Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Rain causes series to end as 1-1 draw

Rain leads to 3rd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand being abandoned cricket

The rain had the final say in Dubai

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Heavy rain ruined the third ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in Dubai, and resulted in the series ending as a 1-1 draw.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan made a great start to their innings as openers Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez amassed a 64-run partnership before Hafeez trod on his stumps and was adjudged out hit wicket off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for 19.

Zaman went on to score a 77-ball 65, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught by Matt Henry at long-on off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme.

Babar Azam and Haris Sohail stabilised the innings with a 108-run stand, during which Azam and Sohail brought up their half-centuries, before Sohail was caught by George Worker off the bowling of Ferguson for 60, which came off 59 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes.

Haris Sohail 60 Pakistan New Zealand 3rd ODI Dubai cricket

Haris Sohail struck his 10th half-century in ODI cricket

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Shoaib Malik fell shortly after for 18, while Azam ended up making a 100-ball 92, which included four boundaries and a six, before he was sent packing by Trent Boult.

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Babar Azam scored his ninth ODI fifty

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Ferguson removed Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali and Hasan Ali in the last over as Pakistan finished on 279/8 off their 50 overs.

Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Boult, Henry and De Grandhomme claimed one wicket apiece.

Lockie Ferguson five wickets Pakistan New Zealand 3rd ODI Dubai cricket

Lockie Ferguson finished with career-best figures of 5-45 off his 10 overs

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Chasing 280 to win, New Zealand were dealt a massive blow on the fourth ball of their innings as opener Colin Munro was clean bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi for a duck.

Worker and Henry Nicholls made up for the loss of Munro with an unbeaten 32-run partnership before the rain came.

With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but to call the match off.

Ferguson was named Man of the Match.

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