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New Zealand set Pakistan 210-run target in second ODI

New Zealand set Pakistan 210-run target in second ODI

Imam-ul-Haq was struck on the helmet grille by New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson.

Fakhar Zaman smashed run-a-ball 88 and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (4-38) grabbed his second successive four-wicket haul in Pakistan's six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second one-day global (ODI) on Friday.

New Zealand kept faith in the same XI which defeated Pakistan by 47 runs in the first match on Wednesday in the three-match series.

Chasing 210 runs to win, Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam UL Haq got the team off to a decent start scoring 45 runs in the first 10 overs, before Imam Ul Haq had to retire hurt. The win also sets up an intriguing final match in Dubai on Sunday. The team's physio will keep him under observation to monitor his condition. The spin trio of Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim displayed so much control for there was just one boundary hit in their collective 25 overs.




Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed (L) shakes hands with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

An unbeaten 86 from Ross Taylor has lifted the Black Caps to 209/9 batting first against Pakistan in the second ODI in Abu Dhabi.

It did not put Pakistan off and they did not lose a wicket until Fakhar Zaman fell for 88 with the score on 155. In his second spell, Shaheen yorked Tom Latham for one while Hafeez bowled George Worker for 28 to leave New Zealand struggling at 73-4. This time, there was no magic from Trent Boult, though Ferguson impressed again by taking three wickets, including a freak dismissal of Shoaib Malik, who smashed a pull shot into the shoulder of Nicholls at short leg, with the ball ballooning into the air for Ish Sodhi to take the catch. Though Hasan Ali was expensive t he got his side the vital breakthrough by clean bowling Henry Nicholls (33) in the 38 over to break the 75-run 5 wicket stand.


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