The New Zealand skipper Tim Southee was disappointed with the result of the second and final Test of the two-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand, which ended in a draw at the National Stadium in Karachi on Friday, November 6. The two-Test series ended in a 0–0 stalemate, despite New Zealand being in a position to win both matches, which were denied by bad light.
New Zealand were on the verge of a series-clinching victory after reducing Pakistan to 80-5 in a chase of 319 runs. Sarfaraz Ahmed helped Pakistan out of trouble with a career-best score of 118, his first century in a Test match since 2014. Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed batted for 21 balls for the last wicket before the umpires decided not to continue the match due to bad light.
A Lot Of Good Cricket Was Played – Tim Southee
At the press conference, Tim Southee said it was disappointing not to win the series against Pakistan after 10 days of hard work. The New Zealand pace bowler said the players put in a lot of effort and were one ball away from a series win.
“You play to win Test matches and we got ourselves in, probably, positions to win both of them. It was pretty tough going but the guys toiled away and we were one ball away from a series victory. So yeah, disappointing to walk away [with a drawn series] and I’m sure Pakistan are the same. You walk away, you toil away for 10 days and a drawn series. A lot of good cricket was played in and amongst those 10 days,” said Southee.
Surfaces Were Still Pretty Good Surface If You Wanted To Just Bat – Tim Southee
Tim Southee said that Pakistan’s pitches, which have come under much criticism recently, are “tough” but good for long hours of batting, and they are not easy to score runs on.
“We felt the surfaces was still a pretty good surface if you wanted to just bat. Tough if you wanted to score runs. So it was a bit of a balancing act to try and get the right amount of overs left and the right amount of runs. And I guess to get a little dip at them [2.5 overs] last night and get them two down, that was a great start.”