Fakhar Zaman scored a century, while wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan slammed the New Zealand bowlers to help the hosts score a respectable 280-9 in the third and final ODI.
In their first innings after winning the toss, Pakistan scored a respectable 280-9 thanks in large part to centuries from Fakhar and Rizwan.
The home team got off to a bad start in their innings, losing two wickets quickly (including the captain, Babar Azam), and scoring only 21 runs by the seventh over.
As a result of their efforts, Pakistan were able to get back into the game after falling down early. Fakhar and Rizwan contributed 154 runs together for the third wicket.
While Fakhar served as the stand’s anchor, Rizwan was its primary aggressor, keeping the scoreboard ticking with his smart rotation of strike.
They put up a fight against the Kiwi bowlers, hoping their side would reach the 300-run mark, but Ish Sodhi gave his team a much-needed breakthrough with Rizwan.
Rizwan’s crucial 79-run effort was ended when the leg-spinner castled him with a googly. He batted against 74 balls and was able to hit 6 fours.
After Rizwan was out, Fakhar kept batting aggressively and quickly reached his century. However, the left-handed hitter got dismissed after reaching the milestone and finished the series-deciding game as his team’s leading scorer.
Fakhar batted at number 3 and scored 101 runs off 120 balls, including 10 fours and 6 sixes.
With their two best batsmen out of the game, Pakistan’s batting lineup failed to lay a solid foundation and started losing wickets constantly.
However, Agha Salman held his own at one end as wickets were falling at the other, scoring an important 45 off of 43 balls before being dismissed in the final over.
New Zealand’s bowling attack was headed by veteran bowler Tim Southee, who took three wickets, and was aided by Lockie Ferguson, who took two. Sodhi and Michael Bracewell, both spinners, each got one out.