New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3: Good bowling by Kiwis Pacers. However, Pakistan saves the follow-on.
New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st Test Day 3 Match Report: Horrible start from Pakistan as they scored just 80 runs in 59.1 overs with a loss of six wickets. New Zealand bowled extremely well. Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf added a 107 run partnership for the seventh wicket.
Mohammad Rizwan scored 71 runs. While Fahim Ashraf added 91 runs to his name. But, once Rizwan got out, they falter again. They scored 239 runs on the third day and they are trailing by 192 runs.
Pakistan’s batting attack failed miserably in the first innings. New Zealand fired up with their pace attack. Kyle Jamieson took three wickets. While Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Neil Wagner Picked a couple of wickets each. They didn’t allow Pakistan to score runs at a good pace.
Pakistan needed 231 runs to avoid the follow-on. However, they were able to manage 239 runs on the board. Due to which Kiwis have to bat again on Day 4 and they will look to score 200-250 runs. However, they are already 192 runs ahead. That will be a big plus for them.
At one stage, Pakistan were 80 for 6, it seems like they wouldn’t be able to save the follow-on. But, the partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Fahim Ashraf gave them the chance to save the follow-on. Now, they can look to draw the test match.
Neil Wagner played like a soldier
Neil Wagner bowled 18 overs with the fractured toe. The x-ray scans diagnosed an undisplaced-fracture in the fourth right toe. He says that it was his toughest experience in Test Cricket. He got injured while batting on the second day of first test in Shaheen Afridi‘s over. But, he still continues to bat and added 19 runs. He also said that he will play until he is in a position to be stretchered. The doctor gave the clearance because Neil says that he can bear the pain. Neil Wagner played like a soldier today.