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Resurgent Pakistan thrash poor New Zealand in Hamilton

First Test, Hamilton day three:
Pakistan 367 & 21-0 beat New Zealand 275 & 110 by 10 wickets
Match scorecard

Pakistsan captain Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq registered his first win in three Tests as Pakistan captain

Pakistan's bowling attack ripped through New Zealand's batting line-up on their way to a 10-wicket first-Test win in Hamilton inside three days.

Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Abdul Rehman took three wickets each as the hosts collapsed to 110 all out, setting Pakistan a simple victory target of 19.

Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez knocked off the runs in 22 deliveries.

Earlier, Pakistan finished their first innings on 367, with Asad Shafiq top-scoring with 83.

Resuming on 235 for four, Pakistan lost overnight pair Misbah-ul-Haq (62) and Shafiq (83) to leg-before decisions early on, but Adnan Akmal (44) and Rehman (28) frustrated the Kiwi attack as the tourists added 76 for the seventh wicket.

Tim Southee made the breakthrough for the home side, though, when he ended wicketkeeper Akmal's resistance.

Brent Arnel, Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin proceeded to mop up the tail - Arnel achieving career-best figures of 4-95 with his removal of Rehman, while Martin's dismissal of Tanvir Ahmed was his 500th wicket in first-class cricket.

New Zealand openers Brendon McCullum and Tim McIntosh made 33 runs without loss before tea, however after the restart the Pakistan attack was soon making short work of the hosts.

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McIntosh, who managed just three runs, was stumped by Akmal off a flighted delivery from spinner Rehman, and five overs later McCullum was unluckily ruled caught behind - replays suggesting the ball had only clipped his thigh pad.

Tellingly, McCullum would finish as the Kiwis' top scorer for the innings with 35 off 46 deliveries, as an embarrassing collapse ensued for the hosts.

The wickets of Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Daniel Vettori quickly followed to leave New Zealand on 71-7 - the latter four falling in the space of five overs and for the addition of only one run.

Taylor's exit had epitomised New Zealand's dreadful decision-making at the crease - wicketkeeper Williamson's misjudged single giving Taylor no chance as Misbah was on target with the throw.

Wicketkeeper Reece Young and Southee continued for a while, but both fell to Gul in his successive overs.

Martin and Arnel took New Zealand past the 100-run mark before Martin became Gul's third victim after 10 more had been added.

Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar then wrapped up the victory in just 3.4 overs to guide the visitors to 21-0 and a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

"It's a really good win for us," said captain Misbah. "We haven't won a Test series for five to six years so we want to go to Wellington and do even better.

"Everyone took responsibility and our lower order showed they can bat well. Wahab [Riaz] and [Abdur] Rehman bowled really fantastic lines when we were under pressure and all of a sudden the game is over."

New Zealand captain Vettori drew consolation from his bowlers' efforts but was left to rue his side's batting.

"I think we fought pretty hard this morning to give ourselves a chance to come back into the game... but then to let it all slip with a familiar batting performance in the third innings, it just leaves a really sour taste."

Vettori, meanwhile, said he "was feeling better" after complaining of fatigue on the second day.

Blood tests were unable to pinpoint the cause of his symptoms, but he should be available for next Saturday's second Test in Wellington.

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