KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan won the first match by six wickets and the teams will now meet in the series-decider on Friday at the same venue.
“When the spinners came on, it was turning sharply,” Babar said. “The pitch in Karachi is always better in the second innings, but played differently today and the spinners were getting a lot more help.”
Earlier, Naseem yet again gave Pakistan a perfect start when he had Finn Allen dismissed in his first over. But Conway and Williamson showed lot of aggression against pace and spin with Pakistan’s fielders missing a number of chances.
Nawaz dropped a difficult return catch when Conway was on 29. Williamson was twice dropped in the space of Mohammad Wasim’s four deliveries soon after he completed his half century when first Haris Sohail couldn’t hold on to a sharp catch over his head at short midwicket and then Mohammad Rizwan dropped a low catch down the leg side as the ball brushed Williamson’s gloves.
Conway accelerated more after completing his half century off 57 balls and needed a further 32 balls to raise his hundred as both batters bettered New Zealand’s previous best second wicket-stand of 159 against Pakistan in an ODI shared between Williamson and Martin Guptill at Auckland in 2016.
But Pakistan came back strongly through Nawaz once Naseem returned and had Conway clean bowled with the ball that just moved enough to knock back the lefthander’s off stump in the 30th over.
Nawaz dismissed Daryl Mithcell, Latham, Glenn Phillips and also knocked back the top of Williamson’s stumps as he conceded just 14 runs in his last five overs and claimed four wickets. Mitchell Santner played a little cameo of 37 off 42 balls and helped New Zealand cross the 250-run mark before he got run out off the penultimate ball.
Pakistan couldn’t recover once it lost Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq for only nine runs against Tim Southee and the pace of Lockie Ferguson, who beat Imam with a 152kph short-pitched ball and had him caught off a top-edge.
New Zealand spinners Michael Bracewell (1-29) and Santner (1-34) then got plenty of assistance off the wicket and didn’t allow even the experienced Babar to score freely before Pakistan got bowled out with seven overs to spare.