De Grandhomme puts New Zealand on top


A six-wicket haul from debutant Colin de Grandhomme helped New Zealand dominate day two of the first Test against Pakistan.

De Grandhomme (6-41) made the most of the bowler-friendly conditions at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

He helped the hosts dismiss Pakistan, who were put in to bat after rain saw no play on day one, for 133.

New Zealand slumped to 40-3 in response, but another debutant, Jeet Raval (55), and Henry Nicholls (29) got them to stumps at 104-3.

Only trailing by 29, the Black Caps are well-placed on a pitch expected to get better for batting as the Test goes on.

After Kane Williamson elected to bowl, Tim Southee (2-20) thought he had Sami Aslam trapped in front in the first over - but the hosts' review failed.

There was no doubt for De Grandhomme, who clean bowled Azhar Ali (15) after Pakistan's openers had put on 31.

Todd Astle dropped Babar Azam before Aslam (19) was gone, edging Southee to Raval at second slip.

Azam (7) was the next to go, also at the hands of De Grandhomme, who then got rid of Younis Khan (2).

Pakistan fought their way to 88-4 at lunch, but they would lose 45-6 after the interval.

Asad Shafiq (16) became De Grandhomme's fourth victim, the third Pakistan batsman to edge to Raval.

De Grandhomme wrapped up his five-for when Sohail Khan (9) tamely picked out Tom Latham at mid-wicket.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq battled for his 108-ball 31 as De Grandhomme finished with the best figures for a New Zealand Test debutant.

In response, Latham (1) went quickly, lbw to Mohammad Amir and given out following an unsuccessful review.

Williamson (4) and Ross Taylor (11) did not last long, but Raval and Nicholls managed to steady the innings, although the former had to survive an lbw review before stumps.