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ABU DHABI – New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 47 runs in the first day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

New Zealand scored 266-9, but Pakistan were all out for 219 in 47.2 overs.

Shadab finished with 4-38 — his third four-wicket haul — after Ross Taylor (80) and Tom Latham (68) had stitched together a 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket after New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat.

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi finished with 4-46.

Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday — their second whitewash in a week following a romp over Australia, also in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

But Sarfraz, part of the team in the last 11 one-day internationals all of which Pakistan lost, wants to finally win against New Zealand.

Pakistan’s top batting line collapsed after Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Hafeez returned to the pavilions without giving any significant start to the Green Shirts in the first day-night match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Zaman could score only one run while both Babar and Hafeez were dismissed by Trent Boult for a duck.

Ross Taylor (80) and Tom Latham (68) had stitched together a 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket after New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat.

Shadab took four wickets for 38 runs while paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi finished with 4-46.

Pakistan beat New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday. Earlier, the Greenshirts also whitewashed Australia in October.

“It’s important to break that losing streak and we need to bring improvement in our performance in one-day internationals,” said Sarfraz on Tuesday.

Pakistan lost the last two matches in a 3-2 series defeat in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2014, before losing 2-0 in 2015, 2-0 in 2016 and 5-0 in January 2018 — all in New Zealand.

“If you look at our losses most of them were in New Zealand where conditions were different and we lost due to top order failure where we need to improve,” said Sarfraz.

The last two matches are in Abu Dhabi (Friday) and in Dubai (Sunday).

Playing XI

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan

New Zealand: George Worker, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult