Pakistan run Black Caps ragged to level ODI series 1-1

Arnold Nichols
November 11, 2018

Shortly afterwards Kane Williamson was run out, a touch casual whilst on the non-striker's end.

Trent Boult, fresh off his hat-trick the previous game, had an especially torrid day, going for 60 in his 10 overs. While the Pakistani batsmen did their share as well in chasing the convincingly easy total, it was majorly the bowlers' effort which led to the Kiwis being curbed to a meager total.

Undeterred by Imam's injury, Zaman added a quick 101 for the second wicket with Babar Azam who made a 50-ball 46 before both fell in the same Ferguson over.

Pakistan paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took 4-38.

Two days previous Taylor anchored the innings and Latham hit 68 off 64 balls as New Zealand's 266-9 proved plenty.

Pakistan meanwhile, rode on Fakhar Zaman's run-a-ball 88 and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi's career-best figures (4-38) to beat New Zealand by six wickets and level the three-match series 1-1 in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan, in reply to New Zealand's 209 for the loss of 9 wickets, got off to a great start.

There was concern for the 22-year-old after he was carried into an ambulance, but Fakhar and Babar all but ended New Zealand's hope of sealing a series win with a century stand.

Worker ate up 50 balls for his 28. Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls steadied the New Zealand innings, adding 75 runs for the 5th wicket. Hassan Ali picked up two wickets for 59 runs.

Fakhar and Babar Azam (46) put on 101 before Pakistan set up a series-decider in Dubai on Sunday, ending a run of 12 consecutive ODI defeats against the Black Caps with nearly 10 overs to spare.

Having won the 2009 and 2014 ODI series deciders against Pakistan in the UAE, this one will provide a test of how quickly the Black Caps adjust in their first big "final" of a lengthy World Cup buildup, a little over six months out.

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