Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Rizwan’s partnership together saved the follow-on. Together they put on a partnership of 107 runs.
Faheem Ashraf scores career best 91 whereas Rizwan scored 71 runs.
Pakistan fell short by 192 runs and New Zealand will resume DAY4 with a lead of 192.
MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Pakistan cricket team had a disastrous start to the DAY03 while batting. They lost 9 wickets in the day and managed to add only 209 runs taking their total to 239. This means that New Zealand has a lead of 192 runs to start with which has shrunk Pakistan’s winning chances to the minimum.
New Zealand after scoring a good total started off the bowling on DAY02. They quickly got the wickets but later Rizwan and Faheem held the Pakistani innings together and posted a century stand. They were successful in denying a follow on to New Zealand. However both the batsman missed on their centuries.
Mohammad Rizwan got run out on a brilliant throw from Mitchell Santner, Whereas Faheem Ashraf was removed on when he was going strong on 91. New Zealand pace attack took the first five wickets by giving away just 50 runs in two sessions.
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Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Rizwan the captain of Pakistan team batted with discipline and provided Pakistan a face saving in the time of crisis.
Both Rizwan and Faheem provided a face saving partnership for Pakistan with 107 for the seventh wicket before the former was run out for 71 by a smart underarm throw from Mitchell Santner at square leg.
Faheem Ashraf inclusion was heavily criticized by the fans and critics alike, He proved everyone wrong and justified his selection in the playing XI of Pakistan team. Misbah ul Haq the head coach of Pakistan who was criticized and accused of nepotism in selecting Faheem in the playing XI is now receiving praises.
Mohammad Rizwan’s selection as a make shift captain was also criticized, but he has proved himself to be a strong character mentally and a fighter with the bat.
New Zealand’s prospects are bright and they should win this game for here on. Batsman played brilliantly in first innings and then Kiwi quicks bowled exceptionally well. Southee, Boult and Wagner took two wickets each. New Zealand are in the driving seat and Pakistan would need a miracle to save this test match. However, Cricket is a game of surprises and anything can happen in this glorious sport. New Zealand will resume their innings tomorrow.
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