Pakistan restrict New Zeland to 209-9 in second ODI

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According to a source in the PCB, the doctors have advised Imam to rest for the next 72 hours. They limped to 209/9 in their fifty overs, a target that seemed a breeze for Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam. Fakhar, whilst nearing his best form, was severe on anything short and suddenly changed into T20 mode.

Babar Azam (46) went later the same over, both to Ferguson, and the innings lost some momentum. The wickets had come far too late for the Kiwis.

Ross Taylor top-scored with a 120-ball 86 and Henry Nicholls made 33 off 63 balls and together added 75 for the fifth wicket to lift their team from 73-4 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Team management said Junaid suffered a toe injury on his right foot and will be out of the series. After clearing the long-on boundary, he held out to mid-off of the very next ball of Shaheen Afridi.

"We never really fired a shot", lamented Black Caps captain Kane Williamson.

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New Zealand kept losing wickets at regular intervals while Ross Taylor was taking charge at other end. Taylor, once again very patient, had his sights on playing to the end and was happy to see through this passage.

Haq reacted immediately after being hit, with the batsman indicating clear signs of discomfort, as he removed his gloves and helmet before laying down on the ground.

England found themselves behind despite an electric start that saw Chris Ashton take less than two minutes to mark his first England start in over four years with a try and Dylan Hartley also cross to put the fired-up hosts 15-0 up.

Mohammad Hafeez stayed unbeaten on 27 and raised Pakistan's victory with a crisp boundary off Tim Southee. Afridi, victor of the Man of the Match award, bowled aggressively, in all of his three spells and was rewarded with 4 for 38. Hasan Ali 2-59 (econ 6.55) picked up valuable wickets, while Shadab Khan was particularly miserly, conceding just 25 runs off his 10 overs (1-25, econ 2.50).

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