Live Cricket Score: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

November 09 2018

New Zealand are having their own moments of celebration even as Pakistan are closing in on the target. Ish Sodhi has induced an outside edge of Sarfraz Ahmed's bat to the 'keeper. Fourth wicket down.

Shoaib Malik played a fine pull shot but ended up hitting Henry Nicholls - at forward short leg. The ball bounced off his shoulders and lobbed for Ish Sodhi to show fine presence of mind and go for the catch. A bizarre dismissal. Third wicket for Lockie Ferguson.

Lockie Ferguson is trying to salvage something for New Zealand in what has been going only in Pakistan's favour till now. He has struck twice in the 29th over to dismiss both the set batters - Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam.

FIFTY! Coming into the match, Fakhar Zaman was going through a lean patch. However, he has made the most of a relatively easy challenge today to lead Pakistan's chase and stroke a half century. New Zealand haven't done much bad with the ball but Pakistan have played largely risk free cricket. 100 up without a wicket down.

Update - Imam has now been taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure via the ambulance that is always present at the match venue. Hope it's nothing serious.

Imam ul Haq is in pain after being hit flush on the helmet by a Lockie Ferguson bouncer.

Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman have batted in contrasting fashion but have been unharmed en route their half century stand, providing Pakistan a steady start in the chase.

Pakistan after showing some early aggression have resorted to a more sedate approach. Slow and steady in the chase.

Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman have walked out to open Pakistan's chase. Trent Boult with the new ball.

Even as Shaheen Afridi stole the limelight and bagged four wickets, apart from a run out, Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 86. He may have missed out on a century failing to get as many deliveries as he would have liked in the death overs, but his innings has taken New Zealand to a defendable score of 209/9. Can Pakistan chase in down and level the series?

Shaheen Afridi has struck for the third time. Tim Southee picked up a slower delivery but ended up sending it straight to Imam ul Haq at deep mid wicket, who gobbled it before pouching it safely. At 177 for 7 now, with Ross Taylor batting on 71. Can New Zealand go past 200? Can Taylor notch up a century?

Another wiccket goes down. Colin de Grandhomme looking to go for a biggie, holes out to the fielder at long on. Shadab Khan bags his first wicket of the innings. Ross Taylor is now left with the company of only the tail to deal with for the last 10 overs.

What's the word... Maturity?

Hasan Ali managed to hit Ross Taylor's pads, and went up in appeal. The umpire wasn't convinced. But given that a big scalp was at stake, Pakistan decided to take a review. Umpire's call. Taylor survives. Pakistan retain their review.

WICKET 4 Hasan Ali, after an ordinary first spell, returns to the attack and strikes. Henry Nicholls makes a half-hearted effort and brings about his downfall. The fourth wicket alliance breaks on 75.

Ross Taylor has anchored New Zealand's innings superbly, yet again. He has brought up yet another subdued half century. Is he the best No 4 in ODIs currently?

Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls have struggled to rotate strike. The scoring rate has taken a beating. But they know they can't afford to make much risk from hereon. There is limited batting to follow.

Shaheen Afridi bags his second wicket, this time requiring his own excellence. A fine yorker undoes Tom Latham, who is bowled for 1. Two wickets in quick succession and New Zealand find themselves in massive trouble at 73 for 4. Ross Taylor is in the middle, again with having to resurrect the visitors' innings. Good opportunity for Henry Nicholls to prove his worth here.

George Worker has let go off a steady start. Completely undone by Mohammad Hafeez and the left-hander is castled. Third strike, at the stroke of the first drinks break.

It isn't the fastest of pitches at Abu Dhabi. New Zealand have had to work hard to get their runs. Boundaries haven't come easily and Pakistan have been quite good on the field to not allow easy singles and twos. Nonetheless, New Zealand have managed to bring up their 50 in the 10th over.

Ah, that's unfortunate. Kane Williamson, backs up a bit too far, as a straight drive from George Worker touches Shaheen Afridi's hands on way to the stumps. Big wicket!

FIRST STRIKE! Mohammad Hafeez takes a superb catch running behind from mid-off to dismiss the dangerous Colin Munro.

George Worker and Colin Munro have walked out to open the innings. Faheem Ashraf with the new ball.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat

New Zealand (Playing XI): George Worker, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Hello and welcome to the 2nd ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand. Having lost the first match of the series, the hosts find themselves in a must-win situation to keep themselves alive in the series. New Zealand, on the other hand will look to keep their winning streak alive.

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