New Zealand beat Pakistan by 183 runs, clinch 3-0 series


Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against New Zealand in the second one-day global in Nelson on Tuesday.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson says Pakistan shouldn't be underestimated despite their mixed performances to date.

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

Right-arm speedster Trent Alexander Boult produced an outstanding effort of consistently fast bowling to lead the New Zealand to a 183-run victory over Pakistan in the third and final match for 3-0 clean sweep of the series on Saturday.

Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start. The second match had nothing different expect Pakistan batting first, and they were again short of runs.

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The first ODI's Highest Scorer from Pakistan Fakhar Zaman couldn't make to the Playing XI for second match for injury issue, and was replaced by Imam-ul-Haq. The struggling Babar Azam was run out at 8, while Shoaib Malik managed a cautious 3 before getting out.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 257, with half-centuries to Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Part-timer Colin Munro then bowled a swinging Shadab Khan for a duck.

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. However, soon after he was caught at deep backward square for 10.

Williamson, who has a century already in the five-match series, took time to find his form on a pitch slower than others the teams have played on recently.