Kane Williamson takes a stunner to dismiss Pakistan's Hasan Ali

Dean Simpson
January 14, 2018

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Williamson never looked particularly fluent but reached 73 off 101 deliveries while Taylor made 52 off 64 deliveries.

After posting 257 from 50 overs, the Black Caps skittled Pakistan for just 74 - their equal third-lowest total in ODIs and their worst-ever against New Zealand.

So far both Pakistani Bowling and Batting haven't been up to the mark; and if the batting lineup was yet unable to get rid of its fragile nature, the dependable bowling lineup also seemed struggling in New Zealand.

At eight for 32, Pakistan were threatening two unwanted records - the lowest ODI score of 35, held by Zimbabwe, and Pakistan's own lowest score of 43 - before Sarfraz Ahmed (14 not out), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16) delayed the inevitable finish.

Fortunately, Pakistan avoided that humiliation as they stumbled on to a measly score of 74 but their capitulation and 183-run defeat see them 3-0 down in a forgettable series for the visitors.

During the post-match discussion, Sarfraz told, "A tough loss, batting was again flop". The problem is the new ball. "We gift so many wickets and that's why we lost the match".

"It was a fantastic performance all round. If you bowled on a length, it was hard to score", said the Kiwi captain on Trent's performance.

"We want to be a little bit better there". Incidentally, Tent Boult bagged the man of the match award for delivering an impressive performance of 5-17.

"To score only 250 on the board we knew we had to fight hard and to come out like that was very satisfying". Focus is to win each game.

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