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NZ vs PAK: Super Over Frenzy Sees Pakistan Pip New Zealand In A Thriller Third ODI

Although New Zealand won the ODI series 2-0 ahead of the 3rd ODI, Pakistan was playing with a lot of pride and it reflected in their gameplay. Batting first, New Zealand posted a competitive 251/8 with a batting masterclass from Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green’s 65. Pakistan in return chased down the total and levelled the scores with Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz leading the way with their knocks.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. New Zealand experimented with new openers as Suzie Bates and Izzy Gaze kickstarted the proceedings. Off to a brisk start, they were rocked early on losing the wicketkeeper batter Gaze for an indifferent 9 off 28 balls as Natalia Pervaiz effected a decisive run out. Suzie Bates followed suit as Nashra Sandhu got rid of her in the 15th over for 24 which further complicated the proceedings as both the openers were back to the pavilion cheaply.

It was then the steady partnership of Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr that ensured some solidity to the batting. They batted with a lot of grit and struck boundaries with quick singles that ensured momentum was back in the favour of New Zealand. A partnership of 50 was brought in by the duo and Sophie Devine perished for 29 as Ghulam Fatima got the better of her.

Amelia Kerr was batting at the other end, anchoring the innings and was then joined by Maddy Green. The duo then stitched another crucial stand before Amelia Kerr was undone by Fatima for a brilliant knock of 77.

With Georgia Plimmer falling for 5 and Hannah Rowe for 11; it was Jess Kerr’s knock of 19 coupled with Maddy Green’s 65 that sailed the ship for New Zealand and got them safely to the shore with a score of 251/8. For Pakistan, Nashra Sandhu and Ghulam Fatima with their two wickets were the pick of the bowlers.

Pakistan started their run-chase exercising caution and fireplay in equal measure but losing Muneeba Ali early on was a setback as Hannah Rowe struck early on. Sidra Ameen looked formidable from the other end scoring crucial runs but her stay was short-lived as Lea Tahuhu got her for 24.

The experienced and dependable duo of Bismah Maroof and Aliya Riaz then stepped up and ensured Pakistan were in complete control. Maroof brought up her half-century and with Riaz dismissed caught and bowled by Jess Kerr for 44, there was a slight collapse.

In came Fatima Sana who entertained in her knock of 36 but Sophie Devine got her before any damage. With Maroof falling subsequently for 68, Natalia Pervaiz was then the next batter in.

She batted with a lot of fire as she struck a knock of 26 and was solid in her partnership with Najiha Alvi of 31 till she was dismissed for Amelia Kerr. With continuous wickets falling of Umme Hani, Sadia Iqbal and a run out of Nashra Sandhu; Pakistan looked in deep trouble. It was then Alvi’s unbeaten 23 that ensured the scores were tied and a super over was on the cards, setting up for an exciting finish.

What happened in the Super Over?

In the super-over, Pakistan was in to bat and had Aliya Riaz score 8 off 5 and Fatima Sana ring 2 off 1 of Amelia Kerr’s over which meant Pakistan posted a total of 11 on the board. Further, New Zealand was in to bat and it was Sadia Iqbal bowling for them.

Losing the crucial Amelia Kerr in just the second ball did not augur well and even though Sophie Devine smashed a maximum, the very next ball saw her get out which meant Pakistan registered a memorable win capping off this series.

New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd ODI: Brief Scores 

Pakistan- 251/9 (Bismah Maroof 68, Aliya Riaz 44, Fatima Sana 36; Lea Tahuhu 2/30) beat New Zealand- 251/8 (Amelia Kerr 77, Maddy Green 65*; Nashra Sandhu 2-59, Sana Fatima 2-59) in the super over.

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