Top cricket match prediction: Nervous Pakistan beats New Zealand by 295 runs in second test

Henry had an unbeaten career-best of 68 in 81 balls, while Patel had a Test-best of 35 when he added 104 for the tenth wicket to push New Zealand to 449 on the second day. rice field.

The emergence of Matt Henry and Ajaz Patel in the final wicket century helped New Zealand take control of Tuesday’s second Test against a tense Pakistan.

Henry had an unbeaten career-best of 68 in 81 balls, while Patel had a Test-best of 35 when he added 104 for the tenth wicket to push New Zealand to 449 on the second day. rice field.

Both Henry and Patel then attacked early on and captain Babal Azam was knocked out in the final session in a bizarre mix-up with Imam Ulhak before Pakistan struggled to go 154-3 in the stumps. rice field.

Imam is undefeated with 74, Saud his Shaqir took the first run off his 42nd ball and dropped It took him nearly an hour to survive his catch but was not out for 13 .

Fast bowler Henry, playing his first test since last June, induced a top-edge of Abdullah Shafique’s (19) mistimed pull shot and Patel got rid of Shan Masood (20) to leave Pakistan in trouble at 62-2 going into the final session.

Imam reached his fifty with a straight six over the head of offspinner Michael Bracewell in the last session, but New Zealand still managed to slow down Pakistan’s progress and leads by 295 runs.

Earlier, Abrar Ahmed (4-149) struck twice and Naseem Shah (3-71) clean bowled Ish Sodhi at his overnight score of 11 to curtail New Zealand at 345-9 after it resumed on 309-6.

But Henry and Patel stretched New Zealand in a dominating aggressive century-stand against both pace and spin.

Henry and Ajaz defied Pakistan for 1 1/2 hours as Pakistan couldn’t wrap up New Zealand’s innings despite using all five of its bowling options against the last-wicket pair which took the visitors to 433-9 by lunch. Abrar finally vented Pakistan’s frustration when he caught Patel from a failed sweep just after lunch.

Prior to that, Blundell, who had turned 30 in one night, completed 50 of 103 pitches he had six 4s before falling off the right-hander and staying slightly lower in delivery. He was bowled cleanly for 51 by Abrar after the first.

Tim Southey (10) managed to overturn Hassan his lbw verdict against Ali, but tripped over Abrar before Patel could catch up with Henry.

Hasan has been unable to find success in his return to cricket in the Tests since last July as he threw his over 21 wickets for 72 runs.

Henry showed plenty of aggression for the pace, lifting Hasan and Naseem to the middle of the wicket for a big six and breaking eight boundaries. Naseem went for a failed lbw TV recommendation when Henry was 27, but Henry stuck perfectly to all the loose deliveries.

Patel was equally good against spinners, hitting four boundaries as both showed enough determination before New Zealand was finally eliminated.

Shafique showed early aggression against Tim Southee and his Henry, reaching border four before making a reckless move and digging deep into the middle of the wicket.

Masood said in his first over for Patel he smashed 3 4, but in the same over an attempt to make an overly ambitious cut to the left armor resulted in Devon when New Zealand showed up early. gave a nice catch.

Babar, who led the top scorer list in the 2022 Test match with 1,184 runs, progressed well from 41 to 24 balls, but Imam took a few steps out of the crease at the beginning, allowing both batsmen to score. denied a third run after landing on a non-forward end. .

Shaquille could have been out before scoring, but wicket-keeper Blundell failed to maintain his dominance from Bracewell.

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