Twitter Reactions: Faheem Ashraf turns messiah for Pakistan as they manage to avoid follow-on
For the hosts, Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers.
Updated - Dec 28, 2020 12:20 pm
The New Zealand bowlers ripped through the Pakistan batting line up as the visitors were bowled out for 239 at the end of Day 3 of the first Test at the Bay Oval. Pakistan have their backs against the wall now, as the kiwis lead by 192 runs. The visitors’ top order crumbled like a pack of cards under some fiery bowling from the New Zealand pacers. Abid Ali’s dogged resistance came to an end in the 13th over of the day. Kyle Jamieson’s delivery pitched just outside off stump, came in sharply, and knocked over Ali’s stumps. The opener departed for a 104 ball 25.
Nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas was the next man to depart. He had frustrated the Kiwis and consumed 55 deliveries, but his knock came to an end when he edged Trent Boult to Ross Taylor at slip. And with that grab, Taylor became the second New Zealand cricketer to complete 150 catches in Tests.
Azhar Ali was the next batsman to walk back to the pavilion. The right-hander nudged at a delivery from Tim Southee that swung away, the ball took a faint edge, and keeper Watling completed the formalities. The last batsman to depart in the Pre-Lunch session was Haris Sohail. The left-hander went for the drive, the ball took the outside edge and settled into the waiting hands of Henry Nicholls at gully to give Southee his second wicket.
The defiant stand between Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf
Fawad Alam lasted for 42 deliveries to score 9 runs, but a sharp bouncer from Neil Wagner brought his innings to an end as he edged a bouncer into the hands of the keeper. But, a defiant stand of 107 runs between Mohammad Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf gave Pakistan something to smile about. The duo was positive in their intent, did not hold themselves back, and took the attack to the opposition. There was a flurry of boundaries scored in the final session of the day by both the willow wielders.
But then, just when it looked as if the duo would kick on to keep New Zealand at bay, a brilliant piece of fielding from Mitchell Santner ended Rizwan’s stubborn knock of 71. The Pakistan skipper charged back for the second run, but Santner’s throw from mid-wicket resulted in a direct hit and caught Rizwan inches short of his ground. Yasir Shah then had his stumps cleaned up by a Trent Boult special.
Faheem continued his aggressive approach and pummeled the Kiwi bowlers all around the park. The left-hander smashed his career-best score of 91 and his counterattacking innings allowed Pakistan to successfully avoid the follow on.
For the hosts, Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers. The right-arm pacer bowled probing lengths throughout the day to finish with impressive figures of 3/35. However, in spite of the heroics from Faheem and Rizwan, Pakistan still have a huge mountain to climb heading into Day 4.
Here are the best tweets
Lovely to see so many New Zealand players rush to Faheem after his dismissal to congratulate him on his highest test score. Perpetually sporting, the Kiwis always tend to be the good guys of world cricket. #NZvPAK
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) December 28, 2020
New Zealand's bowlers at home in 2020:
Wickets by Pacers – 85*
Wickets by Spinners – 0*
[Max 10 wickets left in 2020]
Only one team played 5 or more Tests in a calendar year with 0 spin wickets in a country – West Indies in England, 1980. #NZvPAK
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) December 28, 2020
Faheem missed the hundred but an outstanding innings of 91 well done Rana.
— Ali Raza (@alisanalysis) December 28, 2020
Faheem Ashraf gone for 91. Pakistan all out 239. New Zealand leads by 192. #NZvPak
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) December 28, 2020
Williamson walking up to Faheem Ashraf after he got out says alot about the quality of that innings.. Deserved a century but nevertheless outstanding fight back & let's not forget captain's fighting knock too. Well played @iFaheemAshraf & @iMRizwanPak 👏 #NZvPAK
— Faizan Najeeb (@najeebfaizan) December 28, 2020
Remarkable New Zealand tour for Faheem Ashraf, Pakistan was 80 for 6 then he scored 91 runs from 134 balls including 15 fours & 1 sixes – Biggest positive for Pakistan in this series and moving forward.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 28, 2020
Superb batting by M.Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf under pressure salvaged some pride for Pakistan. From 50/5 Pak managed to score 239, Faheem was unlucky not to get his first Test hundred. 192 runs lead is a healthy one for Kiwis.#PAKvNZ
— Mirza Iqbal Baig (@mirzaiqbal80) December 28, 2020
What a knock he played on pressure scenario. Made important partnership, defended team from follow-on but sadly missed his century by just 9 runs. Well played CHAMP !! 👏😎#PAKvNZ #FaheemAshraf pic.twitter.com/ZwMEeIGpvR
— Sherlock MIND 🔥 (@Dreamerdude12) December 28, 2020
— Sarmad Riaz (@SarmadRiaz13) December 28, 2020
— 💥 WALI NASIR💥 (@Walinasir20) December 28, 2020
#FaheemAshraf's superb innings:
1. Came in with #Pakistan in severe pressure
2. Negotiated with the early variable bounce
3. Negotiated the new ball also
4. Strike rate was good
5. Avoided the follow-on (Joint effort of Faheem/Rizwan)
— SherY (@SherySyed2) December 28, 2020
Man, Faheem Ashraf deserved that century. Played so well 👏 Hard luck he got out on 91 #NZvsPAK
— Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) December 28, 2020