In front of pacer Kyle Jamieson’s deadly bowling, Pakistan scored 297 runs in the first innings on Sunday on the rain-affected first day of the second Test match. Playing his sixth Test match, Jamieson took five wickets for 69 runs with the extra bounce. For Pakistan, experienced batsman Azhar Ali scored the highest 93, he missed a century. The acting captain Mohammad Rizwan (61) also got a half-century off the bat. The two players shared a crucial 88-run partnership for the fifth wicket, after which Pakistan were able to recover from the initial setbacks.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to field first and Pakistan’s score was 83 for four with a superb bowling by Kyle Jameson. Jameson took his fourth wicket by dismissing Rizwan in the second season. The post-lunch game started late due to rain. Soon after, it again rained, halting the game for 40 minutes. At the start of the game, Rizwan adopted an aggressive attitude and scored 18 runs in three overs in an over from Trent Boult. Rizwan soon completed his sixth and fifth consecutive half-century of his career, but Jamieson’s best ball took the edge of his bat and went into the gloves of wicketkeeper BJ Watling.
Azhar Ali came to the crease in the third over only when Tim Southee dismissed Shaan Masood (0), worked the innings and completed the 32nd half-century of his career. Azhar added 62 for the second wicket with Abid Ali (25), but after that Jamieson wreaked havoc, he dismissed Abid on Inswinger and then sent Haris Sohail (one) and Fawad Alam (two) to the pavilion. Faheem was also on four when Ross Taylor gave up his catch at slip off Matt Henry. Bolt-Saudi got two wickets each. A breakthrough occurred in Henry’s account. New Zealand are leading 1-0 in the two-match series by winning the first Test by 101 runs.