Pakistan shares series with New Zealand as rain ends 3rd ODI

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat in the decisive third one-day global against New Zealand on Sunday.

Pakistan scored a challenging 279-8 off their 50 overs, with Babar Azam once again in the thick of things with the bat, scoring 92 off 100 balls (four fours, one six).

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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 worldwide (ODI) on Friday.

Shaheen Afridi had removed opener Colin Munro (0) in the first over of the innings to give Pakistan a flawless start in defense of 279.

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Along with Prithvi Shaw, Shaheen Shah Afridi too played in U-19 for India's arch rival "Pakistan".

In crunch games, historically sides batting first, are generally more likely to win and the Pakistan captain was right in his wisdom for bowling second, under lights.

It was left to Ferguson to make the first breakthrough in the 14th over, his pace forcing Hafeez back so far he dislodged the bails. 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. Shoaib Malik scored run-a-ball 18 before holing out to George Worker.

Fakhar Zaman (65 off 77 balls, eight fours) and Haris Sohail (60 off 59 balls, six fours, two sixes) were also among the runs.

Pakistan's other left-handed opener, Imam-ul-Haq, was rushed to a hospital for precautionary tests after he was hit on the grille by Lockie Ferguson's sharp bouncer before Pakistan built its victory around Zaman and Azam's century stand. However, much-improved Pakistan bounced back and leveled the series by winning the second ODI by six wickets. In Dubai! Down it came with the Black Caps at 35-1 in their chase of 280 for victory, and the players never returned to the pitch, leaving the series drawn.

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