Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris criticizes the decision to end the second Test against Pakistan with three overs to spare owing to poor lighting.
The second Test concluded with Pakistan trailing by 15 runs and New Zealand trailing by one wicket before the umpires decided that the light was not good enough to continue the contest.
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Despite losing wickets at the other end while chasing a score of 319, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s valiant century on Day 5 gave Pakistan a chance to win. With less than 10 overs left in the day, the Kiwis brought the fielders in to surround the two remaining batters after Sarfaraz, who had made 118 in 176 balls, became the 10th wicket to go.
However, when the last wicket partnership got going, Pakistan only needed 32 runs to win, and Naseem Shah helped close the gap by a few times hitting over the field and finding the boundary.
At the conclusion of the day, when the umpires decided the light wasn’t strong enough for the game to continue, Pakistan just needed 15 runs to win with roughly three overs remaining. Like the first Test, the second one ended in a draw as the two sets of players shook hands.
“Both teams had a chance of winning”: Scott Styris
Some people were upset by the choice to halt the Test possibly just as the results may have been revealed. Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris and Kiwi superstar Jimmy Neesham were two of them.
Both teams had a chance of winning and we come off the field with 3 overs to go.
Exhibit A of why test cricket is in trouble. 💤💤💤💤💤
Well done both teams for battling all the way.
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) January 6, 2023
“Both teams had a chance of winning and we come off the field with 3 overs to go. Exhibit A of why test cricket is in trouble. Well done both teams for battling all the way,” Scott Styris said in a tweet.
Neesham responded to Scott Styris by saying: “You sit through 4 days of rubbish to set up a genuinely enthralling finish then this s**t happens. What an absolute dog’s breakfast of a sport”
With the tied series against New Zealand, Pakistan has thus put an end to a worrying streak of Test losses at home. They had previously lost 3-0 against a raging England team.