Sarfaraz Ahmed launched a successful offensive for Pakistan

Jan 8, 2023

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NEW ZEALAND – Technical horror it seemed. Or Fate.  Poor illumination caused the final three overs to be lost, preventing Pakistan from scoring the goal by 15 runs and New Zealand from winning by one wicket.

In the fourth inning, a breathtaking century put an epic comeback series to an end. The set batter had no partners, and he had awful cramps. change to artificial lighting After the second new ball, a late wicket was taken. eight fewer. In the audience, anxious looks could be seen on many faces. In this league, only spinners are permitted to bowl. a timely low catch that was successful. Nine more to go. The umpire urged the last two hitters to go along swiftly. The gripping Test ended in a tie after Pakistan fell 15 runs short of their 319-run target and New Zealand was one wicket away.

In a nail-biting conclusion in Karachi, Sarfaraz Ahmed struck a career-high 118, Michael Bracewell got four wickets, and Pakistan’s bottom order rescued the day. Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed survived the final 21 deliveries of the day despite having all 11 New Zealand fielders crowded around their bat, ending the series after 10 days of gripping cricket with a score of 0-0.

Twists and turns abounded in the game’s final two periods. Sarfaraz and Saud Shakeel halted New Zealand with a 123-run stand when Pakistan was 80 for 5 and gaining ground. And when Pakistan seemed to be moving closer to victory, Bracewell got Shakeel. He was the sixth wicket to be taken out with the score at 203. At that point, Matt Henry lifted the ball over the line, ending the partnership between Sarfaraz and Agha Salman who had added 70 to help their team recover.

Sarfaraz eventually lost Salman, Hasan Ali, and himself as the pendulum swung farther. Even though play had earlier gone almost until 6 o’clock local time, bad light ultimately won out with three lawfully leftovers.

Sarfaraz was selected Player of the Match and Player of the Series for making 335 runs at an average of 83.75 while taking part in his first Tests in Pakistan. Think about that. I’m 35 years old. Making a comeback into the side after nearly four years in the wilderness. And nearly achieving one of their greatest victories ever in his native country. Although he became the ninth wicket to fall and put an end to the fairytale by turning one into leg slip’s hands off Bracewell, he hasn’t damaged his reputation. Sarfaraz is still one of Pakistan’s top fighters.

Karachi. Dimming light is also a fantastic run-chase. Everything had happened before, and it was happening again. By the end of the 86th over, it was clear that New Zealand was the only team with a real chance of winning. Tim Southee was advised by the umpires that he was no longer permitted to bowl his fast bowlers when they approached him at that time. The lighting wasn’t good enough for that. He utilized spin, but if he thought Pakistan was coming too close to the target, he might have brought back his quicks, forcing the umpires to stop play and proclaim a draw.

Who would have predicted that the day would proceed in this manner when Bracewell and Sodhi scored three runs in quick succession in the morning, even though a significant portion of that was due to Pakistan’s batters losing their wickets or having terrible luck. Though Babar Azam’s inside edge to him temporarily dazzled Tom Latham, the wicketkeeper, he displayed exceptional reflexes to move to his left. Before being removed by Sodhi, wicketkeeper Imam-ul-Haq had rushed down the track three times in four innings.

Shan Masood too made the decision to sprint out of the crease, but Bracewell caught him at mid-off. But after a middle session without a wicket, it seems like a long time has passed since everything that happened this morning. When it was all said and done, the game resembled a see-saw between two excessively enthusiastic children who were sent home after their parents, like the umpires in this Test, said enough was enough.

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