Jamieson’s fifer restricts Pakistan under 300

New Zealand are off to a good start in the second Test as Pakistan were bowled out for 297 at the end of day one in Christchurch.

Rizwan and Azhar had a good partnership

Pakistan’s last game in their ongoing short outing in New Zealand has started in the form of the second Test in Christchurch. Pakistan are playing without their regular captain Babar Azam in this game too as he is not yet fully recovered from the thumb injury. As a result, Mohammad Rizwan continues to lead the side.

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On the other hand, New Zealand are on the verge of becoming the no.1 Test team for the first time, if they win the Test. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first. Pakistan opener Shan Masood provided a shocking start for the visitors as he returned to the pavilion for a duck in the third over.

The other opener Abid Ali managed to have a small partnership with Azhar Ali, before getting out on 25. Following him, Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam also had short stays on the crease. The skipper Mohammad Rizwan had an 88 runs partnership with Azhar Ali and brought up his third half-century in the series.

On the other hand, Azhar Ali took the Pakistan innings towards a healthy position with the partnerships he had with Abid Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, and Faheem Ashraf. Unfortunately, he missed a well-composed century by 7 runs. Faheem Ashraf also missed his half-century by just 2 runs.

For the hosts, Kyle Jamieson was resilient with the ball. He was the one who took early wickets of Pakistan batsmen in regular intervals. In the end, Pakistan were bowled out for 297, and the day was called off at that point. Kyle Jamieson picked up the first five-wicket haul of the year. Tim Southee and Trent Boult scalped two wickets each.

Match Summary:

Toss: New Zealand opt to bowl first

1st Innings:

Pakistan: 297-all out [ Azhar Ali 93, Mohammad Rizwan 61, Kyle Jamieson 5/69 ]

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