Pakistan came second-best to New Zealand in the most stirring manner after coming agonisingly close to earning a draw in the first Test of the two-match series. Just 27 balls away separated Pakistan from a spectacular draw when tail-ender Naseem Shah was caught and bowled by Mitchell Santner to seal a 101-run win for the home side.
After several days of sheer dominance, New Zealand met their match in a regal partnership between Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan on the fifth day. Fawad defied all odds to register just his second Test century and his first after being dropped from the team for almost a decade.
Take a look at some of the best tweets which captured the dramatic flair to the Test match and commended the numerous individual feats witnessed in the pulsating contest.
Test cricket. You beauty.— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) December 30, 2020
That was some end to international cricket in 2020.— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 30, 2020
Team Pakistan ???? proud of U on showing a great resilient attitude & fought hard till end. Strong Character shown Stay strong & come back harder @iMRizwanPak @iamfawadalam25 @captainmisbahpk @YounusK75 @waqyounis99 #PakvsNz— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) December 30, 2020
I’ve been there for a gutsy, nerve-wracking Pakistan 4th innings. Can almost feel the tension from across the Tasman. ?? #NZvPAK— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 30, 2020
Test cricket ??— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) December 30, 2020
Test Cricket romance! A result in the dying stages of day 5. ??— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 30, 2020
The hard grind of 1st class cricket is so underrated. Fawad Alam ???????? #PAKvNZ— Bazid Khan (@bazidkhan81) December 30, 2020