Zaman, Afridi star in Pakistan's six-wicket win over New Zealand

Offspinner Will Somerville has been summoned to the New Zealand test squad after two first-class matches for Auckland

Pakistan suffered an injury setback to pace spearhead Junaid Khan and have brought Faheem Ashraf in the squad as Junaid's replacement.

Imam was forced to retire during the second one-day worldwide between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Friday after being hit by a short ball. 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).

The Black Caps won the toss and elected to bat but it went downhill from their as they could only muster 209 runs in their innings.

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. For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi was the pick of bowlers with 4 for 38 in 9 overs.

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In response, the left-handed Zaman gave Pakistan a good start in pursuit. He fractured his foot during the Bangladesh Premier League last December and was ruled out for four weeks, resulting in the 28-year-old missing Pakistan's tour of New Zealand in early 2018. The match is being broadcast live on PTV Sports network. The team confirmed after the match that there were no major concerns. Zaman reached his half century off 58 balls.

Fakhar was joined by Babar Azam and with both batsman timing the ball so sweetly, Pakistan's 100 came in exactly 20 overs and New Zealand's chances to win were fast disappearing.

He will be hoping that his top-order batsmen get some runs under their belt in today's game. The home team led by Sarfraz Ahmed kept rupturing the rivals' batting attack at frequent intervals, which ultimately led to their triumph in the must-win duel, keeping the outcome of the 3-match ODI series now inclined in either team's direction.

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