Dunedin (January 13, 2018): New Zealand set Pakistan 258 runs target to win the third ODI at University Oval, Dunedin today.
Fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand set 258-run target against Pakistan in the third ODI .
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New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat as embattled Pakistan fought back with full force to limit New Zealand to 257, which seems be chased to keep series alive, while New Zealand will not put a foot wrong this home season to continue winning streak in this third game of the five-match series.
New Zealand have come up with the same side that won the first two rain affected games of the five-match series.
In the last eight overs, when New Zealand needed to lift the run rate, they were restricted to 48 runs and lost seven wickets of which 11 runs came in the final over.
Williamson, who uncharacteristically struggled to penetrate the field for much of his innings, made 73 but it took 101 deliveries to get there. Taylor made 52 off 64 for his 57th ODI half-century, equalling the New Zealand record held by Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle.
Rumman Raees returned figures of three for 51, Hasan Ali took three for 59 and Shadab Khan took two for 51 with his wickets coming of successive balls.
While Fakhar Zaman has returned to play the third one-day international in Dunedin. Fakhar scored unbeaten 82 in the first ODI was played in Wellington, and was replace with Imam-ul-Haq in the 2nd ODI after being injured.
On Tuesday, New Zealand beat the Champions Trophy holders by 8 under the Duckworth-Lewis in Nelson.