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Williamson, Taylor lift NZ as Pakistan fire in 3rd ODI

AFP  |  Dunedin(New Zealand) 

Half-centuries by Williamson and helped to 257 in the face of a sharply improved performance by in the field at the third one-day international here today. With the tourists needing to win to keep the series alive after losing the first two ODIs, they pinned down at key times. In the last eight overs, when needed to lift the run rate, they were restricted to 48 runs and lost seven wickets of which 11 runs came in the final over. Williamson, who uncharacteristically struggled to penetrate the field for much of his innings, made 73 but it took 101 deliveries to get there. 52 off 64 for his 57th ODI half-century, equalling the record held by and Rumman Raees returned figures of three for 51, took three for 59 and Shadab Khan took two for 51 with his wickets coming of successive balls. made a flying start with and cracking sixes for their first scoring shots but the innings stalled soon after. Munro only faced three balls from Faheem Ashraf in the second over -- a six, two and caught behind, and were 15 for one after 10 balls. Tight bowling and a slow outfield restricted to 37 for one after 10 overs and the pressure started to show by the 20th over as the run rate remained around four an over. On the first ball of the next over Williamson wanted to run two on a drive to deep point but Guptill was too slow to respond and was easily run out for 45. With the introduction of Ross Taylor, playing his 400th innings for across all formats, the pace started to quicken. Williamson was given out leg before wicket to Shoaib Malik on 43 but the decision was overturned on review and he went on to 73 before he was well caught by on the second take off Rumman. joined Taylor to maintain the pace with New Zealand 195 for three after 40 overs. But in the 43rd over Taylor was trapped in front by Shadab and wickets fell regularly from there. was caught and bowled off the first ball he faced leaving to deny Shadab a hat-trick.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 09:40 IST
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