In the deciding ODI match, New Zealand beat Pakistan by two wickets thanks to a brilliant performance by their batsman, Glenn Phillips, who scored 63 runs swiftly and led his team to victory.
New Zealand, who needed 281 to win, reached their target on the first delivery of the 49th over thanks to Phillips’s lightning-fast 63-run knock.
Finn Allen and Devon Conway got the touring team off to a good start in their run chase, putting up 43 runs before Allen was run out for 25 off 8 balls in the eighth over.
In the wake of that departure, Kane Williamson, New Zealand’s captain, and Conway spearheaded the run chase with a tenacious partnership that sent the Kiwis above the century mark before Agha Salman picked up his first ODI wicket and gave Pakistan a much-needed breakthrough.
Conway hit 52 runs off 65 balls, including five fours and a six.
Williamson then teamed up with Daryl Mitchell to form another crucial partnership for his side, adding 52 runs for the third wicket before Mitchell was dismissed for 31.
Then, with the assistance of two boundaries, Williamson reached his 42nd half-century as New Zealand captain, but he was not able to hold on for long before being run out for 53 off 68 deliveries.
After Michael Bracewell’s dismissal in the 36th over left New Zealand in a precarious position at 181/5, Phillips stepped out for his side and completely changed the game with some crisp hitting that put the Pakistan bowlers under pressure.
The right-handed batsman brought New Zealand back into the game with a lightning-fast fifty off of only 28 deliveries, despite getting no help from the other end.
New Zealand kept losing wickets despite Phillips’s excellence at the crease, but the right-handed batsman held steady and ultimately led his team to victory in the 49th over.
Phillips struck 63 (not out) without being dismissed off 42 balls (4 fours, 4 sixes) to lead New Zealand to victory.
Two players, Salman Ali Agha and Mohammad Wasim Jr., grabbed two wickets each, while two others, Mohammad Nawaz and Usama Mir, claimed one wicket each.
When Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, they scored a respectable 280-9 thanks to centuries from Fakhar and Rizwan.
The home team got off to a terrible start, losing their captain Babar Azam and another player for just 21 runs before the sixth over.
Following the loss, Pakistan’s third-wicket partnership between Fakhar and Rizwan contributed 154 runs, bringing the team back into contention.
Throughout the match, Rizwan was the standout attacker, keeping the scoreboard moving with a strategic strike rotation while Fakhar provided stability.
The pair put up a good fight against the Kiwi bowlers, hoping for their team to reach the 300-run mark, but Ish Sodhi gave his side a much-needed breakthrough with Rizwan.
The leg-spinner used a googly to dismiss Rizwan, ending his crucial 79-run innings. There were 74 balls he faced, and he managed to knock six of them for boundaries.
After Rizwan was out, Fakhar kept batting fiercely and quickly reached his century. The left-handed hitter got dismissed shortly after reaching the milestone, but he finished the series-deciding game as his team’s leading scorer.
Fakhar made 101 runs off 120 balls, including 10 fours and 6s.
After losing both of its set batsmen, Pakistan’s batting lineup struggled to lay down a solid foundation, as frequent wickets fell for the home team.
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 penultimate 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.