NZ vs Pak 1st Test Day 1 – Along with Williamson, this ‘naked streaker’ became talking point of the Day 1 between New Zealand vs Pakistan: The Day 1 of New Zealand vs Pakistan Boxing Day Test at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui not only witnessed a classic batting by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson or a great action between the bat and red cheery, but it also saw a strange incident when a streaker invaded the ground.
While Williamson was gearing up to face the next ball, the person came running to the pitch naked with his hands on his private parts. The game was halted for a while as the security officials ran behind the streaker to catch him. One security guard grabbed his legs to stop him before the invader was taken off the field.
Here’s the video of the incident:
Sign this streaker up for the Chiefs! pic.twitter.com/vBlg4UCJ8t
— The ACC (@TheACCnz) December 26, 2020
While the infamous incidence didn’t greatly impact the game, fans blamed the streaker for wasting time and restricting Willaimson from reaching to his 23rd hundred on Day 1 of the Test match itself. Notably, the New Zealand skipper was unbeaten on 94 when stumps was called on Day 1.
NZ vs Pak Day 1 Match Report: Kane Williamson shines as New Zealand ends day at 222/3
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday continued his prolific run with the bat as he scored his 32nd half-century to put his team in the driver’s seat on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan at the Bay Oval.
At the end of the day’s play, the Black Caps had scored 222/3 in 87 overs, with Williamson staying unbeaten on 94 alongside Henry Nicholls who was batting at 42 at Stumps.
Put into bat, Pakistan had a great start as left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi both the openers — Tom Latham (4) and Tom Blundell (5) — with New Zealand having just 13 runs on the scoreboard.
Veteran batsman Ross Taylor, who came to bat at number four, then stitched a 121-run partnership with Williamson and steadied the New Zealand innings. He scored 70 runs off 151 balls, with the help of 10 fours and a six, before getting caught behind by Afridi.
However, his wicket didn’t affect the New Zealand skipper who continued batting with utmost ease and collected runs. Along with Nicholls, Williamson has added 89 runs and have made sure the hosts went into Stumps, having the upper hand.
For Pakistan, Afridi was the lone wicket-taker as he returned with figures of 3/55 from his 20 overs. Mohammad Abbas, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah and Yasir Shah all went wicketless.
Brief scores: New Zealand 222/3 at Stumps on Day One (Kane Williamson 94*, Ross Taylor 70; Shaheen Afridi 3/55)