Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Afridi, Zaman level series at 1-1

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Shaheen Shah Afridi finished with figures of 4-38 off nine overs

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Shaheen Shah Afridi took four wickets and Fakhar Zaman scored 88 as Pakistan cruised to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the second ODI in Abu Dhabi.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand were dealt a big blow early on as opener Colin Munro was caught by Mohammad Hafeez at mid-off off the bowling of Afridi for 13.

Kane Williamson only made one run before being run out by Afridi.

George Worker, who opened the batting with Munro, managed to score 28 before he was clean bowled by Hafeez.

Tom Latham fell shortly after, but Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls stabilised the innings with a 75-run partnership, during which Taylor brought up his half-century, before Nicholls was clean bowled by Hasan Ali for 33.

Once Nicholls departed, New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals, but thanks to Taylor’s unbeaten 86, which came off 120 balls and included three boundaries and a six, they finished on 209/9.

Afridi was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Hasan snapped up two, and Hafeez and Shadab Khan chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 210 to win, Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq forged a 54-run partnership before Imam had to retire hurt on 16 as he was struck on the grille of his helmet by a delivery from Lockie Ferguson and seemed uneasy on his feet afterwards.

Zaman and Babar Azam kept the runs flowing with a 101-run stand, during which Zaman raced past his fifty, before he was caught by Ish Sodhi at mid-on off the bowling of Ferguson for 88, which came off 88 balls and included 11 boundaries.

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Fakhar Zaman scored his seventh ODI fifty

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Azam went on to score 46 before he was also dismissed by Ferguson.

Even though Shoaib Malik and captain Sarfraz Ahmed fell soon after, Pakistan still reached their target with 57 balls to spare.

Ferguson was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Sodhi claimed one.

Afridi was named Man of the Match.

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