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Pakistan v New Zealand 2022/23

Marks out of 10: Player ratings for Pakistan after their 4-1 ODI series win against New Zealand

by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

Pakistan defeated New Zealand 4-1 in the recent ODI series at home where a total of 17 players from the side took part. Here are the player ratings for the hosts.

Fakhar Zaman: 9.5/10

363 runs @ 90.75, 100s: 2

Zaman ended as the only player with more than 300 runs across both sides, making two hundreds and ending as the Player of the Series. He started with a knock of 117 in the first game in a run chase of 289 and followed it up with an unbeaten 180 as Pakistan chased down a mammoth 337. He was unable to star in the remaining games and played a conservative 64-ball 33 in the fifth ODI when the asking rate was six runs an over.

Imam-ul-Haq: 8/10

174 runs @ 58, 50s: 2

Imam made 60, 24 and 90 in the first three ODIs, helping his team to a series win before he was inexplicably dropped from the last two games. He helped Pakistan get off to solid starts and took on incentive when Zaman was out for 19 in the third ODI.

Babar Azam: 8.5/10

296 runs @ 55.20, 100s: 1, 50s: 2

Babar crossed 50 in three of the five innings and notched up three 90-plus stands for the second wicket in each of the first three ODIs. He was also impressive as a skipper, after having received criticism following the T20Is, which ended 2-2.


Iftikhar Ahmed: 8/10

122 runs @ 122, 50s: 1

Iftikhar only played the last two ODIs, but it was enough to keep him in the running to be a power-hitter for the World Cup later this year. He had a strike rate of 129.78 in the series, and played the lone hand in the fifth ODI, making 94* in 72.

Mohammad Rizwan: 7.5/10

161 runs @ 53.66, 50s: 1

Rizwan got starts in the series, scoring 42*, 54*, 32, 24 and nine, remaining unbeaten in the first two successful run chases. The keeper, who admitted to not preferring batting at No.5 in ODIs, could continue at the spot, after ending with a strike rate of 105.92.

Agha Salman: 7/10

153 runs @ 38.25, 50s: 2

Yet another Pakistan middle-order batter who played crucial cameos when his team demanded it. After a quick 46-ball 58 in the fourth ODI, he batted with caution in the last game, scoring at run-a-ball after his team had collapsed to 52-3 in a run chase of 300. He also picked up a wicket.

Shan Masood: 3/10

52 runs @ 17.33, HS: 44

Masood batted at No.4 in the first ODI before being dropped for the next two games. He was, however, given a surprise call-up for the last two ODIs, replacing in-form Imam. He ended with a 20-ball seven in the last game as the Pakistan openers struggled for momentum.

Shadab Khan: 5/10

3 wickets @ 56, ER: 5.78

Shadab played every alternate game and blew hot and cold throughout the series. He did pick up important wickets of well-set batters and also scored an unbeaten 21 off 10 in the third ODI, which proved to be decisive in the end.

Shaheen Afridi: 8/10

8 wickets @ 24.50, ER: 5.60

Impressive as ever, Shaheen picked up at least two wickets three times in four innings in the series. The highlight was his performance in the fifth ODI, where he ended with 3-46 as New Zealand made 299. He also left an impact with the bat.

Mohammad Wasim: 7.5/10

6 wickets @ 19, ER: 5.06

Wasim played three games and got a wicket in each of them. He was highly economical, giving away 4.6 and 4.0 runs an over in the last two games and providing a good account of himself.

Naseem Shah: 8/10

5 wickets @ 24, ER: 4.26

The most economical bowler from Pakistan, producing sizzling new ball and death bowling spells throughout the series. His wicket of Mark Chapman, which went on to topple the off stump, was a thing of beauty.

Haris Rauf: 9/10

9 wickets @ 25, ER: 6.16

Though Rauf’s economy was on the higher side in a high-scoring series, he was the top wicket-taker for the home team, with nine wickets. He grabbed two or more wickets thrice in four matches, including a  4-78 in the second game, where New Zealand made 336-5. A number of times he was called on to break important partnerships, and he did not disappoint.

Usama Mir: 8.5/10

6 wickets @ 27, ER: 5.78

Mir picked up 4-43 in Pakistan’s historic win in the fourth ODI, which took them to the No.1 ranking in the format. Mir was the only bowler to pick up more than five wickets in the series, which is a testimony to how impressive he was on wickets that offered little assistance.

Ihsanullah: 1/10

0 wickets, ER: 7.50

Ihsanullah opened the bowling when Shaheen was rested for the second ODI, but was ineffective, conceding 60 runs in eight overs.

Mohammad Nawaz: 1/10

0 wickets, ER: 6.0

Nawaz did not have a memorable series, failing to grab a single wicket in three matches. He did not complete his quota of overs in any game and had little impact with the bat as well.

Abdullah Shafique: 1.5/10

26 runs @ 13, HS: 19

Shafique scored seven and 19 in the second and third ODIs, and was had to make way for Masood in the remaining games.

Mohammad Haris: 5/10

17 runs, HS: 17*

Haris made an unbeaten 17 in only eight balls in the fourth ODI, helping take Pakistan to 334-6, making his runs at a strike rate of 212.50.

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