In the ongoing test series against New Zealand, Pakistan top order fires to put their team in a comfortable position.
Looks like Pakistan’s batting woes are over now as the top order is beginning to get the runs under their belt. In the ongoing Test series against New Zealand, 3 of Pakistan’s 5 top order batsman converted starts hit centuries. Ahmed Shehzad was the pick of the batsman as he scored 176, before he fell prey to a nasty delivery from Corey Anderson.
The match is being played in Abu Dhabi, which is Pakistan’s home ground. Owing to the 3 tons, Pakistan are currently in a comfortable position as they posted 566/3 declared. The other two centurions are Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. They both scored 100* and 102* respectively. What is interesting to note is that the lowest score of the top 5 was 87 that was by Azhar Ali.
The ‘Professor’ Mohammed Hafeez missed out on his first Test hundred since 2012 by 4 runs. This stunning performance comes on the back of a great victory against Australia, where they thrashed the visitors 2-0.
After Pakistan declared the innings at 566/3, New Zealand were sent out to bat for 7 overs. Brendon McCullum and Tom Latham survived the test and ended the second day at 15/0.
Things seem to be falling into place for Pakistan right before the World Cup begins in February. However, there still is concern for the team as its top spinner Saeed Ajmal is barred by the ICC from bowling due to an illegal bowling action.