New Zealand set revised target in rain-hit Pakistan ODI

PTV Sports Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Live Streaming

PTV Sports Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI Live Streaming

In addition, a drop catch of New Zealand's Captain Kane Williamson by his Counterpart behind the wicket Sarfraz Ahmed also proved costly for Pakistan as the former eventually ended his innings for 115.

Mohammad Hafiz (60) notched up his solid 33rd ODI half-century while Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan also hit 51 and 52 respectively to guide Pakistan to a score of 246 for nine. A 45-run partnership provided some hope of a Pakistan revival, as the pair began to rotate the strike regularly and use their feet to the spinners.

The tourists were 127-6 when Hafeez was out in the 32nd over and looked likely to fall well below a par score at Saxton Oval where teams batting first in ODIs average 260.

Earlier, it was Pakistan, who won the toss and chose to bat first but they lost their openers Azhar Ali (6) and Imam-ul-Haq (2) early.

Pakistan suffered their first major blow even before they took field as the in-form Fakhar Zaman was ruled out of the contest, having sustained a contusion in his right leg while fielding in the series opener. But just as the momentum was shifting, Malik danced down the wicket and hit one straight to long-on.

The spinning all-rounder duo of Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle delivered consistent returns for the most part, but Astle lapsed in his final over, conceding 21 runs.

New Zealand's allrounder Colin De Grandhomme bowls.

Imam-ul-Haq offered a weak pull to Colin Munro at mid-wicket off Boult; Azhar Ali fell lbw to Southee for consecutive matches after stepping too far across to off stump and trying to work the ball through the legside.

The innings looked to be petering out well under 200, and it took a whirlwind partnership between Shadab and No. 9 Hasan to restore some competitiveness to the contest. Boult wasn't spared either as a gorgeous cover drive off the left-armer brought up Shadab's half-century. On the other hand, New Zealand would be looking to seal the series in their favour. Now, the ODI series is led by New Zealand by 2 - 0.

Pakistan may have felt they were right back in the game, before the rain break.

Martin Guptill (86 n o, 71b, 5×4, 5×6) was at his belligerent best as New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets in the second ODI here, Tuesday.

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