Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

New Zealand beats Pakistan by 183 runs in 3rd ODI

New Zealand beats Pakistan by 183 runs in 3rd ODI

Zimbabwe's record for the lowest ever ODI score - 35 v Sri Lanka in 2004 - was under serious threat when Colin Munro bowled Shadab Khan to leave the visitors 16-6 within 15 overs, as was Pakistan's lowest score of 43 (against the West Indies in 1993).

In the last eight overs, when New Zealand needed to lift the run rate, they were restricted to 48 runs and lost seven wickets of which 11 runs came in the final over.

Black Caps all-rounder Mitchell Santner is bowled during his team's innings in Dunedin on Saturday.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has called on his bowlers to be more accurate in the final overs as they look to take an unbeatable lead over Pakistan in the third One-day global in Dunedin on Saturday (today).

New Zealand has now consistently been improving its winning percentage in ODIs against Pakistan, which at the moment stands at 45.40 percent. The Kiwis will play the Men in Green on Saturday at Dublin for the third one-day worldwide and will look to express the way their skipper is expecting them to do.

Azhar Ali (0) edged the left-armer to Ross Taylor at first slip before Fakhar Zaman (2) played on.

Part-timer Munro even chipped in with two wickets.

New Zealand made 257 with Kane Williamson 73 and Ross Taylor 52.

So far both Pakistani Bowling and Batting haven't been up to the mark; and if the batting lineup was yet unable to get rid of its fragile nature, the dependable bowling lineup also seemed struggling in New Zealand.

Williamson, who has a century already in the five-match series, took time to find his form and took 81 balls to reach his 33rd half century in one-day internationals and went on to top-score with 73.

It was Pakistan spinner Khan who started the rot, taking two wickets in as many balls, including a brilliant, one-handed caught and bowled to dismiss Henry Nicholls for a golden duck.

The fourth ODI will be played on Tuesday while the series concludes in Wellington on 19 January.

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