Sarfraz ahmed

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed blasts batting effort in 183-run loss to Blackcaps in third ODI

Pakistan are lamenting a batting flop after falling to a record ODI loss to New Zealand in Dunedin – blaming a weakness against the new ball.
The tourists crashed to 74 all out at University Oval on Saturday – man-of-the- match Trent Boult taking 5-17 to give his side a 183-run win and a 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

It was Pakistan’s lowest total against New Zealand and the hosts’ winning margin eclipsed the previous best of 138 runs when the two sides met at Christchurch in 2001.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said it was very disappointing and a tough loss after they bowled well to restrict the Kiwis to 257 – which should have been attainable.

“The problems have again continued… the batting has again flopped,” he told Sky Sport.

They had things to work on before the fourth match, which is in Hamilton on Tuesday.

“I think the problem is the first new ball… we will not give so many wickets in the first 10 overs,” Sarfraz said.

Left-arm quick Boult, who proved too sharp for most batsmen, told the broadcaster it was a satisfying victory after putting just 257 on the board.

“I got the wickets but I think it was a very good collective effort.”

“It was nice to let it go as aggressively as I could and to see a couple carry through to Rosco (Ross Taylor) in the slips was very nice.”