Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets to level the series

Tanya Simon
November 11, 2018

For Pakistan, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf replaced fast bowler Junaid Khan, who is suffering from an infection in his right foot toe.

Imam-ul-Haq returned to the Pakistani side after his scans for a possible head injury were deemed clear, a PCB spokesperson said at the end of the second ODI against New Zealand. Hasan Ali 2-59 (econ 6.55) picked up valuable wickets, while Shadab Khan was particularly miserly, conceding just 25 runs off his 10 overs (1-25, econ 2.50).

Ross Taylor again came to rescue, top scoring with 86 to give the Kiwis a chance.

Pakistan paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took 4-38.

Fakhar and Babar Azam (46) put on 101 before Pakistan set up a series-decider in Dubai on Sunday, ending a run of 12 consecutive ODI defeats against the Black Caps with nearly 10 overs to spare.

Junaid has also been ruled out of the third ODI against New Zealand on Sunday. The match is being broadcast live on PTV Sports network.

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(Above and Below) Pakistan cricketers Fakhar Zaman (Above) and Shaheen Shah Afridi in action during the second one day global (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Without an iota of doubt, the 18-year-old had to feature as in the list of the players who turned out to be among the match-winners for their side, in an ODI which was supposed to land up in the visiting team's favor.

It did not put Pakistan off and they did not lose a wicket until Fakhar Zaman fell for 88 with the score on 155.

Sarfraz needs 120 more to complete 2000 career runs, and four more catches to complete a 100 of them in ODIs.

The first test begins in Abu Dhabi next Friday. The home team led by Sarfraz Ahmed kept rupturing the rivals' batting attack at frequent intervals, which ultimately led to their triumph in the must-win duel, keeping the outcome of the 3-match ODI series now inclined in either team's direction.

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