Christchurch: Pakistan’s top batting order has once again failed miserably in the first innings of the first Test against New Zealand.
On the first day of the match at Hegley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat. They returned without opening their account. Abid Ali and Azhar Ali shared a 62-run stand for the second wicket. Abid Ali also returned with 25 runs.
Haris Sohail came to play with Azhar Ali but he also managed to score only one run, after which Fawad Alam who had Pakistan’s lodge in the last match came but he also managed to score only 2 runs. Pakistan had lost 4 wickets for 83 runs, at which time captain Muhammad Rizwan came to bat. He teamed up with Azhar Ali for an 88-run partnership in which Rizwan contributed 61 runs.
After Rizwan, Faheem Ashraf along with Azhar Ali took the lead to lead Pakistan to the score. Both of them added 56 runs to the team’s score. Azhar Ali’s courage was also answered with a score of 227. He scored 93 runs.
It should be noted that New Zealand already has an unbeaten lead of zero in the two-Test series.