Pakistan tour of New Zealand: Azhar Ali’s 93 and stand-in captain Mohammad Rizwan’s 61 helped Pakistan post 297 on Day 1 of the 2nd Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
New Year’s Test: 5-star Jamieson helps New Zealand bundle out Pakistan for 297 (AP Photo)
- Kyle Jamieson picked up 5 wickets to dent Pakistan on Day 1 of the 2nd Test
- Azhar Ali hit 93 and Mohammad Rizwan 61 to help Pakistan to a competitive total
- There were handy contributions from Faheem Ashraf and Zafar Gohar
Kyle Jamieson proved his worth yet again as he shone in the New Year’s Test for New Zealand, picking up 5 wickets in the first innings as Pakistan were bowled out for 297 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday.
Azhar Ali led the fight for Pakistan who showed a lot of intent after being sent into bat by Kane Williamson who won the toss and opted to bowl. Ali missed out on his hundred by 7 runs after a shaky start as Pakistan were reeling at 83 for 4. First Test’s centurion Fawad Alam failed to get going as he was dismissed by Jamieson for 2.
Stand-in captain Mohammad Rizwan, who was handed the responsibility to lead again in the absence of Babar Azam, stepped up and hit a crucial 61, stitching an 88-run stand with Ali before he was dismissed by Jamieson.
Faheem Ashraf stepped up once again with the bat, hitting a quick 48 and pushing Pakistan’s total towards 300. Left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar extended the tail with a 62-ball 34 in his first test innings until he top edged a short delivery from Tim Southee just after New Zealand took the second new ball. The hosts rattled off the last two wickets in short order to bring up stumps, giving New Zealand’s openers the night to rest up before going out again to bat.
New Zealand are already leading the 2-match series 1-0 and they need just a draw in Christchurch to move to the top of the ICC Rankings.
After winning the toss and opting to bowl on bowler-friendly conditions, New Zealand would have liked to get the job done earlier but Pakistan showcased firm resistance to post a competitive total at Stumps on Day 1.
While Jamieson was the star of the show with 5 wickets, Trent Boult and Tim Southee picked up 2 wickets each. Matt Henry, who replaced Neil Wagner, got the big wicket of Azhar Ali.