New Zealand beat Pakistan in 3rd ODI


The Kiwis destroyed the green shirts by 183 runs in the third ODI to comfortably wrap up the series in Dunedin.

New Zealand elected to bat first in the third ODI, under overcast skies in Dunedin.

The tail-enders Mohammad Amir and Rumman Raees showed resistance with 14 and 16 runs, respectively, before getting clean bowled by Trent Boult.

New Zealand, batting first, were restricted to 257, with their innings boosted by 11 off the final over before Boult was dismissed on the last ball.

Pakistan need a win to draw level in the five-match series after losing the first game in Wellington.

Boult was in action in the second over when Azhar Ali was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip without scoring.

The first ODI's Highest Scorer from Pakistan Fakhar Zaman couldn't make to the Playing XI for second match for injury issue, and was replaced by Imam-ul-Haq.

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Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start.

There was one bright light for Pakistan when Faheem Ashraf hooked Ferguson for six over the grandstand roof. However, soon after, he was caught at deep backward square leg for 10.

Meanwhile Black Caps opener Colin Munro believes consistency of selection is a major reason why New Zealand's been so dominant this summer.

Despite the big hitting, particularly by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan who both made half centuries, New Zealand won the match in Nelson by eight wickets after the rain swept in.

But half-centuries to Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor plus 45 for Martin Guptill set New Zealand up.

Williamson, who uncharacteristically struggled to penetrate the field for much of his innings, made 73 but it took 101 deliveries to get there. "Pakistan bat a long way down, and it's important we execute our skills as best we can".

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