The second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played in Karachi from January 2.
The first Test between the two countries was played in Karachi itself, which was a draw.
Karachi. When the teams of Pakistan and New Zealand take the field for the second Test of the 2-match series from Monday, their eyes will be on leaving behind the disappointing performance in red-ball cricket in 2022 by winning this match. New Zealand made a strong effort to chase down 138 in the last hour of the first Test on Friday. But due to bad light, the match was stopped in the eighth over. Then New Zealand had scored 61 runs for one wicket.
The Pakistan Cricket Board was forced to move both Tests to Karachi due to weather concerns in Multan. The draw on Friday ended the four-match losing streak of both the teams, in which Pakistan had lost 0-3 to England. England had defeated New Zealand before defeating Pakistan.
Pakistan out of WTC Final race
Pakistan is seventh in the ICC World Test Championship table while it is a very disappointing performance for New Zealand. Because she is running in eighth place this time after defeating India in the final of the opening stage at Lord’s last year. Due to Pakistan’s poor performance, Rameez Raja was sacked as board chairman and former chairman Najam Sethi replaced him as the head of the board’s management committee.
Babar was the top scorer in Test in 2022
Captain Babar Azam was the top scorer in Test matches in 2022 by scoring 1184 runs (in nine Tests). But the other batsmen of the team could not come close to the form of their captain. But Saud Shakeel has scored runs continuously since his debut. He has scored five half-centuries in four Tests and saved Pakistan from defeat by scoring an unbeaten 55 in the last Test.
Babar said that playing against high-ranked teams like Australia, England and New Zealand has given the team players a lot of experience. He said on Sunday, ‘We have not performed as expected in red ball cricket. Three teams higher than us in the rankings played in Pakistan, from which we got a lot to learn.
After the series of two Test matches, three ODIs will be played in Karachi itself, which will be held from 9 to 13 January.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 01, 2023, 19:29 IST