The first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Abu Dhabi exemplified everything right about the format. It was a crunching affair, in which batsmen got runs after hard-work and bowlers had to fight for their wickets. In the end, the match went down to the wire, becoming as close as it could have been.
Pakistan were chasing 176 on the fourth day. There was enough purchase for the bowlers, and by no means the target was easy. At one point, the home team needed less than 50 runs with seven wickets in hand. But New Zealand completed a stunning turnaround and scripted one of the most memorable wins in recent times.
Given the manner in which they won, celebrations was expected to be loud for the visitors. And so happened, but in a very different way. After the match, in the dressing room, a couple of New Zealand rejoiced the win by performing the famous 'Bhangra'. In fact, they nailed the dance moves as if it was a cup of tea for them.
It was a classic case of one team usurping other at different intervals. Batting first, New Zealand were bowled out for a paltry 153, much thanks to some sensational bowling by the Pakistani bowlers, especially Yasir Shah. But the visitors fought back and managed to bowl out the hosts for 227, allowing a lead of 76 runs. Trent Boult was the star of the innings, ending with figures of 4 for 54.
In their second innings, New Zealand batters showed fight and made the match interesting. Half-centuries by Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling propelled the visitors to a respectable 249, meaning Pakistan had to chase 176 for win.
The home team started their chase pretty well, but saw three quick wickets fall. It was then followed by a much-needed partnership between Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, as they took their team close to a win. But with 46 runs needed, Pakistan imploded and fell short by four runs.