PAKISTAN’S TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Boult took a fifer to propel the hosts to a massive 183-run win. © Getty
For most parts of their innings, Pakistan threatened. They didn’t threaten New Zealand though. They threatened to post the lowest score in One-Day Internationals history or their lowest totals in the format.
Pakistan never really were in the chase. Set 258 to win the third ODI against New Zealand in Dunedin, pacers left them reeling before they eventually slipped to an 183-run defeat on Saturday (January 13). Pakistan managed just 74 after being reduced to 18 for 6 in the 15th over at one stage.
The innings got off to a worst possible start. Dropped at cover by Mitchell Santner, Azhar Ali fell on the very next ball to Trent Boult after being caught at first slip. Fakhar Zaman chopped one back while Mohammad Hafeez edged one to first slip to give Boult his third wicket.
Pakistan struggled to get going and runs dried up so much so that they were able to score just nine runs in the first ten overs for the loss of three wickets. There were a total of 67 dot ball in the first 13 overs as wickets continued to tumble. Babar Azam was run out while Shoaib Malik played a careless shot. He slashed at a wide delivery and was caught at first slip.
Reduced to 15 for 5, Pakistan needed Shadab Khan to stick with his captain Sarfraz Ahmed. However, having seen the top order throw away their wickets, the legspinner was in no mood to hang around. he went for a wild slog against Colin Munro and was bowled to leave the team at 16 for 6.
Faheem Ashraf struck a six but fell soon after. An inside edge from Mohammad Amir helped them go past 35 – the lowest score in ODIs set by Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka in 2004. There was some late hitting but Boult completed his five-wicket haul to ensure the Pakistan innings didn’t go past the 28th over.
Earlier, Kane Williamson and Taylor struck half-centuries but New Zealand lost seven wickets in their last seven overs to lose momentum towards the end after being 209 for 3 at one stage.
The first two scoring shots – from Martin Guptill and Colin Munro – were sixes off the opening bowlers. However, Munro threw his wicket away trying to be ultra aggressive. He walked across to flick Faheem Ashraf through midwicket but got a leading edge and was caught by the wicketkeeper.
The windy conditions and the slowish nature of the pitch meant the batsmen weren’t going to have it easy. They were forced to wait for a tad bit extra before playing their shots and that made scoring relatively tough. Williamson took 11 deliveries to get off the mark as Pakistan bowlers did well to keep things in check.
While the first two overs yielded 15, there were only 37 scored in the first powerplay. Both Guptill and Williamson were tied down and to their credit, they did well to get through that period. However, the desperation of getting the runs flowing resulted in Guptill being run out.
Williamson had slapped the ball to deep point 21st over and surged back for the second run. Guptill was ball-watching and didn’t respond. Even though the throw came to the keeper, he had enough time to relay it to the bowler and run out Guptill for a 62-ball 45.
Ross Taylor collaborated with Williamson to take the innings forward with a 74-run stand. Taylor made 52 while Williamson made 73. However, both were dismissed at a crucial time. The New Zealand captain fell first, in the 33rd over, when he was caught at mid-off off the bowling of Rumaan Raees. Taylor got to his half-century but was trapped plumb in front by Shadab Khan in the 43rd over.
Once the set batsmen were dismissed, it was always going to be tough as plenty of batsmen found out on the day.
Brief scores: New Zealand 257 in 50 overs (Kane Williamson 73, Ross Taylor 52; Rumaan Raees 3/51) vs Pakistan 74 in 27.2 overs (Trent Boult 5-17) by 183 runs.