PAK vs. NZ | Twitter reacts to unnecessarily desperate Pakistan squandering two reviews in three attempts to fire Kane Williamson
The most valuable possession in Test cricket will always be to get the opposition marquee batsman out early on a flat deck. Pakistan seemed all too aware of this as the duo of Abrar Ahmed and Babar Azam twice unsuccessfully reviewed while trying to get rid of Kane Williamson in Karachi.
Pakistan’s latest rotation sensation Abrar Ahmed found himself in hot water in the second Test match against New Zealand at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday after squandering two of his side’s precious overhaul opportunities in succession quick. The hosts found themselves on 408 in response to the Kiwi’s 449 total in the opening innings, putting the game on a roughly even pin on Day 4 of the encounter. However, the Men in Green try to force a reversal of fortune by trying to get the star drummer out. Kane Williamson at the start of round two after scalping Devon Conway for a golden duck, but was disappointed at the end of it all.
The first incident happened on the first ball of the 10th with Williamson undefeated on 7 of 29 deliveries. Abrar threw a googly to the leg stump which didn’t seem to move much but eventually hit Williamson on his pads after a failed sweep attempt. The Pakistani players immediately appealed but the referee shook his head to dismiss their protest. Abrar and his teammates seemed convinced the ball had kicked in line and Azam left it until the very end to signal a review. Replays showed the ball impact was clearly outside the leg stump as commentators threw flak at the Pakistani skipper for the unnecessary scrutiny.
Undeterred, Azam decided to use their second review a few balls later after Abrar pleaded his case to the skipper. On the 12th, a full delivery thrown almost the length of the yorker again rushed into Williamson’s pads around the leg stump. Further review after much consideration this time showed the pitch and impact were in line but the angle had driven the ball down the leg. Thus, in 11.2 overs, Pakistan had already wasted two opinions and had only one left. Squandered reviews may prove costly for Pakistan as New Zealand were 76/1 on Lunch, and the former opposition skipper is still unbeaten on 29 (83).
Just the 2nd!
— MINIBUS 2022 (@minibus2022) January 5, 2023
I can’t think of anyone worse than Babar Azam when it comes to DRS#PakvsNZ
— xargarusman (@xargarusman) January 5, 2023
— Arjit Anand 😷 (@arjitanand) January 5, 2023
@TheRealPCB @bazidkhan81 @scottbstyris @Sdoull
The PCB should appoint impartial commentators
I thought Baber was the captain making the decision on the reviews but they wanted to put all the blame on Sarfaraz. They have their own agenda #biased comment #secondtest #pakvsnz
— Shariq Qamar (@ShariqMCP) January 5, 2023
So fast but why!
You are so quick to review, if you had made the stick as soon as possible, our position would have been better today. #PakvsNZ
— Abid Abish🇵🇰 (@AbidAbish) January 5, 2023
Only one left
We are 37/1 with 2 lost reviews and only 1 remaining🥲 #PakvsNZ
– Pct devotee (mostly shadabs🥀) (@PctDevotee) January 5, 2023
— Ashwini Sharma (@Ashoteric) January 5, 2023
Within 12 overs
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