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'Death bowling' concerns for unbeaten New Zealand

Kane Williamson batting against Durham 'Death bowling' concerns for unbeaten New Zealand
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 07:47

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. In a batting performance so listless that even New Zealand appeared to be embarrassed by the ease with which Pakistan's innings crumbled.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has called on his bowlers to be more accurate in the final overs as they look to take an unbeatable lead over Pakistan in the third One-day worldwide in Dunedin on Saturday (today).

New Zealand were 64/2 in 14 overs when rain arrived. The Kiwis will play the Men in Green on Saturday at Dublin for the third one-day worldwide and will look to express the way their skipper is expecting them to do.

Having eked through to 9-3 in 10 overs, they quickly slumped to 15-5 four overs later after Babar Azam was run out by a sharp Mitchell Santner throw, and right-arm quick Lockie Ferguson edged out Malik. He can thank captain Kane Williamson for his second, after he snaffled a one-handed screamer at mid-wicket to dismiss Hasan Ali. At one point in the match, Pakistan were reeling at 17/7.

While it didn't come back to haunt them, the Black Caps might look back at their final 10 overs with the bat and shake their heads. After a long delay, play was resumed with the home team getting a revised target of 151 in 25 overs.

Williamson made an inspired decision to call on part-time medium pacer Colin Munro, who reveled in conditions in which the ball often held up on the surface.

Set 258 for victory at University Oval in the third ODI, Pakistan were in danger of making the lowest score in history before being bowled out for a dismal 74.

Williamson, who uncharacteristically struggled to penetrate the field for much of his innings, made 73 but it took 101 deliveries to get there.

The fourth ODI will be played on Tuesday while the series concludes in Wellington on 19 January.