The 2nd and final Test between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a draw but had an element of controversy as the umpires stopped play with three overs to spare due to bad light.
On the final day, New Zealand were the favourite to win the series as they took five wickets early in the day’s play.
However, a 123-run stand between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Saud Shakeel helped Pakistan stay alive in the match. After a point, it even looked like they could also have gone for the win.
Meanwhile, towards the end, Pakistan lost four wickets, and the Kiwis were just a wicket away from handing Pakistan their 3rd straight home Test series defeat.
The controversial moment arrived when on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Alex Wharf called off the play with three overs to spare, citing poor light. The decision infuriated New Zealand players.
New Zealand legends Scott Styris and Jimmy Neesham did not mince their words and slammed the officials.
“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,” tweeted Styris.
Jimmy Neesham responded to Styris’ tweet and wrote, “You sit through 4 days of rubbish to set up a genuinely enthralling finish then this shit happens. What an absolute dog’s breakfast of a sport.”