Pakistan in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2020-21

New Zealand vs Pakistan - 1st Test

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Date: 26 December-30 December, 2020

Pakistan 271/10

RR: 2.19 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 101 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shan Masood c Ross Taylor & b Tim Southeec Ross Taylor & b Tim Southee0800
Abid Ali c BJ Watling & b Trent Boultc BJ Watling & b Trent Boult0200
Azhar Ali c BJ Watling & b Trent Boultc BJ Watling & b Trent Boult3812040
Haris Sohail c Mitchell Santner & b Tim Southeec Mitchell Santner & b Tim Southee94600
Fawad Alam c BJ Watling & b Neil Wagnerc BJ Watling & b Neil Wagner102269140
Mohammad Rizwan lbw Kyle Jamiesonlbw Kyle Jamieson6019160
Faheem Ashraf c BJ Watling & b Neil Wagnerc BJ Watling & b Neil Wagner192840
Yasir Shah c Tim Southee & b Kyle Jamiesonc Tim Southee & b Kyle Jamieson0500
Mohammad Abbas lbw Mitchell Santnerlbw Mitchell Santner12600
Shaheen Afridi not out not out 83020
Naseem Shah c & & b Mitchell Santnerc & & b Mitchell Santner12400
Extras 33 (b 16, lb 7, w 2, nb 8)
Total 271 (10 Wkts, 123.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
0-1 (Abid Ali,1.2), 0-2 (Shan Masood,2.2), 37-3 (Haris Sohail,17.5), 75-4 (Azhar Ali,39.3), 240-5 (Mohammad Rizwan,102.5), 242-6 (Fawad Alam,106), 251-7 (Yasir Shah,108.3), 259-8 (Faheem Ashraf,111.5), 261-9 (Mohammad Abbas,115.4), 271-10 (Naseem Shah,123.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee23 8 33 2 1.43
Trent Boult25 9 72 2 2.88
Kyle Jamieson26 13 35 2 1.35
Neil Wagner28 9 55 2 1.96
Mitchell Santner19.3 3 52 2 2.69
Kane Williamson2 1 1 0 0.50
Tom Latham0 0 0 0 0
Tom Blundell0 0 0 0 0
Ross Taylor0 0 0 0 0
Henry Nicholls0 0 0 0 0
BJ Watling 0 0 0 0 0

Right! Test cricket is well and truly alive. If someone tells you otherwise, show them the scorecard of this game. What an end to 2020. That's all from this game then. New Zealand take the lead in the 2-match series and at the same time, replace Australia from the top position in the ICC rankings. Yes. They are the number 1 Test team in the world. The number one team now will meet Pakistan in 2021. That game will begin on 3rd January 2021. The action will start at 1100 local (2200 GMT, the previous day). Join us for that. Until then, cheers and take care. 

Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, is back for a chat. He says that he is very happy with their ranking but it is great to come back with a win. Goes onto say that they played their best. Adds that the prospect of playing the final of the ICC World Test Championship final is a great motivator. Adds that they try their best to manufacture a result. Adds that there was always that chance of losing that game. Mentions that they declared because they thought that the wicket will deteriote. Goes onto say that this match was a spectacle for the fans. Adds that the pitch cracked up a bit and there was uneven bounce on it. Goes onto say that with the wind, the pitch started to aid the bowlers. 

Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan skipper, says that they fought really hard. Adds that New Zealand did more hard work than them and they deserve this victory. Goes onto say that they wanted to take few early wickets but fielding is the most important and they need to improve on that aspect. Tells that they had planned to chase it down but they lost early wickets and then the plans changed. Adds that they came back on Day 5 and thought of chasing it down. Credits Neil Wagner for performing brilliantly despite the injury. Says that they lost this match but they are still in the series and they will need to improve in their batting. Goes onto say that he is very happy with the guys. 

Kane Williamson, MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that the bowlers were outstanding in this game. Adds that it was a fantastic Test match. Credits Pakistan for fighting it out in the second innings and says that they are lucky to be on the winning side. Goes onto say that they have number of leaders out there and they try to take ideas off each other. States that it has been a long time to see a Test match go on for so long. Adds that the bowlers kept on working hard and it worked. Mentions that it is about adjusting to the surfaces as much as they can. States that Pakistan put them under pressure on the first day and it was nice to come out of that day in a respectable position. Tells that there were selfless acts throughout the game.

Stick around for the post match presentation!

You know what happened on Day 5! Character and guts and grit from Fawad and Rizwan. The never give up attitude of Wagner. The persistence from Jamieson that paid off. The masterstroke of throwing the ball to Santner by backing the instinct. The courage by Afridi to continue even after getting taking a big blow on the helmet. A lot of life lessons there! In the end, an absolute cracker of a Test match.

In the second innings, the Kiwi openers brought up their half tons and eventually declared on Day 4, giving Pakistan a target of 373. Youngster Naseem Shah picked up 3 wickets in the 2nd innings for Pakistan. Pakistan lost their openers without any run on the board. Sohail too didn't do much and perished. Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam then made sure Pakistan didn't lose another wicket on Day 4.

In response, Pakistan found themselves reeling as they lost their 6 wickets with the score not even crossing 100. Then came the rescue act led by Rizwan. He got an able partner in Faheem who played a superb knock too. Rizwan got run out on 71 while Faheem got out on 91. Pakistan eventually bundled for 239. If not for these two, Pakistan would've given away a way bigger lead than they gave. It was a collective bowling performance from the Kiwis but they would've loved to bundle the Pakistani side way early than they eventually did, especially after removing their 6 for less than 100.

Earlier in the match, Rizwan won the toss and opted to field. Shaheen Afridi struck twice early to give the Kiwis early blows but after that, it was all about Kiwi batters. It was the skipper who led the charge and scored a fine ton. Taylor, Nicholls and Watling scored half tons and took the team to 431. Afridi finished with 4 while Yasir got 3. Others too got at least a wicket but it was hard work for them.

However, the Kiwis didn't lose hope. They just kept coming, over after over. Eventually, the hard work paid off for them when Jamieson got the wicket of Rizwan. Once that happened, Fawad too followed him back to the pavilion and then it was just about how long the Kiwis will take to remove the tail. Afridi, in spite of getting a blow on his helmet, frustrated them for a little while along with Naseem Shah but it wasn't meant to be for Pakistan. Or maybe it was meant for the Kiwis. The inspired bowling change of Santner worked in the end for them as he plucked one out of thin air of his own bowling.

But before all this it was an unbelievable show of courage, character and grit from Fawad Alam and skipper Mohammad Rizwan. The duo batted and batted! They managed to see off the morning session and then the entire 2nd session. Alam raked up a Test ton nearly after 12 years after his first while Rizwan brought up his second half ton of the game. They battled for 63.2 overs together and almost managed to draw the game from the jaws of defeat.

What a spirited effort from the Kiwi bowlers to keep coming at Pakistan. The first session saw just one wicket. The second, nothing. But they just never gave up. Wagner, the man with two fractured toes, put the hard yards and just kept bowling. Credit to Kyle Jamieson too. He was the one who removed Rizwan to open the gate for the Kiwis. And in the end, Santner did the job for them.

WOW! What a game! What an unbelievable game! Heartbreak for Pakistan. Elation for the Kiwis. Naseem is on his haunches. Take a bow to both the teams. Pakistan for battling out the way they did and the Kiwis for not losing hopes. Test cricket at its absolute best. 

123.3
0
Mitchell Santner to Naseem Shah, OUT! CAUGHT! Mitchell Santner has done it! What a catch to end it off as well. Tossed up on off, Naseem looks to push but he is early into the shot. It goes over Santner who takes it with his left hand while in the air. What scenes. The Kiwi players are absolutely ecstatic. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 101 RUNS. 
123.2
0
Mitchell Santner to Naseem Shah, NOT OUT! No bat and it is umpire's call on hitting the stumps! Santner bowls a floated ball on middle and leg, Naseem looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. It lobs towards short leg where the fielder catches it. They go up in an appeal but the umpire is unmoved. The review is taken. There is no bat while the Ball Tracker shows that it is umpire's call on hitting the stumps. 

Review time! The Kiwis have taken the not out decision upstairs. Here comes the replay. Nothing on Ultra Edge. Ball Tracker shows umpire's call on hitting the wickets. Naseem survives.

123.1
0
Mitchell Santner to Naseem Shah, Flatter ball outside outside off, Shah leaves it alone. 

Mitchell Santner is back on. 

Forget about number of overs now. Just 30 balls left. Well, not just if you are Afridi and Naseem though. Williamson tosses the ball to his spinner now. Can Mitchell Santner weave some magic here?

122.6
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Good length ball outside off, Afridi is happy to let that go to the keeper. 5 more overs to go.
122.5
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Slower ball on middle, Afridi defends it out.
122.4
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Back of a length ball on off, Afridi stands tall and then defends it out. 
122.3
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Short ball around off, Afridi sways away from it.
122.2
0
Trent Boult to Naseem Shah, LEG BYE! Good length ball on the pads, Naseem looks to flick but it brushes his pads and goes towards fine leg for a leg bye.
122.1
0
Trent Boult to Naseem Shah, Fullish ball outside off, Naseem leaves it alone.
121.6
0
Tim Southee to Shaheen Afridi, Good length ball outside off, Afridi lets it go to the keeper. 6 overs to go.
121.5
1
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Beautifully bowled and well played as well. Full ball on middle, Naseem gets his bat on time and works it to square leg for a single. 
121.4
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Good length ball on middle and leg, Shah works it to mid-wicket.
121.3
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Full ball outside off, Naseem leaves it alone.
121.2
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Good length ball on off, Naseem defends it to the off side.
121.1
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Short ball around middle, Naseem ducks under it.
120.6
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Gets an inside edge! Full ball around off, Shaheen gets his bat down in time to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
120.5
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Back of a length ball on off, Afridi is solid in defense.
120.4
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Short ball around middle, Afridi ducks under it.
120.3
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Good length ball on off, Afridi solidly blocks it to cover.
120.2
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Full ball outside off, Afridi shoulders arms to this one.
120.1
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, BEATEN! Back of a length ball outside off, Afridi looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it.

The Pakistani physio is out again! Afridi pops a pill and gulps water. He wears the helmet again. 8 overs left now.

119.6
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Good length ball down the leg side, Naseem looks to flick but misses. More 8 to go. 
119.5
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Short ball around middle, Shah ducks under it. Well played.
119.4
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Fullish ball on middle, Shah pushes it towards mid on.
119.3
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, EDGY! Luck for Naseem Shah! Good length ball around off, angling in. Naseem is late in his defense. It takes the bottom edge and goes to the keeper.
119.2
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Short ball around middle, Naseem ducks under it.
119.1
0
Tim Southee to Naseem Shah, Southee starts with a good length ball down the leg side, Naseem lets it go to the keeper.

Tim Southee will have a crack now.

118.6
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, That's well played by Afridi. Yorker on middle, Afridi gets his bat down in time and digs it out to short leg. 
118.5
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Good length ball on middle, Shaheen blocks it back to the bowler.
118.4
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Length ball on middle, defended out solidly.
118.3
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Afridi gets behind the ball and then defends it out to the off side. 
118.2
0
Trent Boult to Shaheen Afridi, Short ball around middle, Afridi does well to duck under it.