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Twitter reactions: Pakistan survive as bad light triggers a dramatic draw in 1st Test against New Zealand




The first Test between Pakistan and New Zealand at National Stadium in Karachi witnessed a dramatic finish, with the hosts managing to earn a draw due to bad lights on the final day.

After Babar Azam’s bold move of declaring Pakistan’s second innings for 311/8, setting up New Zealand a target of 138, the tourists came out all guns blazing and scored 61/1 in 7.3 overs. Tom Latham was on a roll with a 24-ball 35-run knock featuring three fours and a six. However, bad light forced the match officials to settle both teams a draw which enlightened the tensed faces of Pakistan cricketers.

Earlier, Pakistan found solidity through Imam-ul-Haq, who brought up his sixth Test fifty to shore things up. He was well complimented by senior batter Sarfaraz Ahmed, who came up with a counterattack showcasing his skills against the spin attack.

The duo went on to add 85 runs and were looking well-set to cruise through before Ish Sodhi turned the game. The leggie broke the partnership by removing Sarfaraz for 53 and soon dismissed Agha Salman (6) as well as Imam to keep New Zealand’s hopes alive. Imam got out after scoring 96 off 206 balls, including 10 fours and a six.

Pakistan were indeed in trouble after Imam’s dismissal, however, Mohammad Wasim Jr and Saud Shakeel formed a brilliant partnership of 71 runs and kept Black Caps bowlers at bay. Pakistan skipper Babar then surprised everyone as he declared the innings at 311/8, setting up a target of 138 for New Zealand in 15 overs. Shakeel smashed an unbeaten 55 from 108 balls.

Here is how Twitter reacted: