New Zealand vs Pakistan, Test 2 Day 1: Kyle Jamieson takes five to blunt Azhar Ali’s Battling 93


Kyle Jamieson took a five-wicket haul when New Zealand threw out Pakistan for 297, anchored by a sterling 93 from Azhar Ali on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch Sunday. Jamieson, in just his sixth Test, had the figures of five for 69, the third five-wicket draw of his fledgling career. New Zealand won the toss and bow first on the green strip and when Jamieson found resilience and movement to claim four wickets on the one hand, Azhar was defiant on the other as he forged important partnerships for Pakistan.

After Shan Masood’s early loss, Azhar added 62 with Abid Ali, 88 with Mohhamad Rizwan and 56 with Faheem Ashraf.

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

It was an unusual shot from Azhar who had moved his feet until then and was willing to leave most supplies that didn’t require a shot, and if there were any edges, they fell safe.

He went to the middle early when Tim Southee took care of Shan Masood with a toe-crushing yorker in the third over and was there for the carnage when Jamieson came on the offensive.

In a destructive eruption three times before lunch, Jamieson removed Abid Ali (25), Haris Sohail (one) and Fawad Alam (two) with his 2.3m (6ft 8in) frame to disrupt the batsmen with an awkward bounce with which he mixed testing of complete deliveries.

The throw in charge of Alam was nearly unplayable as it forced the batsman to put his hands in a reflex action and the ball was gloved to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

In the middle session, Rizwan was in punitive form with 11 boundaries on his way to 61 of 71 deliveries, before being confused by a fuller Jamieson delivery that returned to him and an indistinct shot aimed at Watling.

After the tea delay, and after Henry removed Azhar, Jamieson returned to take out Ashraf who was 48 out when he shoved a ball outside the stump to Ross Taylor on the first slip. Taylor had dropped Ashraf earlier in the first over he faced.

Zafar Gohar, on his debut, reached 34 before Jamieson got back into action, this time taking the crucial catch on fine leg to give Southee his second wicket.


Trent Boult swept the tail and took the wickets from Shaheen Afridi (four) and Naseem Shah (12).

New Zealand’s first innings start on Monday.

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