Pakistan aim to level ODI series against New Zealand

Legspinner Todd Astle is on his way home ruled out of the Pakistan series with a knee injury

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second day-night global in Abu Dhabi, levelling the three-match series 1-1 on Friday.

Batting first, New Zealand were restricted at 209 runs in 50 overs and in reply, Pakistan sealed the match with a seven-wicket victory and squared the series 1-1 forcing the final match to be played as a decider.

The ODI series is also significant in regards of being a training ground for the upcoming World Cup, and Pakistan are expected to get their combinations and rhythm in order before the major tournament next year.

Trent Boult's devastating bowling on Wednesday exposed Pakistan's top order as he became the third New Zealand bowler to claim an ODI hat-trick.

After the power play overs, Mohammad Hafeez struck, dismissing Worker for 28.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored with a laborious 120-ball 86 not out and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made a snail-paced 33 off 63 balls.

Williamson lasted just three balls before Shaheen Afridi's long arm got a touch on a Worker drive and left him stranded, run out. Taylor reached his half century off 83 balls and continued to remain till the end.

Ashraf failed to take any wickets, conceding 26 runs in his seven overs. Zaman and Babar Azam played with positive intent scoring runs easily.

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. Despite losing wickets of Azam, Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan won the match by 6 wickets with 57 balls to spare.

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

The tour of eight games finished with the T20 series won 2-1, the 50-over rubber lost 3-0 and the two four-dayers both drawn.

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