Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Dubai
Shaheen Afridi 3.5-0-18-1
New Zealand 35/1 (6.5 Ovs)
Henry Nicholls 15 (20)
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat
The umpires have called off the match and Pakistan and New Zealand will have to share the series honours. An anti-climatic end to a series that was well set for an exciting finish.
Believe it or not, it’s raining in Dubai – off all the places. The play has stopped.
WICKET! Pakistan have struck early. Colin Munro, the hard-hitting southpaw, is dismissed, cleaned up by Shaheen Afridi. This is a massive blow, especially in the context of the game.
Lockie Ferguson bagged three late wickets to bag his maiden fifer. It was a superb effort on a dead pitch. However, despite his heroics, Pakistan managed to score 279 for 8, putting up a fine exhibition of batting on a slow wicket. The total is imposing as New Zealand aim to win the series.
5 RUNS! A poor throw by Tom Latham and then a poor collection on a return throw allows Faheem Ashraf to run 5 for a delivery that deserved only a 2. How rare is that!
WICKET! Babar Azam becomes the third Pakistan batsmen to fail to register a century after looking set for one. Nonetheless, he has failed a fine hand today even if understated in the shadows of Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail.
WICKET! Haris Sohail, in a bid to up the scoring rate, falls. George Worker takes a good catch at deep square. Lockie Ferguson with the wicket.
200/2 Haris Sohail is looking to press the accelerator and brings up Pakistan 200 with a massive six. With eight wickets in hand and 10 overs left, the hosts are heading to a mighty score (with regards to the playing conditions).
FIFTY! And just like that, Babar Azam has brought up yet another fifty – also the third half-century of Pakistan’s innings
FIFTY! While Haris Sohail slows down a bit and Babar Azam accelerates a bit, the former notches up a fifty – taking advantage of this opportunity.
He got a bit of help from Colin de Grandhomme who dropped him in the deep, standing too far ahead, and taking the ball over the ropes for a six.
Why isn’t Haris Sohail a regular in the XI yet?
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! While Babar Azam is still struggling to get his innings going,
Haris Sohail has taken majority of the strike and scored boundaries at regular intervals. They have put on a half-century stand for the third wicket, off only 44 balls.
STRIKE 2! Fakhar Zaman has let go of a good start. Looking to clear the fence against Colin de Grandhomme,
he doesn’t get the middle of the bat and holes out to Matt Henry at long on.
WICKET Fakhar Zaman has brought up his second fifty on a trot. This innings hasn’t included the kind of fireworks his batting usually has but it has been mighty effective.
Needed only 56 balls to bring up his half century. The poor form seems all to distant now.