Pakistan and New Zealand go a long way back in Test cricket. The Kiwis registered their first-ever series win in international cricket in Pakistan (1969/70). This triumph came after 40 years and 30 continuous winless series.
In the 21st century, both these countries are at the forefront of international cricket, entering every competition as one of the favourites to win it.
Pakistan vs New Zealand head-to-head in Tests
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Pakistan vs New Zealand Test records
Veteran batter Javed Miandad has scored the most runs in Pakistan vs New Zealand Tests. In 18 matches, he scored 1,919 runs at a staggering average of 79.95. This tally includes seven centuries and six half-centuries.
The two Ws of Pakistan cricket, Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram, lead the wicket-taking charts in this duel. Waqar Younis takes the top spot with 70 wickets in 13 Tests, whilst Wasim Akram boasts 60 wickets in just nine Tests. Both these fast bowlers picked up 10 wickets in a match twice against the Kiwis.
Highest individual score
Inzamam-ul-Haq scored the only triple century of his career, against New Zealand, which is also the only triple ton scored in a Test match between these teams. He smashed 329 off 436 balls in Lahore, 2002, steering Pakistan to a humongous win by an innings and 324 runs.
Best bowling figures
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah returned with figures of 8/41 at the Dubai International Stadium in the 2018 series. These are the best bowling figures in an innings for a Pakistan vs New Zealand Test match. He went on to pick 14 wickets in that match, also registering the best match figures in this bilateral.
Banking on a sensational double century from Brendon McCullum (202 off 188 balls) and a ton from Kane Williamson (192 off 244 balls), New Zealand scored 690 in 143.1 overs in Sharjah, 2014. This is the highest team total in a Test between these two teams.
In their third-ever match against Pakistan in 1955, New Zealand got bowled out for 70 runs batting first in Dhaka. This is the lowest total registered and the Kiwis recorded the top six lowest scores in their meetings.
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