New Zealand’s stunning comeback seals series win
A complete turn around from New Zealand has earned them an away series win against Pakistan after 49 years.
With dedication and determination throughout the series, the Kiwis have done the unthinkable once again. After winning the toss, the visitors elected to bat first.
But apart from skipper Kane Williamson and BJ Watling, no one could make a mark and they were bowled out for only 274 runs in their first innings. Spinners Bilal Asif and Yasir Shah dominated the Kiwis and took 8 wickets combined.
In reply to the first innings total, Pakistan lost both the openers early. But Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq’s hundreds brought them back to the game.
However, a famous Pakistan collapse happened once again and the men in green lost their last 6 wickets for only 40 odd runs, which saw them getting bowled out for 348 runs in the end.
New Zealand in their 2nd innings lost three quick wickets and Pakistan were well set to clinch the game from their. But the New Zealand captain had other plans and along with Henry Nicholls, a massive partnership 230 runs partnership completion of the game and the Kiwis threw a target of 280 runs to the hosts.
79 overs and 280 runs, it looked like New Zealand just took a risk of their lives. But in the end, all the risks paid off. A helpless Pakistan managed to score only 156 runs in their 2nd innings and suffered a mammoth 123-run defeat to lose the series 2-1.
New Zealand 274 (Kane Williamson 89; Bilal Asif 5-65) and 353/7 dec (Williamson 139, Henry Nicholls 126*; Yasir Shah 4-129) beat Pakistan 348 (Azhar Ali 134; William Somerville 4-75) & 156 (Ajaz Patel 3-42) by 123 runs.
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