The Karachi Test between Pakistan and New Zealand was a draw
New Zealand got a target of 138 runs in 15 overs.
Match stopped after 7.3 overs due to bad light
Karachi, On Friday, the last day of the first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand, the exciting game of the final session was lost to bad light. Pakistan showed courage by declaring their second innings at 311 for eight, setting New Zealand a target of 138 runs 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 (six wickets for 86 runs), New Zealand had a chance to win.
Left-handed batsman Saud Shakeel, apart from playing an unbeaten inning of 55 runs, made a great partnership with the tail batsmen. He shared a 71-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Mohammad Wasim (43) and then an unbroken 44-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Mir Hamza (three not out). Gave.
New Zealand declared their first innings at 612 for nine wickets. The team got off to a brisk start trying to chase down the target of 138 runs in 15 overs. When the match was stopped, Tom Latham was batting on 35 and Devon Conway scoring 18 runs. Bad light saved Pakistan from facing defeat for the fifth consecutive match on home soil.
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 raised New Zealand’s hopes 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.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 30, 2022, 21:16 IST