Monday, October 25, 2021

Jamieson takes five to blunt Azhar’s battling 93

CHRISTCHURCH: Kyle Jamieson took a five wicket haul as New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 297, anchored by a sterling 93 from Azhar Ali on day one of the second Test between the two countries in Christchurch on Sunday.

Jamieson, in only his sixth Test, had the figures of five for 69, the third five-wicket haul of his fledgling career.

New Zealand won the toss and bowled first on the green strip and as Jamieson found bounce and movement to claim wickets at one end, Azhar was defiant at the other, saying he enjoyed his battle with the two-metre-tall (6ft 8in) New Zealander while establishing key partnerships for Pakistan.

“Kyle is quite tall and bowling good lines and swinging the ball both ways. It was fun and also it was tough,” Azhar said, adding he believed 297 was a good score on the verdant Hagley Oval wicket with Pakistan all out at stumps.

“It’s quite evenly poised. We have to bowl well and get New Zealand out quickly because if you get on a roll you can get quick wickets on this pitch,” he added.

After the early loss of Shan Masood, Azhar added 62 with Abid Ali, 88 with Mohammad Rizwan and 56 with Faheem Ashraf.

After holding the innings together for 172 deliveries, Azhar was caught at first slip by Ross Taylor off the bowling of Matt Henry, who was called into the New Zealand side to replace Neil Wagner who broke two toes in the first Test.

Tim Southee accounted for Shan Masood with a toe-crushing yorker in the third over.

In a destructive three-over burst before lunch, Jamieson removed Abid Ali (25), Haris Sohail (one) and Fawad Alam (two) using his 2.3 metre (6ft 8in) frame to ruffle the batsmen with an awkward bounce which he mixed with testing full deliveries.

In the middle session, Rizwan was in punishing form, with 11 boundaries on his way to 61 off 71 deliveries, before he was caught behind off Jamieson.

Jamieson returned to see off Ashraf who was out for 48 when he edged a ball outside off stump to Ross Taylor at first slip. Taylor had earlier dropped Ashraf in the first over he faced.

Zafar Gohar, on debut, reached 34 before Jamieson was back in action, this time to take the crucial catch at fine leg to give Southee his second wicket.

Trent Boult mopped up the tail taking the wickets of Shaheen Afridi (four) and Naseem Shah (12).

The New Zealand first innings will start Monday (today).

Score Board

New Zealand won toss

Pakistan 1st Innings

S. Masood lbw Southee 0

Abid Ali c Southee b Jamieson 25

Azhar Ali c Taylor b Henry 93

H. Sohail c Nicholls b Jamieson 1

F. Alam c Watling b Jamieson 2

*M. Rizwan c watling b Jamieson 61

F. Ashraf c Watling by Jamieson 48

Z. Gohar c Jamieson b Southee 34

S. Afridi c Nicholls b Boult 4

M. Abbas not out 0

N. Shah c Latham b Boult 12

Extras (b2, lb9, w6) 17

Total (all out; 83.5 overs) 297

Fall: 1-4 (Masood), 2-66 (Abid Ali), 3-70 (Sohail), 4-83 (Alam), 5-171 (Rizwan), 6-227 (Azhar Ali), 7-260 (Ashraf), 8-282 (Gohar), 9-285 (Afridi), 10-297 (Shah)

Bowling: Southee 23-7-61-2, Boult 20.5-3-82-2, Jamieson 21-8-69-5 (1w), Henry 17-2-68-1 (5w), Mitchell 2-1-6-0

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, *Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Daryl Mitchell, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZL), Chris Brown (NZL). TV Umpire: Wayne Knights (NZL)

Source: The News

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