Black Caps thrash Pakistan to win ODI series

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Chasing 247 for a win, New Zealand were rocked early when Colin Munro was dismissed without opening his account on the thid ball of their innings.

Williamson put on 69 with Martin Guptill (45) for the second wicket and 74 with Taylor for the third to lift New Zealand to 158-3 before he was out in the 34th over.

The game was at an interesting stage, with New Zealand 64 for two after 14 overs, when rain arrived.

Taylor, who is set to become the seventh New Zealander to play 200 or more ODIs when the teams meet again in Hamilton on Tuesday, raised his 40th ODI half century in 59 deliveries.


New Zealand won the toss and batted Saturday in the third one-day cricket global against Pakistan at the University Oval.

At eight for 32, Pakistan were threatening two unwanted records - the lowest ODI score of 35, held by Zimbabwe, and Pakistan's own lowest score of 43, before Sarfraz Ahmed (14 not out), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16) delayed the inevitable finish.

The first match in Wellington, which New Zealand won by 61 runs, was also affected by the weather and further rain is forecast for game three in Dunedin on Saturday.If a result is achieved, a win would not only give them New Zealand the series but they would also equal their longest streak across all formats of 10 wins.

Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start.


Opener Fakhar Zaman returns to the Pakistan lineup after missing the second match with a bruised thigh.

Hasan Ali helped save Pakistan with his highest score in any form of cricket and his 70-run partnership with Shadab Khan for the eighth wicket revived a failing innings.

Black Caps bowler Trent Boult celebrates a wicket.

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Shoaib Malik (3) was caught at first slip off a 147.5km/h Lockie Ferguson delivery.

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