NZ vs PAK 2nd Test: Day 1: Stumps
Brief Score: PAK - 297 All-out (83.5 overs) (Azhar Ali 93, Rizwan 61, Jamieson 5/69, Southee 2/61)
New Zealand will be taking on Pakistan (NZ vs PAK) in the second and last Test of the bilateral series at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The second new ball hastens the end of the Pakistan first innings as the visitors are bowled out for 297. Pakistan batters fought hard, led by Azhar Ali's stellar knock of 93. His partnership with skipper Mohammad Rizwan was the highlight for the visitors as they made a good recovery after losing wickets at regular intervals. Pakistan ended with 297/10 at the Stumps on Day 1.
Azhar scored a stand-out 93 while a counterattacking 61 from stand-in skipper Mohammad Rizwan showcased Pakistan the way as the visitors recovered well to post a stiff total after being put in to bat. Credit goes to Kiwi pacers once again especially Kyle Jamieson, who has been phenomenal in the morning and eventually completed a third five-wicket haul in a short Test career. Southee and Boult also grabbed a couple of wickets each for the home side.
Unfortunately, Pakistan will be without Babar Azam, who hasn't fully recovered from the thumb fracture. He did have a full-fledged training a couple of days ago but felt pain and Mohammad Rizwan will lead the side. Zafar Gohar makes his debut for the visitors. While the Black Caps also made a few changes in their playing XI. Darry Mitchell and Matt Henry replaces Mitchell Santner and injured Neil Wagner.