Tuesday, January 10th, 2023


Michael Bracewell produced another fine all-round performance for New Zealand who went down by six wickets to Pakistan in the opening ODI in Karachi.

Bracewell, who will be playing for the Rapids in the Vitality Blast this summer, had scored his maiden Test fifty and picked up four second innings wickets in the drawn second Test with Pakistan.

He continued in the same vein by top-scoring with 43 after New Zealand had been put into bat, and then claiming two of the four wickets to fall as Pakistan reached a 256 target with 11 balls to spare.

Bracewell came to the wicket at 147-5 in the 32nd over and put on 66 for the sixth wicket with Glenn Phillips (37).

He struck Haris Rauf for six over deep backward square and also hit four fours in his 42 ball knock before he chopped on to Naseem Shah.

Worcestershire’s other overseas Blast signing, Mitchell Santner, also chipped in with a useful 21 off 18 balls in a total of 255-9.

When Pakistan batted, Bracewell came on first change and quickly made the first breakthrough when Iman-ul-Haq (11) went down the wicket and was caught at mid on.

Bracewell also removed the other opener when bowling Fakhar Zaman (56) after he swung across the line to a good length ball.

He ended with figures of 10-0-44-2 and Santner also returned tidy figures of 10-0-43-0 but Pakistan achieved a comfortable win.