Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pakistan eager to grasp ODI series in Sunday's decider

Pakistan eager to grasp ODI series in Sunday's decider

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.

Fakhar Zaman smashed run-a-ball 88 and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (4-38) grabbed his second successive four-wicket haul in Pakistan's six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second one-day global (ODI) on Friday.

Meanwhile, Pakistan ended a 12-match losing streak in one-day internationals against the Black Caps. The action now shifts to the Test matches with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi on November 16.

Babar Azam's 92 underpinned Pakistan's total of 8-279 after they had won the toss.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with a laborious 120-ball 86 not out and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made a gruelling 33 off 63 balls.

Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez (19) put on 64 for the first wicket before Hafeez dislodged a bail with his heel while working Ferguson to long leg, bringing Azam to the crease in the 14th over.

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Ferguson was the pick of the New Zealand attack, the paceman claiming three wickets in an eventful 50th over to finish with 5-45.

Zaman scored his second successive half century before he holed out in the deep while attempting a big shot off Colin de Grandhomme.

Pakistan lost four wickets in the last two overs and may regret scoring only 38 runs in the last five.

Opening batsmn Imam-ul-Haq was rested after he suffered a blow on the helmet off Lockie Ferguson's sharp bouncer.

Zaman's omission is perhaps the most surprising, given that his Test debut yielded two half-centuries (94 & 66) in the last Test that Pakistan played- a thumping 373-run victory against Australia in October in the UAE.

Kane Williamson sat out due to a groin strain with Tom Latham leading the side.

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