New Zealand Clean-Sweeps Pakistan For 74 To Win The ODI Series

Martin Guptill Trent Boult and Tom Latham of New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman

Martin Guptill Trent Boult and Tom Latham of New Zealand celebrate the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman

'My teammates were giving me s*** because I dropped an absolute sitter on the boundary with two hands the other week before Christmas, ' he said.

Raees smashed a quickfire 16, but he also had his stumps rattled by Boult, which led to Pakistan being bundled out for 74, which is their joint third-lowest score in ODI history.

Chasing 258 to win, Trent Boult speared through Pakistan's top order, starting with the dismissal of Azhar Ali, who was caught by Taylor at first slip for a duck.

Some hit and hope cricket in the last few overs carried Pakistan to a total which was only its second lowest in one-day internationals, matching its 74 against England in 1992.

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.

One of Pakistan's only light of hope, Shoaib Malik was bowled off Lockie Ferguson's delivery after only scoring 3 runs. Plum lbw. Thought about reviewing for a second but ends up walking. At one point in the match, Pakistan were reeling at 17/7.

Taylor was able to score more freely than Williamson, perhaps because the conditions favored the straight-bat shots which are his forte, and reached his 40th ODI half-century from 49 balls.

Despite NZ losing 7-48 to close their innings, the total looked a competitive one on the Dunedin wicket.

Rumman Raees returned figures of three for 51, Hasan Ali took three for 59 and Shadab Khan took two for 51 with his wickets coming of successive balls.

"It was very disappointing, a tough loss", said the skipper during post-match ceremony, after staying not out at 14 as the rest of the wickets crumbled around him. "Our bowlers bowled well again but the batting was a big flop", he added.

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