NZ takes control in Karachi after Williamson’s.

NZ takes control in Karachi after Williamson’s double-hundred.

Karachi, Pakistan, December 29 (Reuters) -Kane Williamson of New Zealand hit a masterful 200. without being out on Thursday to put his team in command of the opening test against Pakistan after being relieved of the responsibility of red-ball leadership. Williamson handed in his resignation as test captain earlier this month, but he demonstrated that he is still the backbone of New Zealand’s batting by leading them to a massive 612-9 before captain Tim Southee declared with a lead of 174. In order to prevent New Zealand from taking an early 1-0 lead in the two-test series, Pakistan finished day four on 77-2, still 97 down, and having to bat heroically.NZ takes control in Karachi

Schedule for England’s trip to Bangladesh.

Imam-ul-Haq, the opener, was batting at stumps with 45 runs scored, and night watchman Nauman Ali was at the other end with 4. The National Stadium’s flat surface required Pakistan’s bowlers to strain their backs in order to occasionally succeed, and more labor awaited them once New Zealand resumed on 440-6. Williamson and Ish Sodhi, the overnight batters who struck a career-best 65, put on a seven-wicket stand of 159 to stun the hosts.  Abrar Ahmed (5-205) eventually broke the stand. but Williamson could not be denied his accomplishment. When Pakistan came out to bat for the second time in the match. they were unable to escape the final session unscathed either

Rehan Ahmed scored five wickets to help England.

Williamson struck Abrar for a six with number 11 Ajaj Patel at the other end to get closer to the double hundred, and four overs later, he reached the mark with a single off the spinner. Williamson, who scored patiently in 395 balls and smashed 21 fours, hoisted his bat and took off his helmet in a typically understated celebration, and New Zealand quickly declared victory. Pakistan’s bowling attack appeared worn out after attempting to bowl nearly 195 overs on an uncooperative surface. Spinners Abrar and Nauman (3-185) toiled for nearly 131 overs together, and the side’s general sloppiness made the bowlers’ job more difficult. The hosts missed a few stumpings. dropped three catches.

Source: reuters

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