First Test between Pakistan and New Zealand: Pakistan set a singular record in Karachi. Due to the dismissal of Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood, they are included into the records.
Tom Blundell of New Zealand does a first-of-its-kind historic accomplishment against Pakistan on Day 1 of 145 years of Test cricket.
The wicketkeeper for New Zealand, Tom Blundell, performed a rare achievement on Day 1 of the series opener against Pakistan in Karachi, cementing his position in Test cricket’s 145-year history.
Pakistan’s early struggles against New Zealand in Karachi on Monday shocked them, but a half-century from skipper Babar Azam gave them some hope again as they reached 115/4 at lunch. Pakistan is currently playing the BlackCaps, who they just defeated in the T20 World Cup semifinals, after suffering back-to-back series losses at home to Australia earlier this year and England just last week. The first session of this series saw Michael Bracewell take two wickets, Tim Southee take one, and Ajaz Patel take one apiece, making New Zealand the undisputed champions. However, getting the wood over them in Tests promises to provide a whole new danger.
The New Zealand wicketkeeper Tom Blundell accomplished a rare achievement that won him a position in the 145-year history of Test cricket. As a result of Blundell’s outstumping of Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood, the first two wickets to fall in a men’s cricket Test match were ever impacted by stumpings. In the fourth over of the game, NZ captain Southee sent the ball to Ajaz Patel and struck the target, sending Shafique back in his first ever return. Ajaz drew back his length to discover Shafique jaywalking outside the crease as the Pakistani opener rushed down the wickets.
The 145-year-old record: New Zealand’s Tom Blundell records first-ever historic feat in 145 years of Test cricket against Pakistan on Day 1
Pakistan won the toss for the first Test match taking place at National Stadium in Karachi, and decided to bat first. It’s interesting that they were able to accomplish something that has never been done in Test cricket. The first two victims were Pakistani hitters Shan Masood and Abdullah Shafique. Tom Blundell, the wicketkeeper for New Zealand, stumped both batters. For the first time in the annals of Test cricket, a team’s first two wickets came via stumpings.
Pakistan XI: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (c), Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Agha Salman, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abrar Ahmed, Mir Hamza
New Zealand XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel