PAK vs NZ 2nd Test: In the first Test, Pakistan surprised one and all after they declared their second innings and added life to the Test match. This time around, it is New Zealand, who have done that. Pakistan started day 4 with 42 runs behind with one wicket in hand. But Kane Williamson and Co. didn’t take a lot of time to pick the final wicket.
Ish Sodhi picked the final wicket to help New Zealand openers come out to bat early on day 4. Kiwis made great use of the heat on offer and batted beautifully. Pakistan had little assistance from the pitch and New Zealand made full use of that.
They notched a total of 277 runs for the loss of five wickets before declaring the innings with just three overs left in the innings. Conway got out early on the first ball he faced but Tom Latham and Kane Williamson put on a brilliant partnership of 109 runs for the second wicket to lead the recovery.
Naseem Shah finally break the partnership in the 35th over as he picked the wicket of Tom Latham (62).
In the very next over, Williamson also got out leg-before off Abrar Ahmed. But Tom Blundell and Bracewell then put on an exhibition of fours as the duo added 127 runs for the fifth wicket. Both scored 74 runs each and put New Zealand in the driver’s seat.
Tom Blundell and Michael Bracewell were amongst the top scorers for the side as they both scored 74 runs at a strike rate of 54.81 and 62.18 respectively. Surprisingly, New Zealand decided to break the partnership after they had lost five wickets for 277 runs, thereby setting a target of 319 runs for Pakistan to win the Test match
Pakistan set to chase 319 runs on final Day
There were only three overs left in the day and New Zealand managed to pick two wickets as well. Tim Southee dismissed Abdullah Shafique in the second delivery of the innings for a duck. This forced Pakistan to send a night watchman to see out the day
However, it backfired as Sodhi had rattled the stumps of Mir Hamza to leave Pakistan two wickets down. At stumps on day 4, Pakistan lost two wickets for nought. They have to chase 319 runs from 90 overs with eight wickets in hand on day 5.