Cricketzine prediction: It’s a pity to walk away with the series drawn: Southie

New Zealand skipper Tim Southee said the two-match draw Test series against Pakistan was a disappointing end for his side given how hard they worked on pitches that were practically useless for bowlers. Both tests ended early due to poor lighting, with New Zealand on the brink of victory. They were 77 off target with nine wickets in hand when the first Test ended and they needed only one wicket in the second game.

“They are playing to win friendly games and we are probably in a position to win both. Yeah, it’s a shame to walk away [in the series drawn], but I think it’s the same in Pakistan. A lot of good cricket has been played in his ten days,” Southee said at a press conference on Friday (6 January).

Speaking about the Pakistan pitch, which has drawn a lot of criticism lately, Southee said it’s good for hitters trying to hit long hours, but not easy to run. It turned out to be a pretty good surface. It’s difficult if you want to score. So getting the right number of overs and the right number of runs had to be a bit of a balance. And I think it was a great start last night to dip them a bit [over 2.5] and down two.

New Zealand declared late on her fourth day and only he bowled in 2.5 overs and took two wickets. When asked about her decision regarding her declaration, Southee said:
“You always look back and think there are ways you can improve and you can improve in hindsight. But that was the decision we made at the time. Those who were hitting felt that it wasn’t easy to just go out and hit the ball.So it was one of those things that weighed down. Last night we explained and made the most of the three overs we had.

Meanwhile, a draw in the second Test meant that Pakistan went on to a third consecutive series without winning a Test at home, losing 1-0 to Australia and being whitewashed 3-0 by England. However, he was unable to secure a victory in the second test either. Captain Babal Azam said he prefers to talk about injuries that have affected the team’s balance, rather than blaming the nature of the pitch.

“The test season didn’t go as expected. It’s no excuse, but some of the players got sick and their combinations were broken. Of course, there’s also the pitch, but every venue has different conditions. We contribute to the pitch, but after we get the pitch, we need to execute the plan. You can’t complain about losing a game on the pitch. I prepared as planned, but the results did not go as planned.

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