Batting was again flop: Sarfraz blames batsmen for New Zealand series loss


Pakistan's reply started terribly when Boult took three wickets for four runs in his first five-over spell.

It was a batting display of stunning ineptitude from Pakistan after they'd earlier given themselves a chance with the ball thanks to the Kiwis batting itself collapsing.

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Babar Azam was then run out in extraordinary circumstances, when his bat stuck in a used pitch neighboring the match wicket, and Shoaib Malik gave Taylor his third slip catch from the bowling of Lockie Ferguson, leaving Pakistan 5-15. Pakistan were bowled out for just 74 in response to New Zealand's 257.

Nicholls was brilliantly caught and bowled by Shadab and Santner and Tim Southee (6) were both bowled by Hasan who swung the ball at yorker length.

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The hosts were unable to build on a promising position as their search for quick runs failed, the Black Caps losing 48-7 to finish their innings.

At eight for 32, Pakistan were threatening two unwanted records - the lowest ODI score of 35, held by Zimbabwe, and Pakistan's own lowest score of 43 - before Sarfraz Ahmed (14 not out), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16) delayed the inevitable finish.

He says they're "built strongly as a team, and have come a long way". At one point in the match, Pakistan were reeling at 17/7. This match proved to be lucky not only for the team but also for New Zealand fans.

Taylor was able to score more freely than Williamson, perhaps because the conditions favored the straight-bat shots which are his forte, and reached his 40th ODI half-century from 49 balls.

Sarfraz was less than impressed with his side's performance, and said: "A tough loss, batting was again a flop".