'Disgraceful': Pakistan captain slams Taylor

Jose Verdugo
Noviembre 8, 2018

Abu Dhabi: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has slammed New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for making a "disgraceful" throwing gesture when facing the bowling of veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez during the one-day worldwide in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Taylor went on to top score with 80 to setup New Zealand's victory while Hafeez remained wicketless from his six overs. I don't think that's his job, his job is to bat.

"The hat-trick ball I was just trying to make him play and to slide one onto the pads is a great feeling".

The homeside was 8-3 and then 85-6 before fighting back, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed leading the way with a 69-ball 64 before he was bowled by Colin de Grandholme at the end of the 41st over. Firstly, Lockie Ferguson dismissed Imam (34 from 36 balls), who mistimed a pull to de Grandhomme, with the catcher then nabbing Malik (30 from 50) the next over, who picked out Williamson at mid-off.

Kiwi pacer Trent Boult took a hat-trick as he dismissed Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez.

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But once the Taylor-Latham fourth wicket standof 130 was broken, Pakistan's leg-spinner Shadab Khan derailed the innings with a burst of three wickets in the 42nd over to leave New Zealand at 210-7.

Latham, who boasts an exceptional record in Asia, joined Taylor at the crease as the duo set about hitting over half of their team's total.

He dismissed Latham leg-before off the second delivery and did the same to Henry Nicholls for nought off the next and two balls later had Colin de Grandhomme caught in the slip without scoring.

But tailenders Ish Sodhi (24) and Tim Southee (20) added 42 precious runs for the eighth wicket to give New Zealand a more competitive total, as Shaheen finished with 4-46 in his nine overs.

That helped New Zealand add 50 runs in the last five overs. Imad reached fifty before Southee got his man, while Ferguson claimed the wicket of Shaheen as New Zealand got their series off to a promising start.

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