The first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand finished in a tie on Friday at Karachi’s National Stadium.
The dramatic last cricket session in the drawn first Test on Friday was cut short due to poor visibility after New Zealand had threatened to win after Pakistan’s risky declaration.
When the Test was called off due to poor lighting, New Zealand was only 61-1 in the eighth over of the second innings and needed to win by a score of 138 in 15 overs.
After Tea, Pakistan resumed its second innings with a lead of 75 points and a score of 249-7. Kiwi legspinner Ish Sodhi (6-86) appeared to be setting his team up for victory.
Mohammad Wasim (43) and Mir Hamza, the two tailenders, provided plenty of assistance to left-handed Saud Shakeel as he hit an unbeaten 55. (3 not out). They performed so brilliantly that late in the last session, Pakistan captain Babar Azam took the visitors off guard and declared at 311-8.
It presented an enticing goal for New Zealand, who had amassed 612-9 in their first innings declaration, and the visitors decided to go for it. When the light intervened to perhaps prevent Pakistan from losing their fifth consecutive Test at home, Tom Latham was undefeated on 35 and Devon Conway was still in the game at 18.