Pakistan arrived in New Zealand to make a huge statement in the longest format of the game. However, that didn’t happen according to their plans in the first Test at Bay Oval. While both teams gave absolutely everything to secure a victory, the game was decided only on the final session.
Kiwis tried their best by removing almost all wickets except for 2 tailenders. However, Mitchell Santner turned out to be a wonderful weapon for the hosts as he dismissed the last two batsmen in the final session.
Santner weaved the magic to dismantle the tailenders as Kiwis won the first game by 101 runs to take the first lead in the two-match Test series. Kiwis captain Kane Williamson was named the man of the match for his terrific batting performance.
In the process, Williamson became the No.1 batsman in ICC batsman rankings. Kiwis earned 60 championship points to go on top of the Test team rankings.
Currently, New Zealand and Pakistan are locking horns with each other in the second Test match. The fixture is being played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Talking about the game, Kiwis captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Jamieson bowls a superb delivery to dismiss Fawad
During the game, Kyle Jamieson surprised Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam with a deadly bouncer. The southpaw didn’t even expect this sort of delivery from the right-arm fast Kiwi pacer.
The left-handed batsman had no option other than leaving the ball. However, while doing so, he tried to bend his body in such a way that he wouldn’t get hit by the ball.
Unluckily, the ball ricocheted off his gloves and went high up in the air. New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling has no issues whatsoever in taking the simple catch to dismiss Fawad Alam for just 2 runs.
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Azhar Ali helps Pakistan post 297
Pakistan was in all sorts of trouble when they lost Shan Masood for a duck. He was dismissed leg before wicket off Tim Southee’s bowling. Abid Ali and Azhar Ali added a 62-run stand for the second wicket before Abid departed for 25.
Kyle Jamieson picked up his wicket and grew from strength to strength since taking his first wicket. He then went on to dismiss the likes of Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Faheem Ashraf. Overall, he was the best bowler of the day as he bagged a fifer.
Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan and Azhar Ali added an 88-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Rizwan departed for a well-made 61 (11 fours).
Azhar Ali turned out to be the star performer for Pakistan. The right-handed batsman missed out on scoring a century by just 7 runs. His innings included as many as 12 fours to his name. While he was en route to scoring a hundred, he was dismissed by Matt Henry as Pakistan were bundled out for 297.