Pakistan and NZ ODI decider washed out

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2018

The final ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand was washed out which forced the series to be shared between the two teams.

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.

Now, Afridi has earned his maiden Test call for three match Test series against New Zealand that begins next week.

However, the momentum shifted back into the favor of Pakistan, as Sarfraz's men made a comeback in the second game, winning the encounter by six wickets thanks to Shaheen Shah Afridi four wickets of 38 runs kept New Zealand down to 209-9 in their 50 overs, before Zaman returned to form with a run-a-ball 88 f.

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

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Batting first against New Zealand, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, and Haris Sohail batted well as they moved towards a good total on the board. Lockie Ferguson (5/45) was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers, finishing with his maiden five-wicket haul. "I just looked to hit a hard length, nice and straight, and bring the stumps into play a bit more".

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

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.

Babar Azam top-scored with 92 as Pakistan - who recorded a six-wicket triumph on Friday to draw level in the series - posted a competitive score.

Williamson is expected to be fit for the tests after he was a late scratching from game three due to a minor groin strain, handing over the reins to Tom Latham. His innings included six fours and two sixes.

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