Free cricket match prediction: Bracewell and Sodhi deliver decisive blows in first session

The New Zealand spinners made great strides in the first session last morning, picking the three main wickets despite Pakistan looking to run fast.

With a goal of 319, Pakistan started his 0/2 day and lost his first wicket when Imam-ul-Haq tried to push the tempo against his Ish Sodhi. While dancing down the track trying to knock Sodhi out of the rough, he misses and the ball spins and hits a stump. At 35/3, Pakistan quickly ran into trouble.

However, Shan masood and Babar Azam kept up the momentum and the skipper took him to the limit of five with 27, but Masoud was the calmer of the two. But just as the partnership was budding, Babar bucked the tide of the game. Michael Bracewell gave the skipper a thin edge trying to see the ball and was expertly intercepted with a leg by Tom Blundell.

Massoud also fell in Bracewell’s next over, chipping an attempted loft and being tamed and digging into the middle, thus making one into two.

Sarfaraz his Ahmed and Saud his Shakir were the pair that supported Pakistan in the first innings, and did so again in the second, albeit briefly. Sarfaraz was the more attacking player and in 33 balls 29 he found three borderlines, but Shakeel still stood his ground.

Brief scores: 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) lead Pakistan 408 all out (Saud Shakeel 125, Sarfaraz Ahmed 78, Imam ul Haq 83) & 125/5 (Sarfraz Ahmed 29*; Ish Sodhi 2-23, Michael Bracewell 2-28) by 194 runs

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