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Ish Sodhi’s best performance in vain as Pakistan drew New Zealand in the first match


Pakistan averted a fifth straight loss at home with a grueling draw in the First Test in Karachi on Friday despite the New Zealand bowler having the best record of his career Ish Sodhi. Sodhi won 6–86 and threatened to give New Zealand victory in the first two innings on the fifth and final day, but Pakistan fought before claiming their second inning with the score 311–8. That set New Zealand a tough target of 138 to win in 15 rounds, and the chase ended with a fading scoreline on 61-1, with tom latham undefeated over 35 and Devon Conway 18.

Michael Bracewell was the only racquet that fell in third place.

Sodhi was the star as he improved on his previous best of 4-60 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo four years ago.

The 30-year-old, playing the First Test in four years, turned the game in New Zealand’s favor with three goals in the second half to leave Pakistan 249-7 at tea with 35 balls left in the game. fight.

But Saud Shakeelwho finished with 55 failed to come out, and Mohammad Wasim (43) defied 75 minutes and 111 balls in their 71-time eighth game to deprive New Zealand of victory.

Right after the tea, Sodhi had already trapped Wasim before, but Mir Hamza (three didn’t come out) assisted Shakeel in his ninth straight game of 34 runs in 50 minutes to further disappoint the visitors.

Shakeel, who achieved seven boundaries and six, was built after fighting blows from Imam-ul-Haq (96) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (53) in the first two sessions.

In the post-lunch session, Sodhi knocked out Sarfaraz, Agha Salman (six) and Haq by about 27 balls for just 21 more runs.

Haq and Sarfaraz added 85 challenge runs for their fifth racket and kept their hopes up to save a draw for the home team before Sodhi scored.

He caught Sarfaraz in the back, knocked out Salman, then confused Haq to leave Pakistan on July 206.

Haq, who survived the lbw introduction from the pitcher on the 58th and 74th, broke 10 boundaries and 6 boundaries in his sixth half-century, while Sarfaraz had seven hits. .

Furious at his dismissal, Haq smashed a chair with a stick on his way into the dressing room.

Continuing on February 77, Pakistan soon lost its night watchman Nauman Ali, whose cameraman Bracewell got stuck in his front leg.

Then captain Babar Azam – who scored 161 in Pakistan’s first inning of 438 – also lost to Sodhi by 14 points.

The second test begins at the same location on Monday.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)

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