PAK vs NZ: Pakistan’s Hat-Trick Victory Over New Zealand, Ends The Drought Of 12-year

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 26 runs in the third ODI on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Pakistan registered their first one-day international series win over New Zealand in 12 years.

In this match played at the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan batted first and scored 287/6 in the allotted 50 overs. In response, the New Zealand team was all out for 261 runs in 49.1 overs.

Will Young (33) and Tom Blundell (65) got New Zealand off to a strong start with an 83-run partnership to chase down the target of 288 runs. Will Young was unlucky and returned to the pavilion after being run out. Then Darryl Mitchell (21) with Blundell added 30 runs for the second wicket. Mohammad Wasim broke this partnership by getting Mitchell caught by Shafiq. Tom Blundell also returned to the pavilion after being run out.

Captain Tom Latham (45) took over at one end but found no support from the other end. Mark Chapman (13) and Henry Nicholls (1) were dismissed quickly. Naseem Shah bowled Chapman while Salman hunted Nicholls. Wasim bowled Captain Tom Latham.

After losing six wickets for 196 runs, Cole McConchie (64 *) tried to get New Zealand back but got no support. The tail-end batsman of the Kiwi team was seen giving meaning to the proverb ‘Tu Chal Main Aaya,’ and the entire team was all out for 261 runs. Marconi scored an unbeaten 64 in 45 balls with the help of 6 fours and two sixes. Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Mohammad Wasim got two wickets each for Pakistan. Agha Salman got a breakthrough.

Earlier, opting to bat, Pakistan scored 287/6 in the allotted 50 overs thanks to brilliant innings by Babar Azam-Imam-ul-Haq. Pakistan’s start to bat first was not good. Matt Henry got Fakhar Zaman (19) caught out by wicketkeeper Tom Blundell. From here, Imam-ul-Haq (90) shared a century partnership of 108 runs for the second wicket with captain Babar Azam (54).

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Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq equaled a special record by sharing a century partnership. Matt Henry broke this partnership by getting the wicket of Babar Azam. Abdullah Shafiq (19) did not stay at the crease for long and returned to the pavilion after being a victim of Marconi. Adam Milne brought New Zealand great success as Imam-ul-Haq. Haque missed his century by 10 runs.

After this, Mohammad Rizwan (32) and Agha Salman (31) played useful innings to take Pakistan to a respectable score. After the dismissal of these two, Shadab Khan (21 *) and Mohammad Nawaz (11 *) took Pakistan to a challenging score. Matt Henry took three wickets for New Zealand. Adam Milne got two wickets. Cole McConchie gets a breakthrough.

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