New Zealand clinched the series victory against Pakistan with a two-wicket win in the third and final one-day international match, which took place in Karachi on Friday. Glenn Phillips hit an unbeaten half-century to help New Zealand to the victory.
Phillips struck 63 runs off 42 balls, including four sixes and as many fours, to pull New Zealand back from a dangerous position of 181-5 as they were chasing a goal of 281 runs.
His knock overshadowed Fakhar Zaman’s 101, which contributed to Pakistan scoring 280-9 off of their 50 overs. Phillips came in to bat when New Zealand needed 100 runs from 87 balls, and he and Mitchell Santner, who scored 17, combined 64 runs for the seventh wicket in a match-turning stand. Santner also hit 17 runs.
Kane Williamson, who was serving as the team’s skipper, made a contribution of 53 runs, and Devon Conway struck an equally steady 52 runs before Ben Phillips completed the chase with 11 balls to spare.
Phillips reached his first fifty in an ODI off of just 28 balls, however the wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan was unable to hold a catch off of the spinner Usama Mir on the following delivery, which resulted in Phillips being dropped.
The victory maintained New Zealand’s position as the top team in the one-day rankings and gave them their first ODI series win in Pakistan after six attempts.
“He (Phillips) wasn’t feeling great but he came out and played with a lot of freedom,” said Williamson, whose team has now won seven of their last eight one-day international series. “He (Phillips) came out and played with a lot of freedom.”
At the half way point, I thought we had a chance to win the game, but we made a few mistakes. To play that knock like Glenn did is impressive, as is Pakistan’s performance. It was a very intense and competitive series.”
It appeared as though we would reach 300 when Rizwan and Fakhar were batting, but as wickets fell, it became difficult for new batsmen. The captain of Pakistan, Babar Azam, said: “When wickets fall, it is difficult for new batters.”
We were unable to execute properly with the ball in the final ten overs of the game.
During his stands of 65 and 52 with Conway for the second wicket and then another 52 with Daryl Mitchell (31) for the next, Williamson kept the innings steady for New Zealand; however, the team lost four wickets in the space of 45 runs.
The two partnerships were both broken when off-spinner Agha Salman (2-42) bowled out Conway and then had Mitchell caught off a miscued reverse sweep attempt by Mitchell. Williamson was the one who was run out, which resulted in the fourth wicket.
The first batter to bat for Pakistan, Zaman, established the groundwork for a strong final score.
After Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first, the left-handed batsman hammered 11 fours and one six throughout his innings.
During the third-wicket stand of 154 that Zaman had with Rizwan, who produced a brilliant 77 that included six boundaries, Pakistan was able to recover from being 21-2.
Shan Masood and Azam, who is currently ranked one in the world in terms of ODI batting, were both dismissed early on for Pakistan, and the team got off to a shaky start.
Azam, who had two half-centuries in the first two matches, was stumped by Tom Latham in the seventh over off of spinner Michael Bracewell. Azam had scored 50 runs in each of the prior two encounters.
It was up to Zaman to rebuild the innings, and he reached his eighth hundred with a crisp single. This was his first three-figure ODI score in Pakistan.
Rizwan was bowled by leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who also contributed to the break of the stand by causing Zaman to be run out as he was attempting to steal a single.
In the last stages of the innings, Salman provided some much-needed momentum by scoring 45 runs off 43 balls, while New Zealand seamer Tim Southee concluded with 3-56.