Grand Debut For Colin de Grandhomme as New Zealand Take Charge

Grand Debut For Colin de Grandhomme as New Zealand Take Charge


Late bloomer Colin de Grandhomme distinguished his initial general call-up with record New Zealand entrance bowling sum of 6-41 as Pakistan crumbled in their initial innings of a opening Test on Friday.

After a 30-year-old de Grandhomme engineered Pakistan’s fall to be all out for 133 during Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand’s other debutant Jeet Raval put them in a clever position to be 104-3 in respond during stumps.

New Zealand done a hilly start to their respond when a gifted Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor — with 158 Tests between them — could pattern usually 16 runs in total.

But a beginner Raval (55 not out) and Henry Nicholls (not out 29 in his eighth Test) have combined 64 for a fourth wicket to put New Zealand in charge.

On what was effectively a initial day of a now four-day Test, after sleet cleared out a scheduled Thursday start, a honours lay with de Grandhomme.

The Harare-born, former Zimbabwe under-19 deputy is some-more eminent as a big-hitting batsman though was picked for a all-rounder purpose forward of a some-more gifted Jimmy Neesham in a swing-friendly conditions.

Only 7 other New Zealand bowlers have taken 5 or some-more wickets on debut, with a prior best sum belonging to Tim Southee during 5 for 55.

The prior best six-wicket transport was Alex Moir’s 6 for 155 opposite England 65 years ago.

Misbah resistance

Although conditions seemed developed for bowling when Williamson won a toss his strike span Southee and Trent Boult strayed too most to severely difficulty Pakistan openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali in a initial hour.

But it was all change when Williamson ignored Neil Wagner as his first-change bowler and flicked a round to de Grandhomme.

With his 15th smoothness a Aucklander tempted Ali to poke during a round that seamed behind and clattered into a off stump.

Ali was left for 15 and what was to be Pakistan’s second top partnership of 31 was over.

Southee came behind to mislay Aslam (19) and de Grandhomme took out Babar Azam (seven) and Younis Khan (two), before Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq put on 32 for a fifth wicket to get their rescue goal by to lunch during 88-4.

But, in a initial over after a break, Shafiq fell for 16 when a overhanging de Grandhomme smoothness sent an corner to Raval during second slip, starting a slip that saw Pakistan’s final 6 wickets usually supplement 45 runs.

Misbah offering realistic insurgency in a nearby three-hour innings, reaching 31 off 108 balls before slicing during a Boult flyer to be held by Williamson.

Southee likely of Sarfraz Ahmed (seven) and de Grandhomme, who played one ODI and 4 T20s for New Zealand in 2012, private Sohail Khan (nine) and Rahat Ali but scoring.

In further to de Grandhomme’s 6-41 off 15.5 overs, Southee took dual for 20 while Boult had sum of dual for 39.

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