As a result of early stumps being called on Day 5 due to poor lighting, the first test match between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a tie. After reaching 311 runs and losing 8 wickets, the home team called it a game and had a 137-run lead.
Imam-ul-Haq provided the most significant contribution, scoring 96 runs, while Saud Shakeel and Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 55 not out and 53 runs, respectively. Sarfaraz Ahmed also scored 53 runs.
Before the game was stopped due to inclement weather, the away team got off to a blazing fast start and achieved a score of 61-1. The winner of the best-of-three series will be determined by the outcome of the next game, which will begin on Monday.
During the press conference that took place after the match, however, Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam became involved in a contentious issue.
As Babar was about to leave the press conference, a reporter became visibly irritated after being ignored by the batter and exclaimed, “This is not the way, I’m making repeated gestures to ask you a question” (This is not the way, I’m trying to ask you a question by making repeated signals).
Before the media manager came and turned off the microphone, Babar gave the reporter the “death gaze” in response to the statement since he did not take it lightly at all.
Ish Sodhi came into the contest and took 6-86, which threatened to give New Zealand victory in the first two sessions on the fifth and final day of the tournament, but Pakistan fought on and declared their second innings when they were 311-8.
That left New Zealand with a difficult goal of 138 to win in 15 overs, and their chase came to an end with the light beginning to fade on 61-1, with Tom Latham and Devon Conway both remaining unbeaten on their respective scores.
The only wicket to fall in the third and final innings was that of Michael Bracewell.
Sodhi was the standout performer as he surpassed his previous high score of 4-60, which he had achieved four years ago against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.