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Trent Boult claims 5 wickets, as Pakistan go 74 all-out

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 183 runs to record their third win on the bounce, and took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-match series on Saturday (January 13). New Zealand’s Trent Boult, who wreaked havoc on the visitors batting order on a difficult Dunedin pitch, was named the Man of the Match.

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first. The Kiwi home side managed an above par score of 257. But since the pitch was a bowling-friendly one, the Kiwis lost all their wickets in the process.

Pakistan pacers limited Kiwis to 257

At one stage, New Zealand were looking in a good shape and were set to reach a big score, when the scorecard read 158/3. However, the Pakistani triumvirate of Rumman Raees, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan brought their side back into the game, with some disciplined bowling, bundling out the Kiwis for a total 257.

Trent Boult, Pakistan’s tormentor-in-chief

On the other hand, Pakistan’s struggles with the bat on this tour continued, as they slipped to 16 for 6 in 15 overs. Trent Boult was specially in good shape as he picked up 3 wickets in his very first spell.

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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and the lower-order batsmen managed to put on a fight for a while, but could only take the score to a lowly-74. Pakistan’s tormentor-in-chief, Trent Boult, ended the match with figures of 5/17, which even earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ at the end.

This was Pakistan’s third-straight loss on the tour as they lost the rain-marred series opener in Wellington by 61 runs before going down by 8 wickets in the second ODI. The final two matches of the series will be played in Hamilton and Wellington respectively before the actions shifts to the 3-match T20I series, starting on January 22 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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