Kamran Akmal
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Pakistan’s star Kamran Akmal unleashed a stinging attack on Babar Azam’s squad after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s century salvaged a draw for the side in the second Test against New Zealand.

The first Test of the series had also ended in a draw when bad light eventually forced the end of Day 5.

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Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed (PC-AP)

In Karachi, the second Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a thrilling draw. Chasing a 319-run target, Pakistan rode on a superb century from veteran wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed and nearly pulled off an incredible victory. However, consistent wickets at the other end ultimately helped the Kiwis register a draw.

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Pakistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

The final wicket had actually been added to by Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed for a total of 17 runs, but the umpires called off the day’s play with three overs left because of poor lighting.

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“It was an incredible comeback”: Kamran Akmal

Sarfaraz was praised for his remarkable performance under duress, while Kamran Akmal, another Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter, harshly criticized the rest of the team for lacking grit on the final day of the Test. If Sarfaraz hadn’t played the century innings, according to Kamran, the game would have been over by tea.

“It was an incredible comeback. You want to see this kind of return. It was enjoyable for me. He demonstrated intent and demonstrated the significance of an experienced player’s presence. He was the one who hit the century, saved the game, and got us to a winning position” Kamran Akmal said.

Pakistan vs New Zealand
Pakistan vs New Zealand (PC-AP)

“If he hadn’t played the knock, the game would have ended before tea and you’d be sipping tea in your hotel room, Now, the errors of the captain, the selectors, and the team management will neatly be disguised by Sarfaraz’s knock. Everyone will be talking about his incredible recovery,” Kamran Akmal explained on his own YouTube channel.

Pakistan’s home Test record during the 2021–23 World Test Championship cycle was winless; in eight matches against Australia, England, and New Zealand, Pakistan suffered four losses (one to each of Australia and England) and three draws.

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