WHANGAREI (Dunya News) – A three-fer each from Amad Butt and Naseem Shah led Pakistan Shaheens to a 89-run win over New Zealand A on the fourth and final day of the first-class match at Cobham Oval.
Chasing 298 to win, New Zealand A were bowled out for 208 in 64 overs to hand Shaheens victory in their only four-day match on the tour.
For New Zealand A, Nathan Smith top-scored with 45 off 108 balls, hitting four fours and a six. Joe Carter and Michael Bracewell contributed 30 runs each.
For Shaheens, both right arm pacers Amad and Naseem took three wickets apiece for 38 and 44 runs, respectively. Yasir Shah with his leg-spin bowling took two for 55 in 17 overs. Mohammad Abbas who took four wickets in the first innings ended up taking one for 34 in the second innings while his fellow fast bowler Sohail Khan took one wicket for 27.
Earlier in the day, resuming their second innings on an overnight score of 318 for nine, Shaheens were dismissed for 329 in 96.3 overs. For the home team, Matt Henry was the most successful bowler taking six for 53 in 25.3 overs.
Scores in brief
Pakistan Shaheens 194 all out, 73 overs (Azhar Ali 58, Imran Butt 27, Rohail Nazir 21; Ed Nuttal 5-54, Nathan Smith 3-29) and 329 all out, 96.3 overs (Fawad Alam 139, Rohail Nazir 100, Azhar Ali 29; Matt Henry 6-53, Michael Rae 3-85)
New Zealand A 226 all out, 82.5 overs (Rachin Ravindra 70, Cam Fletcher 57, Natham Smith 40, Ken McClure 24; Mohammad Abbas 4-40, Amad Butt 3-22, Yasir Shah 3-54) and 208 all out, 64 overs (Nathan Smith 45, Michael Bracewell 30, Joe Carter 30; Amad Butt 3-38, Naseem Shah 3-44, Yasir Shah 2-55)