Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Pakistan demolish the Kiwis to level the ODI series

Pakistan demolish the Kiwis to level the ODI series

The left-handed opening-batsman went for CT scans and MRI after he was hit on on his helmet's grille on the first ball of the 13th over off a Lockie Ferguson delivery that clocked at 138ks. Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with a laborious 120-ball 86 not out and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made a gruelling 33 off 63 balls.

It appeared as if he wanted to stay on, but it became clear that wasn't possible when he hobbled briefly from a stationary position as batting partner Fakhar Zaman and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson checked on him.

However, further confirmation by the PCB revealed that the opener had joined the team and would be under the observation of the team physio for 72 hours.

Shaheen Shah Afridi led the charge, picking up four wickets for 38 runs as he disintegrated the Kiwis' middle-order.

It was Pakistan's first ODI win over New Zealand after a run of 12 defeats, and the bowlers did their bit in setting it up.

Pakistan recorded a comfortable 6-wicket win in the clash against New Zealand with the next match all set to take place on Sunday. We hoped to come back strongly and we did, ' revealed Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed after the match.

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"A bit of scrapping that got us a total", he said.

Ferguson took 3-60, but New Zealand's hat-trick hero in the first game, Trent Boult, returned wicketless conceding as many runs off his 10 overs. The spin trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim displayed so much control for there was just one boundary hit in their collective 25 overs.

Earlier, Shaheen took four wickets to restrict New Zealand to 209-9.

In the second over, Shaheen Afridi got an important wicket when Colin Munro skied one in the air and Muhammad Hafeez took a good running catch.

Nicholls was finally bowled in the 38th over by Hasan Ali who finished with 2-59.

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