New Zealand wins toss, bats in 3rd ODI vs

Babar Azam was run out at 8/Black Caps Twitter

Babar Azam was run out at 8/Black Caps Twitter

New Zealand has now consistently been improving its winning percentage in ODIs against Pakistan, which at the moment stands at 45.40 percent.

Guptil was so impressed with the catch that he applauded the spectator while out in the middle with Colin Munro.

Although de Grandhomme has been named in the match-day 12, Williamson says it's yet to be decided if he'll replace one of New Zealand's spinning allrounders Mitchell Santner or Todd Astle.

New Zealand Cricket had been subjected to criticism recently after some adults during a recent Twenty20 worldwide against the West Indies were accused of "cannonballing into families with small children".

The visiting Pakistan has a very little margin of error, it can afford to make; otherwise, the five-match ODI series will easily slip away to New Zealand which is already leading it by 2-0.

Kane Williamson played a refined knock of 73/Getty Images
Kane Williamson played a refined knock of 73/Getty Images

Fakhar Zaman is expected to return to the side after missing the second game because of a thigh injury.

Pakistan will play the third one-day global against New Zealand at Dunedin on 13th January (Saturday).

There is also the prospect of rain late in the day in Dunedin.

The green-shirts will be playing third game to avoid a series defeat.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Aamer Yamin.

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