Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 102 runs in the fourth match of the five-match ODI series and won their fourth consecutive victory.
After four consecutive victories against New Zealand, the Pakistan cricket team has moved into first place in the ODI rankings.
On Friday, New Zealand won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat. The Pakistani team, playing first, set a target of 335 runs for the visiting team.
New Zealand started the innings chasing 335 runs, and their first wicket fell for 36 runs. After scoring 15 runs, Will Young was caught by Mohammad Wasim.
Similarly, Tom Blundell was also caught out by Haris Rauf after scoring 23 runs. Daryl Mitchell was also caught by Osama Mir for 34 runs.
After him, captain Tom Lathan played an excellent innings of 60 runs, after which he was caught out by Shaheen Shah Afridi. Mark Chapman came close to his half-century and scored 46 runs when he was bowled by Osama Mir.
James Neesham had not even set foot on the crease when Haris Rauf showed him the way to the pavilion for 11 runs. Similarly, Cole McConchie had scored only eight runs when he was caught out by Mohammad Wasim.
Ish Sodhi was also able to score only nine runs when he was dismissed by Osama Mir. Matt Henry also fell victim to Osama Mir after four runs. Blair Tickner was bowled by Mohammad Wasim after six runs.
Pakistani bowlers Osama Mir took four wickets, Mohammad Wasim took three, Haris Rauf took two, and Shaheen Shah Afridi took one wicket.
Earlier, when Pakistan started the innings, its first wicket went for 36 runs. Fakhar Zaman was caught by Matt Henry after scoring 14 runs. After him, Shan Masood scored 44 runs, but he was bowled out by Ish Sodhi.
Mohammad Rizwan could only score 24 runs in this match and was run out. Agha Salman played an innings of 58 runs off 46 balls, after which he was caught out by Matt Henry.
Iftikhar Ahmed scored 28 runs, but he also fell victim to Matt Henry. Captain Babar Azam scored 107 runs off 117 balls and became the fastest player to complete 5000 runs in ODIs.
The 28-year-old batsman achieved this record by playing 97 innings in 99 ODIs, surpassing South Africa’s Hashim Amla, who crossed the milestone in 101 innings from 104 matches. He was declared the best player in this match.
Pakistan has a decisive 0-4 lead against New Zealand in the five-match ODI series. The final ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played in Karachi on Sunday.