We thought the chase was possible: Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s stand-in captain, acknowledged that his side had decided that they were always going to attempt to chase down New Zealand’s target of 369 on the final day of the Hamilton Test. Pakistan began earnestly with a 131-run first-wicket stand between Azhar and Sami Aslam but collapsed drastically post-Tea to slip to a 138-run defeat, giving New Zealand their first series win over the Asian giants since 1985.
Trailing the two-match series following their defeat in Christchurch, Pakistan remained eager to draw level despite a sedate beginning from the openers. But batsmen after batsmen perished in an attempt to boost the strike-rate either side of the Tea interval, with the side eventually folding for 230.”Above 300 in the last innings is tough in any condition, but with the time lost to rain, this was probably only the fourth day of the Test match,” Azhar said on Tuesday (November 29). “We thought 350-plus in a day is always difficult, but once you’re 1-0 down, you want to make a result out of it. As a team, we thought it’d be possible for us to chase. Even yesterday, the wicket looked good.

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