Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad’s career-best innings came to a painful, unusual and somewhat embarrassing end in the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
The 22-year-old, playing in his eighth Test, racked up his third century on Day 1 and achieved a new high-score by advancing to 176 on Day 2. But after 115 overs out in the middle, Shehzad was felled by a Corey Anderson bouncer. He dropped his bat, which fell onto the stumps – out by that rarest of dismissals, hit wicket.
Shehzad was left dazed and distressed after copping the blow to the helmet, but eventually recovered to walk off to a standing ovation for his outstanding 371-ball knock.
It was a brief moment of respite for the Black Caps. After enduring a 178-run opening stand by Shehzad and Mohammed Hafeez (96), and a 169-run second-wicket partnership between Shehzad and Azhar Ali (87), veteran Younis Khan (100no) and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (102no) continued their unbelievable run of form to post unbeaten centuries.
Pakistan declared at a mammoth 3-566 after a history-making effort – it was the first time in Test history a team’s top five batsmen have recorded 80-plus scores in an innings.
Tom Latham and Brendon McCullum survived the last seven overs of the day for the tourists to be 0-15 at stumps…but with a huge mountain to scale if they are to salvage a draw against in-form Pakistan.