Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Match Prediction

Heather Diaz
November 13, 2018

The final ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand was washed out which forced the series to be shared between the two teams.

After opting to bat first in the series decider, Pakistan were powered by fifties from Azam (92), opener Fakhar Zaman (65) and Haris Sohail (60) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The victor of the match would clinch the three-match series which is tied at 1-1 after the first two games.

Rain stopped play in the seventh over and didn't let up as the umpires called play off around 7am (NZT).

Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez (19) put on 64 for the first wicket before Hafeez dislodged a bail with his heel while working Ferguson to long leg, bringing Azam to the crease in the 14th over.

At the half way mark, Pakistan at 114 for 2 (25 overs) were well placed, with Babar Azam and Haris Sohail, both timing the ball well, in their 108-run 3rd-wicket stand in 18 overs and taking their side into a dominating position.

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Taylor hit three boundaries and a six for his 43rd half century in one-day internationals.

Trent Boult scuppered Babar's hopes of a ninth worldwide century in the 50-over format with a well-disguised slower delivery of his own, though the left-arm seamer ended with expensive figures of 1-80 from his 10 overs.

Pakistan left out Imam-ul-Haq on precautionary grounds after he suffered a blow to his helmet in the second match on Friday.

The pulling out of Kane Williamson, at the eleventh hour, left New Zealand, without its captain and gave the opposition, a huge advantage, before even the coin had been tossed.

By that time though, there was already little doubt about the result, after Pakistan expertly tied down the Black Caps batsmen in a superb display of bowling on the restrictive Abu Dhabi wicket. His innings included six fours and two sixes.

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