Boult rocks Pakistan as Kiwis take series

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DUNEDIN, New Zealand — A withering spell by Trent Boult saw New Zealand destroy Pakistan by 183 runs in the third One-Day International here Saturday to comfortably wrap up the series.

New Zealand has won all three matches so far and captain Kane Williamson said the target is a clean sweep of all five ODIs.

Boult rocked Pakistan with three wickets in five balls to take out the cream of its top order on his way to figures of five for 17.

After New Zealand made 257 batting first, boosted by 11 in the final over before Boult was dismissed on the last ball, Pakistan was all out for 74 in the 28th.

“It was a big game for us. We wanted to get the series done,” said Man of the Match Boult.

“To score only 250 on the board we knew we had to fight hard and to come out like that was very satisfying.”

Williamson said the target now was to remain unbeaten.

“That’s the focus. The focus is trying to win each game. The guys were smart today and that’s something we pride ourselves on,” he said.

“It was a fantastic performance all round. Trent was outstanding getting five.

Pakistan had slumped to eight for 32 in the 19th over and threatened two unwanted records — the lowest ODI score of 35, held by Zimbabwe, and Pakistan’s own lowest score of 43.

Sarfraz Ahmed (14 not out), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16) added 42 for the last two wickets but Sarfraz saw serious problems with the top order batting.

“It was very disappointing, a tough loss,” he said.

“Our bowlers bowled very well but the problems continue with the batting which again flopped. The problem is (facing) the new ball.”

Boult removed Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez in the space of five balls to put Pakistan in a hole it was never going to get out of.

After 10 overs, the tourists were three down for just nine runs and while they struggled to stay afloat, Babar Azam was unnecessarily run out.

Part-time bowler Colin Munro, with career figures of one for 203 before this match bowled Shadab Khan without scoring and had Hasan Ali spectacularly caught by Williamson for one to return figures of two for 10 off seven overs.

Pakistan came to New Zealand on a nine-match winning streak and the promise of providing a more formidable opposition for New Zealand who had just swept a series against the West Indies.

After losing the first two matches it needed to win in Dunedin and had its tails up when Munro went for eight in the second over.

But half-centuries to Kane Williamson (73) and Ross Taylor (52) plus 45 for Martin Guptill set New Zealand up.

It was Taylor 57th ODI half-century to equal the New Zealand record held by Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle.

But his dismissal sparked a Pakistan revival in the field in which it took seven for 48 in the last eight overs. — AFP



Scoreboard
New Zealand

M. Guptill run out (Sarfraz/Shadab) 45

C. Munro c Sarfraz b Faheem 08

K. Williamson c Hafeez b Rumman 73

R. Taylor lbw Shadab 52

T. Latham c Shoaib b Rumman 35

H. Nicholls c&b Shadab 00

M. Santner b Hasan 06

T. Astle c Fakhar b Rumman 05

T. Southee b Hasan 06

L. Ferguson not out 06

T. Boult b Hasan 13

Extras: (lb2, w4, nb2) 08

Total: (all out; 50 overs) 257

Falls: 1-15 (Munro), 2-84 (Guptill), 3-158 (Williamson), 4-209 (Taylor), 5-209 (Nicholls), 6-226 (Santner), 7-226 (Latham), 8-233 (Astle), 9-239 (Southee), 10-257 (Boult).

Bowling: Amir 8-1-34-0 (2w, 1nb), Faheem 6-1-29-1, Rumman 10-0-51-3 (1w, 1nb), Hasan 10-0-59-3 (1w), Shadab 10-0-51-2, Shoaib 6-0-31-0.

Pakistan

Azhar Ali c Taylor b Boult 00

Fakhar Zaman b Boult 02

Babar Azam run out (Santner/Latham) 08

Mohammad Hafeez c Taylor b Boult 00

Shoaib Malik c Taylor b Ferguson 03

Sarfraz Ahmed not out 14

Shadab Khan b Munro 00

Faheem Ashraf c Astle b Ferguson 10

Hasan Ali c Williamson b Munro 01

Mohammad Amir b Boult 14

Rumman Raees b Boult 16

Extras: (w6) 06

Total: (all out; 27.2 overs) 74

Falls: 1-1 (Azhar), 2-2 (Fakhar), 3-2 (Hafeez), 4-13 (Babar), 5-15 (Shoaib), 6-16 (Shadab), 7-30 (Faheem Ashraf), 8-32 (Hasan), 9-52 (Amir), 10-74 (Rumman).

Bowling: Southee 7-3-19-0 (1w), Boult 7.2-1-17-5 (1w), Munro 7-1-10-2, Ferguson 6-0-28-2 (3w).

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