The first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a draw on the fifth day, with both sides unable to force a result. The match was played at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. They put on a strong performance in the first innings, with Babar Azam scoring a century and Agha Salman scoring 103 runs. Pakistan ended the first innings with a score of 438 all out.
New Zealand responded with a formidable performance in their first innings, with Kane Williamson scoring a double hundred and Tom Latham scoring 113 runs. They declared their innings at 612/9.
In their second innings, Pakistan made a solid start, with Imam ul Haq scoring 96 runs. However, they were unable to build on this strong foundation and declared at 311/8. New Zealand’s second innings got off to a rocky start, with several early wickets falling. However, the match was called to a draw due to light before they could complete their innings.
As far as the bowling performances are concerned, Pakistan’s Abrar was the standout bowler in the first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand, finishing with six wickets to his name. New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi, who also took eight wickets in the match. Sodhi was particularly effective in Pakistan’s second innings, finishing with six wickets. These performances played a key role in the match ending in a draw, with both teams unable to force a result on the final day.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam said after the match, “It was a tough pitch and the bowlers did a great job. Both teams will be pleased with certain aspects of their play, but there are also areas to improve on for the next match.” The second Test between the two sides will take place at the same venue from January 6th.
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