Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

New Zealand wins toss, bats in 3rd ODI vs

New Zealand wins toss, bats in 3rd ODI vs

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat in the third one-day global against Pakistan in Dunedin on Tuesday.

For the third match in a row, New Zealand will field an unchanged lineup.

Pakistan were all out for 74 today, handing the hosts a 183-run victory and a 3-0 series lead.

Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start.

Taylor was able to score more freely than Williamson, perhaps because the conditions favoured the straight-bat shots which are his forte, and reached his 40th ODI half century from 49 balls. "Catches taken by patrons outside these zones will be deemed ineligible", New Zealand Cricket said in a statement last week.

But after Taylor was out for 52 in the 43rd over with the total 209-4, New Zealand slumped dramatically, losing its next six wickets for 48 runs.

Hasan Ali (1) then fell to a good diving catch by Williamson at midwicket before Boult was brought back to clean up Mohammad Amir (bowled for 14) and top-scorer Rumman Raees (bowled for 16).

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Ali, the world's top-ranked ODI bowler, also dismissed Trent Boult (13) with the last ball of the innings to finish with 3-59 while Raees, whose victims included Williamson and Latham, took 3-51.

It was a batting display of stunning ineptitude from Pakistan after they'd earlier given themselves a chance with the ball thanks to the Kiwis batting itself collapsing.

"It was a great sign for them but it's important we learn from that as well and look to do that a little bit better".

"We've had a practice game in Nelson so we know the pitch and hopefully we will do well", said captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

He says they're "built strongly as a team, and have come a long way".

Munro only faced three balls from Faheem Ashraf in the second over - a six, two and caught behind, and New Zealand were 15 for one after 10 balls.

Henry Nicholls was caught and bowled off the first ball he faced leaving Mitchell Santner to deny Shadab a hat-trick.

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