Pakistan vs New Zealand: No boundary hit, batsmen take 5 runs

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam run between the wickets. — AFP

Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam run between the wickets. — AFP

The Blackcaps have been sent 280 for victory in the third and final one day global against Pakistan in Dubai.

New Zealand won the first match by 47 runs before Pakistan came back strongly and leveled the series 1-1 with a six-wicket win.

Meanwhile, Pakistan ended a 12-match losing streak in one-day internationals against the Black Caps.

New Zealand had lost their opener Colin Munro and looked to form a partnership when rain had the final call. The action now shifts to the Test matches with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi on November 16. Sadly for the crowd, after playing a maiden over (22nd of the innings) of Ish Sodhi, he holed out to long-on having contributed an eye-catching 65 off 77 balls with 8 fours. On these wickets, with variable bounce hitting a hard length is tougher.

At the half way mark, Pakistan at 114 for 2 (25 overs) were well placed, with Babar Azam and Haris Sohail, both timing the ball well, in their 108-run 3rd-wicket stand in 18 overs and taking their side into a dominating position. For the Kiwis, fast-bowler Lockie Ferguson picked up his first five-wicket haul to finish at 5 for 45 in 10 overs.

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Haris gave the innings some impetus by making 60 from 59 deliveries before he was fooled by a Lockie Ferguson slower ball, lobbing a catch out to George Worker at deep square-leg.

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.

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

Zaman's omission is perhaps the most surprising, given that his Test debut yielded two half-centuries (94 & 66) in the last Test that Pakistan played- a thumping 373-run victory against Australia in October in the UAE.

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