Pakistani bowling unit was taken apart by New Zealand batsmen in the recently concluded two-match Test series. Pakistan was only able to get New Zealand all-out once in the three innings they batted and scored more than 400 in the other two innings.
Despite a solid start to the Test series by Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas, the backup failed miserably. Naseem Shah and Yasir Shah were ineffective in the first Test match, giving away runs at a fast pace, while Naseem Shah and Zafar Gohar were the culprits in the second Test match.
Pakistan bowling unit looked dejected at their inability to pick up wickets at regular intervals, but the most worrisome sign for Pakistan was their inability to contain the run flow.
Once Shaheen and Abbas finished their spells early on, the runs started to flow for New Zealand. Naseem Shah’s economy rate in the first innings of the first Test match was 3.84, which increased to 4.40 in the second innings. In the second Test match, his economy rate increased even further. He conceded 141 runs at an economy rate of 5.42.
This is the second-worst economy for a bowler going wicket-less for 25 or more overs in a Test inning. Pakistan’s Yasir Shah tops this list with an economy rate of 6.15.
Pakistan’s debutant Zafar Gohar had a poor debut with the ball. He is in ninth place on the list.
|Yasir Shah (Pak)||6.15|
|Naseem Shah (Pak)||5.42|
|Taijul Islam (Ban)||5.37|
|Shannon Gabriel (WI)||5.31|
|Ray Price (Zim)||5.19|
|Harbhajan Singh (Ind)||5.17|
|Heath Streak (Zim)||5.03|
|Mark Craig (NZ)||5.03|
|Zafar Gohar (Pak)||4.96|