New Zealand are just one test victory away from booking themselves a spot in the final of the World Test Championship in Lord’s. But Pakistan might make the Kiwis to work hard for that victory as they have ensured that the Kiwis will have a tricky deficit ahead of them in their 1st innings.
Kyle Jamieson is having a dream run in test cricket at the moment. Since his debut, he averages 49 with the bat and 14.44 with the ball. He has picked 25 wickets so far in his 5 test career. He is making the batsmen to play almost every ball and using his height to a great advantage in extracting that awkward bounce.
Fawad Alam played an enthralling innings in the previous game and almost took his team to safe waters with a magnificent 102 run knock. A lot was expected of him in the 2nd test as Pakistan were in a spot of bother when he walked into bat. Pakistan were reeling at 70 for 3 and needed another Fawad Alam masterclass but Kyle Jamieson bowled a breathtaking delivery that hit the gloves of Fawad Alam. The ball kicked from good length and Fawad Alam couldn’t do much but to glove it to the keeper BJ Watling.
Kyle Jamieson averages 8 against left hand batsmen in tests and he is becoming a nightmare to the southpaws. He picked a 5 wicket haul, his 2nd in tests.
It was once again the crisis man in Mohammad Rizwan who put his hand up under difficult circumstances as he stitched a 88 run partnership for 5th wicket along with the veteran Azhar Ali.
In the end, Pakistan have posted a good first innings total of 297 on a tricky pitch for batting. Azhar Ali top scored for Pakistan with 93 runs. Mohammad Rizwan scored yet another half century as he perished after making a counter-attacking 61 off 71 balls.
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