Jamieson shines again at Christchurch

By ScoreLine Desk - January 3, 2021

Christchurch: Kyle Jamieson continued his strong Test form taking 5-69 on Day One at Hagley Oval after Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Tim Southee struck in the third over to claim an early wicket, before Jamieson took control on a Hagley Oval pitch with plenty of bounce and carry.

Jamieson took the next four wickets for the BlackCaps to head to tea with figures of 4-54 from 14 overs.

He took his fifth wicket in the final session to claim his third five-wicket bag in Tests with Pakistan bowled out late in the day for 297.

Azhar Ali was the mainstay of the visitors’ innings, playing beautifully throughout while combining with Mohammad Rizwan (60) to put on 88 runs for the fifth wicket.

New Zealand’s bowling was spot on as they used just 5 bowlers. The stand out performer for them was Kyle Jamieson who went onto take his third Test 5-wicket haul. Boult and Southee bagged a couple of wicket too. Matt Henry coming back into the side was a bit wayward at the start. He later went onto make a comeback with the ball as he scalped the important wicket of Azhar Ali. A few dropped catches and a few edges not carrying summed up the day for New Zealand.

Azhar Ali though continued to hold fort at one end as Pakistan skipper, Mohammad Rizwan joined hands with his number 3 batsman and started the rebuilding act. The duo soon started rotating the strike and soon went onto find the odd boundaries in the process but went past their respective fifties. They were going well with a 88-run stand when Rizwan departed. Azhar Ali despite fighting it hard all day for his runs departed for 93. Faheem Ashraf once again proved his mettle with the bat when he smashed 48 runs and new comer debutant Zafar Gohar smashed 34 runs.

It all started with New Zealand winning the toss and putting Pakistan to bat. The visitors though did not start the way they would have liked as they lost Shan Masood for a duck. Then a 62-run stand between Abid Ali and Azhar Ali revived their batting to some extent before Abid Ali departed. Soon after Haris Sohail who has had a poor outing in the Test series so far followed him and Fawad Alam was the next one to depart.

What a day of Test cricket we have had. Brilliant bowling, good batting and good lower-order resistance. New Zealand would be a bit happier as they have castled Pakistan for 297 runs.

By ScoreLine Desk

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