NZ run through Pakistan for record win

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Tim Southee of New Zealand celebrates with Kane Williamson after taking the wicket of Shoaib Malik

Martin Guptill struck an unbeaten 86 to power New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory via Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method over Pakistan in the second one day worldwide at Saxton Oval, Nelson on Tuesday.

New Zealand thrashed Pakistan by 183 runs in the third one-day worldwide in Dunedin today.

New Zealand are already 2-0 in the five-match series but Williamson is not completely happy, especially with the bowling to lower-order batsmen.Pakistan rocketed from 141 for seven in the 37th over to make 246 for nine in game two, repeating a pattern that has been all too common in recent seasons where New Zealand have let the score get away on them after a solid start.

Trent Boult did the initial damage, reducing Pakistan to 3/2 inside four overs. Boult was in action in the second over when Azhar Ali was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip without scoring.

But then the squad struggled while Pakistani bowlers, Rumman Raees, Hasan Ali, and Shadab Khan significantly improved their performance from past two ODIs to restrict Kiwis at 257.

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With Ross Taylor taking three sharp catches at first slip - Azhar Ali (0), Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Shoaib Malik (3) - it was as good as game over.

Babar Azam (8) was unlucky when he tried to slide his bat completing a second run, but the bat dug into the ground short of the crease and he was run out.

Speedster Lockie Ferguson was also a major contributor with 3-39 from 10 overs. Part-timer Colin Munro then bowled a swinging Shadab Khan for a duck.

With light drizzle falling, but not strong enough to send the players off the field, Faheem Ashraf gave Pakistan supporters something to cheer about when he top-edged Ferguson for six. However, soon after he was caught at deep backward square for 10.

Taylor, who is set to become the seventh New Zealander to play 200 or more ODIs when the teams meet again in Hamilton on Tuesday, raised his 40th ODI half century in 59 deliveries.

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