Matt Henry ruled out of Pakistan ODIs

He bowled through injury during final day of second Test

By Web Desk
January 07, 2023
A replacement has not been confirmed but will join the squad soon — AFP

New Zealand pacer Matt Henry has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan after suffering an injury during the second Test, which concluded on Friday in Karachi.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead has revealed that the right-armer bowled through the injury, after suffering an abdominal strain, in the final session of day five of the second Test.

“It was a pretty gutsy effort, really, but he will be withdrawn from the ODI side,” Stead said on Saturday according to

A replacement has not been confirmed but will join the squad soon.

It must be noted that Pakistan´s last pair Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed survived 21 balls in fading light Friday while Sarfaraz Ahmed hit a fighting century to deprive New Zealand of a victory, bringing the second Test to a sensational draw.

New Zealand were in sight of a series-clinching victory after dismissing Sarfaraz for a career-best 118 with 39 balls remaining in the match.

But as dusk settled, Naseem scored 15 and Ahmed seven to guide Pakistan to 304-9 in pursuit of a 319-run target when umpires Alex Wharf and Aleem Dar declared the light unfeasible to continue with three overs remaining.

The two-match series ended 0-0 after the first Test — also in Karachi — ended in a draw, depriving New Zealand of their first series win in Pakistan for 53 years.

New Zealand took the second new ball and with the fourth delivery Tim Southee dismissed Agha Salman for 30 to break a 70-run stand for the seventh wicket before Bracewell dismissed Sarfaraz to raise hopes of a win.

But it was Sarfaraz whose fourth Test century — first in eight years — which set Pakistan on course for a fighting draw.

Sacked as captain of all three formats in October 2019, Sarfaraz staged a comeback in the drawn first Test — also in his hometown of Karachi — and top scored the series with 335 runs with three fifties and a hundred.

In all, Sarfaraz batted for four hours and 48 minutes, hitting nine boundaries and a six — an improvement on his previous highest of 112 made against the same opponents in Dubai eight years ago.