Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Pakistan's historic loss: dismissed for a record low of 74 against NZ

Pakistan's historic loss: dismissed for a record low of 74 against NZ

On the field and half centuries by Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand to 257. The Black Caps were able to dismiss the visiting team on the third one-day worldwide at University Oval for mere 74 runs.

The win is New Zealand's 10th from 11 ODIs, Tests and Twenty20s at home this summer, with one T20 match against the West Indies washed out.

A 20-run partnership between captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir took the score past the lowest-ever ODI total of 35, which Pakistan risked changing, and then past 43, which is Pakistan's lowest team total in ODI cricket.

"It was a fantastic performance all round. Good surface but was hard to score" said Williamson after the third ODI.

He says they're "built strongly as a team, and have come a long way".

Rain has affected the first two matches in Wellington and Nelson, which have been won by New Zealand. "Collective effort. Wanted to get the series done, knew we had to fight hard with only 250 on the board". Taylor and Martin were outstanding coming in, able to generate a strike rate on a tough surface. Focus is to win each game. "The guys were smart today and that´s something we pride ourselves on", he said.

Despite NZ losing 7-48 to close their innings, the total looked a competitive one on the Dunedin wicket.

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.

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.

Taylor fell in that manner to Shadab, beaten by a short ball which failed to bounce, beat his shot and hit him in front of middle stump. The New Zealand bowlers managed to deliver 67 dot balls in the first 13 overs as wickets continued to tumble.

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