Neil Wagner: The senior Kiwi fast bowler was visibly exulting after picking his first wicket at the Bay Oval.
During the third day of the second Test of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner was exulting in joy after dismissing Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam cheaply.
It all happened on the first delivery of the 60th over when Wagner bowled a short delivery to the left-hand batsman from around the wicket. Alam, who aimed at pulling the ball, ended up edging it to New Zealand wicket-keeper BJ Watling.
After Watling completed a simple catch, Wagner was seen putting on display strong emotions after picking his first wicket in his 14th over. Bowling short deliveries from around the wicket is another of Wagner’s preferred tactics of dismissing a batsman. It is worth mentioning that Wagner has chosen to bowl despite an undisplaced-fracture to his right toe.
Coming in to bat at No. 6 in the 43rd over, Alam ended up emulating his teammates as a 42-ball 9 didn’t see him generating any momentum whatsoever.
Before rain stopped play in the third session, Pakistan struggled on their way to reach 115/6 in 69.1 overs. While New Zealand left-arm pacers in Wagner and Trent Boult picked a wicket each, the likes of Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee dismissed two batsmen each.
Jamieson, who has given away only nine runs in his 17 overs, has magical bowling figures of 17-12-9-2 at the moment as the visitors still trail by 316 runs.
Neil Wagner oozes strong emotions post dismissing Fawad Alam
Wags with the breakthrough and doesn’t he love it!
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) December 28, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
🔊 “Doesn’t he love bowling for New Zealand?!”
— ICC (@ICC) December 28, 2020
An X-ray has confirmed an undisplaced-fracture to Neil Wagner’s fourth right toe, but he has been cleared to play by a doctor – providing he can he can tolerate the pain.
Wagner will need to warm-up fully this morning before a final call is made #NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/7NGwZ1iK4I
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 27, 2020
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