The opening Test between Pakistan and New Zealand resulted in a draw. It meant that Pakistan failed to win a single Test at home in 2022. In fact, out of nine Tests in 2022, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam could only lead his team to victory in one of them.
Meanwhile, after the conclusion of the first Test, Babar attended a post-match press conference in which he got annoyed by a journalist’s comment and gave him a death stare before walking out of the press conference.
The incident happened towards the end of the conference when a journalist, after getting ignored by Babar, shouted,
"Ye koi tareeka nahi hain, yaha sawaal ke lie aapko ishaare kar rahe hain" (This is not the way, I'm making repeated gestures to ask a question).
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The First Test match ended without any result
The first Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand was a run-fest in Karachi, in which both teams posted big totals in the first innings. Babar won the toss and opted to bat first. He led from the front and top-scored with 161 to help his team post 438 runs on the board in the first innings. T
The visitor's response was even stronger, as they posted 612 for nine wickets, thanks to former skipper Kane Williamson’s 200 not-out and opening batter Tom Latham's 113.
In their second innings, Pakistan declared their innings after making 311 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Babar tried to spice up the game by inviting the Kiwis to bat again and chase down 138 runs in around 14–15 overs but due to bad lighting, only 7.3 overs of play were possible.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Babar said that Pakistan wanted a result out of the game and hence, they declared early.
“As you know, we wanted to get a result, as I said at the toss, and we went for the declaration. But the light was not good enough, so (it ended in a draw),” Babar said.