1st Test, Karachi, December 26 - 30, 2022, New Zealand tour of Pakistan
438 & 311/8d
(T:138) 612/9d & 61/1

Match drawn

Player Of The Match
Pakistan 1st Innings
New Zealand 1st Innings
Pakistan 2nd Innings
New Zealand 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Pakistan 1st Innings 
Abdullah Shafique st †Blundell b Patel714160050.00
Imam-ul-Haq c Southee b Bracewell2438595063.15
Shan Masood st †Blundell b Bracewell310110030.00
Babar Azam (c)c †Blundell b Southee16128036315157.50
Saud Shakeel c Nicholls b Southee2234562064.70
Sarfaraz Ahmed c Mitchell b Patel861532559056.20
Agha Salman lbw b Southee10315518917066.45
Noman Ali c Bracewell b Wagner775102109.33
Mohammad Wasim c †Blundell b Sodhi2570040.00
Mir Hamza lbw b Sodhi11537006.66
Abrar Ahmed not out 68250175.00
Extras(b 3, lb 10, nb 2, w 1)16
TOTAL130.5 Ov (RR: 3.34, 562 Mins)438
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Abdullah Shafique, 3.3 ov), 2-19 (Shan Masood, 6.1 ov), 3-48 (Imam-ul-Haq, 14.6 ov), 4-110 (Saud Shakeel, 28.6 ov), 5-306 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 85.3 ov), 6-318 (Babar Azam, 90.4 ov), 7-372 (Noman Ali, 116.5 ov), 8-375 (Mohammad Wasim, 117.6 ov), 9-414 (Mir Hamza, 125.6 ov), 10-438 (Agha Salman, 130.5 ov)
Tim Southee25.546932.671228100
28.6 to Saud Shakeel, outside edge, and snapped by gully! Shakeel went driving far away from his body just minutes before lunch, and has to depart. Looked like Southee took this one away from the left-hander after bringing them back in all this while. It was full and wide - not dissimilar to the previous ball, which was also in the driving length outside off, and which Shakeel drove too - as this time Shakeel ended up outside-edging it behind the wicket. 110/4
90.4 to Babar Azam, gone, Babar falls without adding to his overnight score! Southee strikes in the first over of the day, and New Zealand will smell something now. He bowled on a good length, but brought this his line much closer to off stump. It was a fifth-stump line this time, as Babar tried to poke but got a faint outside edge to the keeper. Replays show the ball barely tickled his bat, but he has to go. New Zealand into Pakistan's tail now. 318/6
130.5 to Agha Salman, rapped on his back pad, and Southee's confident leg-before appeal and the fact that it looked close means Agha is given out. But he still reviews with nothing to lose. Good length ball on off, and angles in to hi Agha on his back thigh as he tries to hoick it across the line towards midwicket perhaps. There is no bat involved, as the ball sneaks past his inside edge. Replays show the ball would have crashed into middle stump, as Pakistan are wrapped up. 438/10
Neil Wagner2126613.14918011
116.5 to Nauman Ali, the plan works to perfection from Wagner. There were two fielders under the helmet, and Bracewell was at a shortish square-leg. Wagner bowls short, Nauman goes for the pull, but he's mistimed it. Bracewell sticks his left hand out from that short-ish square leg position and the ball sticks! Nauman looks disappointed, but that's what Wagner can do against batters who haven't faced a lot of short-pitched bowling.. 372/7
Ajaz Patel36611223.1116512000
3.3 to Abdullah Shafique, as easy as it gets! That's a horrific decision from Shafique to walk down the pitch. Patel slows it through the air, Shafique came down the track to meet it before the turn. But the ball lands before him and turns away from him. Blundell grabs behind the stumps and swiftly whips the bails. Oh, Shafique, you wouldn't want to see the replay of that!. 12/1
85.3 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, edged, taken at slip by Mitchell! This time Mitchell holds on, and makes up for Babar's drop. But hang on, it's not done yet. Sarfaraz stands his ground, as if to wait for a clear-catch signal. Aleem Dar takes it upstairs with a soft signal of out, and yup, replays show it is a clean catch. Mitchell took it low, and close to his right boot, immediately falling back to ensure the ball didn't drop out of his hands. It was full and loopy outside off from Ajaz - he even bowled quicker - as Sarfaraz went driving but got an outside edge. He now walks back a disappointed man, even as his contribution of 86 in a 196-run stand in his comeback Test has turned the game around. 306/5
Michael Bracewell2467223.001129100
6.1 to Shan Masood, unbelievable! Absolutely shocking. Another stumping. #BoomBoomBall going awry. Shan comes down the track to a ball that isn't quite full enough, and the ball turns away after landing with the batter trying to hit out of the situation. The slip cordon was celebrating as soon as the ball went past the bat, and Blundell has ages to whip the bails off.. 19/2
14.6 to Imam-ul-Haq, shouts of 'catch it' and Southee at mid off takes the catch. Imam has thrown his wicket away by trying to take Bracewell on at the stroke of drinks. Full ball outside off and Imam looked to muscle it over mid off for four. Instead the ball hits the toe-end of the bat and Southee doesn't get an easier catch. What a way for the two sides to break for drinks.. 48/3
Ish Sodhi2108724.147810001
117.6 to Mohammad Wasim, this time the ramp brings his demise and that's Sodhi's first Test wicket in four years. Wasim premeditates by trying that ramp again, but Sodhi is a smart fox. Drops it short, and Wasim's apparent ramp off the googly takes a tiny edge which the wicketkeeper holds on to.. 375/8
125.6 to Mir Hamza, confident appeal... rather it was only halfway there, before Aleem Dar gave it out. But Hamza has reviewed. It was a fullish delivery pitching around sixth stump, and turning back in to hit Hamza on his front pad. No inside edge, as Hamza tried to defend, with the ball sliding between his bat and pad. Replays show umpire's call on impact, even as it would have hit the top of leg while turning back in and bouncing sharply. Sodhi strikes again, with Agha nearing his hundred and running out of partners. 414/9
Daryl Mitchell301906.3382000
New Zealand 1st Innings 
Tom Latham c sub (Kamran Ghulam) b Abrar Ahmed11319128610059.16
Devon Conway lbw b Nauman Ali9217621514052.27
Kane Williamson not out 20039559321150.63
Henry Nicholls  b Nauman Ali2232463068.75
Daryl Mitchell c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Abrar Ahmed4247667189.36
Tom Blundell lbw b Mohammad Wasim471161333140.51
Michael Bracewell c Mohammad Wasim b Abrar Ahmed513231038.46
Ish Sodhi c Babar Azam b Abrar Ahmed6518022311036.11
Tim Southee (c)c Shan Masood b Nauman Ali057000.00
Neil Wagner c Agha Salman b Abrar Ahmed086000.00
Ajaz Patel not out 0822000.00
Extras(b 7, lb 11, nb 1, w 2, pen 5)26
TOTAL194.5 Ov (RR: 3.14, 813 Mins)612/9d
Fall of wickets: 1-183 (Devon Conway, 52.6 ov), 2-231 (Tom Latham, 69.5 ov), 3-272 (Henry Nicholls, 80.2 ov), 4-337 (Daryl Mitchell, 94.4 ov), 5-427 (Tom Blundell, 126.6 ov), 6-436 (Michael Bracewell, 131.5 ov), 7-595 (Ish Sodhi, 186.3 ov), 8-596 (Tim Southee, 187.3 ov), 9-597 (Neil Wagner, 188.6 ov)
Mir Hamza2638303.1911411000
Mohammad Wasim34610513.0815415000
126.6 to TA Blundell, rapped on the pad, and Wasim appeals confidently. Aleem Dar gives out, as Blundell chats with Williamson and decides not to review. So the drop four balls back doesn't cost Pakistan much. This reverses into the batter from a good length on or just about off stump. Blundell was deep in the crease to try and clip this to the on side, but missed, as he was struck on his back pad. 427/5
Abrar Ahmed67.5820553.0229723200
69.5 to TWM Latham, taken at slip, who moves to his right to gobble the popped-up ball! The ball came off Latham's top edge before clipping his forearm, as he attempted the reverse sweep again. But this time the ball was on a good length, and pitching on middle, unlike the ones which were wide of off so far. It went on with the angle from around the wicket, and took off for a simple catch to leave Latham wondering. A brilliant knock comes to an end, as Pakistan have both openers now. 231/2
94.4 to DJ Mitchell, another reverse sweep gets Pakistan a wicket! Takes Mitchell's left glove, and balloons up, as Sarfaraz jogs forward to end almost in front of Mitchell to complete the catch. Abrar bowled the legspinner, and tossed it up on the fuller side of a length around off stump. Mitchell rolled his wrists early, but the ball took off from his glove and ended up in a comfortable catch. The counterattack ends, as Abrar strikes again. 337/4
131.5 to MG Bracewell, leading edge, and nabbed by mid-off! Late wicket for Pakistan, as the light fades in Karachi. Bracewell closed the bat face early to try and flick to the on side, as this full delivery dipped and turned into him from outside off. The ball flew off the leading edge, and Wasim at mid-off didn't have to move a step to take that. 436/6
186.3 to IS Sodhi, Leading edge goes up, taken at mid-off. First wicket of the day! Full ball pitches just outside leg, it was slow so Sodhi took his front leg across and tried a to whack a flick through midwicket. The ball took the leading edge off the closing face, Babar took an easy catch at mid-off.. 595/7
188.6 to N Wagner, Abrar has a five-for. Wagner tries the switch hit again, he goes hard but gloves it. Balloons to Salman at slip. It was tossed up invitingly, Wagner went after it as he did two balls ago. Late reward for Abrar. 597/9
Noman Ali63518532.9328221121
52.6 to DP Conway, LBW appeal, given not out. And Sarfaraz reviews (interestingly without talking to any other fielder except Nauman). Good length ball outside off, sharply turning in, and hits his front pad. Is there too much bounce? TV umpire thinks there's a small spike when the ball passes the bat, but also feels that is not conclusive. Ball-tracking says? OMG, what a review - crashing into top of middle and leg. Conway falls for 92, and Pakistan get a breakthrough. Good delivery, brave review and a top-class decision from the TV umpire. However, umpire Aleem Dar's list of DRS-related errors rise in this Test.. 183/1
80.2 to HM Nicholls, chopped on! Why take the new ball huh? Fullish outside off. Makes room to cut but the ball stays a tad low, and is quite close to Nicholls' body. Inside edge, onto middle stump.. 272/3
187.3 to TG Southee, Down the track, Southee looks to flay it i inside out. Skied to Masood. Didn't get to the pitch, got it off the bottom and Masood ran in towards mid-off and took it easily. One brings two, eh?. 596/8
Babar Azam411102.75150000
Pakistan 2nd Innings 
Abdullah Shafique c sub (GD Phillips) b Bracewell1768752025.00
Imam-ul-Haq st †Blundell b Sodhi9620632110146.60
Shan Masood lbw b Sodhi1026390038.46
Noman Ali lbw b Bracewell415231026.66
Babar Azam (c)lbw b Sodhi1421282066.66
Sarfaraz Ahmed c †Blundell b Sodhi53761187069.73
Agha Salman  b Sodhi614281042.85
Saud Shakeel not out 551081387150.92
Mohammad Wasim lbw b Sodhi4357785175.43
Mir Hamza not out 33449008.82
Extras(b 8, nb 2)10
TOTAL103.5 Ov (RR: 2.99, 450 Mins)311/8d
Did not bat: Abrar Ahmed 
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Abdullah Shafique, 19.5 ov), 2-71 (Shan Masood, 28.4 ov), 3-82 (Noman Ali, 33.3 ov), 4-100 (Babar Azam, 39.1 ov), 5-185 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 63.3 ov), 6-205 (Agha Salman, 69.1 ov), 7-206 (Imam-ul-Haq, 71.5 ov), 8-277 (Mohammad Wasim, 90.2 ov)
Tim Southee1553902.60778000
Ajaz Patel2428903.7011012200
Michael Bracewell2558223.281168100
19.5 to Abdullah Shafique, Down the track, flicks it flat in the air. Taken by Phillips at mid-on. 'What was the need?', goes Waqar Younus goes on air as Bracewell is all smiles in celebration. It was tossed up outside off, Shafique danced towards the line and looked to whack it over the fielder but got it off the bottom. Hovered to the left of the sub fielder Phillips, who took it well.. 47/1
33.3 to Nauman Ali, a loud appeal for lbw and given. And Nauman is walking back after a brief chat with Imam. It was full around off, Nauman looked to defend it on the front foot but was beaten on the inside edge and struck low on the front pad. Would have crashed into middle. 82/3
Ish Sodhi36.5108662.331727001
28.4 to Shan Masood, Big, sustained appeal for an LBW. Aleem Dar waits and gives it out. Masood reviews after a chat with three seconds to go. It was around a length, spun in. Masood went into his crease, on the back foot. Hit him on the knee roll after he tried to flick it across the line with a fully closed bat-face and missed. No edge, Hawk-Eye predicts it to be clipping leg, it's umpire's call and Masood has to go. Big cheers from the fielders as they flock around Sodhi to congratulate him.. 71/2
39.1 to Babar Azam, and he strikes first ball. A googly to start the over with. Pitched outside off, spun and kept a touch low. Babar went for the pull but missed and was hit in front of middle. Babar has a chat with Imam and sends it upstairs reluctantly. The replay shows it would have gone on to hit the leg stump. 100/4
63.3 to Sarfaraz Ahmed, and out of nowhere, Sodhi has struck. Wasn't a great ball. It was short and wide. But Sarfaraz chased it with the cut only to toe-end it into the keeper's gloves. It was just a tickle and Sodhi knew it straightaway even though Blundell had no idea. 185/5
69.1 to Agha Salman, Sodhi is keeping this Test alive. Tossed up around off. It's not a googly but goes straight on and sneaks in through the gap between bat and pad as Salman came forward to defend it. 205/6
71.5 to Imam-ul-Haq, stumped! Pakistan in real trouble now. Was a googly from around the wicket. Imam came down the track but Sodhi bowled it on a length wide outside off. The turn beat him as he looked to turn it on the leg side and Blundell made no mistake behind the stumps. Imam walks back for 96, Sodhi has a five-for. Imam smashed a chair with his bat on his way to the pavilion and then threw his bat in anger. 206/7
90.2 to Mohammad Wasim, Sodhi strikes again, trapping Wasim lbw with what looked like a flipper. Was a length ball that kept coming in. Wasim was looking to cut it on the back foot but the ball thudded into the back leg. Wasim is having a chat with his partner and eventually decides to review it. Umpire's call on the impact and it was going to hit off and middle. Pakistan save the review but lose the wicket. 277/8
Neil Wagner30702.33130001
New Zealand 2nd Innings (T: 138 runs)
Michael Bracewell  b Abrar Ahmed3540060.00
Devon Conway not out 18163120112.50
Tom Latham not out 35242831145.83
Extras(pen 5)5
TOTAL7.3 Ov (RR: 8.13, 31 Mins)61/1
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Michael Bracewell, 0.6 ov)
Abrar Ahmed302317.6673000
0.6 to MG Bracewell, Down the pitch, the ball stays low and bowls Bracewell. Off-pole disturbed! The batter came down early, Abrar saw him and held back the length, Bracewell couldn't adjust to the low bounce, the room he'd made worked against him. Tried to jam it, got bowled. Abrar roars. 4/1
Agha Salman201407.0051000
Mohammad Wasim1.3015010.0021100
Mir Hamza10404.0020000
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Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 317/5 (Babar Azam 161*, Agha Salman 3*, 90 ov)
Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - New Zealand 1st innings 165/0 (Tom Latham 78*, Devon Conway 82*, 47 ov)
Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - New Zealand 1st innings 440/6 (Kane Williamson 105*, Ish Sodhi 1*, 136 ov)
Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 77/2 (Imam-ul-Haq 45*, Noman Ali 4*, 31 ov)
Fri, 30 Dec - day 5 - New Zealand 2nd innings 61/1 (7.3 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Imam-ul-Haq: 50 off 92 balls (6 x 4)
  • Pakistan: 100 runs in 38.2 overs (231 balls), Extras 1
  • Over 39.1: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - AG Wharf, Batter - Babar Azam (Struck down)
  • Over 45.3: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - AG Wharf, Batter - Imam-ul-Haq (Struck down)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 133/4 in 47.0 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 58, Sarfaraz Ahmed 29)
  • Pakistan: 150 runs in 53.5 overs (324 balls), Extras 1
  • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 88 balls (Imam-ul-Haq 14, Sarfaraz Ahmed 36, Ex 0)
  • Over 57.6: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - AG Wharf, Batter - Imam-ul-Haq (Struck down)
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed was attended to by the physioat 58.6 overs
  • Lunch: Pakistan - 181/4 in 62.0 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 81, Sarfaraz Ahmed 49)
  • Sarfaraz Ahmed: 50 off 75 balls (7 x 4)
  • Pakistan: 200 runs in 67.4 overs (408 balls), Extras 6
  • New ball taken at 81.5 overs
  • Over 81.5: Review by New Zealand (Bowling), Umpire - AG Wharf, Batter - Saud Shakeel (Struck down)
  • Tea: Pakistan - 249/7 in 86.0 overs (Saud Shakeel 23, Mohammad Wasim (1) 20)
  • Pakistan: 250 runs in 86.2 overs (520 balls), Extras 6
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 92 balls (Saud Shakeel 23, Mohammad Wasim (1) 29, Ex 0)
  • Over 90.2: Review by Pakistan (Batting), Umpire - Aleem Dar, Batter - Mohammad Wasim (1) (Struck down - Umpires Call)
  • Pakistan: 300 runs in 98.6 overs (596 balls), Extras 6
  • Saud Shakeel: 50 off 91 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Drinks: Pakistan - 305/8 in 102.0 overs (Saud Shakeel 55, Mir Hamza 1)
  • New Zealand 2nd innings
  • Penalty: 2.5 - Ball striking Fielding Team helmet
  • New Zealand: 50 runs in 5.4 overs (34 balls), Extras 5
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 28 balls (DP Conway 14, TWM Latham 31, Ex 5)
National Stadium, Karachi
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
Kane Williamson
Series result2-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 2486
Match days26,27,28,29,30 December 2022 - day (5-day match)
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
PointsPakistan 4, New Zealand 4
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