Unchanged New Zealand bat; Fakhar Zaman returns for Pakistan

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DUNEDIN, New Zealand- Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made half centuries as New Zealand reached 257 batting first Saturday on a challenging pitch at the University Oval in the third one-day cricket worldwide against Pakistan.

Trent Boult did the initial damage, reducing Pakistan to 3/2 inside four overs.

Five wickets down at 15, the team barely managed to go past its worst-ever ODI total of 43 (vs West Indies at Cape Town in 1993).

However, they couldn't get near their previous lowest score against New Zealand, which was 116 at Dambulla, Sri Lanka, during a tri-nations series in 2003.

Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start.

Pakistan batting was ripped apart by New Zealand bowling in the third ODI in Dunedin on Saturday, as the tourists were bowled out at 74 to hand the hosts a 183-run victory.

Of course, embattled Pakistan will fight with full force for winning the match to keep series alive, while New Zealand can't seem to put a foot wrong this home season.

Fakhar Zaman, who scored an unbeaten 82 in the opening game, is expected to return to the Pakistan side after missing game two because of a thigh injury. The struggling Babar Azam was run out at 8, while Shoaib Malik managed a cautious 3 before getting out.

But half-centuries to Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor plus 45 for Martin Guptill set New Zealand up.

With light drizzle falling, but not strong enough to send the players off the field, Faheem Ashraf gave Pakistan supporters something to cheer about when he top-edged Lochie Ferguson for six. Part-timer Colin Munro then bowled a swinging Shadab Khan for a duck. However, soon after, he was caught at deep backward square leg for 10.

Man of the match Boult finished with figures of 5-17, Ferguson 2-28 and Munro a career-best 2-10.

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