NZ bowlers deliver series-levelling win after Conway ton

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Nawaz held on to a sharp catch. Williamson and Conway then kept the boundaries coming, driving, punching, pulling and flicking with confidence, as they scored 10 fours between them in the first eight overs. Williamson had multiple reprieves during his partnership with Conway, who started dealing in boundaries after a few quiet overs. He entered the 90s with three reverse-swept fours off Mir in the 29th over and brought up an 89-ball hundred with a couple in the same over.

However, Naseem’s reintroduction resulted in Conway being bowled, ending the second wicket stand worth 181. This started the slide as Nawaz picked up the wickets of Daryl Mitchell and Latham in the same over followed by the dismissal of Williamson, who was bowled by a delivery that spun away sharply. Phillips also fell to Nawaz while Mir and Rauf picked up a wicket apiece, dismissing Bracewell and Ish Sodhi respectively. Naseem pocketed his third with the wicket of Southee but ended up being struck for a six by Santner, who scored a handy 36 before becoming the last to depart.

Brief scores: New Zealand 261 in 49.5 overs (Devon Conway 101, Kane Williamson 85; Mohammad Nawaz 4-38, Naseem Shah 3-58) beat Pakistan 182 in 43 overs (Babar Azam 79, Mohammad Rizwan 28; Tim Southee 2-33, Ish Sodhi 2-38) by 79 runs.

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