Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Masood (0) and skipper Babar Azam (4 runs) disappointed, but Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan managed to lift the team from the slump. Fakhar Zaman, who was in brilliant form, scored a century. The star scored 101 runs from 122 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and a six. Rizwan, on the other hand, scored 77 runs off 74 balls. Agha Salman also shone in the middle order with 45 runs as Pakistan reached a superb score of 280/9 in 50 overs.
Chasing a target of 281 runs, New Zealand got off to a good start. Opener Finn Allen scored 25 runs, while fellow opener Devon Conway and skipper Kane Williamson, who played at number three, scored 52 and 53 respectively. At one stage New Zealand were in a strong position of 160/2 but then came under a bit of pressure as wickets fell at regular intervals. But Glenn Phillips, who came in to bat in the seventh over, played brilliantly and the Kiwis were on their way to victory.
The batsman was unbeaten on 63 runs including 4 boundaries and sixes off 42 balls and the team reached victory with 11 balls to spare. Glenn Phillips is the Cayman of the game. New Zealand opener Devon Conway scored 153 runs in 3 games and was the best player of the series.
After defeating Pakistan in the ODI series, New Zealand are coming to India. They will play three-match ODI and T20I series against India. New Zealand’s tour of India will begin on January 18 with an ODI in Hyderabad.
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