Colin de Grandhomme celebrates one of his six wickets with his teammates    Getty Images
Colin de Grandhomme celebrates one of his six wickets with his teammates Getty Images

Debutant Colin de Grandhomme registered the best figures by a debutant for New Zealand and helped his side bundle out Pakistan for a paltry 133 in the process. The 30-year-old late-comer became the eighth New Zealander to take five or more wickets in his maiden Test. He was well supported by senior partners Tim Southee and Trent Boult, who finished with figures of 2 for 30 and 2 for 39 respectively. For Pakistan, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was the only player who showed some resistance before falling for 31. Apart from him, only three other batsmen could reach the double digit scores. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st Test at Christchurch.

Earlier, Pakistan openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali made a steady start and added 31 runs for the first wicket after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and put the opposition into bat on a green-tinged wicket with a wet outfield in the first Test. Day One was completely washed out without a single ball being bowled. Thus, his decision to bowl first was not at all surprising. “It looks like there will be a bit in it initially,” Williamson said at the toss justifying his decision, before adding, “We can see a bit of green grass and hopefully will get good bowling conditions early.”

New Zealand named two debutants Jeet Raval and de Grandhomme in their squad with leg spinner Todd Astle returning to the line up for his second Test after making his debut four years ago. Pakistan captain Misbah said he was confident his batsmen “know how to cope with the seam movement,” even as his side did not get any practice before the first Test. His side s preparation for this Test was less than ideal with their warm-up match washed out. And it soon started showing after that opening stand of 31.

New Zealand bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult had started well but their first spells were wicketless. It was only when de Grandhomme was introduced as the first change bowler that wickets started tumbling. From 31 without loss, Pakistan were soon reduced to 56 for 4, with Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam and experienced Younis Khan went back into the hut. Four of the three wickets to fall were taken by de Grandhomme. From there, Asad Shafiq joined Misbah in the middle and the two added unbeaten 32 to guide Pakistan to 88 for 4 at lunch.

Post lunch, de Grandhomme continued to wreck havoc on the hapless Pakistani batsmen, who succumbed to the relentless pressure by the Kiwi bowlers and finally surrendered meekly for a total of 133. The green-tinged wicket and a wet outfield meant that leg-spinner Astle s services were not required while pacer Neil Wagner was used only for six overs. Pakistan s shambolic performance with the bat put their 12-Test-series unbeaten streak on the New Zealand soil since 1985 under serious threat. Tea was taken with the fall of last Pakistani wicket and it will be interesting to see how the Kiwis play in such conditions with Pakistan too having a potent fast bowling attack.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 133 (Misbah-ul-Haq 31; Colin de Grandhomme 6 for 41, Tim Southee 2 for 30, Trent Boult 2 for 39) vs New Zealand at tea on Day 2.