pakistan vs new zealand 2nd test match karachi
Another thrilling Test draw,
The resistance of the “former captain” kept the honor of the current captain!!!
After 81.3 overs, Pakistan were in a very strong position and close to winning the Test by scoring 273 runs for 6 wickets in pursuit of a target of 319 runs. The required average was close to four when Agha Salman was clean bowled while trying to hit an inbound ball from Matt Henry. By this time he had added 70 runs with Sarfaraz Ahmed for the sixth wicket partnership and the shot was not needed at all but this wicket brought a very desperate Kiwi team back into the match once again. Now Pakistan had to make 47 more runs for three wickets and the last three wickets were left by bowlers Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed.The fifth day of the test, the last session, the last hour and the match at the decisive point that both teams had played four, lost four and tied one of their last five test matches. It was a golden opportunity for the Pakistani cricketers to regain their lost confidence that they had come close to winning a couple of times against England and lost the Test.
Cricket experts say that just as important as making the game is, finishing it is even more important. Using his experience and patience, Sarfaraz Ahmed moved the innings forward with Hasan Ali, but instead of 80 overs, Kiwi captain Tim Southee decided to take the new ball, which Sarfraz had played with the new ball several times. However, Hasan Ali could be trapped.What happened was that after scoring five runs in ten balls on a total of 282, Hasan got out lbw (League B for four wickets) off Tim Southee and after that Naseem Shah stepped towards the wicket to bat. Right now, Pakistan was 37 runs away from victory and New Zealand was two more wickets away.
The camera was repeatedly focusing on the spectators holding their heads, the series trophy and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s wife in the stadium and the umpires were also checking the bed light. The attacking style Pakistan team was now in a defensive position and the batsmen were now trying to draw instead of chasing, but on the third ball of the 87th over, Bracewell returned to the pavilion on a total of 287. Their gloves were touched by Daryl Mitchell۔ . Sarfraz played a very responsible innings of 118 runs.
Now Pakistan needed 33 runs to win and New Zealand needed the last wicket that the young bowler Abrar Ahmed was moving towards the wicket without being handled.
In Karachi, it was half past six in the evening. The time of sunset in Karachi on January 6 was 5:58. The Kiwi captain had lined up 10 fielders near the pitch, in such a situation, Naseem Shah did exactly the right thing by hitting a six and then a four after stopping a couple of balls.Now the match reached 302 runs for 9 wickets in 89 overs. The lights of the stadium were on and after Abrar also completed an over successfully, the prayers of a draw came to fruition. At the end of the game of 5:55 minutes and 90 overs, the umpires finally declared the game to be tied due to bad light. gave
Now Naseem Shah, not out on 15 runs, must be telling his fellow players that if the umpires had not ended the match on the pretext of bad light, I would have won the Test by hitting three sixes in the next over. However, the fact is that former captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s responsible innings of 118 runs saved current captain Babar Azam and company from a certain defeat. Well done Sarfraz, well done