NZ bowlers struggle in warmup draw with Pak A
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand toiled for only two wickets against Pakistan A on the final day of its drawn three-day warm-up match on Wednesday.
Resuming from 13-1 overnight, Pakistan’s batsmen made the Black Caps struggle for 55 overs to reach 153-3 before the match was called off.
Haris Sohail was unbeaten on 40 and Babar Azam was not out on 34, as both batsmen frustrated New Zealand for well over 20 overs to put on 69 runs in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand.
Earlier, offspinner Mark Craig had Sami Aslam caught at mid-off on 31 in the morning session, and fast bowler Doug Bracewell got the only other success after lunch when he clean bowled Abid Ali for 33.
New Zealand’s real challenge begins from Sunday when it takes on a charged-up Pakistan in the first test at Abu Dhabi, where on Monday, Misbah-ul-Haq’s team defeated Australia by 356 runs for a 2-0 victory in that test series.
Pakistan A 215 and 153-3 (Haris Sohail 40 not out, Babar Azam 34 not out; Mark Craig 1-22) drew with New Zealand 244-8 declared.