PAKISTAN 1st innings 133 (C. de Grandhomme 6-41)New Zealand 1st innings 200 (J. Raval 55; R. Ali 4-62)Pakistan 2nd innings (Overnight: 129-7)S. Aslam c Watling b de Grandhomme 7Az. Ali b Boult 31B. Azam c Watling b Wagner 29Y. Khan c Watling b Wagner 1Misbah-ul-Haq c Boult b Southee 13A. Shafiq c Raval b Wagner 17S. Ahmed b Boult 2M. Amir c Astle b Boult 6So. Khan c de Grandhomme b Southee 40Y. Shah not out 6R. Ali c Latham b Southee 2Extras (b-5 lb-7 w-5) 17Total (all out, 78.4 overs) 171Fall of wickets: 1-21 S. Aslam,2-58 B. Azam,3-64 Y. Khan,4-93 Misbah-ul-Haq,5-93 Az. Ali,6-95 S. Ahmed,7-105 M. Amir,8-158 So. Khan,9-166 A. Shafiq,10-171 R. AliBowling: T. Boult 17 – 5 – 37 – 3(w-1),T. Southee 23.4 – 10 – 53 – 3,C. de Grandhomme 14 – 4 – 23 – 1, N. Wagner 20 – 6 – 34 – 3,T. Astle 4 – 0 – 12 – 0.NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings (Target: 105 runs)T. Latham c Shafiq b Amir 9J. Raval not out 36K. Williamson c Shafiq b Az. Ali 61H. Nicholls not out 0Extras (nb-2) 2Total (for 2 wickets, 31.3 overs) 108Fall of wickets: 1-19 T. Latham,2-104 K. WilliamsonDid not bat: R. Taylor, C. de Grandhomme, B. Watling, T. Southee, T. Astle, N. Wagner, T. BoultBowling: M. Amir 7 – 2 – 12 – 1(nb-2),So. Khan 6 – 1 – 21 – 0, R. Ali 6 – 0 – 24 – 0,Y. Shah 9.3 – 1 – 45 – 0, Az. Ali 3 – 1 – 6 – 1. NEW Zealand captain Kane Williamson lauded the performance of his team after the Black Caps crushed Pakistan in the opening Test to end a five-match winless run.Williamson led from the front as New Zealand defeated Pakistan by eight-wickets in Christchurch on Sunday.Set 105 for victory at Hagley Oval on day four, Williamson scored 61 and debutant Jeet Raval finished 36 not out to see the Kiwis to a comprehensive win against the visitors.The result ended New Zealand’s Test drought, having drawn to South Africa in August before losing the second match against the Proteas, while they were swept 3-0 by India in September.“Naturally it’s tough coming off a few losses but it’s good to be home and the boys stepped it up and put some of those feelings of defeat behind us to play a very good test match,” Williamson said in an interview post-match.“The first innings it did a bit for both teams and there were two low scores.“But we knew that second innings would be really important against a strong side like Pakistan who tour very well.“It was a very good performance.”Pakistan resumed at 129-7 – a lead of 62 runs in their second innings – before they were bowled out for 171.Tim Southee (3-53) claimed two wickets on Sunday, despite the best efforts of Sohail Khan (40) and Asad Shafiq (17), who combined for a 53-run partnership.“As a professional, as the number two test team in the world we should be better than that,” said Azhar Ali as the series moves to Hamilton for the second and final Test, starting Friday.“We should have put in a better batting show, especially the first innings. It was quite helpful for the bowlers but I think we could have scored more runs which would have helped because on that kind of track you’re always in the game.”(Omnisport.com)
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Left guard Ben Grubbs made his long-awaited return to the field in Pittsburgh last Sunday night.Might wide receiver Lee Evans be next?The veteran wideout returned to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time since Oct. 12 when he tried to practice after the Ravens’ bye week. Evans has been dealing with a left ankle injury that’s sidelined him since the Week 2 loss in Tennessee, but he’s appeared more upbeat over the last week in discussing his status. Coach John Harbaugh said last week the Ravens have not considered placing the 30-year-old receiver on injured reserve.Though it’s far too early to determine Evans’ status for Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, his return would provide another viable option to an improving passing game that’s depended on rookies Torrey Smith and LaQuan Williams as wide receivers behind veteran Anquan Boldin.Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe also returned to the practice field for the first time since injuring his thigh in the Ravens’ win over the Houston Texans on Oct. 16.Left guard Ben Grubbs was practicing after telling reporters he made it through Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh without damaging his right toe any further. However, the turf toe injury will be a factor for the remainder of the season, according to the fifth-year offensive lineman.“It’s not any worse, but it still hurts definitely,” Grubbs said prior to Monday’s practice. “I think I’m able to maintain and I’ll be able to continue to play this season.”The only player missing from Wednesday’s practice was center Matt Birk, who is often given the day off on Wednesday as a way of resting his surgically-repaired knee.Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (concussion) was practicing on Wednesday but said he would not take part in any contact until being cleared later this week.