PAKISTAN TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND 2018
Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sat, 13 Jan, 2018, 03:24 AM
New Zealand lead the five-match series 2-0. © Getty
TOSS: New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first.
UPDATE: Fakhar Zaman is likely to be back for Pakistan for this ODI.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the third ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan. New Zealand would look for an improved show with the ball in the death overs while Pakistan need a clinical show to keep the series alive.
The series got off to a rainy start but Pakistan’s top-order stutter meant New Zealand had the game in their bag before the showers washed away any hopes visitors harboured of a late comeback. Pakistan were reduced to 54 for 5 and later 132 for 6, in a chase of 316, when rain arrived in Wellington and they were found way short on the DLS par score. In Nelson, however, a similar top-order slide was arrested by a stunning counter-attack from Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, who picked up the pieces together and posted a fighting 246 on the board. The bowlers too made a promising start to their defence but with rain, and DLS, coming into the equation, Martin Guptill switched gears and sent the bowlers on a leather hunt to make it two in two for the hosts with more than an over to spare.
Pakistan’s batting woes are largely due to a brittle top-order, coupled with the fact that opener Fakhar Zaman had to sit out in Nelson due a contusion on his right leg. While Mohammad Hafeez hit a confidence-boosting half-century, nearly all other were guilty of gifting their wickets away, giving the New Zealand bowlers control until the Hasan-Shadab partnership. The series could slip out of their hands if the rest of the batting doesn’t support the in-form Zaman and the experienced pair of Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in posting/chasing challenging targets.
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