Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
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Black Caps dominated by Pakistan in second ODI

Black Caps dominated by Pakistan in second ODI

Fakhar Zaman smashed run-a-ball 88 and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (4-38) grabbed his second successive four-wicket haul in Pakistan's six-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second one-day worldwide on Friday.

Set a measly 210 to win, the only scare Pakistan received was when opener Imam ul-Haq had to retire hurt after being struck on the helmet by a Lockie Ferguson bouncer.

He was immediately sent to a hospital for CT scans and the team management said they would monitor him for the next 48 hours. "He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio", the PCB tweeted.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik also allayed fears of a serious injury by posting a picture with Imam-ul-Haq.

New Zealand stayed faithful to the same combination which won the first one-day global by 47 runs, also played in Abu Dhabi, while Pakistan brought in Faheem Ashraf for Junaid.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored for New Zealand with a laborious 120-ball 86 not out and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made a gruelling 33 off 63 balls.

With the win Pakistan broke a four-year losing streak of 12 consecutive ODIs against the Black Caps, starting with a 3-2 defeat in the UAE in 2014.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off leg-spinner Sodhi with Pakistan needing only six runs for victory as Pakistan leveled the series with more than nine overs to spare. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced the 34-year-old William Somerville as his replacment for the three-match Test series.

Neither George Worker (28 off 50 balls) nor Henry Nicholls (33 off 63) looked particularly at ease in their time at the crease, but both batsmen were also put in hard situations as failures from Colin Munro (13) and the duo of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham (one run apiece) put the Black Caps in early strife. He was beaten for pace and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

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