Pak vs NZ: Fawad Alam’s final-day ton goes in vain as New Zealand beat Pakistan in 1st Test

Shaheen Shah Afridi (L) and teammate Naseem Shah (2nd L) be affected by New Zealand won the Test match on the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on December 30, 2020. / AFP

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 101 runs on Wednesday in the first Test despite a gritty century by Fawad Alam. Tail-enders Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah stoped up for seven overs in fading light before Naseem was caught and bowled by spinner Mitchell Santner for one, ending the opposition of Pakistan.

The end for Pakistan had begun when Kyle Jamieson, celebrating his 26th birthday, insolvent the 165-run fifth-wicket stand by Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan. The success was essential for New Zealand, who need to vacuum the two-Test series to have a chance of making the World Test Championship final at Lord´s in June.

Once Jamieson claimed the important wicket of Rizwan, lbw for 60, Neil Wagner — bowling despite breaking two toes while batting — removed Alam for 102 and New Zealand were into the tail as Pakistan folded from 240 for four to be all out for 271. Jamieson produced a particularly miserly spell after the tea break when he sent down nine overs and took two for four.

Aside from when Pakistan whipped out the New Zealand openers economically on the very beginning, the match had been in New Zealand’s control until Rizwan, the substitute captain, joined Alam in the center with Pakistan 75 for four on the last morning. New Zealand required six additional wickets, Pakistan required 298 runs and in excess of 78 overs remained.

By tea, Alam and Rizwan were still attached, Pakistan had limited the objective to 158 of every 36 overs and New Zealand actually required six wickets. In any case, Jamieson eliminated Rizwan 11 overs into the last meeting. Jamieson had gone close a few times beforehand, and even his lbw yell against Rizwan was turned down before the umpire’s choice was upset on survey.

Alam, who had involved the wrinkle with Rizwan for in excess of 63 overs, endured three additional overs until he gloved a Wagner short ball to wicketkeeper BJ Watling down the leg side. Alam had been disposed of by Pakistan in 2009 after three Tests and a best innings of 168, and since his review this year his most elevated score was 21 against England in August.

There were a couple of free shots right off the bat in his innings and a nerve-wracking second when a ball ricocheted off his arm and skiped perilously near the stumps.

Else, he resolutely stood his ground through 269 conveyances prior to raising his century with a four off Wagner, however scored just two additional runs off his next 33 balls before his excusal. New Zealand’s forefront pace bowlers Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Wagner, Jamieson and Santner each took two wickets.

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