Mount Maunganui, 28 December 2020: All-rounder Faheem Ashraf made his Test highest and captain Mohammad Rizwan made the fourth half-century of his profession as their 107-run seventh-wicket partnership led Pakistan’s rescue act on the third day of the 1st Test of the two-match ICC World Test Championship series being performed on the Bay Oval Mount Maunganui on Monday.

The Rizwan-Faheem partnership helped Pakistan keep away from the follow-on because the Pakistan have been bowled for 239 runs in reply to New Zealand’s first innings runs of 431 all out, a 1st innings loss of 192 runs.

Left-handed Faheem narrowly missed out on a maiden Test hundred; he was dismissed for 91 (134 balls, 15 fours, 1 six) by fast bowler Kyle Jamieson as stumps have been drawn for the day.

Resuming on the in a single day runs of 30 for one, Pakistan batsmen aimed toward occupying the crease as Abid Ali and night watchman Mohammad Abbas took the runs to 39, including 9 runs in 12.2 overs in the morning session earlier than Abid was bowled by Jamieson for 25 off 104 balls (3 fours).

Abbas was dismissed by Trent Boult for 5 runs which left Pakistan 43 for 3.

Azhar Ali (5), Haris Sohail (3) and Fawad Alam (9) unsuccessful to make considerable contributions as Pakistan stuttered to 80 for six earlier than Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf joined battings.

Rizwan who seemed ready for his first Test century was unluckily run out on 71 (142 balls, 8 fours) through a direct hit by Mitchell Santner whereas trying a second run.

Yasir Shah was bowled by Boult for 4 with the runs at 196; Shaheen (6) fell to Neil Wagner whereas Faheem was the last man dismissed.

Jamieson took three wickets whereas Tim Southee, Wagner and Boult took two wickets every.

Scores Briefly (finish of play day two):

New Zealand 431 all out, 155 overs (Williamson 129, Watling 73, Taylor 70; Shaheen Shah Afridi 4-109, Yasir Shah 3-113)

Pakistan 239 all out, 102.2 overs (Faheem Ashraf 91, Rizwan 71; Jamieson 3-35, Neil Wagner 2-50, Tim Southee 2-69, Trent Boult 2-71)

 

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