Tuesday, 28 March, 2023

Pakistan-NZ second Test ends in draw

Pakistan's last pair Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed survived 21 balls in fading light Friday while Sarfaraz Ahmed hit a fighting century to deprive New Zealand of a victory, bringing the second Test to a sensational draw in Karachi.

New Zealand were in sight of a series-clinching victory after dismissing Sarfaraz for a career-best 118 with 39 balls remaining in the match.

But as dusk settled, Naseem scored 15 and Ahmed seven to guide Pakistan to 304-9 in pursuit of a 319-run target when umpires Alex Wharf and Aleem Dar declared the light unfeasible to continue with three overs remaining.

The two-match series ended 0-0 after the first Test -- also in Karachi -- ended in a draw, depriving New Zealand of their first series win in Pakistan for 53 years.

“It’s a funny game and that makes Test cricket exciting,” said captain Babar Azam.

Scores: New Zealand 1st innings 449 and 277-5 (T. Blundell 74, T. Bracewell 74). Pakistan 408 and 305-9 (Sarfaraz 118; Bracewell 4-75).