Srinagar: The second test between Pakistan and Ne Zealand turned out as thriller in Karachi on Friday, with Pakistan 17 runs short of a victory and New Zealand missing by one wicket. At the of the end of the play Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah and spinner Abrar Ahmed were in the middle and involved in all the actions.
When Sarfaraz Ahmed got out and Pakistan still short of a target by 35 runs, it seems another defeat in store for hosts. However, Naseem Shah launched counter attack abd resisted Kiwi bowlers.
There was a time when Tim Southee brought all folders around Naseem Shah. To his surprise Pakistan youngsters launched a four and six that forced Kiwi skipper to push back his fielders and ultimately settle for a draw due to bad light.
After the match Naseem Shah in a video posted by PCB , revealed that he told Southee that if you keep similar field set up he will try to go for big shots. Naseem said New Zealand skipper pushed fielders back after the six.
“I told Southee, if you keep the same field, I will go for the chase. But he sent the fielders back after that four and six. Then I decided I wouldn’t go for it and a draw would be best,” Naseem Shah said in a video.
Shah also said that Abrar oozed confidence and came out walking like Imran Khan.
“When he was coming in, I told (Tim) Southee – look he’s wearing glasses, it’s so late, he won’t be able to see the ball properly. This is not fair. But he walked in with style, as if he was Imran Khan. I realized this guy has confidence,” revealed Naseem.
Abrar then reflected on how his partner Naseem boosted his confidence in their endeavour to get a favourable result for Pakistan.
“Naseem told me: ‘have belief in yourself. I have seen you in the nets. You bat well, especially against spinners’. He told me to face the leg-spinner since, being one myself, I can read the googly and flipper. He decided to play the off-spinner. That was our discussion,” shared Abrar.
In the two-match Test series, wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed emerged as the Player of the Series. He slammed 335 runs at an incredible average of 83.75 in the two Tests and was the highest run-getter in the series too.