The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand came to an end where Pakistan won in the first four matches and New Zealand won the final match of the series as well. However, after the match, Pakistan captain Babar Azam engaged in funny banter with a reporter in the post-match press conference when the reporter mistakenly addressed him as Imam, which made Babar quickly correct him on his mistake too.
Moreover, he also stated that everyone has been giving too much attention to Imam-ul-Haq which might be following the opener’s controversial tweet recently as well. However, Imam played the first three matches of the ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand but despite excellent performances, he was dropped from the playing XI for the last two matches of the series. After this, Imam tweeted, “‘Life is an unexpected journey, so never expect anything from anyone’. Be patient; Allah is watching.”
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After winning the first four games of the series, Pakistan and New Zealand played against each other in the fifth and final ODI of the series in Karachi. Batting first, New Zealand managed to post 299 runs on the board after the first innings. Will Young scored 87 runs in 91 balls as well. Moreover, Tom Latham smashed 59 runs in 58 balls to his name, with Mark Chapman adding 43 runs as well.
Shaheen Afridi was the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan as he claimed three wickets and conceded 46 runs in 10 overs. Usama Mir and Shadab Khan took two wickets each, whereas Haris Rauf and Mohammad Wasim Jr. claimed one wicket each as well.
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While chasing the target, the top order of Pakistan could not do well. Salman Ali Agha and Iftikhar Ahmad played steady knocks down the order. Salman scored 57 runs in as many balls, whereas Iftikhar played an unbeaten knock of 94 runs in 72 balls as well. However, their efforts went in vain, as New Zealand bundled the hosts out for 252 runs, winning the game by 47 runs as well.