Twitter reactions: Pakistan survive as bad light causes dramatic draw in 1st test against New Zealand

The first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at the National Stadium in Karachi witnessed a dramatic finish, with the hosts earning a draw on the final day due to poor lighting.

After Babar Azam’s daring move to call Pakistan’s second innings for 311/8 making New Zealand a target of 138, the tourists came out with all guns blazing, scoring 61/1 in 7.3 overs. Tom Latham was on a roll with a 24-ball 35-run knock with three fours and a six. However, poor lighting forced the match officials to tie both teams, which eased the Pakistani cricketers’ tense faces.

Earlier, Pakistan found firmness through Imam-ul-Haq, who brought up his sixth Test fifty to prop things up. He was well complimented by senior batsman Sarfaraz Ahmadwho came up with a counterattack to demonstrate his skills against the spider attack.

The duo then added 85 runs and looked good to cruise through before Is Sodi ran the game. The leggie broke the partnership by removing Sarfaraz for 53 and was soon sacked Agha Salman (6) as well as Imam to keep New Zealand’s hopes alive. Imam got out after scoring 96 off 206 balls, including 10 fours and a six.

Pakistan was indeed in trouble after the dismissal of the Imam, but Mohammed Wasim Jr and Saud Shakeel formed a brilliant 71-run partnership and kept the Black Caps bowlers at bay. Pakistan skipper Babar then surprised everyone when he declared the innings at 311/8, setting a target of 138 for New Zealand in 15 overs. Shakeel crushed an unbeaten 55 off 108 balls.

Here’s how Twitter responded:

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