Conway’s century, Salman brought back Pakistan
New Zealand did not lose a single wicket in the first session and were at 234 for one shortly after the tea break. After this, however, they lost five wickets, leaving their score at 309 for six at the end of the day’s play.
Devon Conway got New Zealand off to a flying start with his fourth Test century but Pakistan off-spinner Agha Salman took three wickets to bounce back in the final session on the opening day of the second Test here on Monday. New Zealand did not lose a single wicket in the first session and were at 234 for one shortly after the tea break. After this, however, they lost five wickets, leaving their score at 309 for six at the end of the day’s play.
Conway faced 191 balls and scored 122 runs which included 16 fours and a six. For Pakistan, Salman took three wickets for 55 runs while fast bowler Naseem Shah took two wickets for 44 runs. Abrar Ahmed, the lone specialist spinner in the team, has taken one wicket for 101 runs. Conway shared a 134-run partnership for the first wicket with his opening partner Tom Latham (71) after New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first.
This is the second consecutive match when they shared a century partnership for the first wicket. Conway then shared a 100-run partnership for the second wicket with former captain Kane Williamson (36). Pakistan did not get a single breakthrough in the first session despite there being some grass on the wicket. Naseem Shah got Latham lbw after lunch. Pakistan has kept only one specialist spinner, Abrar Ahmed, in their playing XI considering the pitch.
His fast bowlers, however, failed to impress the New Zealand batsmen who took their team to 119 without loss in the first session. Conway reached his century after lunch in 156 balls. Pakistan captain Babar Azam handed the ball to Salman as a change after the tea break, who had Conway caught by wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Salman then dismissed Henry Nicholls (26) and Daryl Mitchell (three) while Williamson, who scored an unbeaten 200 in the drawn first Test, was caught behind by Naseem Shah. Abrar did not even allow Michael Bracewell to open his account by getting him lbw. At stumps, Tom Blundell was on 30 and Ish Sodhi, who scored his career-high 65 in Test cricket, was on 11. Both of them did not let the team suffer any setbacks in the last 10 overs.
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