Pakistan wins toss, bats in 2nd ODI vs. New Zealand

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 13, 2018

The New Zealand cricketers are targeting an improved death-bowling performance in today's third one-day global against Pakistan in Dunedin.

Pakistan recovered from 141 for 7 in the 37th over in Nelson, to set a respectable tally of 246 for 9.

New Zealand has now consistently been improving its winning percentage in ODIs against Pakistan, which at the moment stands at 45.40 percent.

"We learnt a few lessons from the last game", said Williamson on Friday.

The visiting Pakistan has a very little margin of error, it can afford to make; otherwise, the five-match ODI series will easily slip away to New Zealand which is already leading it by 2-0.

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"We were able to take those early wickets, which certainly helped us, but their lower order came out and then put together a partnership that gave them a total which could have been a tough chase", Williamson said.

Both the first two One Day Internationals (ODIs) didn't reach its proper culmination as they remained rain-interrupted and eventually results were declared under the Duck World Lewis (D/L) method.

The Black Caps can clinch the series if they win the third game, to be played in Dunedin on Saturday, after fairly convincing victories in Wellington and Nelson respectively.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees.

His return should add spark to a line-up that has struggled to adapt to the conditions. They had been training with a slab and would require quick feet to counter the bowling, he added.

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