The second ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand takes place in Abu Dhabi on Friday and the Black Caps are 1-0 up in the series with two matches to play.
The recently concluded T20 series was won by Pakistan who completed a 3-0 clean sweep and they were trading at a pre-match price of around 6/10 to draw first blood in the ODI’s. However it was New Zealand who came out on top at this venue by a margin of 47 runs and Pakistan need a win here to force a decider in Dubai on Sunday.
This is how the teams lined up on Wednesday
Pakistan : Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez. Imam Ul Huq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), George Worker, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Lockie Ferguson
New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat on Wednesday and they began badly, losing both openers in the first 8 overs. Ross Taylor (80) and Tom Latham (64) put New Zealand on course for a big score but 208/3 quickly became 208/7 before a late flurry saw them post 266/9 in the 50 overs. Afridi and Shadab Khan took 4 wickets each.
Pakistan had a nightmare start, 3 wickets down with just 8 runs on the board and despite 64 from their skipper and 50 from Imad Wasim down the order they never really threatened. They were bowled out for 219 with Boult becoming the third New Zealander to take an ODI a hat-trick and Ferguson also took 3 wickets.
Head to Head
The teams have clashed 104 times with Pakistan winning 53, New Zealand winning 48 with 1 tie and 2 no results.
The most recent series between the teams came in New Zealand at the start of 2018 and the Black Caps completed a 5-0 clean sweep.
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New Zealand 11/10
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The Black caps skipper played himself in and then got out on Wednesday but he will be scenting a series win and is taken to score big here.