Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Babar's 92 lifts Pakistan to 279-8 in third ODI

Babar's 92 lifts Pakistan to 279-8 in third ODI

The third one day worldwide of three-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand is being played in Dubai today (Sunday).

New Zealand, set a daunting 280-run target against a potent Pakistan bowling attack were 35 for one in 6.5 overs when rain halted play.

Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd ODI Match Prediction: Pakistan has the home advantage and hence, has a better chance to win.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off leg-spinner Sodhi with Pakistan needing only six runs for victory as Pakistan leveled the series with more than nine overs to spare. The action now shifts to the Test matches with the first game to be played in Abu Dhabi on November 16.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first.

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Pakistan put up a strong total on the board even though New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson (5/45) registered his first five-wicket haul in limited overs cricket.

Zaman scored his second successive half century before he holed out in the deep while attempting a big shot off Colin de Grandhomme. His departure brought together Azam and Sohail and together they steered the innings forward, adding 108 runs for the third wicket.

Sohail struck two sixes and six boundaries in his 59-ball 60 before he was caught in the deep off Ferguson.

Trent Boult scuppered Babar's hopes of a ninth global century in the 50-over format with a well-disguised slower delivery of his own, though the left-arm seamer ended with expensive figures of 1-80 from his 10 overs. He took three wickets in innings final over that included the scalps of Faheem Ashraf (5), Asif Ali (9) and Hasan Ali (2) and while allowing just four runs in it. Ferguson´s previous best of 3-17 came against the West Indies at Christchurch in December past year.

The Blackcaps run chase will get underway shortly, but they'll have to do it without skipper Kane Williamson, who sat out the match with a groin strain.

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