New Zealand batting first in third ODI against Pakistan

New Zealand batting first in third ODI against Pakistan

New Zealand batting first in third ODI against Pakistan

Then, after Boult's near unplayable overs, Pakistan were all out for 74 in the 28th over to give New Zealand an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

NZ were 3/209 at one stage before losing 7/48 on their way to 257 all out, with captain Kane Williamson's innings of 73 off 101 the highest of the match.

New Zealand's winning margin also eclipsed their previous biggest victory over Pakistan, which had been 138 runs at Christchurch in 2001.

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Any semblance of a contest was blown to pieces by a sensational opening spell from Trent Boult, who made a mockery of the notion that it was a slow pitch on which bounce was hard to extract.

Azhar Ali (0) went in the second over, caught at first slip by Taylor.

At eight for 32, Pakistan were threatening two unwanted records - the lowest ODI score of 35, held by Zimbabwe, and Pakistan's own lowest score of 43, before Sarfraz Ahmed (14 not out), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16) delayed the inevitable finish.

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However, they couldn't get near their previous lowest score against New Zealand, which was 116 at Dambulla, Sri Lanka, during a tri-nations series in 2003.

Azhar Ali waas out for a second-ball duck from the final ball over the second over, bowled by Boult, and the left-armer took the next two wickets to fall as the Pakistanis fell to 3-2 in the fourth over.

Earlier, half-centuries by Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand to 257 in the face of a sharply improved performance by Pakistan in the field, after New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first. The struggling Babar Azam was run out at 8, while Shoaib Malik managed a cautious 3 before getting out. With just the fifth ball of the match, Dunedin builder Craig Dougherty nabbed one in the crowd to pocket $50,000 courtesy of a Tui promotion.

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Rumman Raees returned figures of three for 51, Hasan Ali took three for 59 and Shadab Khan took two for 51 with his wickets coming of successive balls.

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