Elegant Williamson’s double ton gives Kiwis control of Karachi Test

Kane Williamson scored his fifth double hundred Thursday as the Kiwis declared their innings after piling up 616 for 9 and gained a 174-run lead to put pressure on Pakistan while also bagging two wickets in the Karachi Test.

By the close of play, Imam-ul-Haq was batting on 45 with Nauman Ali – the night watchman – scoring 4, with Pakistan still trailing by 97 runs as the host batters faced pressure from the Kiwi spinners.

Abdullah Shafique (17) was the first to go after he played a reckless stroke, ending up giving a catch to substitute fielder Glenn Philips on the bowling of Michael Bracewell, ending a 47-run opening stand.            

And when 2.3 overs were remaining in the day, Shan Masood was adjudged LBW. Ish Sodhi was the successful bowler.

But Imam and Nauman managed to survive and stretched Pakistan’s total to 77 by adding another six runs.

However, the day belonged to the Kiwi pair of Williamson and Sodhi. They were involved in a 159-run seventh wicket partnership which ended with the fall of Sodhi on 595 after the visitors resumed their innings with 440 runs on the board. He scored his career-best 65 runs during a knock laced with 11 boundaries.   

In fact, it is difficult to determine who the biggest thorn in the flesh was for Pakistan – world’s top batter Williamson or Sodhi a bowler who can bat.

The Kiwis leg spinner faced 180 balls and gave the required company to Williamson as they made the Pakistani bowlers and fielders toil hard during the day while keeping them on the field for 194.5 overs. And during the process, they ended any chances of a victory for Pakistan.

One can easily say that there are only two possible results now: a draw if Pakistan can blunt the Kiwi spinners or a victory for New Zealand.

As far as Williamson is concerned, his innings was again showpiece of elegance and determination with calculated risks. His unbeaten 395-ball knock contained one six and 21 fours. He demonstrated tremendous patience, great control, and exemplary footwork against spin, ending a poor run in away matches, in which had scored only 233 runs in eight Tests.

For Pakistan, Abrar bagged another five-fer but at cost of bowling 67.5 overs and conceding 205 runs. Similar, Nauman had a figures of three for 185 in 63 overs while Mohammad Wasim chipped in with a wicket costing 105 runs in 34 overs.

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