Pakistan beat New Zealand in second ODI

Heather Diaz
November 11, 2018

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets as pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi recorded his career-best bowling while opener Fakhar Zaman hit a half-century to help Pakistan to a series-levelling victory.

Pakistan opener Imam Ul-Haq lies on the pitch after being hit by a ball during the second one day worldwide on Friday.

Later, the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed on Twitter that Imam's scans were clear.

New Zealand's lost in Abu Dhabi by six wickets, with the hosts chasing down the 210 run target with nine and a half overs to spare.

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New Zealand, who won the toss and opted to bat, managed 209-9 in their 50 overs in the second day-night global against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Kane Williamson (1) was run-out and with Goerge Worker (28) and Tom Latham (1) departing in quick succession, the onus was once again on Ross Taylor to steady the ship.

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. Hasan Ali 2-59 (econ 6.55) picked up valuable wickets, while Shadab Khan was particularly miserly, conceding just 25 runs off his 10 overs (1-25, econ 2.50).

The opener was struck on the grille off the first ball of the 13th over from New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, when he was batting on 16, and retired hurt shortly after. A PCB spokesperson confirmed that Imam was conscious inside the ambulance while being driven to the hospital. But Zaman and Azam continued to score freely against both pace and spin and took the total to 155. Ferguson, who finished with 3-60, then had another lucky wicket of Shoaib Malik for ten when a ferocious pull deflected off Nicoll's shoulder and was caught at mid-on by Ish Sodhi.

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