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.
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.
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.