Pakistan shares series with New Zealand as rain ends 3rd ODI

Tanya Simon
November 13, 2018

Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Twitter that Imam's scans were clear. He scored 65 runs off 77 balls.

Afridi has been on a roll in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand bagging wickets at a phenomenal average of 10.5 runs.

The win also sets up an intriguing final match in Dubai on Sunday.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off leg-spinner Sodhi with Pakistan needing only six runs for victory as Pakistan leveled the series with more than nine overs to spare.

"He's a bit of a New Zealand hero and my action is a little bit modelled on his".

"There was a bit of scrapping which got us a total, but it certainly wasn't enough on that surface".

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).

Ferguson then broke the partnership, removing Sohail in the 41st over.

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Sarfraz fell for 13 but Mohammad Hafeez hit the winning boundary to finish with 27 not out.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have relied heavily on Ross Taylor.

It was a close run thing for man of the series but it went to Pakistan teenager Shaheen Afridi, the towering left-armer splaying Colin Munro's stumps and ending with nine wickets at 11.3 and 4.9, similar figures to Ferguson's.

In his next over he deflected a straight drive to run out Kane Williamson (one) at the non-striker's end.

In the second ODI, Pakistani bowlers didn't allow New Zealand's batsmen to accelerate the innings at any stage and restricted them to 209 for nine only in 50 overs.

Azam should have been caught on 80 but Nicholls dropped a sitter before the fielder made amends and had Azam caught in the penultimate over.

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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