Live Cricket Score – New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dunedin




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New Zealand 150/2 (31.2 Ovs)

Williamson  68 (94)

New Zealand lead the five-match series 2-0.

New Zealand lead the five-match series 2-0. © Getty

WICKET: Poor from New Zealand. Slapped to deep point and no communication at all. Williamson charged back for the second. Guptill wasn’t watching him. Throw comes to the keeper who relays it to the bowler. Guptill finds himself well short. Reward for some tight bowling. New Zealand 84 for 2. Ross Taylor comes out to back.

END OF 20 OVERS: Williamson is finding it tough out there. Guptill is going well. Pakistan are doing really well here. New Zealand 83 for 1.

END OF POWERPLAY: So after a brisk start, Pakistan have managed to pull things back. Just 37 in the first ten overs with one wicket. Williamson took a while to get going while Guptill has settled down. Should be a good contest.

FIRST WICKET: Munro falls. Walks across and wanted to flick that ball from Faheem Ashraf through midwicket. He gets a top edge and Sarfraz takes an easy catch. Fast start to the game but New Zealand certainly wouldn’t have wanted to lose a wicket this early. New Zealand 15 for 1.

SENSATIONAL: Full and on the pads, Guptill flicks it with ease over the boundary. The fan runs in and takes a clean one-handed stunner He’s just won 50,000 dollars. Just too good from him. Guptill applauds the effort as well. Munro joins in the action as well and hits another maximum. New Zealand 15 for no loss in the second over.

Alright then folks! Pakistan players are out there. Guptill and Munro to open for New Zealand. Mohammad Amir will bowl the first over.

TOSS: New Zealand have won the toss and will bat first.

UPDATE: Fakhar Zaman is likely to be back for Pakistan for this ODI.

Hello and welcome to the live blog of the third ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan. New Zealand would look for an improved show with the ball in the death overs while Pakistan need a clinical show to keep the series alive.

The series got off to a rainy start but Pakistan’s top-order stutter meant New Zealand had the game in their bag before the showers washed away any hopes visitors harboured of a late comeback. Pakistan were reduced to 54 for 5 and later 132 for 6, in a chase of 316, when rain arrived in Wellington and they were found way short on the DLS par score. In Nelson, however, a similar top-order slide was arrested by a stunning counter-attack from Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, who picked up the pieces together and posted a fighting 246 on the board. The bowlers too made a promising start to their defence but with rain, and DLS, coming into the equation, Martin Guptill switched gears and sent the bowlers on a leather hunt to make it two in two for the hosts with more than an over to spare.

Pakistan’s batting woes are largely due to a brittle top-order, coupled with the fact that opener Fakhar Zaman had to sit out in Nelson due a contusion on his right leg. While Mohammad Hafeez hit a confidence-boosting half-century, nearly all other were guilty of gifting their wickets away, giving the New Zealand bowlers control until the Hasan-Shadab partnership. The series could slip out of their hands if the rest of the batting doesn’t support the in-form Zaman and the experienced pair of Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in posting/chasing challenging targets.

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