“It was a fantastic match to be a part of,” the Kiwi skipper said. “Pakistan are a very difficult team to beat and showed how strong they are in Dubai. We knew there was a lot of hard work to do. After the first innings, we felt we had a good total but Pakistan came back well.”
After setting a target of 280 runs with 79 overs left in the day, the New Zealand bowlers chipped in with wickets at crucial times to ensure that the hosts were never off the hook. Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel and debutant William Somerville picked up up three wickets with Colin de Grandhomme taking one as Sarfraz Ahmed’s side were bowled out for just 156. And the skipper credited the bowlers for their showing.
“To get a good second innings target and come out today to perform like that was superb,” reckoned Williamson. “The spinners that came on this tour and show their experience was massive for us. We (him and Henry Nicholls) were able to get that partnership and a bit of momentum as well. We will remember for a long time.
The Blackcaps captain also took out some time to wish Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez on a wonderful career.
“I want to wish Hafeez on his fantastic career as well. He's been a great player for Pakistan.”
While Williamson was sporting a smile at the end of the game, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed lamented the failure of his batting department to register big leads throughout the three games.
“As a batting unit we have failed to get a big lead in this series,” said Sarfraz.
“Our lower order has done a lot of hard work but unfortunately they haven't contributed as we would have liked. We have failed in 4-5 matches now on fifth day.”
“We need to work on playing against the new ball in second innings. We need to be mentally tough, especially on the final day of the match. We need to be positive in South Africa to win, it's a difficult away series.”
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah was awarded the Man of the Series for his 29 wickets in the three games but was disappointed at conceding the series
”I am happy as I am the Man of the series,” said the 32-year-old. “I wanted to bowl in good areas consistently. I saw some videos too and I am grateful that I got my rhythm back but I am pretty disappointed as we have gone on to win the series.”
First Published: December 7, 2018, 7:18 PM IST