Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost Shan Masood and Babar Azam early to be reduced to 21/2 inside the first 7 overs. Thereafter, it was the Fakhar Zaman-Mohammad Rizwan show. The duo put on a magnificent 154-run stand for the third wicket to bring Pakistan back on track. Rizwan scored 77 off 74 balls. Fakhar Zaman completed a majestic 8th ODI ton as he scored 101 off 122 balls. Haris Sohail scored 22 off 25 balls while Agha Salman scored a very good cameo of 45 off 43 balls to push the score to 280/9 in 50 overs. 5 extras were given by the fielding side.
Tim Southee picked up 3 wickets for 56 runs in his 10 overs.
A couple of wickets for Lockie Ferguson in his 10 overs where he gave away 63
runs. Michael Bracewell bowled an excellent spell giving away 44 runs in 10
overs and picking up 1 wicket. Ish Sodhi had figures of 1/50 in 10 overs.
Mitchell Santner went wicketless giving away 64 runs in his 10 overs. He was
the biggest disappointment of the day from New Zealand’s point of view.
So, New Zealand wins the game by 2 wickets with 11 balls to spare to seal the series 2-1 and win their maiden ODI series in Pakistan. Stick around for the presentations coming your way soon.
c A Salman b M Wasim