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Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Honours even as Pakistan fightback after Conway century

Devon Conway 122 for New Zealand today
Devon Conway 122 for New Zealand today

Pakistan clawed their way back into the 3rd Test, on Day 1, after New Zealand were 226-1 at tea and thereafter Pakistan took 5 wickets in the final session, and the Kiwis closed the day on 309/6.

Match Summary

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, New Zealand tour of Pakistan

New Zealand *309/6 (90 ov)


Day 1 - New Zealand are 309/6




Opener Devon Conway hit a dominating century Monday to guide New Zealand to 226-1 at tea on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi.

The stylish left-hander struck 120 for his fourth Test hundred, while Kane Williamson was on 29 at the other end as the Kiwis progressed from 119 without loss at lunch after losing Tom Latham for 71.

Conway put on a solid 134 with Latham after New Zealand won the toss and batted on a National Stadium pitch which had a hint of grass but not much for the bowlers.

The two-match series is tied at 0-0 after the first Test -- also in Karachi -- ended in a tame draw.

Pakistan's three-pronged pace attack looked helpless until Naseem Shah struck in the sixth over after lunch, trapping Latham leg-before with a sharp incoming delivery.

Latham, who scored 113 in the first match, hit nine boundaries in his 100-ball knock, his 24th Test half-century. 

Conway was lucky to survive a sharp chance when Saud Shakeel failed to hold on to a miscued drive off Hasan Ali on 89. He has so far hit 16 boundaries and a six.

Conway and Williamson have added 92 for the unbroken second-wicket stand. 

Pakistan brought on Abrar Ahmed in the ninth over, but there was no sign of turn as Conway smashed a boundary and a six off the spinner's second over.

The hosts picked Naseem Shah and Hasan Ali in place of spinner Nauman Ali and fast-bowler Mohammad Wasim after the first Test, while New Zealand picked pacer Matt Henry over Neil Wagner.

After tea, New Zealand lost 5 wickets for 83 runs, with spinner Agha Salman taking 3, as Pakistan clawed their way back into the match.

New Zealand closed the day on 309/6 (90 overs)


Match Stats

New Zealand Fall of wickets: 1-134 (Tom Latham - 35.1 ov), 2-234 (Devon Conway - 62.2 ov), 3-240 (Kane Williamson - 63.5 ov), 4-255 (Daryl Mitchell - 68.5 ov), 5-278 (Henry Nicholls - 78.6 ov), 6-279 (Michael Bracewell - 79.3 ov)



Playing XIs

Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (C), Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Agha Salman, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Mir Hamza, Abrar Ahmed

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (WK), Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (C), Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel


Match Details:

DateMonday, January 2, 2023 05:00

Venue: Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan

Toss: New Zealand won the toss & elected to bat

Officials Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) Alex Wharf (England) Ahsan Raza (Pakistan TV)

Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)

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