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​Pakistan hopes to end unsuccessful tour on a high note

With Brendon McCullum likely to return for the final ODI, New Zealand would be keen to stamp its authority on the visitor further

​Pakistan hopes to end unsuccessful tour on a high note - Cricket News
Bowling wise, Pakistan looks a much more cohesive unit.
A glance at the International Cricket Council One-Day International rankings paints a pretty accurate picture of New Zealand's success over the past year or so.
Since January 2015, New Zealand has won the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, reached the final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and emerged victorious all the three ODI series it has played at home. Should it go on to win the third and final ODI against Pakistan in Auckland on Sunday (January 31), it could move to third in the rankings.
It's all the more remarkable considering that New Zealand has not necessarily been playing its first-choice XIs. The side has been hit with several injuries over the past few weeks, notably Brendon McCullum (back), Tim Southee (foot), Ross Taylor (side), Mitchell McClenaghan (face) and, now, Martin Guptill has rolled his ankle on the eve of the match. 
Most sides would press the panic button should some of its key players be out of action. Not New Zealand. New faces have stepped up and helped the side out of strife when required.
It's something Pakistan might want to emulate. With Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi having retired from ODIs after the World Cup, the side has looked more than a little ragged at times. It was all too evident in the first game in Wellington, where Pakistan lost by 70 runs despite being in positions to dictate at various stages of the game, and in the earlier ODI series in the UAE, which it lost 4-1 to England. And the slide is reflected in the ICC rankings as well, where Pakistan is just about clinging on to the No. 8 position.
It’s the batting that has been Pakistan’s big problem, though, bowling wise, it looks a much more cohesive unit, and Mohammad Amir's 3 for 28 in the first game was heartening to see. But letting New Zealand reach 280 for 8 after having it on the mat at 99 for 6 suggests a lack of discipline.
A washout in the second ODI in Napier has given Pakistan a chance to end a dismal tour – it lost the preceding Twenty20 International series 2-1 – on a high note. But wishes are not horses and New Zealand, never one to sit on its laurels, will be eager to drive home that point come game day.

Teams (from)
New Zealand: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Kane Williamson.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir.

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