NZ vs PAK: New Zealand shines on Day 1, bowl out Pakistan on 297


New Zealand has been in phenomenal form for the past few months in tests as they are at the top in Test Rankings for the first time in history. They continued their form in the second test against Pakistan as well after winning the closely contested first test.

New Zealand won the toss in the second test and the Kiwi skipper Williamson elected to bowl first. New Zealand had two changes as their key pacer Neil Wagner was ruled out due to injury and Santner was rested for this match. Matt Henry and Daryll Mitchell replaced them in the team.  For Pakistan, Yasir Shah was rested as Zafar Gohar replaced him in the team.

New Zealand got the start they wanted as they removed Pakistani opener, Shan Masood, for a duck. He was dismissed by Southee as he was trapped in front of the wickets by him. Abid Ali and Azhar Ali built a decent partnership and were looking good to set a high total in the first innings. But Abid Ali lost his concentration and gave his wicket to Jamieson. Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam didn’t make any notable addition to the scoreboard and soon Pakistan was reduced to 83 for the loss of 4 wickets. Azhar Ali along with the Pakistani skipper Mohammed Rizwan got the score across 150. Rizwan was dismissed for 61 when things were looking good for Pakistan. Faheem  Ashraf too played an effective knock along with Ali as he made 48 off 88 deliveries. Azhar Ali was next in line to go back to the pavilion as he was dismissed to Henry when he was nearing his another test ton. He was dismissed at 93, just 7 short of his test ton. Zafar Gohar played a handy knock of 34 down the order which helped Pakistan go past 250. The Pakistani innings soon wrapped up at 297 as the stumps were called after the final Pakistani wicket fell.

Kyle Jamieson who has been outstanding for New Zealand in the red-ball format picked another fifer in tests while his fellow bowlers got the rest of the Pakistani line-up. Boult and Southee grabbed a couple while Henry got the well set Azhar Ali as he was nearing his ton. The day was equally balanced for most of the time but New Zealand came out top at the end.

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