Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Batting was again flop: Sarfraz blames batsmen for New Zealand series loss

Batting was again flop: Sarfraz blames batsmen for New Zealand series loss

The visiting Pakistan has a very little margin of error, it can afford to make; otherwise, the five-match ODI series will easily slip away to New Zealand which is already leading it by 2-0.

New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult claimed a five-wicket haul as his side skittled Pakistan out for an embarrassing 74 to triumph by 183 runs in the third ODI in Dunedin.

Pakistan in reply were all out for 74 in the 28th over.

Black Caps players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan batsman Mohammed Hafeez in Dunedin on Saturday
SPORT Black Caps players celebrate the wicket of Pakistan batsman Mohammed Hafeez in Dunedin on Saturday

On the field and half centuries by Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand to 257.

Pakistan were glaring down the barrel of the lowest ever ODI score - Zimbabwe holds the record of 35 v Sri Lanka in 2004 - at 16-6 and later 32-8, but managed to avoid further humiliation.

The spectator casually lent down to take the catch after New Zealand opener Martin Guptill flicked Mohammad Amir over square leg and into the stands.

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But even that was too much for Pakistan, who could not recover from a top-order slide induced by Boult (5/17), dismissing Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez in his first two overs, to reduce Pakistan to 2/3 in 4 overs. Matt Henry's 5 for 30, in Abu Dhabi in 2014-15, was the previous best.

Hasan and Raees picked up three wickets apiece, while Shadab snapped up two and Ashraf chipped in with one.

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The hosts were unable to build on a promising position as their search for quick runs failed, the Black Caps losing 48-7 to finish their innings. Their collective average of 17.10 is the second worst in any bilateral series with a minimum of 20 innings.

"Trent was outstanding. Both new ball bowlers".

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