New Zealand dominates as Pakistan barely avoids being adopted up


New Zealand took a 192 run lead in the first Test against Pakistan, with Kyle Jamieson taking three wickets and Neil Wagner bowling with a broken toe and claiming two. Faheem Ashraf (91) and Mohammad Rizwan (71) shared a booth of 107 for the tourists

Last update: 12/28/20 8:38 am

Neil Wagner took two wickets for New Zealand when he continued playing with a broken toe

New Zealand's bowlers took a few delays in rain and hail showers and slowly broke off Pakistan's stubborn resistance to help the hosts take control of Monday's first test.

Faheem Ashraf was sacked for 91, his highest Test grade, just before the end of game day three at Bay Oval when Pakistan knocked out for 239, still 192 runs behind New Zealand's 431.

The tourists had the prospect of being asked to strike again after Mitchell Santner's Captain Mohammad Rizwan sensationally leaked for 71 to end a 107-year partnership with Faheem Ashraf that left them around an hour of playtime 187-7.

Faheem, however, saw them after stoppage time and topped his highest score to date of 83 against Ireland before being sacked by five minutes.

The tourists had resumed 30-1 on Monday and then lost four wickets for 13 runs before Rizwan and Fawad Alam stopped the rot with a cautious partnership of just 28 runs in 17 overs.

Rizwan and Faheem continued that resistance with their partnership during the middle and final session, which was punctuated twice by showers that drove the players off the field.

Mitchell Santner broke the key position for Pakistan when he ran out of Mohammad Rizwan for 71

Mitchell Santner broke the key position for Pakistan when he ran out of Mohammad Rizwan for 71

The recent delay added some pizzazz to New Zealand bowlers, who had been as good as their Pakistani counterparts in a pitch where batsmen had to wait for a bad ball to throw away.

At one point, Kyle Jamieson had numbers 2-9 out of 17 overs, 12 of which were girls, before ending the day with 3-35 out of 23.2 overs.

Despite having a broken toe and having to pass a fitness test before the game started, Neil Wagner managed to fire Fawad after lunch and Shaheen Afridi just before the end.


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