NZ opt to bat against Pakistan in second ODI

NZ opt to bat against Pakistan in second ODI
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat in the second and deciding one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

The tourists are unchanged from the first ODI, in which they defeated Pakistan by 47 runs on Wednesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

For Pakistan, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has replaced fast bowler Junaid Khan, who is suffering from an infection in his right foot toe.

Junaid has also been ruled out of the third ODI against New Zealand on Sunday.

The two sides have faced each other six times in Abu Dhabi, with the Kiwis having the upper hand with a 5-1 winning ratio against the Green Shirts.

Trent Boult’s devastating bowling on Wednesday exposed Pakistan’s top order as he became the third New Zealand bowler to claim an ODI hat-trick.

The 29-year-old dismissed Fakhar Zaman (one), Babar Azam (nought) and Mohammad Hafeez (nought) in the third over. While skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik tried to lift the innings with half-centuries, they could not fix the damage from the first 20 overs of the innings.

Originally Posted on SuchTv


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