Pakistan win toss, bat against New Zealand in series decider

Pakistan win toss, bat against New Zealand in series decider

The game had been building into an exciting one, with Pakistan putting up a strong total of 279/8 thanks to half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, and Babar Azam. However, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side did well to bounce back in the second ODI to stay alive in the series.

New Zealand had also beaten Pakistan 2-0 (in New Zealand 2015), 2-0 (in New Zealand in 2016), 5-0 (in New Zealand in January this year) and in the first match of the current series by 47 runs in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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.

For New Zealand, Kane Williamson's absence is the big news, who sat out due to a groin strain.

Follow live updates as the Black Caps take on Pakistan in the third and final ODI. Pakistan and Shaheen Shah Afridi drew first blood in response, with the lanky left-arm seamer nipping one in off the seam through Colin Munro's gate and into the stumps fourth ball.

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

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In his 19th ODI, Lockie Ferguson snared career-best figures of 5-45 in game three against Pakistan.

Sarfraz fell for 13 but Mohammad Hafeez hit the winning boundary to finish with 27 not out. Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult and Matt Henry bagged one wicket each.

Azam then paced the innings during a third wicket stand of 108 with Sohail.

Pakistan lost four wickets in the last two overs and may regret scoring only 38 runs in the last five. Ferguson´s previous best of 3-17 came against the West Indies at Christchurch in December a year ago.

Pakistan left out Imam-ul-Haq on precautionary grounds after he suffered a blow to his helmet in the second match on Friday.

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