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Pak versus NZ: Alam, Rizwan set up solid obstruction in New Zealand Test

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Fawad Alam (L) and Mohammad Rizwan (R) contact gloves during the fifth day of the principal cricket Test coordinate between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on December 30, 2020. /AFP
  • Fawad Alam and Rizwan have added 140 of every 52 overs for the fifth wicket
  • New Zealand need six additional wickets to win first Test
  • Azhar Ali was away for 38 in the second over of the morning and Pakistan were 75 for four

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: A 140-run organization between Fawad Alam and captain Mohammad Rizwan on Wednesday gave Pakistan any expectations of saving the principal Test.

At tea on day five, Alam was unbeaten on 94, Rizwan was on 45 and Pakistan were 215 for four, setting up a possibly grasping finish.

With 36 overs remaining, Pakistan need 158 to win while New Zealand need six additional wickets. A draw would everything except end New Zealand’s opportunity of making the World Test Championship last at Lord’s in June.

Alam and Rizwan have added 140 out of 52 overs for the fifth wicket.

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It is Alam’s second-most noteworthy score as he, finally, demonstrated the guarantee expected of him subsequent to battling since his review against England in August following 11 years in the Test wilderness.

After a couple of on edge minutes toward the beginning of his innings, the left-hander discovered his musicality as he worked the ball through the field, raising his 50 off 149 conveyances with a solitary through midwicket.

New Zealand’s strike pair Tim Southee and Trent Boult had seven overs with the new ball late in the center meeting yet while there were close shaves, there were no genuine dangers on a pitch not contribution as much skip variety as expected.

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When Kyle Jamieson supplanted Boult there was an uproarious appeal to have Rizwan gotten from the start slip however replays indicated it was a knock ball.

Jamieson had before been entrusted with spending the old ball alongside Mitchell Santner and Neil Wagner for the initial 15 overs after lunch, with Kane Williamson additionally sending down two overs in his first bowl for in excess of a year.

It was a time of regulation where they limited the run stream, yet the closest they went to a wicket was an inside edge from Alam off Jamieson that barely missed leg stump.

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