Second ODI: Rain breaks Pakistan’s resolve in Nelson

New Zealand beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the second ODI to take 2-0 lead in the five-match series in Nelson on Tuesday.

The Men in Green will feel hard done by from the loss as the match was evenly poised when the rain interrupted the play in the 14th over of the Black Caps innings.

The home side were 65 for two chasing 247 to win the match, and things were looking not as easy as it turned out to be in the later stages of the match.

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When the play resumed, Kiwis were set a revised target of 151 in 25 overs, meaning they needed 86 runs in 11 overs with eight wickets in hand, which they easily chased in the 24th overs .

Earlier in the day, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and unlike the first ODI, decided to bat first.

His decision proved a disastrous one as the visitors once again lost first three wickets at the score of just 39.

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Veteran duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik tried to steady the ship by adding 45 runs for the fourth wicket, but once the latter one departed in the 27th over, the visitors once again started to lose their way and were reduced to 141-7 in the 37th over.

However, 70-run eighth wicket partnership between youngsters Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali revived Pakistan’s hopes in the match, as the visitors finished their innings at the score of 246 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 50 over.

Hafeez finished the innings with the top score of 60 off 106, whereas Shadab and Hasan made valuable contributions of 52 and 51 respectively.

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