Pakistan slip to third in ODI rankings, Australia rise to first


The anticipated whitewash was denied Pakistan by a New Zealand side as Will Young’s blistering 87-ball 91 and bowlers’ brilliance powered the visitors to a comfortable 47-run victory in the 5th ODI in Karachi on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 300, Pakistan were bundled out for 252, with 23 balls to spare. The early hiccup for the home side made it difficult to chase a target. The wickets were falling continuously. Despite the loss, Iftikhar Ahmed played a blinder, scoring unconquered 72-ball 94, lacing with eight boundaries and two sixes.

Agha Salman, once again played brilliant for his run-a-bal 57, before he was dismissed by Shipley. Fakhar Zaman played a circumspect knock, scoring 64-ball 33, smashing five boundaries.

Other batters including Shan Masood (7), Babar Azam (1), Mohammad Rizwan (9), Shadab Khan (14), Usama Mir (20), Shaheen Shah Afridi (0) Mohammad Wasim (6) and Haris Rauf failed to show any significant resistance with the bat.