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Cruel blow for Pakistan as rain denies them series win over Kiwis

14 November 2018
Cruel blow for Pakistan as rain denies them series win over Kiwis

But that uncommon sight was witnessed during the third ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday when the Pakistanis were batting. He swiftly took over as the senior partner from Babar as Pakistan's run rate shot up, each stroke he played more a work of art than a functional tool to get his side going. For the Kiwis, fast-bowler Lockie Ferguson picked up his first five-wicket haul to finish at 5 for 45 in 10 overs.

The joy which came with Pakistan's win against New Zealand in the second ODI was overshadowed by what looked like a bad injury to opener Imam-ul-Haq.

New Zealand had won the first match by 47 runs before Pakistan came back strongly and levelled the series 1-1 with a six-wicket win. Both teams have won one game each so far.

Tim Southee was not named in the squad to play. One team bowls and the other team hits the ball and takes runs, while the opponent tries to restrain them from doing so.

Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez (19) added 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. Fakhar, near to his best after gaining confidence from his innings of two nights ago, had his sights on a big innings. They lost the wicket of Colin Munro for a duck.

Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult and Matt Henry bagged one wicket each.

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

Henry (1-53) was reasonable while legspinner Ish Sodhi (0-51 off nine) again struggled on the skiddy UAE surfaces and it will be a tight selection race between him, Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel for two spin spots in the three-test series.

Pakistan squad to face New Zealand: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Saad Ali, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Mir Hamza.