PAK vs NZ: Pakistan draws Karachi Test with one wicket in thrilling finish; Sarfaraz hits century

Pakistan and New Zealand drew the second Test in Karachi on Friday after the home side held onto its last wicket during a 309-run chase on Day 5.

Published : Jan 06, 2023 18:29 IST

Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and Agha Salman in action.
Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and Agha Salman in action. | Photo Credit: AP

Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and Agha Salman in action. | Photo Credit: AP

Sarfaraz Ahmed continued his red-hot form with a thrilling century to help Pakistan draw a nail-biting second and final test against New Zealand as the series ended 0-0 on Friday.

The 35-year-old Sarfaraz, who also struck half-centuries in his three previous innings after being recalled for the series following a near-four year absence, made 118 before the last-wicket pair hung on in dimming light for 21 balls to take Pakistan to 304-9, just 15 runs shy of its victory target.

New Zealand took seven wickets on the final day and was within one more scalp of forcing a win.

Sarfaraz stood firm for 4 fours and 48 minutes and featured in a second successive century stand with Saud Shakeel (32) after the Black Caps had reduced Pakistan to 80-5 before lunch thanks to Michael Bracewell (4-75) claiming two wickets in six deliveries.

Sarfaraz and Shakeel defied New Zealand for nearly three hours before Shakeel fell to a brilliant reflex catch in the slips by Daryl Mitchell early in the final session.

Agha Salman made a brisk 30 but was clean bowled by Matt Henry before New Zealand struck twice with the second new ball under fading light.

Hasan Ali was trapped leg before wicket by Tim Southee and Sarfaraz was superbly snapped up by Kane Williamson low at leg slip off Bracewell’s sharp off-spin, and the Pakistan batter walked off to a standing ovation from the sparse crowd at the National Stadium.

No. 10 Naseem Shah and No. 11 Abrar Ahmed then held out against Bracewell and fellow spinner Ish Sodhi (2-59), with all 10 fielders around the bat, before bad light ended play with three overs left.

New Zealand 1st innings: 449 (D. Conway 122, T. Latham 71, M. Henry 68 not out; Abrar Ahmed 4-149)
Pakistan 1st innings: 408 (Saud Shakeel 125 not out, Imam-ul-Haq 83, Sarfaraz Ahmed 78; Ajaz Patel 3-88, I. Sodhi 3-95)
New Zealand 2nd innings: 277-5 dec (M. Bracewell 74 not out, T. Blundell 74, T. Latham 62)
Pakistan 2nd innings: (overnight 0-2) Abdullah Shafique b Southee 0, Imam-ul-Haq b Sodhi 12, Mir Hamza b Sodhi 0, Shan Masood c Williamson b Bracewell 35, Babar Azam c Latham b Bracewell 27, Sarfaraz Ahmed c Williamson b Bracewell 118, Saud Shakeel c Mitchell b Bracewell 32, Agha Salman b Henry 30, Hasan Ali lbw b Southee 5, Naseem Shah not out 15, Abrar Ahmed not out 7, Extras: (b16, lb5, w2) 23
Total: (for nine wkts; 90 overs) 304
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Shafique), 2-0 (Hamza), 3-35 (Haq), 4-77 (Azam), 5-80 (Masood), 6-203 (Shakeel), 7-273 (Salman), 8-282 (Hasan), 9-288 (Sarfaraz)
Bowling: Southee 20-7-43-2, Henry 21-3-69-1, Sodhi 18-2-59-2, Bracewell 20-2-75-4, Patel 7-1-32-0 (2w), Mitchell 4-2-5-0
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