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New Zealand beat Pakistan by 3 wickets to win the series

Talal Dar - 31-01-2016 - View: 428

Pakistan scored 290 whereas New Zealand had to score 263 in 43 overs by D/L Method

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 3 wickets to win the series

The New Zealand have won the One-Day International (ODI) series 2-0 against Pakistan by winning the third and last game of the tour by 3 wickets as Pakistan scored 290 and New Zealand had to score 263 in 43 overs by D/L Method and they did it in the last over.

Pakistan were trailing 0-1 in the series as they lost the first match and the second game was washed out. Pakistani captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat first. They made two changes in the team as Shoaib Malik and Rahat Ali were brought in for Sohaib Maqsood and Imad Wasim.

Their openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad could not contribute much and scored 3 and 12 respectively. But for third wicket Muhammad Hafeez and Babar Azam again had a terrific partnership of 134 runs as they had 81 runs partnership in first game.

Muhammad Hafeez got out for 76 runs off 60 balls as he hit 5 sixes and 5 fours. Pakistan were going good at 215/3 in 31.1 overs but then they had batting collapse and were bowled out for 290 in 47.3 overs. Babar Azam scored 83 off 77 balls whereas Malik and Sarfraz scored 32 and 41 respectively.

In reply New Zealand lost captain Brendon McCullum for a golden duck as Muhammad Amir got his wicket but then Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson scored 82 and 84 respectively for a 159 runs partnership. Captain Azhar Ali dismissed both of them to bring Pakistan back in the match.

Rain intervened as New Zealand were 210/5 in 35.3 overs and when it ended they needed 53 runs off 45 balls. They needed 38 off 26 balls when Billy Bowden did not give Corey Anderson out when he had edged and the batsman hit sixes off next two balls.

Luke Ronchi was dismissed by Wahab Riaz and Corey Anderson was sent back by Muhammad Irfan but New Zealand needed only 6 runs off 6 balls. Mitchell Santner two fours as New Zealand won by 2 balls and 3 wickets to spare.

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