NZ wins toss, batting first against Pakistan in 2nd ODI

Pakistan has won only one match- out of six- while chasing against New Zealand in the UAE since they have adopted the country as their home venue

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Added to the playing XI, Faheem Ashraf took the new ball after replacing Junaid Khan, who will be sitting out the rest of the ODI series with a toe injury.

Shaheen Afridi picked up four wickets as the New Zealand batsmen struggled at the Zayad Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Friday, 9 November.

Pakistan's most expensive fast bowler, Hasan Ali (2-59), returned and had Nicholls bowled in the 38th over before Afridi snapped two more wickets to restrict New Zealand.

New Zealand, who won the toss and opted to bat, managed 209-9 in their 50 overs in the second day-night worldwide against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Ross Taylor and George Worker steadied the innings.

Lockie Ferguson was the best of the Kiwi bowling efforts, taking three wickets for 60 runs in 10 overs. The play had to stop five balls later as an ambulance waited near a sidescreen for Imam, who had to be stretchered in it, to take him to the hospital.

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The deciding third ODI is on Monday. The match is being broadcast live on PTV Sports network. They limped to 209/9 in their fifty overs, a target that seemed a breeze for Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam.

New Zealand stayed faithful to the same combination which won the first one-day global by 47 runs, also played in Abu Dhabi, while Pakistan brought in Faheem Ashraf for Junaid.

Fakhar struck Trent Boult for back-to-back boundaries into the leg side and the Pakistan openers put on 54 in 12 overs before Imam was done for pace by Ferguson and took a nasty blow.

He will be hoping that his top-order batsmen get some runs under their belt in today's game. Moreover, a total of 250 runs or thereabouts should prove competitive. The win also sets up an intriguing final match in Dubai on Sunday.

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