Canada Global (Web News) In the third and final ODI of the three-match series against the visitors here at the National Stadium on Friday, Pakistan will be urgently trying to maintain their excellent home record against New Zealand today.
The series is currently tied at one game each, and it will be decided by the team that wins on Friday.
If Pakistan is able to defeat New Zealand in the championship game, it will be their fourth consecutive series victory. Pakistan defeated the Netherlands 3-0 at home in the previous year after winning series at home against Australia (2-1) and the West Indies (3-0).
The Green-shirts have never lost an ODI series against the Blackcaps on Pakistani soil, with the exception of the one-off match series defeat at home in 1976–1977.
When New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by 79 runs on Wednesday to tie the series, they dealt Pakistan a terrible blow. Pakistan has not lost in eleven games prior to this one.
Despite a significant collapse after the halfway point of their innings when they lost their final eight wickets inside 65 runs due to incredible bowling from Pakistani spinner Mohammad Nawaz, Devon Conway (101) and skipper Kane Williamson (85) shared a 181-run stand for the second wicket that helped the visitors reach 261. (4-38).
After making a valuable contribution with the bat before being run out in the last over, Mitchell Santner (37), fought a lone struggle in the finish.
Pakistan must carry out the plans and provide everything they have on the battlefield. Pakistan missed a few opportunities in the second game, which enabled Centurion Conway and Kane Williamson to forge their alliance.
New Zealand was viewed as a far better squad, used tactics effectively, and is also anticipated to pose a significant threat to the hosts once more in the final on Friday.