The PAK vs NZ ODI series has reached its climax with the final ODI on Friday, January 13 deciding the series winners. Pakistan won the first ODI by six wickets. New Zealand made a strong comeback in the second ODI winning it by 79 runs to level the series. The series is now nicely poised for a cliffhanger of a contest in the third ODI.
Babar Azam is leading Pakistan and Kane Williamson is back as the ODI skipper of New Zealand. The series kickstarted preparations for both teams for the ODI World Cup later this year in India. Heading into this series, Pakistan are the top-ranked ODI team in the ICC rankings while Pakistan are placed fifth.
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New Zealand scored 261 on the back of Devon Conway’s second ODI ton. Kane Williamson scored 85 as the duo had a 181-run stand for the second wicket. Seven Kiwi batters were dismissed for single-digit scores. Mohammad Nawaz picked up four wickets and Naseem Shah picked up three.
New Zealand bowlers backed up their batters by taking wickets at regular intervals. Six bowlers were used out of which Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi picked two wickets each. The rest of the bowlers picked up w wicket each.
Babar Azam (79) and Mohammed Rizwan (28) scored runs while the other batters struggled. Eventually, Pakistan were bowled out for 182. Babar has been in terrific form in ODI cricket of late scoring four centuries and seven fifties in his last 12 ODI innings.
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.
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After the Test matches, the Karachi wicket played a lot better in the first ODI. The wicket had a lot for the bowlers and Naseem Shah exploited the conditions brilliantly. It was a good batting wicket as well as scores from Conway, Williamson and Babar, suggested. A score of around 260-270 might be a winning score for the PAK vs NZ third ODI.
Talking about the weather, the third PAK vs NZ ODI stats from 2.30 pm local time. There will be plenty of sunshine in the afternoon with the temperature around 23 degrees. By the evening the temperature will drop down to 11 degrees and get chillier. Dew is expected to play a part in the contest and thus captains will prefer chasing on this wicket.