Defeat after 49 years
Pakistan lost home series against NZ after 1969, toss was key factor for Kiwis in their historical victory. Pak did not disturb their record of 4th innings. Spectators were expecting an extra ordinary performance but Pak remain wedged to their norms. How could we forget Kane Williomson’s stunning hundred and then the Henry’s blaster knock in depth. In response Azhar Ali and Asad Shafique did well. Hafeez’s early dismissal led to his retirement otherwise Dale Steyn was waiting for his arrival. In test cricket Hafeez was struggling for long time. He hardly scored one hundred in last 5 matches. His retirement is sigh of peace for long waited youngsters, thanks professor.
Once again Yasir Shah showed his remarkable turn and magic. After 82 years this man roared and stood No 1 for fastest 200 dismissals in test cricket. Let’s hope for his enthusiastic voyage in identical essence.
Hard efforts require with Bilal Asif
he could serve green flag for next couple of years. Hassan Ali and young lad Shaheen didn’t recover the absence of M Abbas.
Pakistan’s skipper admitted that 74 runs lead was not enough on this surface. Although Azhar and Asad played well but strike rate was too sluggish. If they had frolicked with the strike of 65 or 70 result could have changed. Either the top order or down Pakistan team is struggling in batting since decades. A million dollar question who would fix this delinquent? Performance reflects that this concern is not the shopping list of PCB.
NZ won by 123 runs, courtesy Somerville’s top notch bowling. Imam, Hafeez, Haris,Baber and Sarfraz all of them remain out of touch. Pak needs a finisher badly, Baber Azam have all the abilities for this job but he would have to emphasis on his temperament. Either we would let this defeat go as it is or would learn from it. Answer would come soon from Johannesburg. Good luck Sarfraz eleven.
Written By: K Asif