Today cricket match report: Conway, Latham lead strong New Zealand response

After 1,000 Test runs (19 innings), a record-breaking 165-run opening partnership between Devon Conway and Tom Latham, who became New Zealand’s fastest batsmen, beat Pakistan’s 438 in the first innings of the Karachi Test. elicited a strong response from visitors. Aga Salman lost a set to Babal Azam in the first over of the morning, but Aga Salman’s first century Test carried the hosts to a strong finish. The New Zealand starting squad did their best on Pakistani soil, cutting the deficit to 273 through the stumps without separating on day two.

On a harmless pitch, Latham and Conway had a tricky 14-over period before the tee to negotiate and the duo began to look aggressive. Abrar Ahmed caused an early flutter when he knocked the latter down to the pads with the first banned ball, but wicketkeeper he was disheartened over a check from Sarfraz Ahmed. That said, despite some of the twists and turns that slower bowlers get, the pair had little trouble.

After a careful start, Conway made a quick charge to the width provided by Mir Hamza as he started on several boundaries in five overs. The opening game also featured excellent straight drives by both Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Ahmed as they were overfilled. The former short against Latham his ball his trick also failed to produce the result Pakistan wanted.

The pair slowed at the tees on the horizon but continued to score freely when the evening session resumed, adding 124 runs at 3.75 and no damage. Conway put in a drive and a reserve sweep to take down two spinners. Pakistan was forced to keep Salman off the field due to a trifle. Conway overtook Latham on his 89 pitches for half a century, then dropped 100 from the stands.

Despite being desperate for a breakthrough, the hosts objected to Naumann’s review of the catch appeal, which turned down the last ball before drinking.Conway attempted a late cut, but the ball turned sharply and was weak. I took the inside edge to the keeper. Pakistan were forced to relinquish this unintended reprieve in the 57th after spending another hour without a wicket.

Latham catches up while Conway slows down a bit. He swept Naumann for four behind the square and singled for his 24th Test 50 just after the break. The duo efficiently turned their shots to keep the run going, even as Pakistan shuffled their bowling changes and returned the pacer for a reverse swing. As before Tea, Babar returned to attacking for a few overs after the 150 partnership ended, but a breakthrough eluded them. New Zealand started the day on an equally cheerful note taking three cheap wickets in the morning session, but Salman upped the ante in the afternoon to take Pakistan to an impressive total.

A needless nudge from Tim Southey in the fifth stub line gave Babar his Azam a double dream of the century. The Pakistani captain was sent off without adding anything to his score of 161 overnight on his fourth ball of the session. Shortly after, Pakistan went on a lockdown tour.

While Salman punished the occasional wide or short shot to keep the scoreboard moving, Nauman his Ali defended all for most of a 75-ball stint after opening the account with his sixth shot. I tried In fact, his next shot came from the 48th ball, which he faced when he got on one knee and swept a full ball from Ajaz Patel deep in the mid-wicket. By the drink break Pakistan had added only 31 runs to his overnight record in 17 overs. 7 of which he was a virgin shared between Ajaz and Michael Bracewell.

Ish Sodhi burned his team’s review when he tried to get Salman LBW, but the Pakistani batsman made his fourth Test with 50 from 97 balls shortly after. However, Neil Wagner later hit the same over to break the partnership by 54 runs. Naumann mistimed his move when Wagner deliberately dropped him in place with two near fielders, and Bracewell leaped to his left to stun the stunner with one hand on his short square leg. Grabbed. Pakistan lost the second wicket in a row when Wasim Jr. deliberately tried to run into Sodi.

A fast wicket probably forced a second thought, with Salman coming out on the other side of the lunch with a very different batsman. Show his intentions with solid hits to the ground on the first four balls. When he next scored his first Test 100 on his 49 balls, every shot was shown: cuts, pulls, lofts, drives. He pushed Wagner out of the attack after a three-pointer and took Pakistan past 400 runs in the first run.

Salman didn’t slow down even though Sodhi trapped Salman’s silent his partner his Hamza for his ninth wicket state of 39 important and LBW at 1. He got into the 90s and had a loft that almost ran a long rope in front of Southey. He then put up 100 when he pulled a leg-side freebie from Soddy to the back square he leg his fence. However, the celebration was short-lived as Southey won the Centurion lot before the 350th Test wicket, ending Pakistan’s first innings with 438 innings.

Brief scores: New Zealand 165/0 (Devon Conway 82*, Tom Latham 78*) trail Pakistan 438 (Babar Azam 161, Agha Salman 103; Tim Southee 3-69) by 273 runs

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