CHRISTCHURCH: Pakistan bowlers have bounced back in the death overs of the final match of the tri-series against New Zealand and restricted the hosts to 163-7 at Hagley Oval.
Haris Rauf was excellenet with the ball as he conceded only 22 runs in his 4-over spell and only 4 in the last over while Naseem Shah did good in the penultimate over, conceding only 8 runs.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and opted to field against the Kiwis.
Mohammad Nawaz s fireworks on Thursday left Bangladesh winless and ensured that Pakistan enter the final with confidence under their belt. Both teams have beaten each other once already, and both were one-sided games.
Pakistan s middle-order has been under the microscope. But Babar Azam said he was pleased it came to the party against Bangladesh. Or at least one batter from the middle-order did: Mohammad Nawaz.
Kane Williamson replaces Martin Guptill and Blair Tickner replaces Adam Milne for New Zealand. Haris Rauf comes in for Mohammad Hasnain for Pakistan.