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Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd Test, Day 5: Pakistan denies New Zealand win as series ends in a draw

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PAK vs NZ 2nd Test: Still three overs left but the umpires decides STUMPS ON DAY 5. And, 2nd Test ends in a draw. 

It could have been different if the light wouldn’t play spoilsport.

Pakistan, which began the day on 0/2, moved closer to the target after a stoic century from wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed (118). Sarfaraz’s ton lifted Pakistan from a poor state of 80 for five to 287 before his dismissal put Pakistan on the edge of a series defeat.

Both the teams had a fair amount of chance to clinch a win here and seal the series

But ultimately, the second game is a draw, and the series comes to a similar close. The way New Zealand started the game this morning gave the impression that Pakistan would bundle out considerably faster. However, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Saud Shakeel once more proved to us how much they like batting together. 260 balls were faced collectively to keep them in this game. Pakistan had a 0/2 lead going into the last day. however despite losing Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam during the morning session itself, they were still able to put up a good fight.

After remaining wicketless in the post-lunch session

Sarfaraz Ahmed and Saud Shakeel returned from their break with guns blazing, giving Pakistan the impression that they were in charge of the pursuit of the target. Due to the fact that both hitters appeared to be in good shape, the Kiwi bowlers at first struggled to do any damage. Sarfaraz Ahmed scored a Test century here to announce his return to the team.

However, Michael Bracewell joined the attack and removed Saud Shakeel to restore some optimism to the Kiwis’ locker room. Later, Agha Salman and Sarfaraz Ahmed quickly scored, giving them hope that they may still win the match as they smashed 70 runs off 83 balls for the seventh wicket.

However, when Agha Salman fell, it provided the Kiwis with a chance, which they seized with both hands. At the end of the innings, they even got rid of Sarfaraz Ahmed, but they were unable to get the last wicket in time. With his four goals, Michael Bracewell distinguished himself for the Kiwis.

After loosing the test series Pakistan is all set to Square off in the ODI Series on 9th January, 2023 against the Black Caps. Pakistan has lost two consecutive series in the home soil will be looking to clinch the win in this up coming series.

Akash Kumar
Akash Kumar
Hi! I am Akash, a professionally trained journalist who graduated from Delhi University. I have spent several years playing cricket at the State level for Jharkhand. My passion for cricket and thrive to explore truth via journalism helped me to develop a character called – Sports Journalist. My contribution towards writing would be always out of the true spirit that longs for the game that Indians like the most.

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