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NZ wins toss, batting first against Pakistan in 2nd ODI

11 November 2018

A final-day collapse in the end didn't prove costly for the New Zealand A cricket team, who drew their final tour match against Pakistan A in Abu Dhabi on Saturday morning (NZ time).

The Black Caps won the toss and elected to bat but it went downhill from their as they could only muster 209 runs in their innings.

He took three wickets by giving 54 runs in 10 overs.

On a sluggish pitch, Taylor found an able ally in Henry Nicholls and the pair stitched a 75-run stand for the fifth wicket. Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee scored 13 runs each.

New Zealand turned the tide towards the end of the first half and McKenzie dived beside the posts following a lovely offload from Barrett, who successfully kicked a penalty to reduce the deficit to five points at half-time.

Pakistan paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took 4-38. Zaman and Babar Azam played with positive intent scoring runs easily. Zaman and Babar Azam added 155 runs for opening wicket in 28.2 overs. Even the dismissal of Fakhar, top-edging a pull, after his run-a-ball 88 with 11 fours and Babar's upper cut held at third man, following his 46 off 50 balls with 5 fours, in the same Ferguson over, failed to change anything. Pakistan battling has been struggling off late and will need to up their game if they are to challenge New Zealand in the remaining matches. Despite losing wickets of Azam, Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan won the match by 6 wickets with 57 balls to spare.

England found themselves behind despite an electric start that saw Chris Ashton take less than two minutes to mark his first England start in over four years with a try and Dylan Hartley also cross to put the fired-up hosts 15-0 up.

Imam had just returned to the side for this ODI series after a freak finger injury in the second Test against Australia last month.

NZ wins toss, batting first against Pakistan in 2nd ODI