Sarafaraz Ahmed starred with a gutsy century as Pakistan held their nerves to draw the second Test against New Zealand at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Chasing a target of 139, Pakistan had resumed their innings at 0/2 on the final day as Abdullah Shafique and nightwatchman Mir Hamza were dismissed after New Zealand’s brave declaration. The hosts lost three wickets in the first session before Sarfaraz Ahmed and Saud Shakeel put on a strong partnership.
Pakistan seemed to edge closer to the win after Sarfaraz scored his fourth Test ton. However, the hosts lost four wicket in the final session, including Sarfaraz (118), putting New Zealand back in the driver’s seat. But, there was more drama in store as Pakistan’s last pair, Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed, took the game to the Kiwis bowlers, before both teams hugged it out to settle for a draw.
The two-match series ends 0-0 after the first Test had also ended in a stalemate.