Pakistan demolish the Kiwis to level the ODI series

Pakistan has won only one match- out of six- while chasing against New Zealand in the UAE since they have adopted the country as their home venue

Pakistan has won only one match- out of six- while chasing against New Zealand in the UAE since they have adopted the country as their home venue

The home team led by Sarfraz Ahmed kept rupturing the rivals' batting attack at frequent intervals, which ultimately led to their triumph in the must-win duel, keeping the outcome of the 3-match ODI series now inclined in either team's direction.

In the third over, Williamson was removed in a rather unfortunate way.

"Despite a period of rest, Todd's knee has, unfortunately, not responded as well as we had hoped", said Larsen. "He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio". They limped to 209/9 in their fifty overs, a target that seemed a breeze for Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam. The last ODI is slated to take place on November 11. This time, there was no magic from Trent Boult, though Ferguson impressed again by taking three wickets, including a freak dismissal of Shoaib Malik, who smashed a pull shot into the shoulder of Nicholls at short leg, with the ball ballooning into the air for Ish Sodhi to take the catch. The spin trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim displayed so much control for there was just one boundary hit in their collective 25 overs.

Once Afridi got opener Colin Munro in the second over and ran out Kane Williamson in the fourth, George Worker and Ross Taylor painstakingly rebuilt.

Trent Boult, fresh off his hat-trick the previous game, had an especially torrid day, going for 60 in his 10 overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi got the wicket of Tom Latham to put New Zealand under pressure at 73 for 4.

Pakistan's most expensive fast bowler, Hasan Ali (2-59), returned and had Nicholls bowled in the 38th over before Afridi snapped two more wickets to restrict New Zealand. Taylor hit three boundaries and a six for his 43rd half century in one-day internationals.

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