KARACHI: Pakistan entered the Day 5 of the first Test against New Zealand with their backs pushed against the wall. When the day started, Pakistan still needed to score 102 runs to wipe the deficit.
However, they got off to a poor start and lost the nighwatchman Nauman Ali and captain Babar Azam shortly. Sarfaraz Ahmed joined Imam ul Haq at the crease and ensured that the team did away with the deficit.
The rearguard was short-lived, however, as Sarfaraz Ahmed fell to Sodhi soon after registering his second 50 of the game. The wickets came in a quick succession and Pakistan were left in a bothersome spot with only 32 runs of lead on the board and three wickets in the hand.
Saud Shakeel walked out to bat and scored a gritty half century along with Mohammad Wasim Jr who scored 43. Wasim fell to Sodhi, who picked six wickets in the second innings. Pakistan declared with a lead of 137 on the board, teasing the visitors to chase down the total in 15 overs.
However, only seven overs could be bowled and New Zealand could only score 59 for the loss of one wicket.