The first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand is being played in Karachi.
Pakistan registered an unwanted record on the first day of the Karachi Test
new Delhi. After a clean sweep in the 3-Test series at home by England, the Pakistan team is now playing a 2-Test series against New Zealand. The first match is being played in Karachi. A lot has changed in Pakistan cricket between the last and this series. The selectors changed, the entire management of PCB changed. But, if not changed then the habit of not taking lessons from the past mistakes of the Pakistan team. This is the reason that on the very first day of the Karachi Test against New Zealand, an unwanted record was registered in the name of Pakistan.
In this Test, Pakistan captain Babar Azam had won the toss and decided to bat first. But, Pakistan’s 2 wickets had fallen on the score of 19 runs. But, the manner in which Pakistan got two batters out, this happened for the first time in the history of 144 years of Test cricket.
Pakistan’s first two batsmen were stumped on the first day of the Karachi Test. This is the first time in the history of Test cricket, when the first two wickets of a team have fallen through stumping. Actually, Pakistan’s opener Abdullah Shafiq tried to play a defensive shot by going ahead on the ball of Kiwi spinner Ejaz Patel. But, he could not read the flight and line of the ball and wicketkeeper Tom Blundell scattered the bails. At the same time, Shan Masood, who came out to bat at number three, also lost his wicket by a similar mistake. He went ahead and tried to play a big shot on the ball of Michael Bracewell. But, he too got stumped by the wicketkeeper.
For the Karachi Test, Pakistan has prepared a spin bowler-friendly wicket. This can be gauged from the fact that New Zealand handed the ball to spin bowler Ejaz Patel in the third over on the first day itself and he dismissed Abdullah Shafiq on the third ball itself. Similarly, the second opener Imam-ul-Haq also lost his wicket by playing a bad shot. New Zealand’s spin bowlers took the first three wickets of Pakistan.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 26, 2022, 13:05 IST