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Pakistan 293-7 vs. NZ in 3rd ODI

Pakistan 293-7 vs. NZ in 3rd ODI

Opener Mohammad Hafeez broke out of a form slump to hit a century that guided Pakistan to 293-7 batting first in the third one-day cricket international against New Zealand on Saturday.
Hafeez (115) had struggled for form on tour but held together the Pakistan innings on Saturday after the loss of early wickets, allowing some free hitting from later batsmen, including a trademark whirlwind knock from Shahid Afridi.
Ross Taylor, standing in for regular captain Daniel Vettori who is being rested, thought he had no choice but to bowl when he won the toss on what seemed a green pitch, certain to assist his seam bowlers.
"When we turned up the pitch was the same color as the outfield," Taylor said. "I've never seen a wicket that color a couple of hours before a match."
Tim Southee captured the wicket of opener Ahmed Shehzad in the second over but the pitch offered little to the bowlers and Hafeez went on to repair the innings in a series of profitable partnerships.
Hafeez quickly overcame the tentative batting form he has showed throughout the tour, taking a critical role after Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan followed Shehzad back to the pavilion to have Pakistan at 56-3.
He scored many of his runs through the leg side, unleashing a series of pull shots forward of square leg on the slightly slower wicket, or waiting and driving the ball through mid-on and mid-off.
Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq added 94 for the fourth wicket, laying the foundation that was built upon by Umar Akmal (44 from 29 balls), and Afridi, who made 65 from only 25 balls with five fours and five sixes.
Kyle Mills, Southee and Hamish Bennett each took two wickets for New Zealand, which leads the six-match series 1-0.


Updated : 2021-03-05 00:51 GMT+08:00