Imam-ul-Haq returns to squad after precautionary tests

Offspinner Will Somerville has been summoned to the New Zealand test squad after two first-class matches for Auckland

Imam and Zaman were hardly troubled by New Zealand's pace until Ferguson's sharp rising delivery forced Imam to retire hurt on 16.

Team management originally said that the 22-year-old would undergo CT scans and be monitored for the next 48 hours. "He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio".

Pakistan thrashed New Zealand in the second day-night worldwide in Abu Dhabi on Friday but the team's six-wicket victory over the Black Caps muted by the fact that Imam-ul-Haq left the ground with a head injury when he was on 16.

Imam-ul-Haq returned to the Pakistani side after his scans for a possible head injury were deemed clear, a PCB spokesperson said at the end of the second ODI against New Zealand.

With the win Pakistan broke a four-year losing streak of 12 consecutive one-day internationals against the Black Caps, starting with a 3-2 defeat in the UAE in 2014. He bowls with good control and variation, while his added height means he gets that extra bit of bounce.


Batting first, New Zealand were restricted at 209 runs in 50 overs and in reply, Pakistan sealed the match with a seven-wicket victory and squared the series 1-1 forcing the final match to be played as a decider. The dazed Imam went off in the ambulance for a concussion check, but that only brought the prodigious Babar Azam to the wicket, and he teamed up with Fakhar Zaman to punish the Black Caps bowlers.

Earlier, the Taylor-Nicholls stand lifted New Zealand after Shaheen once again rocked the top order following his 4-46 in the first match. Taylor hit three boundaries and a six for his 43rd half century in one-day internationals.

New Zealand: George Worker, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

To be fair, there was bad luck - Williamson was run out by a deflection while backing up at the non-striker's end - but there was nothing lucky about the rest of Pakistan's bowling performance.

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