on.
Sarfraz Ahmed (PAK): Obviously it is disappointing. The start today wasn't good, but the way Azhar and Asad played, we should have finished it off. We need to give credit to Ajaz here, the pitch has changed and he bowled well. Our batsmen should have handled it better, but we just didn't. The batsmen should have scored the runs itself in the first place, but some of the shots played by the tail were quite disappointing. We had opportunities right through the game, first to score big runs in the first innings and then to finish off the game; the fact that we couldn't do it is very disappointing.
Ajaz Patel (Man of the Match): For me, my gameplan was pretty simple. Obviously the scoreboard didn't look simple but we just kept plugging away. It is a very relaxed environment we have and we don't try to overdo anything. In terms of pressure on my debut, I have put in a lot of hard work and just leave the rest to the Almighty. It is a great feeling to pull off such wins in the final innings; just a great feeling. At any point, the game could have gone either way, but we just kept sticking in.
New Zealand won by 4 runs and lead the series with 1-0
Over 58.4 Ajaz Patel bowls it flat in the air to Azhar Ali,out Lbw!! It was drifting on leg, nicely looped slowly up too. Azhar ends up defending all around it and is pinned on his back foot. The Umpire raises the finger.
Over 58.3 Ajaz Patel bowls it flat in the air to Azhar Ali, no run, backs away, slices and runs it down to a deep backward point.
Over 58.2 Ajaz Pateltossed up deliveryto Azhar Ali, no run, goes on to the back foot and punches it square of the wicket on the off-side.
Over 58.1 Ajaz Pateltossed up deliveryto Azhar Ali, no run, gets forward and defends it back to the bowler.
End of Over 58 (1 runs) Pakistan 171/9
Mohammad Abbas 0/10 Neil Wagner 13-4-27-2 Azhar Ali 65/132