Cricketzine prediction: Saud Shakeel’s first test tone builds strong Pakistan reaction

Saud Shakir’s first test tone and 150 partnership with spirited Sarfaraz Ahmed allowed Pakistan to respond strongly to New Zealand’s 449.

The duo completed their partnership, preferring to stabilize their innings in the first session and target run rate in the second. But just as they threatened to close their doors to New Zealand, visitors found a way to buck the tide of play.

Minutes before the tea break, Darryl Mitchell found a golden touch on the ball and made it into shape, he confirmed his LBW his call against Sarfaraz on the field, but the DRS ruled that the batter was inside him. I just made sure that I have the edge of . But shortly after, Mitchell got his man despite an unforced error. Sarfaraz averted his eyes and knocked him off balance, but Blundell tackled a stump and pulled out his stirrup as his leg lifted. Sarfaraz fell on his 78 and scored his 50 in his third on the comeback trot and took over the fulcrum role from Imam ul Haq In good spirits he, along with Shakeel, revive Pakistan’s innings played an important role on

Imam added just 9 to his overnight total before suffering a bottom edge trying to slice Tim Southee. New Zealand were able to end their winning streak with 83 runs with the help of DRS. But this staunch imam’s partner, Saud Shakir, picked up where he left off.

Showing tremendous perseverance, Shaquille strived for an unbeaten 101 punctuated by sweeps of all kinds, from rounds to slogs, pushing the limits with his otherwise tenacious shots, totaling 242 balls. swallowed. After starting mostly defensively, Shakeel started in his second session and he hit ten bounds as Pakistan gained the upper hand.

New Zealand struggled in the second half of the session, missing a backswing provided when they had to replace the ball due to a torn seam. A second new ball only helped Pakistan cause a quick run as it cut the deficit to 112.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 449 (Devon Conway 122, Tom Latham 71, Matt Henry 68*, Tom Blundell 51; Abrar Ahmed 4-149) lead Pakistan 337/5 (Imam ul Haq 83, Saud Shakeel 101*, Sarfarz Ahmed 78) by 112 runs

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