KARACHI: No win, no loss, the second match of test Pakistan and New Zealand Test series draw as well. The majestic century of Sarfaraz Ahmed averted the Pakistani team from losing the match, and the series declared tee.
The skipper of the Pakistan Cricket Team, Babar Azam applauds the performance of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Sarfaraz’s splendid betting made the team comeback in the match.”
“As we had lost 4 wickets on 100 runs it was a fantastic inning of Sarfaraz that brought back the team,” says Babar.
The first Test of the new year produced one of the most thrilling and exciting finishes in the history of Test cricket when New Zealand fell short of victory by one wicket.
The wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed scored a magnificent 118 from 176 balls in just under five hours of batting to keep Pakistan in the hunt for victory.
Meanwhile, Imam-ul-Haq (12) bowled after he danced down the track to miss the line of Ish Sodhi’s delivery, Shan Masood (35) was unnecessarily hit in the air to be caught off Bracewell, Babar Azam (27) caught down the leg-side off Bracewell, Saud was caught in the slip off Bracewell while trying to guide the ball, and Salman castled after attempting to hit Henry out of the park.
Meanwhile, the first match between Pakistan and New Zealand was declared tee after the bad light stalemate.
New Zealand (1st innings) 449 all-out, 131 overs (Devon Conway 122, Tom Latham 71, Matt Henry 68 not out, Tom Blundell 51, Kane Williamson 36, Ajaz Patel 35, Henry Nicholls 26; Abrar Ahmed 4-149, Naseem Shah 3-71, Salman Ali Agha 3-75) and 277-5d (Tom Blundell 74 not out, Michael Bracewell 74, Tom Latham 62, Kane Williamson 41; Mir Hamza 1-38, Hasan Ali 1-39, Salman Ali Agha 1-42, Naseem Shah 1-43)
Pakistan (1st innings) 408 all-out, 133 overs (Saud Shakeel 125 not out, Imam-ul-Haq 83, Sarfaraz Ahmed 78, Salman Ali Agha 41, Babar Azam 24, Shan Masood 20; Ajaz Patel 3-88, Ish Sodhi 3-95) and 304-9 (Sarfaraz Ahmed 118, Shan Masood 35, Saud Shakeel 32, Salman Ali Agha 30; Michael Bracewell 4-75, Tim Southee 2-43, Ish Sodhi 2-59)
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