Saud, Sarfaraz lead Pakistan’s recovery after Imam falls on Day 3
KARACHI: Saud Shakeel and Sarfaraz held the key for Pakistan as they remained solid to push their side to 224/4 at Lunch after set-batter Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed on the third day of the second Test, here at National Bank Cricket Arena on Wednesday.
Starting from an overnight score of 154/3, Pakistan added 70 runs in the first session while and lost a crucial wicket as opener Imam fell prey to New Zealand captain Tim Southee.
Sarfaraz and Saud, however, put up a solid defence as the two survived the rest of the morning session with Pakistan still running a deficit of 225 runs.
Saud remained solid on the crease with a cautious knock of 153-ball 43 while Sarfaraz made 27 from 39 at the interval.
Resuming a promising knock of 74 not out from the previous day, Imam was struck by misfortune when a faint edge off Southee’s bowling ceased his stay on 83 with New Zealand confidently reviewing the umpire’s original decision.
New Zealand managed three early wickets on the second day, dismissing Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood and Babar Azam, after posting a mammoth 449 in the first innings.