Pakistan New Zealand Test match left on draw
The New Zealand team had scored 61 runs for one wicket in eight overs when the game had to be stopped due to bad light. Pakistan started playing ahead of 249 runs for seven wickets after tea.
Bad light played spoilsport on the final day of the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand on Friday. Pakistan showed courage by declaring their second innings at 311 for eight, setting New Zealand a target of 138 to win in 15 overs. The New Zealand team had scored 61 runs for one wicket in eight overs when the game had to be stopped due to bad light. Pakistan started playing ahead of 249 runs for seven wickets after tea.
At this time the team had a lead of 75 runs and with the brilliant bowling of leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (6 for 86), New Zealand had a chance to win. Left-handed batsman Saud Shakeel scored an unbeaten 55 and stitched a brilliant partnership with the tailenders. He shared a 71-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Mohammad Wasim (43) and then shared an unbroken 44-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Mir Hamza (three not out). Babar Azam surprised everyone by declaring the innings at this time.
New Zealand declared their first innings at 612 for nine. The team got off to a brisk start trying to chase down the target of 138 runs in 15 overs. Tom Latham was batting on 35 and Devon Conway on 18 when the match was stopped. Bad light saved Pakistan from suffering their fifth consecutive defeat at home. Pakistan started the day at 77 for two but Nauman Ali fell to Mitchell Bracewell (2 for 82) without adding to his previous day’s score of four.
Babar also got trapped on Sodhi’s ball after scoring 14 runs. After this, opener Imam-ul-Haq (96) got good support from Sarfaraz Ahmed (53). Sodhi broke the 85-run partnership for the fifth wicket of both. Sodhi gave New Zealand hope of victory by dismissing Agha Salman (six runs) and Imam in the 70th and 72nd overs of the innings. After this, however, Shakeel played an innings of understanding with the lower order batsmen.
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