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NZ look to wrap up ODI series
November 09, 2018
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Abu Dhabi: New Zealand, who bounced back in style after losing the T20 series, will look to wrap up the series with second straight victory in the three-match ODI series on Friday.

New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the first ODI by 47 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.

Kiwis will once again pin hopes on their bowlers, spear-headed by Trent Boult, to deliver after their impressive performance in the first ODI.

Boult, who missed the T20I series as he was on paternity leave, made a strong comeback to the national team by becoming the third New Zealand bowler to claim an ODI hat-trick.

The 29-year-old received good support in seamers Lockie Ferguson and Colin de Grandhomme, who returned figures of 3/36 and 2/40 respectively.

While New Zealand impressed in the bowling department, their batting can get better. The visitors put up a total of 266/9, courtesy crucial half-centuries from middle-order batsmen Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. However, none of the other batsmen managed to cross 30.

Meanwhile, Pakistan will look to bounce back after losing the first game and keep the series alive.

Pakistan’s top order was wiped out by Boult and middle-order has already been a constant problem for them, which again failed to click.

They will have to up the tempo to both in bowling and batting order to break New Zealand jinx and keep their unbeaten record in the AUE intact.

The only positive for Pakistan in the first game was teenaged Shaheen Shah Afridi, who claimed four scalps in the game. He snapped up two wickets upfront, before hurting New Zealand’s lower middle-order with his raw pace later in the innings.

Shadab Khan, who is an ace for Pakistan in their adopted fortress, also picked up four wickets in his 10-over spell.

“We have been performing well in the bowling, but it is our batting department that needs some fine-tuning in ODIs. Especially, our top-order. Our struggle starts from there as we tend to lose early wickets and then fail to make a comeback in the match,” said Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in the build-up to the series.

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