After losing to New Zealand in the fifth and final one-day international (ODI), Pakistan fell to third place in the ICC ODI rankings, just two days after reaching the number one position. Pakistan had secured the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings for the first time after defeating New Zealand in the fourth match of the five-match series. However, to maintain their top position, Pakistan needed to win the final match of the series, held on Sunday.
Following their 47-run loss to New Zealand in the final match of the ODI series, Pakistan slipped from first to third place in the ICC rankings. Pakistan had achieved the top position on May 5th, but unfortunately, they could only hold it for two days. In the latest ICC rankings, Australia is first, India is second, and Pakistan is third. It is worth mentioning that New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 47 runs in the final ODI of the five-match series. Despite the loss, the Green Shirts claimed the series 4-1 in their favor.
5th ODI Result: Pakistan vs New Zealand
New Zealand beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the fifth and final match of the one-day international (ODI) series at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi on Sunday. Despite Iftikhar Ahmed’s valiant effort, Pakistan was bowled out for 252 runs as New Zealand’s bowlers successfully defended their total. Ahmed scored an unbeaten 94, while Agha Salman contributed 57 runs, with the pair sharing a 97-run partnership.
New Zealand’s Henry Shipley and Rachin Ravindra each claimed three wickets, and Pakistan lost their top position in the ICC ODI rankings as a result of the defeat. Earlier, Pakistan’s bowlers put the brakes on New Zealand’s scoring, restricting them to 299 runs. A strong bowling performance from Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf in the death overs helped Pakistan gain momentum.
After opting to bat first, New Zealand lost opener Tom Blundell early, but Will Young led the charge with 87 runs off 91 balls. He shared crucial partnerships with Henry Nicholls (23) and captain Tom Latham (59). Mark Chapman also contributed with a brisk 43 runs before being dismissed by Shadab Khan.
Shaheen secured three wickets, while Usama Mir and Shadab Khan took two each, and Haris and Mohammad Wasim Jr shared a wicket apiece in Pakistan’s bowling effort.
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