In a clean-sweep by New Zealand's aggressive bowling, Pakistan lost its chance to claim the ongoing ODI series due to their poor batting order. The Black Caps were able to dismiss the visiting team on the third one-day international at University Oval for mere 74 runs.
Leading the series by 3-0, New Zealand won the Saturday's match by 183 runs leaving the Pakistani players ashamed. The visiting team had already lost its 8 wickets before reaching 35 and failed to touch their previous lowest of 116 as well.
The visitors lost six wickets in 15 overs with only 16 runs in hand. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf were able to score 14 runs for the seventh wicket but the latter soon fell to Ferguson whereas Hasan Ali's bowl was caught, Kane Williamson.
Sarfraz and Mohammad Amir then partnered for next 20 runs for the ninth wicket. Post winning the toss, New Zealand has elected to bat and scored 257 runs which included Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor's half centuries.
One of Pakistan's only light of hope, Shoaib Malik was bowled off Lockie Ferguson's delivery after only scoring 3 runs. "The batting performance was very disappointing and it was a very tough loss," Sarfraz expressed. "Our bowlers bowled well again but the batting was a big flop," he added.
New Zealand's bowling spell was led by Trent Boult who took five wickets for 17 from 7.2 overs. The star pacer was able to send Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez back to pavilion within the first four overs. The duo will next lock horns for the fourth match on Tuesday in Hamilton.