Like the series opener, the second and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand ended on a thrilling note where the hosts managed to earn a draw. Under fading light at the National Stadium in Karachi was the Pakistani hero of the day Sarfaraz Ahmadwho crushed his fourth Test century.
After Sarfaraz’s dismissal for 118 and with 40 balls left on the day, New Zealand were back on top. However, the last wicket pair of Naseem Shah and Abraham Ahmad managed to stay alive by playing 21 balls before play was abandoned due to bad light, ending the series in a draw.
“It was a great comeback, I’ve been part of the team for a long time but I was waiting for a chance in the playing XI. The management gave me a lot of confidence when I started, thankful for everyone who kept believing in me. The plan was to play on the merits of the ball, with a few more runs here and there the result could have been different. Hitting all over the 4th innings is a challenge, and I think it’s the best of my four hundred,” said Sarfaraz during the post-match presentation.
New Zealand 449 (Devon Conway 122, Tom Latham 71, Matt Henry 68, Tom Blundell 51) & 277/5 (Michael Bracewell 74*, Tom Blundell 74. Tom Latham 62) drew with Pakistan 408 all out (Saud Shakeel 125, Sarfaraz Ahmed 78, Imam ul Haq 83) & 304/9 (Sarfaraz Ahmed 117; Micheal Bracewell 4/75).
Here’s how Twitter responded:
A dramatic draw in Karachi after a sensational century @SarfarazA_54 🏏
— Pakistani Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 6, 2023
Pakistan ended the WTC cycle without winning a single game at home.
— Jans. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 6, 2023
— Dimuth Karunarathna (@IamDimuth) January 6, 2023
It’s a draw but a great test. Well played NZ and great fight Pakistan. I cannot explain how much Saifi bhai means to our generation. Leadership and team spirit and fighting spirit we all learned from him. May you have the best in life our captain @SarfarazA_54. pic.twitter.com/BM13iUmEAE
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) January 6, 2023
What a test, both sides could have won. That’s exactly what we need for Test Cricket’s good ad. @SarfarazA_54, you were outstanding and deserve a big round of applause. Returning to Tests after 4 years and performing in both competitions reflects your talent, determination and potential https://t.co/6qhDKRncIN
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) January 6, 2023
what a knock @SarfarazA_54 babu you are true champion Allah nazar se bachaye ameen 👏
— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) January 6, 2023
86, 53, 78, 106* – What a return @SarfarazA_54!
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) January 6, 2023
Ish Sodhi named Bowler of the Match in Karachi. Sodhi ends the series as the leading wicket taker with 13 over the two Tests. Abrar Ahmed next on the ladder with 11. #PAKvNZ pic.twitter.com/i08IvKZF0A
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 6, 2023
Long live Test Cricket ♥️ pic.twitter.com/3yMZEv3r6m
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 6, 2023
Sarfraz #datisdetweet 🧏🏻
— Imad Wasim (@simadwasim) January 6, 2023
— Atiq-uz-Zaman (@Atiq160Test) January 6, 2023
Pakistan last 3 home test series:
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) January 6, 2023
Great test match and both teams deserve the draw.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 6, 2023
This is a breathtaking final, this is do or die, this could even be the third draw in Test history.
— Icelandic Cricket (@icelandcricket) January 6, 2023
With both teams so close to victory, the match ends in a draw.
Series tied at 0-0, but boy, wasn’t it a good series? #PAKvNZ
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) January 6, 2023
If both captains want to complete the overs the umpires should not stop them unless it is really dangerous.
Reaching a certain number on a light meter does not automatically make it dangerous.
Cricket shoots itself in the foot far too often.#PAKvNZ.
— Michael Wagener (@Mykuhl) January 6, 2023
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