Pakistan dared to push for a result in the on-going Karachi Test against New Zealand and it seemed like a “calculated brave” move than “real risk”. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has decided to declare in the second innings on Day 5, when the game seemed to be headed for a tame draw with light deteriorating quickly. He seemed to have done that for fun as Pakistan cannot lose with 138 runs to be made from 15 overs by New Zealand to win the Test.
New Zealand batsmen tried to push for a win in fading light and with just 15 overs to be bowled. Tom Latham scored 35 (24) and Devon Conway scored 18 (16) in the chase and bad light stopped play at 7.3 overs mark with NZ on 61/1. Earlier Pakistan scored 311/8 after resuming their second innings on 5th Day at 77/2. Imam-ul-Haq missed out on a well-deserved century at 96.
Sarfaraz Ahmed continued to do well in his comeback game with another fifty, 53 precisely and Saud Shakeel also scored another 55 to his name. Mohammad Wasim scored 43 runs off 57 balls against New Zealand spin attack led by Ish Sodhi, Ajaz Patel and Michael Bracewell. Ish Sodhi took his career best 6/86 in the second innings. Pakistan tried to show that they are not afraid to lose but no team got out in 15 overs, in modern era. Hence, the decision came as a shock and surprise.
Well, Pakistan has ended a bizarre 2022 with no home victory for them. Kane Williamson got Man of the Match award for his memorable 200 and Ish Sodhi will be proud of his performance. For Pakistan, Sarfaraz Ahmed has made a great comeback with better fitness and good batting form giving some solidarity in the middle order. Abrar Ahmed and Nauman Ali needs to add some more spice to their bowling as they proved to be ineffective for major part of Day 4, in ailing conditions.
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