Written by Staff Writer
10 Nov, 2014 | 10:20 pm
Ahmed Shehzad hit a career-best 176 before being rushed to hospital with a fractured skull as Pakistan’s batsmen smashed New Zealand around the ground in the first Test on Monday.
Younis Khan and Misbah-ul Haq also hit dominant tons to put Pakistan in control on 566 for three declared. But Shehzad’s injury briefly set alarm bells ringing. In the final over before lunch, Shehzad was hit on the side of the head trying to hook a short ball by New Zealand seamer Corey Anderson on the hard Abu Dhabi wicket.
Shehzad’s bat struck the stumps for a hit-wicket dismissal and the dazed batsman fell to the ground before walking off.
Shehzad was later rushed to a hospital where scans showed he had a minor skull fracture and will be kept under observation for the next 48 hours. Before the drama, he had hit 17 fours and a six in his 371-ball innings.
While team managers worried about the opener, Younis went on to smash an unbeaten 100 — his 28th Test hundred and fourth in five innings.
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