Grandhomme skittles Pakistan on debut

Debutant Colin de Grandhomme moved the ball in troubling lines and lengths to wreck Pakistan to 133 in its first innings. Jeet Raval, another newcomer, lead New Zealand to 104/3 with an unbeaten half-century.

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Colin de Grandhomme   -  AFP

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Pakistan's Yasir Shah (left) with team mate Rahat Ali walk off the field at the end of the Pakistan innings.   -  AFP

Colin de Grandhomme became New Zealand's most successful debutant bowler Friday, taking six for 41 as Pakistan folded for 133 in its first innings of the first Test.

New Zealand made a rocky start to their reply when the experienced Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor -- with 158 Tests between them -- could muster only 16 runs in total.

But the novice Jeet Raval (55 not out) and Henry Nicholls (not out 29 in his eighth Test) have added 64 for the fourth wicket to put New Zealand in charge at 104/3.


Grandhomme, 30, was a surprise inclusion in the New Zealand side, but fully justified his selection, swinging and seaming medium pace deliveries which the Pakistan batsmen found difficult to handle.

Only seven other New Zealand bowlers have taken five or more wickets on debut with the previous best figures belonging to Tim Southee at five for 55.

The previous record bowling figures on debut were Alex Moir's six for 155 against England 65 years ago.

After a wash-out Thursday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, the arrival of the sun and the promise of a full day's cricket on Friday signalled the late arrival of Harare-born de Grandhomme on the international scene.

He broke through the Pakistan top order before lunch and, in the first over after resumption, dismissed Asad Shafiq, who had been rebuilding the innings with Misbah-ul-Haq. De Grandhomme then mopped up the tail just before tea.

The Pakistan openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali had made a promising start after being sent in to bat, progressing to 31 and seeing off New Zealand's established new-ball pair Southee and Trent Boult in the first hour.

But their innings began to unravel when all-rounder de Grandhomme came on as a surprise first-change bowler.

He removed Ali (15) in his third over and then accounted for Babar Azam (seven) and Younis Khan (two) in quick succession.

Southee, bowling with more discipline in his second spell, had Aslam caught by New Zealand's second debutant Jeet Raval for 15 and Pakistan went to lunch at 88-4.

Four balls after lunch, de Grandhomme bagged his fourth wicket as he tempted Asad Shafiq to poke at a full delivery that was swinging away and Raval snared his third catch at second slip.

It left Pakistan again looking to its veteran skipper Misbah-ul-Haq to lead it out of trouble.

The 42-year-old, playing a record 50th Test as Pakistan captain, was the epitome of patience in reaching 31 off 108 deliveries before he slashed at a Boult flyer and was caught by Kane Williamson.

A fragile bottom order put up little resistance as Southee disposed of Sarfraz Ahmed (seven) and de Grandhomme removed Sohail Khan (nine) and Rahat Ali without scoring.

In addition to de Grandhomme's 6-41, Southee took two for 20 while Boult had figures of two for 39.

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