New Zealand were at their best and Pakistan well below theirs as Kane Williamson first and Trent Boult later starred in a whopping 183-run for the home side in Dunedin on Saturday to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
After New Zealand scored 257, led by Williamson’s 73 and Ross Taylor’s 52, in difficult batting conditions, Boult had Pakistan down at 3 for 2 by the fourth over. It never really looked up for Pakistan as they tried to save the sinking ship for 27.2 overs before being knocked over for 74.
Boult returned to hit the stumps of both Mohammad Amir and Rumman Raees to finish of the innings and return 5 for 17.
“(It was) pretty windy today, the wind was behind me,” said Boult after the match. “It was a collective effort. It was a big game for us, we wanted to get the series done. To score only 250, we knew we had to fight hard and to come out like that was very satisfying.”
A Dunedin demolition job! Trent Boult takes 5/17 as Pakistan are dismissed for just 74 - their joint-third lowest ODI total. The Blackcaps seal the series win with a 183 run victory! #NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/A8Js3CMTPd— ICC (@ICC) January 13, 2018
Williamson’s 73 in 101 balls, which included partnerships of 69 with Martin Guptill (45) for the first wicket and 74 for the third with Taylor, wasn’t his prettiest effort but a solid one given the sluggish surface at University Oval.
“It was a fantastic performance all round. Trent was outstanding getting five,” said Williamson, adding that the team was determined to sweep the series against the ICC Champions Trophy winners. “That's the focus. The focus is to try and win each game. The guys were smart today and that's something we pride ourselves on.”
From Pakistan’s point of view, there was very little to take away from another iffy performance, especially with the bat. Pakistan were 13 for 4 when Sarfraz Ahmed, their captain, came out to bat, and that soon became 16 for 6 as Lockie Ferguson took out Shoaib Malik and Colin Munro accounted for Shadab Khan.
“It was very disappointing, a tough loss,” said Sarfraz, who batted till the end, remaining unbeaten on 14 from 28 balls. “Our bowlers bowled very well but the problems continue with the batting which again flopped. The problem is (facing) the new ball,” he added.
The fourth ODI will be played at Hamilton’s Seddon Park next Tuesday.