De Grandhomme surprised by debut heroics

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme revealed he was anticipating making an impact with the bat rather than the ball on his Test debut after surprising himself with his record-breaking exploits against Pakistan.

The 30-year-old tore through Pakistan on day two at Hagley Oval, taking 6-41 to skittle the tourists out for only 133 before fellow debutant Jeet Raval reached 55 not out at stumps as the Blacks Caps closed on 104-3 in reply.

De Grandhomme's figures were the best by a New Zealand bowler on debut, putting New Zealand in charge after the opening day was washed out.

The new boy had not envisaged making his presence felt to such an extent with his seam bowling in Christchurch.

"I'm always keen to bowl [but].....was expecting to score more runs than take wickets." he said.

"I just tried to put it in the areas I wanted to bowl ... except a bit fuller ... and they managed to do their bit so it's all good."

De Grandhomme played his only one-day international four years ago and the last of his four Twenty20 appearances at international level also came back in 2012.

The Harare-born De Grandhomme was not convinced his chance would come in the longest format.

He said: "Obviously I wanted Test cricket, that's the ultimate. Cricket being cricket, you go through your career and think you're going to quit.

"But then somehow you get the mojo and get back into it."

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