DUNEDIN – New Zealand trounced Pakistan in the third One Day International match by a staggering 183 runs to win the five-match series by a decisive 3-0 lead.
Pakistani batting line-up stumbled once again in University Oval stadium in Dunedin on Saturday as the top order failed to chase 258 runs target set by the Kiwis.
Only four Pakistani players managed to cross the double-digit figure and the whole team was sent packing at 74 runs in 28th over.
From Green Shirts, Ruman Raees was the top scorer with 16 runs followed by Muhammad Amir who contributed 14 to the total.
Azhar Ali, Shadab Khan and Muhammad Hafeez went back to the pavilion on a duck.
Earlier, New Zealand took a perfect start and scored 257 runs in the first innings with Martin Guptill scoring 45 while Kane Williamson supporting the total by 73 runs.
Rain left Pakistan winless after two rain-affected matches in New Zealand with both decided under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
In second ODI on Tuesday, the hosts thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets in Nelson. The second one-day international was evenly poised when rain forced the players from the field for more than two hours with New Zealand 64 for two after 14 overs in reply to Pakistan’s 246 for nine.
When play resumed under the Duckworth-Lewis system New Zealand’s target was revised to 151 in 25 overs meaning they had 11 overs left to make 87.
New Zealand now lead the five-match series 2-0 ahead of game three in Dunedin on Saturday.
The match will start at 03:00am PST, (10:00pm GMT) and 11:10am local time.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Pak vs NZ T20 series
Pakistan Wednesday recalled Ahmed Shehzad for their three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand later this month, but selectors ignored Kamran Akmal despite his recent form in domestic matches.
The 26-year-old Shehzad was dropped for the third and final Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Lahore late last November, but his recent form and youth helped him regain his place.
But Kamran, 35, was not so lucky, despite being the highest run scorer in National Twenty20 with 432 runs last November. He smashed a double century in a domestic One-Day Cup match last week.
All-rounder Imad Wasim, who missed the current one-day international (ODI) series against New Zealand, will also miss the T20s due to a knee injury, said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the T20 side. The first match is in Wellington on January 22, followed by Auckland on January 25 and Mount Maunganui on January 28.
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Harris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Umar Amin