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Nawaz, Naseem power Pakistan bundle NZ at 261 despite Conway’s ton

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KARACHI: Pakistan left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz and young pacer Naseem Shah spearheaded Pakistan’s bowling attack against New Zealand as the hosts bundled out the Blackcaps for 261 despite a magnificent century from Devon Conway.

New Zealand, batting first after winning the toss, could only manage to amass 261 despite an astonishing second-wicket partnership between skipper Kane Williamson and Devon Conway with the latter scoring a century.

The touring side had an unwanted start to their innings as they lost their opener Finn Allen in the first over off Naseem Shah.

Following the early slump, skipper Williamson and opener Conway attempted to anchor the innings with a gritty second-wicket partnership as they added 181 runs at a decent pace.

Amid the second-wicket stand, New Zealand were eyeing to amass the 300-run mark but Naseem struck in the 30th over to remove Conway briefly after the latter’s century and broke the vital partnership.

Conway top-scored for New Zealand with 101 off 92 deliveries, laced with 13 boundaries and a six.

Following the much-needed breakthrough, Babar Azam’s move to bring spin paid off as Mohammad Nawaz pushed the touring side to the backfoot with back-to-back strikes in the 33rd over.

New Zealand then endured another major setback in the form of Williamson, who walked back after scoring an anchoring 82 off 100 balls with the help of 10 boundaries.

Following his dismissal, New Zealand lost wickets at an alarming rate, which halted their expedition towards a big total as eight of their batters could not amass double digits.

Besides Conway and Williamson, Santner remained the other notable run-getter as he offered a fightback with his gritty 37 off 40 deliveries before getting run out in the last over.

Nawaz led the bowling attack for Pakistan with 4/38, while Naseem claimed three wickets. Usama Mir and Haris Rauf, on the other hand, made one scalp each.

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