Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rain washes away Pakistan's chance of series win over New Zealand

Rain washes away Pakistan's chance of series win over New Zealand

The final ODI match of the series will be played in Dubai on Sunday.

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.

Pakistan have not beaten the Kiwis in a one-day series since their win in New Zealand in 2011, having lost in 2014 (2-3 in UAE), 2015 (0-2 in New Zealand), in 2016 (0-2 in New Zealand) and in January 2018 (0-5 in New Zealand).

New Zealand were 35 for 1 in 7 overs in reply when rains intervened, and they needed 245 more runs to win the match and the series. The action now shifts to the Test matches with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi on November 16.

Babar Azam top-scored with 92 runs off 100 balls while Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman notched up half-centuries to help Pakistan post a daunting total on the board. On these wickets, with variable bounce hitting a hard length is tougher.

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

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Azam then paced the innings during a third-wicket stand of 108 with Sohail.

The partnership was broken when Sohail (60) pulled Lockie Ferguson to deep backward square leg where Goerge Worker tumbled forward to take the catch.

Lockie Ferguson is the team's leading wicket-taker with six wickets in two games, while Trent Boult notched up a three-wicket haul in the first game. Ferguson´s previous best of 3-17 came against the West Indies at Christchurch in December past year.

The pulling out of Kane Williamson, at the eleventh hour, left New Zealand, without its captain and gave the opposition, a huge advantage, before even the coin had been tossed.

Going by the experience of the conditions, Pakistan holds the advantage in the last game before the Test series starts.

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