Pakistan beat New Zealand

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in 2nd ODI

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Abu Dhabi: Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi, leveling the three-match series 1-1 on Friday.

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi took a career-best 4-38 to keep New Zealand down to 209-9 in their 50 overs before Fakhar Zaman (88) and Babar Azam (46) helped Pakistan reach the target in 40.3 overs.

The 18-year-old left-arm finished with 4-38 as New Zealand found a slow Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch hard to score on after Ken Williamson won the toss and chose to bat.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored with a laborious 120-ball 86 not out and added 75 for the fifth wicket with Henry Nicholls, who made a snail-paced 33 off 63 balls.

The stand lifted New Zealand after Shaheen once again rocked the top order following his 4-64 in Pakistan’s 47-run defeat in the first match, also played in Abu Dhabi.

Shaheen dismissed destructive opener Colin Munro in the second over of the innings, holing out to a tough catch by Mohammad Hafeez. In his next over he deflected a straight drive to run out Williamson (one) at the non-striker’s end.