Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

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

Pakistan's reply got off to a awful start when Boult took three wickets for four runs in his first five-over spell.

Before long, it was 6-16 and the lowest-ever total - Zimbabwe's 35 against Sri Lanka in 2004 - suddenly looked under threat.

The first ODI's Highest Scorer from Pakistan Fakhar Zaman couldn't make to the Playing XI for second match for injury issue, and was replaced by Imam-ul-Haq. In reply, the Pak piled up only 72 runs in 27.2 overs.

Earlier, half-centuries by Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand to 257 in the face of what seemed to be a sharply improved bowling performance by Pakistan.

Williamson put on 69 with Martin Guptill (45) for the second wicket and 74 with Taylor for the third to lift New Zealand to 158-3 before he was out in the 34th over.

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Guptil was so impressed with the catch that he applauded the spectator while out in the middle with Colin Munro.

Pakistan's woes continued as Babar Azam was run out by Mitchell Santner for eight runs, while Shoaib Malik was sent packing by Lockie Ferguson and Shadab was cleaned up by Munro. "If you bowled on a length, it was hard to score", said the Kiwi captain on Trent's performance. At one point in the match, Pakistan were reeling at 17/7. "We wanted to get the series done", said man of the match Boult, who claimed figures of five for 17.

Ali, the top-ranked bowler in the world in ODIs, also dismissed Boult (13) with the last ball of the innings to finish with 3-59 while Raees took 3-51.

"It was very disappointing, a tough loss", said the skipper during post-match ceremony, after staying not out at 14 as the rest of the wickets crumbled around him.

"The problems have again continued. the batting has again flopped", he told Sky Sport.

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