Pakistan shares series with New Zealand as rain ends 3rd ODI

Junaid Khan faces a spell on the sidelines again. — File

Junaid Khan faces a spell on the sidelines again. — File

Babar Azam top-scored with 92 runs off 100 balls while Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman notched up half-centuries to help Pakistan post a daunting total on the board.

"We wanted to stage a comeback and the team did well to do that", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Lots to learn for both the sides and after Pakistan's victory in the T20 series, New Zealand will aim to seal the ODI in the decider match.

Zaman, who had a poor 57 runs in the last six one-day internationals, punished the New Zealand bowlers with 11 boundaries and had given Pakistan a rapid 54 run start with Imam.

The third one day worldwide of three-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played in Dubai on Sunday.

Pakistan had posted a strong 279-8 after Sarfraz won the toss and opted to bat and then their spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi had dismissed Colin Munro for nought in the first over.

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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Worker and Nicholls looked untroubled in adding an unbeaten 32 to help fix from that setback, but then the rains came, and the game was done for. Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult and Matt Henry bagged one wicket each. His innings included six fours and two sixes.

New Zealand expected X1: Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, George Worker, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Tom Latham and Colin Munro.

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

New Zealand showed up with an impressive performance in the first ODI especially after they were whitewashed in the three-match T20I series.

Set a measly 210 to win, the only scare Pakistan received was when opener Imam ul-Haq had to retire hurt after being struck on the helmet by a Lockie Ferguson bouncer.

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