Sarfaraz Ahmed Gets Out To Controversial Stumping in 2nd Test Against New Zealand. Watch

Pakistan are placed in a precarious position in the second Test against New Zealand. Left-hander Saud Shakeel hit a maiden century Wednesday before New Zealand hit back to keep Pakistan to 407-9 at the close of the third day of the second Test in Karachi. Shakeel was unbeaten on 124 and Abrar Ahmed yet to score after New Zealand took four wickets in the final session for 70 runs, leaving the hosts 42 runs shy of the tourists’ first innings total of 449. Shakeel has kept his end intact for 488 minutes — batting all day Wednesday, and adding 83 for the fourth wicket with Imam-ul-Haq (83) and 150 for the fifth with Sarfaraz Ahmed (78).

However, the stand with Sarafraz ended on a controversial note. Sarfaraz was stumped on 78 in the penultimate over before the break, having scored his third consecutive half-century of the series. It happened in the 100th over, when Tom Blundell affected the stumping of Ahmed off Daryl Mitchell. After several replays, third umpire Ahsan Raza decided Sarfaraz’s show was not on the ground when Blundell dislodged the bails.

However, fans felts otherwise and vented their anger on Twitter.

Talking about the match, Shakeel said he was delighted to score a hundred on his home ground.

“It was also great to have Sarfaraz alongside me because he gave me confidence when I was in nineties,” he said.

New Zealand wicketkeeper Tom Blundell believed the wicket was still good for batting.

“We have to get the last wicket (Thursday) and then, I guess, have to reassess because Pakistan are a good batting side, so probably need a big total.”

With AFP inputs

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