Pak vs NZ Face-off: A summary of the best and worst performances

A little recap!

New Zealand swept the Test series 2-0 and topped the world rankings by winning against Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs. The Kiwis defeated the Shaheens by 186 runs in the second Test in Christchurch on Wednesday.

New Zealand gave a record-breaking outstanding performance. On the other hand, Pakistan made headlines with highly disappointing performances, probably their worst to date.

Shan Masood headed the board with a quacktrick.

Kyle Jamieson took 3 out of 4 dismissals following lunch as Pakistan left for tea on the fourth day in Christchurch at 134 for 7. They required 228 further runs to have New Zealand bat once again.

Jamieson, a phenomenally tall man, had the exceptional figures of 5 for 38 coupled with his 6 for 69 in the first innings to make him the first ever bowler who has taken more than 10 wickets in a Test in Hagley Oval.

While Jamieson was incredibly tough for the Shaheens, enough to win him Player of the Match title, Kane Williamson was responsible for catapulting his team to the very top, winning the Man of the Series title and making New Zealand the best team in the world in Test.

Williamson made a surprising 388 runs in the two Tests with an towering average of 129, along with a double ton.

Some players from the Pakistan team showed some level of resistance. There was Azhar Ali with his 37 runs, Abid Ali with 26, Faheem Ashraf with 28 and Zafar Gohar with 37. However, the batsmen could not muster enough runs to put up a strong fight, and thus failed.

The debutant Zafar Gohar put up a good resistance, but it was Williamson’s turn to bowl, who eliminated Shaheen Afridi at 7.

Williamson has also been crowned the first centurion of 2021.

The Pakistan team played their worst two games ever, with players giving their worst bowling and fielding respectively. Muhammad Rizwan was an exception with his three half-centuries in the two matches.

Pakistanis expressed their disillusionment with the team and bashed Masood for his subpar performance. The opener scored a couple of ducks in Pakistan’s second Test as New Zealand’s opponent.

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