Pakistan received saved off their fifth consecutive defeat at dwelling with a hard-fought draw within the first Check towards New Zealand on the Nationwide Stadium in Karachi on Friday. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi registered his career-best bowling figures (6-86) and threatened to present Pakistan a defeat within the first two periods on the fifth and ultimate day. However Saud Shakeel, who scored an unbeaten 55, and Mohammad Wasim (43) defied for 75 minutes and 111 balls throughout their 71-run eighth-wicket partnership to deprive New Zealand of a win.
The hosts’ fought brilliantly after the Tea break and declared their second innings on 311-8.
Chasing a troublesome goal of 138 to win in 15 overs, New Zealand completed on 61-1 with Tom Latham unbeaten on 35 and Devon Conway on 18. The encounter resulted in a draw after unhealthy gentle stopped play within the ultimate session of Day 5 in Karachi.
After the draw, former Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson, who was adjudged ‘Participant of the Match’ for his sensible 200 not out in New Zealand’s first innings, stated that he was astounded by Pakistan captain Babar Azam’s determination to declare their innings with simply an hour left to be performed within the first Check.
“Saud Shakeel steered Pakistan secure when a defeat may have been on the playing cards, as Ish Sodhi ended with profession finest figures of 6/86. Then got here the largest shock, as Babar declared with an hour to play and dangled the carrot for the Kiwis. A gutsy, creditable declaration to maintain the crowds entertained, and Latham and Conway did entertain by going into T20 mode. Nevertheless, unhealthy gentle performed spoilsport and after simply 7.3 overs of the ultimate innings, we needed to name it a draw,” stated Williamson within the post-match interview.
The second and ultimate Check can be performed on the similar venue from January 2.
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