Watch: Jamieson outsmarts Fawad Alam with sensational delivery
New Zealand are slowly turning out to be one of the greatest teams in the longest format of the game. Earlier, they inflicted a 2-0 Test clean sweep on West Indies. After beating the Caribbeans, they invited Pakistan for the Test series. Mohammad Rizwan’s team locked horns with Kane Williamson & Co for the opening Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
While both teams went toe-to-toe with each other, Kiwis were slightly on the upper side. The match was stretched till the final day of the first Test. In fact, both teams were trying their luck in the last session to get a favourable result. While Kiwis required just 2 wickets inside 7 overs to win the game, Pakistan had to play defensive cricket without taking a risk.
However, that didn’t happen. Mitchell Santner unleashed his bowling potential to better effect and dismissed the last 2 wickets to help his team secure a thrilling win over the visitors. Rightly so, the hosts took the opening lead in the two-match Test series. In the process, they also became the No.1 team in ICC Test rankings.
Jamieson bowls a terrific delivery to outsmart Fawad Alam
During the second Test match between the two at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, Pakistan were bowled out for 297. Azhar Ali was the leading run-scorer for the visitors as he scored a magnificent 93. When the visitors were batting at 70 for the loss of 3 wickets, Jamieson was once again brought into the attack after he dismissed Abid Ali for 25 runs.
Jamieson bowled quite brilliantly and placed a short-pitched bouncer to Fawad Alam. The left-handed batsman tried to leave the ball but it ended up getting a hit on his gloves and then went high up in the air. BJ Watling who was keeping the wickets took a fine catch to send Fawad packing for just 2 runs. Fawad lost his balance and fell on the pitch.
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The right-arm fast bowler ended up as the top wicket-taker of Day 1 as he ended with 5 wickets to his name. While Kiwis did their best to dismantle Pakistan’s batting line-up, Azhar Ali did his best to add more runs to the scorecard. He ended up scoring a superb 93 while Rizwan scored a brilliant 61 to his name.
New Zealand Playing XI
Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Pakistan Playing XI
Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (c & wk), Faheem Ashraf, Zafar Gohar, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah