After some tight series between Paksitan and New Zealand in UAE, the New Zealand tour moved to ODI shunt with the series started at UAE, the thrilling match which was lost by New Zealand.
After winning the toss, New Zealand decided to bat field first. However, they didn’t stared of to a great start as Brownlie and Williamson departed for 14 and 10 respectively leaving their side 44 for 2 in 10th over with Mohammad Irfan claiming both the wickets. Devhcich looked solid for his 26 before nicking a delivery of Wahab Riaz. With wickets kept felling, the New Zealand runrate came down as Taylor looked to settle down. However, the run rate pressure took Latham as he was run out for trying for a needless run.
In no time, the visitors found themselves at 111 for 5 with Neesham declared out after a review by Pakistani players. However, inform Ronchi looked to give a decent support to Taylor but he departed for a 27-balls, 23 leaving New Zealand at 155 for 6 in 38th over. But Vettori who recently came back to international format did a great job by acting as a support to Ross Taylor when it mattered. Taylor who camley continued his innings brought up his fifty in 86 balls. Later, towards the end of the innings he tried to accelerate to give New Zealand a decent score to defend.
He shared a stand of 58 runs in 8 overs along with Vettori for seventh wicket before the left handed off spinner departed for a 27. In the end, Taylor put on 30 odd runs in last four overs with help of Nathan McCullum helping New Zealand post a total of 246 for 7. In this process, Taylor completed his 11th century and third consecutive century in ODI Cricket.
In chasing, Pakistan didn’t look comfortable thanks to an extraordinary spell from Kyle Mills who got the price wicket of Hafeez early on. Shehzad looked good during his stay but some good bowling from Vettori and Neesham desired the New Zealand’s wish of collapsing as the host team got reduced to 86 for 5 with last of them been their captain who departed to a single handed flying catch from Vettori at midwicket.
However, Haris Sohail looked solid guiding his team towards victory. Sarfraz who tried for quick runs was trapped by Nathan McCullum or a 19-ball, 26. With 123 needing off 118 balls, Afridi joined Sohail. Afridi played in a different emotion unlike his natural way of attacking. He hardly scored boundaries but managed to sneak singles and doubles.
Sohail brought up his maiden fifty in 73 balls and Afridi brought up his half century in 52 balls without a six. The typical Afridi was seen after that who fired a six and a four before getting run out with 13 needing of 13.
With Sohail at crease along with Wahab completed the chase by hitting a boundary with three balls to spare.
Pakistan: 250 for 7 in 49.3 overs (H Sohail 85*, SK Afridi 61; DL Vettori 2/40, JDS Neesham 3/40) beat New Zealand: 246 for 7 in 50 overs (LRPL Taylor 105*, DL Vettori 23; MD Irfan 3/57, Wahab Raiz 2/51) by 3 wickets