Conway hundred aids spin-heavy New Zealand to upset Pakistan

Jan 13, 2023

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The attacking tenacity of Devon Conway and Kane Williamson before that enabled their spin-heavy attack a defendable total to deal with. New Zealand endured a late collapse of 6 for 37 on a sluggish, sticky Karachi field. After Pakistan’s pursuit of 262 was launched by Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson, the New Zealand spin quartet muzzled the visitors with their subtle variations.

Babar Azam gave Pakistan hope with 79 off 114 balls despite wickets tumbling around him, but he was unable to find a higher gear to keep the asking rate in check.

By savagely assaulting the stumps and restraining his length, Mitchell Santner accomplished his task. With a result of 1 for 29 in his ten overs, spinner Michael Bracewell, who plays more as an all-around batsman for Wellington in his home country, was the most frugal.

Henry Shipley was replaced by Ish Sodhi, who bowled into the ground and frequently got mishits from Pakistan’s batters. The prized scalp of Babar, the second-to-last Pakistani batter to be dismissed, was claimed by the leg spinner, almost guaranteeing New Zealand’s series-tying victory. Due to a back issue, Glenn Phillips, who is currently a hesitant wicketkeeper, increased New Zealand’s spin resources by lbw-trapping Haris Sohail during an ODI World Cup year. The spinners’ total statistics were 30 to 0 to 114 to 5.

Setting the tone for New Zealand’s effective defense were Southee and Ferguson. Six inswingers from Southee were used to challenge Fakhar Zaman before the left-hander was run out on a Test-match length and kissed on the outside edge. gone in search of a duck seven. Ferguson and Southee used the new ball to dismiss Imam-ul-Haq with a 153 kph bouncer because several New Zealand fast bowlers were sidelined due to injuries.

For the third wicket, Babar and Mohammad Rizwan added 55 runs, but it took them 99 balls to get there. This ended the innings. The Pakistani hitters continued to make mistakes as the New Zealand spinners raised the asking rate. Although Babar attempted to extend the chase, his team was dismissed in 43 overs.

Mohammad Nawaz thrived on the slow pitch earlier in the day, gaining grip and turn with even his rapid darts. It wasn’t only grip and turn in Nawaz’s bowling. In the 35th over, a delicious concoction of drift, dip, and turn managed to get past Williamson’s defenses. Tom Latham, one of New Zealand’s top spinners, was undone by a skid and a zip off a moderately slow surface. In New Zealand’s 6 for 37 collapses, he took four wickets.

With Naseem Shah again scoring in his first over, Pakistan made a strong start as well. In the second ODI, the quick bowler got Finn Allen to slice a catch to Nawaz at short cover for one run after getting Conway bowled out for a golden duck in the first. Later, Williamson and Conway teamed up for a crucial 181-run second-wicket partnership.

Conway battled with timing during those initial exchanges and frequently lost his shape when he attempted to overhit the ball. While this was going on, Williamson was in charge.

With a signature dab to deep third to start his inning, the New Zealand captain then showed more aggressiveness during the powerplay. Mohammad Wasim was sent in the air over midwicket for fours, and he scythed Naseem over backward point for two more. In the same over as Conway, Williamson became the first player to reach 50 runs off 52 balls.

In the 22nd over, Williamson was then granted two reprieves in a span of four balls. Wasim sliced a draw to midwicket where Haris dropped an overhead coach when he initially dug one into the pitch.

Conway then began to play with more fluency, fending off Pakistan’s spinners with a variety of hard sweeps, including the reverse. He needed just 32 more balls to reach triple digits after making his first fifty off 57 balls. Conway got part-time spinner Agha Salman for 12 off eight balls and helped take him out of the attack when Babar attempted to wheedle a few quiet overs from him. Conway even lunged at Wasim, audaciously pushing him over for a six. Prior to Nawaz taking control and decimating New Zealand’s middle order, Naseem created a wicket just as he appeared to be in position for more.

Santner put up a valiant fight, scoring 37 runs off 40 balls before being run out on the penultimate pitch of the innings. Despite Babar’s resistance, he also advanced with the ball and made sure Pakistan had no chance of regaining the lead.

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