It was indeed a riveting five-day fixture between New Zealand and Pakistan. Whilst Pakistan gained the upper hand with their first-innings show, the visitors were firmly ahead in the game when Kane Williamson spearheaded the batting unit with a double century.
Ish Sodhi, in the most stunning fashion struck six times with the ball in the second innings before Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Wasim put on a show, taking the hosts past the 250-run mark, and eventually the 300-run mark before Babar Azam declared, leaving the visitors a dangling target of 138.
With 138 runs to win in 15 overs, New Zealand went for the win with their score on 61/1 in eight overs before bad lights ensured that play did not continue further. Former New Zealand skipper Williamson stated that all three results were possible, which made the Test pretty intriguing.
“We had a fantastic match in the last game, and, all chances of results coming into the last day. It was a good surface, the bowlers had to work pretty hard and we saw a little bit of assistance for the spin coming late into the match. We'll have to assess conditions going into this next game,” Williamson told Geo TV.
Pakistan have been severely depleted with injuries to their top-stars. But despite that, they have produced talent after talent, that has caught Williamson’s attention.
“They've always got so much talent and every time that I've played them over the years, there's always been some, perhaps new players that have come into the side and you're always just amazed,” he added.
“The quality and talent that they seem to keep producing in this country, we always know that, whatever side that's been put out, and whatever conditions are, it is always going to be a tough challenge.”
With the second Test yet again in Karachi, the right-hander insisted that the visitors would only be looking to focus on their game, and stick by their plans.
“We just try and sort of focus on our cricket and how we want to try and stick to our plans and adjust to the changing conditions. It looks perhaps a little bit different. What's important for us as a team is that we assess and try and stick to our plans,” Williamson added.