Grand debut for de Grandhomme | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 19, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:39 AM, November 19, 2016

Grand debut for de Grandhomme

Late bloomer Colin de Grandhomme celebrated his first international call-up with record New Zealand debut bowling figures of 6-41 as Pakistan crumbled in their first innings of the opening Test on Friday.

After the 30-year-old de Grandhomme engineered Pakistan's collapse to be all out for 133 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand's other debutant Jeet Raval put them in a strong position to be 104-3 in reply at stumps.

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 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.

On what was effectively the first day of a now four-day Test, after rain washed out the scheduled Thursday start, the honours lay with de Grandhomme.

The Harare-born, former Zimbabwe under-19 representative is more renowned as a big-hitting batsman but was picked for the all-rounder role ahead of the more experienced Jimmy Neesham in the swing-friendly conditions.

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 best six-wicket haul was Alex Moir's six for 155 against England 65 years ago. Although conditions appeared ripe for bowling when Williamson won the toss his strike pair Southee and Trent Boult strayed too much to seriously trouble Pakistan openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali in the first hour.

SCORES IN BRIEF

PAKISTAN: first innings 133 (Aslam 19, Azhar 15, Misbah 31, Shafiq 16;  Southee 2-20, Boult 2-39, de Grandhomme 6-41)

NEW ZEALAND: First innings 104 for 3 (Raval 55 not out, Nicholls 29 not out; Amir 1-19) 

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