Pakistan and New Zealand go head to head in the third ODI in Karachi on January 13. The PAK vs NZ ODI series is tied at 1-1 after the Kiwis won the second ODI by 79 runs. The hosts won the first ODI by six wickets themselves. This is the first ODI series for both teams in 2023, a year when the ODI World Cup will be played. New Zealand will win their 50th ODI match against Pakistan if they win the decider on Friday.
Kane Williamson is back to lead the Kiwis while Babar Azam will continue to lead Pakistan. Both the teams played out a draw Test match series that saw them taking eight points each. The final ODI is now the decider for the PAK vs NZ ODI series. Earlier the Test series had plenty of entertaining moments before it eventually ended in a draw.
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Devon Conway (101) and Kane Williamson’s 85 laid the platform for the Kiwis to score 261 batting first. Mitchell Santner scored 37 off 40 balls lower down the order to help the Kiwis get beyond 260. Seven batters from the visiting team were dismissed for single-digit scores.
The Kiwi bowlers then ensured that they keep themselves in the game by picking up wickets at regular intervals. Babar Azam (79) and Mohammed Rizwan (28) scored runs while the rest of the batters struggled. Pakistan were finally bowled out for 182 giving New Zealand a series-leveling win.
The Karachi pitch has behaved a lot better in the ODIs after resulting in two drawn games in the test matches. Twice now scores between 250-260 have given entertaining games. The decider is also expected to pan out in the same way. A score of around 260 might be a match-winning total.
Pakistan last played an ODI series against the Netherlands in August 2022. They won the series 3-0. New Zealand last played an ODI series against India in December 2022. They won the first ODI in Auckland. The next two in Hamilton and Christchurch were washed out due to rain. Pakistan last played an ODIs Kiwis are the top-ranked ODI side at the moment. Pakistan, on the other hand, is placed fifth.
PAK vs NZ Head-to-Head Overall Records
|New Zealand Won||14||49||11|
PAK vs NZ Head-to-Head In ODIs, ODI Record, Player Stats, 3rd ODI
Matches Played – 109
PAK Won – 56
NZ Won – 49
Most Runs For PAK- Inzamam-Ul-Haq (1283)
Most Runs For NZ – Stephen Fleming (1090)
Most Wickets For PAK- Waqar Younis (79)
Most Wickets For NZ: Danny Morrison (39)
PAK vs NZ Head To Head In ODI Matches
|New Zealand Won||49|
|First Played||11 February 1973|
|Last Played||January 2023|
PAK vs NZ Head To Head In T20I Matches
|New Zealand Won||11|
|First Played||22 September 2007|
|Last Played||December 2022|
PAK vs NZ Head To Head In Test Matches
|New Zealand Won||14|
|First Played||13 October 1955|
|Last Played||December 2022|