Pakistan hold on to secure thrilling draw against New Zealand

New Zealand 449 (Conway 122, Latham 71, Abrar 4-149) and 277 for 5 dec (Bracewell 74*, Blundell 74, Hamza 1-38) drew with Pakistan 408 (Shakeel 125*, Imam 83, Ajaz 3-88) and 304 for 9 (Sarfaraz 118, Masood 35, Bracewell 4-75)

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Pakistan clung on for a thrilling draw on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand to ensure the two-match series ended level at 0-0.

All four results were possible going into the final hour but a flurry of wickets saw the Black Caps push for the win amid increasing gloom in Karachi.

They only needed one more wicket when bad light stopped play with Pakistan 304-9, 15 runs short of their target.

The first Test, also in Karachi, ended as a draw last month.

Sarfaraz Ahmed was the pick of the batters with a battling 118, while Michael Bracewell took 4-75 with the ball for New Zealand.

The hosts began the day on 0-2 needing 319 runs to secure the win but slipped to 80-5 before lunch.

A 123-run partnership between Saud Shakeel and Sarfaraz raised hopes of a dramatic win, with a further 140 runs required going into the evening session.

Sarfaraz Ahmed attacked perfectly for Pakistan •Jan 05, 2023•AFP/Getty Images

Shakeel eventually fell for 32 but Sarfaraz went on to complete his fourth Test century from 135 deliveries, before spritely 30 from 40 balls from Agha Salman accelerated the scoring and brought the victory target within sight.

However, Agha, Sarfaraz and Hasan Ali fell in quick succession, prompting last batters Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed to change their approach and attempt to bat out the match.

New Zealand fielders surrounded the bat and failed with two DRS reviews amid increasing tension, before the umpires took the players off with three scheduled overs still to play. (BBC)

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