Conway’s Century Helps New Zealand Defeat Pakistan And Even The Series At 1-1

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New Zealand dominated Pakistan in the second ODI in Karachi on Wednesday, winning by 79 runs thanks in large part to a brilliant century from opening batsman Devon Conway.

After the left-hander struck 101 and the skipper, Kane Williamson, made 85, New Zealand suffered a collapse that cost them nine wickets and 78 runs in 49.5 overs. They were eventually bowled out for 261.

Despite a valiant effort from their captain, Babar Azam (79), Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled for 182, resulting in a 1-1 draw in the three-game series.

The first game was won by Pakistan by six wickets, and the final game will be played on Friday in Karachi.

By the fourth over, Pakistan had already lost both of its opening batters, Fakhar Zaman (zero) and Imam-ul-Haq (six). Azam and Mohammad Rizwan (28) put up 55 runs but were unable to save the game as the third wicket fell.

Agha Salman made 25, but was dismissed after he and Azam got stuck up in the field. Neither Mohammad Nawaz nor Usama Mir nor Mohammad Wasim lasted very long.

Azam’s 114-ball innings included eight fours and a six before he was stumped off spinner Ish Sodhi.

Sodhi collected 2-38 wickets and Tim Southee 2–53 for New Zealand.

After the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, left-arm spinner Nawaz took four wickets to slow down the New Zealand offence.

Nawaz concluded with 4 for 38 as New Zealand collapsed from an advantageous 183-1 to 206-6, losing 5 wickets for 23 runs in only 40 deliveries.

Conway and Williamson’s 181-run partnership was a huge boost for New Zealand, but it ended in the 30th over when fast bowler Naseem Shah (3-58) managed to dismiss Conway.

During his second ODI century, Conway faced 92 balls and struck 13 fours and a six.

Nawaz then bowled out Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham for low scores in the same over, and then he clean-bowled Kane Williamson.

Williamson, who was dropped twice off Mohammad Wasim at the score of 53 and 54, hit 10 fours in his 100-ball innings.

Only three New Zealand batsman scored in the double digits, with Santner being the last man out for 37.

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