KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan was 15 runs shy of the winning target and New Zealand short by just one wicket as the teams drew the second test on a thrilling final day Friday.
Pakistan was 304-9 with its last pair in, and New Zealand desperately seeking one more wicket, when bad light ended play with three overs remaining.
The test series, New Zealand’s first in Pakistan in 20 years, was also drawn.
Sarfaraz Ahmed stymied New Zealand with a stoic century and looked like leading his side to safety, at least, until he was the ninth man out in the 87th over.
No. 11 batter Abrar Ahmed joined No. 10 Naseem Shah and they held out for 21 balls before the umpires ended the match in dimming light.
“Came down to the last moments. Great end to 10 days of pretty tough toil,” New Zealand captain Tim Southee said. “We knew from the nature of the surface that things could happen late in the test but Sarfaraz was probably the difference. We could’ve won had we got him earlier.”
New Zealand took seven wickets on the final day, including Sarfaraz, but he stood firm for 4 fours, 48 minutes for his 118.