by: Syed Athar Abbas (Athar G) TN Sports News:
The first session of the first day belonged to New Zealand, in which New Zealand scored 119 runs without losing a wicket in 30 overs.
In the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi, New Zealand scored 309 runs for the loss of six wickets on the first day, but what cricket fans were talking about was the flat batting wicket, the bowling of Agha Salman and Naseem Shah and Sarfaraz. Ahmed had some excellent catches, especially the one in which he dismissed the dangerous Kane Williamson.
New Zealand scored 107 runs in the second session after losing one wicket in 28 overs. This wicket belonged to Tom Latham who scored 71 runs and was dismissed lbw by Naseem Shah. After that, the second wicket fell to Dion Conway who scored 122 runs after playing a beautiful inning and was caught out by Sarfraz on the ball of Agha Salman.
It was his fourth Test century overall but first in Asia. When he got out, New Zealand’s score was 234. He was soon followed by Kane Williamson on 240 after only six runs had been added. He scored 36 runs individually.
By the end of the third play session, New Zealand had scored 260 runs for the loss of four wickets.
In the second Test yet, Pakistan’s mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed has not been as effective in taking wickets as he was in his debut against England. In contrast to him, Agha Salman bowled very carefully and took three wickets for 55 runs in 20 overs. His economic rate was also 2.75
At the end of the first day, New Zealand scored 309 runs for the loss of six wickets. Agha Salman took three wickets, Naseem Shah took two wickets and Abrar Ahmed took one wicket.
New Zealand dominated the game in the first session and it was Agha Salman’s for most of the day after that. He entertained the fans by playing modest but good bowling. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first.