Sarfaraz Ahmed hit a preventing unbeaten half-century on Friday as Pakistan tried to cease New Zealand’s victory march on the ultimate day of the second Take a look at in Karachi.
At tea, Pakistan have been 179-5 — chasing 319 to win — with Sarfaraz and Saud Shakeel preventing to salvage a draw on 65 and 27 respectively after New Zealand dominated the primary session.
A series-deciding defeat was on the playing cards at lunch with the full on 125-5, however Sarfaraz and Shakeel carried the combat to the New Zealand bowlers with a sixth-wicket stand that has to date yielded 99 runs.
Sarfaraz, who has hit six boundaries, accomplished his fourth consecutive Take a look at half-century — and 22nd general — sweeping a 4 off spinner Ish Sodhi.
One of the best profitable chase in a Take a look at in Pakistan was 314 by the house crew in opposition to Australia in Karachi in 1994.
Sodhi (2-49) and fellow spinner Michael Bracewell (2-33) jolted Pakistan earlier with three wickets within the first session.
Resuming two down with none runs on the board, Pakistan misplaced Imam-ul-Haq (12), skipper Babar Azam (27) and Shan Masood (35) earlier than reaching three figures.
Haq fell to a rash drive off Sodhi because the ball spun in and crashed onto the stumps.
Azam and Masood then placed on 42 runs and have been trying strong when Bracewell got here into the act.
He first eliminated Azam with a pointy turning supply that was edged to wicketkeeper Tom Latham, whereas Masood miscued a lofted shot and was caught brilliantly by Kane Williamson at mid-off.