After blanking their opponents 3-0 in the T20 International (T20I) series, the Pakistan cricket team was busy giving New Zealand a run for their money in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
Trailing 0-1 in the ODI series, Pakistan made a comeback to level the proceedings 1-1 before rain spoiled their chances in the third and final game.
What awaited next was a stern test of their character, as Sarfraz Ahmed's men geared up for the three-match Test series against the Kiwis. And, the fact that Pakistan bowled New Zealand out for a mere 153 runs in the first innings, showed that they meant business.
While Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq looked good with the willow in the first innings, the bowling masterclass of Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah ensured Pakistan needed just 176 runs to win the Test and take a 1-0 lead.
Needing 139 runs with ten wickets in hand at the start of Day 4, Pakistan and their fans would have surely felt at ease against the Kiwis, who were probably ruled out of the game. But, neither the two playing sides nor any cricket pundit could have possibly anticipated what eventually unfolded during the day's play at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The fourth day's play was an apt reminder of the many run-chases Pakistan have barbecued over the years. Despite losing three wickets early on, Sarfraz's side rarely looked in trouble - courtesy a gritty 82-run partnership between Azhar Ali and Shafiq. But, some mediocre batting and a maiden five-wicket haul of debuting left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel handed New Zealand a thrilling, even unexpected, four-run win.
With Pakistan botching away a run-chase yet again, the mood in their camp was understandably damp. But, at the same time, New Zealand's dressing room was buzzing with celebratory noise. For the Kiwis, it was undoubtedly a special win which called for an equally special celebration.19 November 2018
After their emphatic triumph brought jubilation on the field, the celebrations continued in the dressing room where the Kiwis were spotted unveiling their Bhangra moves to the tunes of hit Punjabi track "Mundian To Bach Ke".
While the New Zealand cricket fans were happy to see their national team's celebrations, the Pakistani fans opined that the dance video further rubbed salt to the wound.
Yr why r u showing this. U know this will hurt Pakistanis. Badly.....— Subhan Khan (@subhankhank690) 20 November 2018
Yar ye tweet delete kro bhai .dil dukta hey dhek k— Farooq Afridi (@FaryAfridi1) 19 November 2018
ð¢ð nahi dekna bhangra ðð— Zarahðµð° (@Zarahdogar) 20 November 2018
Nhi yr dil pay khanjar chal rahy hein— Farooq Afridi (@FaryAfridi1) 20 November 2018