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'I didn't deliver as a keeper' - Rizwan takes responsibility for second Test defeat
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'I didn't deliver as a keeper' - Rizwan takes responsibility for second Test defeat

Pakistan's stand-in captain Mohammad Rizwan has accepted the blame for his side's embarrassing defeat in the second Test against New Zealand.

The visitors were shot out for 186 on the fourth day of the Christchurch encounter after failing to offer any substantial resistance with the bat. The humbling loss margin of an innings and 176 runs brought a miserable end to Pakistan's tour of New Zealand where they earned just a consolation victory in the T20I series.

The dominant theme of the second Test was Pakistan's shambolic fielding display, which allowed the opposition to build on the reprieves and pillage the bowlers on their way to a mammoth first-innings total of 659/6 declared.

Among the numerous drops witnessed across the Black Caps innings, Rizwan was also guilty of bungling a couple of regulation chances.

Rizwan's horror show in the field was compounded by the fact he leaked 27 byes behind the stumps, piling on Pakistan's ill-disciplined bowling effort.

"We learnt a few things from this tour and need to improve in all departments, especially in fielding. You know if you drop catches, you can't win the Test match," Rizwan said, giving a scathing review in the post-match press conference. "As a captain and as a player, I take responsibility as I didn't deliver as a keeper but also most of the fielders totally failed to do their job."

"Kane Williamson is the world number one player and if we give him chances, then he has the caliber to play a long innings," he added, pointing out Williamson's epic double century in the game.

Rizwan additionally mentioned the shortcomings of the team's top-order. Shan Masood and Haris Sohail collectively added 38 runs between them across four innings in the series, exposing Pakistan's batting frailties.

In the bowling department, Rizwan felt there was a need to stay focused throughout a day's play as he admitted to his side being overwhelmed by a lack of intensity later in the innings.

"We need to improve our top-order batting and if we look towards the bowlers, they created opportunities for us but we were either unlucky due to no-balls or dropped catches, and that affected the team's morale," Rizwan commented. "Overall, we need to stop being complacent as the day progresses and have the energy to go all out in the evening session too."

"We have capable players who will hopefully regain their confidence and form for the South Africa series," he optimistically claimed.

The 28-year-old agreed wrecker-in-chief Kyle Jamieson was the standout star in the series as the lanky pacer registered his first ten-wicket haul to destroy Pakistan. Jamieson's extravagant bounce and sharp swing snaked past the defences of Pakistan's batters to cap off a superb introduction in Test cricket over the past year.

"Jamieson bowled really well, I think he is the only difference between both teams. The conditions favoured bowlers but he took advantage of his height brilliantly and took many wickets in the series," Rizwan said.