CHRISTCHURCH: Skipper Kane Williamson hit 61 from 77 balls as New Zealand beat Pakistan by eight wickets in Christchurch to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.

After being set a victory target of 105, Williamson's 24th Test fifty - the highest score of the match - secured victory on the fourth afternoon at the Hagley Oval.

At the start of play the tourists resumed on 129-7 with hopes of extending their second innings lead of 62 to a more substantial total for the home side to chase down.
Sohail Khan (40) added 18 runs to his overnight score before he was caught trying to hook Tim Southee.

Asad Shafiq (17) and Rahat Ali (2) followed soon after as the visitors were bowled out for 171 - a lead of just 104 runs.

There were three wickets apiece for Neil Wagner (3-34), Trent Boult (3-37) and Tim Southee (3-53) as New Zealand ran through the Pakistan tail midway through the morning session.

In reply, Tom Latham (9) fell early to Mohammad Amir before Williamson and debutant Jeet Raval (36 not out) put on a second wicket partnership of 85 to steer the home side towards their victory target.

Needing just one more run to win the captain fell to a top-edged sweep off Azhar Ali, leaving Raval to hit the winning runs and round off a memorable first Test match having registered a half century in the first innings.

Colin de Grandhomme was named man of the match after he registered the best figures by a New Zealand debutant with his spell of 6-41 on day two.

The two sides travel to Hamilton for the Second Test on Friday and a draw will guarantee the Black Caps a series win over Pakistan for the first time in 31 years.