New Zealand and Pakistan have faced each other in 115 matches in ODI. Out of these 115 games , New Zealand have won 51 whereas Pakistan have come out victorious on 60 occasions .
Pakistan registered their first one-day international series win over New Zealand in 12 years with a hard-fought 26-run victory in the third match in the southern port city of Karachi on Wednesday.
Imam-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam scored 90 and 54 runs respectively to guide Pakistan to 287 runs in their 50 overs. It was Azam’s 26th ODI half-century.
But New Zealand were bowled out for 261 in 49.1 overs despite half-centuries by Tom Blundell (65 runs) and debutant Cole McConchie, who hit an impressive 64 runs of 45 balls.
Pakistan, who won the first two matches by five and seven wickets respectively in Rawalpindi, took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
The last two matches are on Friday and Sunday, also in Karachi.
Pakistan’s last ODI series win over New Zealand was in 2011 and since then they had lost six of the seven series, with one drawn.
New Zealand threatened to run away with a win as Blundell and Will Young (33 off 41 balls) gave them a confident opening stand of 83 in 15.3 overs.
Pakistan finally broke through with Young’s run out off a direct throw from short third-man, before Mohammad Wasim dismissed Daryl Mitchell for 21 – the man who had hit successive hundreds in the last two matches.
Tom Latham, who made 45, and Mark Chapman (13) added 40 for the fourth wicket but pacer Naseem Shah bowled Chapman with a beautiful delivery before Latham was cleaned up by Wasim.