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Patel stars in NZ's thrilling win

Debutant spinner Ajaz Patel took five wickets to lead a never-say-die approach from New Zealand bowlers as they pulled off a thrilling four-run win over an undisciplined Pakistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Defending a modest 176-run target, New Zealand bowlers led by Patel (5-59), fast bowler Neil Wagner (2-27) and Ish Sodhi (2-37) bowled out Pakistan for 171.

It is the fifth smallest win in terms of runs in Test cricket history and gives New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

"I think at the end of the day it was a great advertisement for Test cricket," said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

SCORES IN BRIEF

NEW ZEALAND: First innings 153

PAKISTAN: First innings 227

NEW ZEALAND: Second innings 249

PAKISTAN: Second innings 171 (Imamul 27, Azhar 65, Shafiq 45, Patel 5-59, Sodhi 2-37, Wagner 2-27)

Result: New Zealand won by 4 runs and lead the  series 1-0.

Player-of-the-match: Ajaz Patel

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