New Zealand was just a wicket away from winning while on the other hand, Pakistan has to run only 15 to achieve victory, but bad light spoiled the excitement.
New Zealand set a target of 319 runs for Pakistan in the 4th innings. It was quite hard to chase it in a short time, having the pressure of losing the series too. Pakistan lost his early 5 wickets for just 80 runs, it was seen that they would probably lose the match as well as the test series with New Zealand. Michael Bracewell grabbed four wickets from the New Zealand side and proved very effective for them. Suddenly, a twist occurred in the match as a wonderful partnership of 123 runs between Sarfraz Ahmed and Saud Shakeel. It seemed that Pakistan’s lower order came to their rescue and created hope towards the target.
Bracewell got the wicket of Shakeel. It was the sixth wicket fall for Pakistan with a score of 203 runs. Then Sarfaraz and Agha Salman handled the wickets and added 70 runs to drag their side back. Sarfraz saved the one end but lost Salman and Hassan Ali eventually. After some time, Sarfraz himself got out by scoring 118 runs and couldn’t hit the winning runs for his country.
New Zealand was very close to beating Pakistan in this match, they build the pressure on both Naseem Shah and Abrar by circling them with 9 fielders. But, Naseem hit two crucial boundaries very bravely, the match in sensational moments at that time as eventually, it all went for nothing, as a thrilling Test match ended in a draw with New Zealand one wicket away from the win, and Pakistan 15 runs on 21 balls short of their target of 319 due to bad lights snuffed out the final three overs.
Sarfraz was awarded as the best player of the match and the series as well. He called this inning of 118 runs as his career-best innings.