Zaman, Afridi fire as Pakistan bounce back in NZ series

Pakistan has won only one match- out of six- while chasing against New Zealand in the UAE since they have adopted the country as their home venue

Pakistan opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, who was taken to the hospital after suffering a head injury in the middle of the 2nd ODI against New Zealand, has been cleared to rejoin the national team.

Ross Taylor (86*) scored his second consecutive fifty to help New Zealand post a respectable total, after Kiwi captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first.

But Pakistan were in such a dominant position that there was no danger of them losing the match and they edged across the winning line with six wickets and nine and a half overs to spare.

Secondly by bringing Mohammad Hafeez's action to the attention of all, by mimicking a bent elbow, the New Zealand batsman, Ross Taylor top scorer with 81 on the day, added spice to the second match.

Afridi bowled intelligently upfront when he had free scoring Colin Munro (13) caught at mid-off in his first over.

Left to chase an improbable 254 in a minimum 41 overs to win the match, and with it the two-game first-class rubber, New Zealand A were 68 for five when the match was called off.

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'We were outplayed, ' said Williamson.

At the end of 20 overs, New Zealand were 82 for 4 and finding it extremely hard to score freely against the slow bowlers.

Having won the 2009 and 2014 ODI series deciders against Pakistan in the UAE, this one will provide a test of how quickly the Black Caps adjust in their first big "final" of a lengthy World Cup buildup, a little over six months out. (Lockie Ferguson) has the pace which is handy.

Ul-Haq before he slumps to the floor.

There was a scary moment in the game as Imam-ul-Haq (16) retired hurt after he was hit on the helmet by a bouncer from paceman Lockie Ferguson.

The ball skidded on under lights and Ferguson was a handful from around the wicket with leg side catchers, a similar approach to Neil Wagner in the tests.

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