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Pakistan vs New Zealand - 3rd ODI

Series: Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date: 11 November 2018

New Zealand 35/1 (6.5 Ovs) RR: 5.12 | Match Abandoned

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So that is it from this game! 56.5 overs is what we witnessed. A sad end to what was a good series. However, both the sides now turn their attention to the longest format as they head into a three-match Test series. The first one begins on the 16th of November in Abu Dhabi at 1000 local (0600 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care!

Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, says they have had a good series overall. Admits they were poor in the first game but came back well in the second. He reckons they were favorites to win here. Further adds that they tried a different combination with the batting line-up as they played an extra batsman. States Afridi is a very promising youngster but he still has a lot to learn. Ends by saying New Zealand always look to dig in and take the game till the end.

New Zealand skipper, Tom Latham, says they did not expect it to finish this way but it was an exciting series. Mentions they have done well to not only adapt here but in various parts of the world. Credits the way Ferguson bowled today. Ends by saying, adapting to the surfaces in the longest format will be the biggest challenge.

Man of the Series, Shaheen Afridi, says he is very happy with his achievement. Adds further that he too is trying to learn day-by-day. States he looks to land it in the right areas with the new ball. Ends by saying he will try to do good in the longest format also.

Man of the Match, Lockie Ferguson, says the pitch was a touch slower and he had to adjust. Mentions he is happy with the way they performed with the ball but is disappointing they could not get a whole game. Informs he tried changing things up in the middle and he got success. States pace is his strength but he does look to change the pace, especially on such wickets. Admits the cross-seam deliveries helps on such surfaces. Ends by saying he is trying to improve everyday and he is pleased to be a part of such a good team.

Around 7 overs is what we managed in the second innings. New Zealand lost Munro early to Afridi but then Nicholls and Worker did try and steady the ship. They were going well before the rain arrived. Earlier in the day, a solid batting performance saw Pakistan post a total which was above par. Babar Azam was their star with a 92 but he was well supported by Haris Sohail and Zaman. They looked like they would get a lot more but Ferguson's fifer, kept them under 300. Stay tuned for a while.

Bad news folks! The inevitable has happened, the game has been CALLED OFF. Yes, you read it right, a game being called off due to rain in the UAE. There was a chat between the umpires and the skippers and that was that. Customary handshakes taking place at the moment. The series ends 1-1.

Update - 1000 local (1800 GMT) - The rain did stop for a while but it is back again. The cut off time for a T20 game is 1020 local. Chances of a game look bleak now.

It has started to drizzle here and the umpires have asked the players to walk off. So rain has stopped play in the UAE. Not something which happens a lot here. We though can expect this one to be a short delay.

6.5
4
S Afridi to H Nicholls, FOUR! Easy-peasy! Short and on the body, Nicholls helps it on its way through backward square leg for a boundary.
6.4
1
S Afridi to G Worker, Fuller in length on off, HN strokes it to mid off. The fielder misfields and a run is taken.
6.3
1
S Afridi to H Nicholls, Almost played it on! This was shortin length around off, Nicholls tries to keep it out off the back foot but away from his body. It goes off the inner half towards square leg for a run.
6.2
0
S Afridi to H Nicholls, A little too straight, Nicholls misses the flick and is hit on the pads.
6.1
0
S Afridi to H Nicholls, Excellent fielding! Full and on the pads, Nicholls flicks it towards mid-wicket. Haris Sohail there dives to his right and saves a boundary.
5.6
0
F Ashraf to G Worker, Keeps it on the off stump, it is defended onto the ground.
5.5
0
F Ashraf to G Worker, Good comeback! Gets his line right and lands it around off, gets it to jag back in. Worker tries to flick but misses to get hit near the box.
5.4
4
F Ashraf to G Worker, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Last one was power so this one was finesse. On the pads, it is worked fine down the leg side.
5.3
4
F Ashraf to G Worker, FOUR! First boundary of this innings! He did not lose his shape this time as he pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That made a cracking sound of the bat.
5.2
0
F Ashraf to G Worker, Where did that come from? Worker dances down the track and tries to go big. He loses his shape and to his fortune gets beaten.
5.1
1
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, Back of a length on middle, Henry pushes it to mid on for a single.
4.6
0
S Afridi to G Worker, Full and around off, the batsman times it to covers. Another tight over comes to an end.
4.5
0
S Afridi to G Worker, Good length and on off, Worker gets right behind the line of the delivery and defends it out.
4.4
1
S Afridi to H Nicholls, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
4.3
2
S Afridi to H Nicholls, Goes for the yorker but Worker gets his bat down in time and hits it through mid-wicket. A couple taken.
4.2
1
S Afridi to G Worker, Nicely played! This is guided down to third man for a single.
4.1
0
S Afridi to G Worker, On the stumps, blocked.
3.6
1
F Ashraf to G Worker, Chance but the fielder fails to collect the ball! Ashraf comes around around the wicket and lands it around off, it is pushed towards mid on. The batsmen go for a run and the fielder makes it easier for them by not collecting it. A couple of this over.
3.5
1
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, On the fuller side, Henry strokes it to mid off and a run is taken.
3.4
0
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, 4th dot! Once again attacks the off pole and lands it around off, the batsman blocks it out.
3.3
0
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, Back of a length on off, HN defends it off the back foot.
3.2
1
F Ashraf to G Worker, On the shorter side and outside off, the batter guides it down to third man for a run.
3.1
0
F Ashraf to G Worker, On a length and around off, defended.
2.6
0
S Afridi to H Nicholls, Fuller on off, Nicholls strokes it to covers.
2.5
3
S Afridi to G Worker, Good shot! It is a push down the ground past the bowler. Hasan Ali from mid on gives it a chase. He slides and tries to throw it to the fielder running in from mid off. He though throws it away from him and the batsmen take three.
2.4
0
S Afridi to G Worker, Good length on off, the batsman keeps it out.
2.3
1
S Afridi to H Nicholls, Good length and angling into the batter, Henry works it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen complete one run. Malik fails to collect the ball and Worker wants another but is sent back.
2.2
0
S Afridi to H Nicholls, Good length around off, it is stroked to mid off.
2.1
1
S Afridi to G Worker, Outside off, it is guided down to third man for a single.
1.6
2
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, Back of a length on off, HN punches it through covers for another couple.
1.5
2
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, On the shorter side, Nicholls pulls it down to fine leg for a couple. Gets off the mark with that brace.
1.4
0
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, Good shot! On a length and around off, the batsman punches it towards covers.
1.3
0
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, Attacks the length again around off, Henry lunges and blocks it out.
1.2
0
F Ashraf to H Nicholls, Good length on off, Henry blocks it out.
1.1
1
F Ashraf to G Worker, On the shorter side, it is tucked to mid-wicket for a run.

Faheem Ashraf to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Afridi to H Nicholls, A dot to end a successful first over. Back of a length on off, it is pushed to covers.
0.5
0
S Afridi to H Nicholls, Shortish to Nicholls, it is pulled to square leg.

Henry Nicholls is the new man in.

0.4
0
S Afridi to C Munro, OUT! KABOOM! There goes Colin Munro and it is Shaheen Afridi who gets him out once again. What a delivery this is. He lands it on a length and around off, jags back in after pitching. Munro tries to drive but the ball sneaks through the gap between bat and pad and hits the top of middle. Munro walks back cheaply. Body blow for the Kiwis. They needed Munro to step up especially in the absence of Williamson. Pakistan are ecstatic as they know this is a huge wicket. Ideal start for them.
0.3
0
S Afridi to C Munro, Fuller in length on middle, Munro drives it back to the bowler.
0.2
1
S Afridi to G Worker, Loose shot there! Just ahead of a length around off, it comes back in a little. Worker plays a drive away from his body but gets an inside edge towards short fine leg for a run.
0.2
0
S Afridi to G Worker, Another wide! Down the leg side and it has been wided.
0.1
0
S Afridi to G Worker, Good length again and it is just outside off, Worker makes a leave.
0.1
0
S Afridi to G Worker, A false start! Wide and outside off, the umpire stretches his hands side ways.

We are back for the chase! The Kiwi openers, Colin Munro and George Worker make their way out to the middle. Shaheen Afridi has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...