Monday, 19 April 2021

New Zealand clean sweep Pakistan with Hamilton win

Man of the Match Tim Southee is hugged by Neil Wagner as he leads New Zealand off the field, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Hamilton, 5th day.

HAMILTON: New Zealand won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 138 runs, clean sweeping the tourists 2-0. After putting up a defiant stand Pakistan floundered to 230 all out as they chased 369 on the last day of the second Test against New Zealand on Tuesday. Neil Wagner wrapped up the innings by getting tail-enders out in quick succession. Pakistan lost 3 wickets without adding a single run. Earlier Sami Aslam departed at 91 while Sarfraz Ahmed was run out for 19. Aslam and Azhar Ali (58) produced a 131-run stand for the first wicket. Babar Azam scored 16 as the tourists were set for a final showdown at Hamilton´s Seddon Park. The loss will consign Pakistan to fourth place below England and Australia.

At the top of the innings, Azhar and Aslam were resolute with their best performances of the series although Aslam had two heart-stopping moments. On 31 he was given not out on an lbw appeal when Kane Williamson debated too long on whether to go for a referral and his chance to request a review timed out. Replays showed Aslam was plumb in front. He could also have been run out on 45 had Mitchell Santer´s throw from midwicket been fast and direct to the wicketkeeper. Aslam brought up his sixth 50 in nine Tests carving a Neil Wagner bouncer to the boundary, giving him some satisfaction in a match where he dropped three critical catch offerings in the field. Azhar, standing in as captain for the unavailable Misbah-ul-Haq, faced 147 deliveries before he reached his 23rd half century with a single off Matt Henry. But his patient innings ended soon after when he went to drive Santner out of the ground only to drag the ball back on to his stumps.

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