Third ODI: Pakistan set New Zealand 280-run target

Doug Mendoza
Ноября 13, 2018

Rain denied Pakistan any chance of winning its first ODI series against New Zealand since 2011 as the third and final game was abandoned Sunday.

Pakistan set a 280-run target for Kiwis by batting first against New Zealand in Dubai. "But you can´t fight with nature, we were in a good position after a good total and then got a key wicket". The victor of the match would clinch the three-match series which is tied at 1-1 after the first two games.

New Zealand had won the first match by 47 runs before Pakistan came back strongly and levelled the series 1-1 with a six-wicket win.

When rain stopped play, George Worker was unbeaten on 18 and Henry Nicholls was 15 not out.

Ferguson was the pick of the Blackcaps bowlers with career best figures of 5-45, but he received little support as three Pakistan half-centuries, including 92 from Babar Azam, lifted the home team to 279/8 in their 50 overs.

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Zaman hit eight boundaries in his eighth one-day half-century before being caught on the long-on boundary off Colin de Grandhomme for 65. His departure brought together Azam and Sohail and together they steered the innings forward, adding 108 runs for the third wicket.

Sohail was dismissed after a brisk innings of 60 runs off just 59 deliveries. Ferguson´s previous best of 3-17 came against the West Indies at Christchurch in December past year.

New Zealand suffered a huge blow when its captain Kane Williamson had to be rested because of minor groin strain.

With swing at a minimum for the senior Black Caps bowlers, Ferguson had the Pakistan batsmen ducking and diving, changed his angles to around the wicket and felled Imam-ul-Haq who was too slow on a bouncer in game two.

Tom Latham played an impressive knock of 68 runs in the first ODI and the team will be expecting a similar performance from him in this match.

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