The third ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a 'no result' after rain played spoilsport in the final fixture of the series. A lot was anticipated, given it was the finale, and the series was tied 1-1 prior to it.
Spectators were left disappointed after rain gods ruined the day. The hosts had posted 279 for 8 in their 50 overs, and New Zealand were 35 for 1 in 6.5 overs when it started pouring, forcing the officials to call the players off the field.
But in the little that was played, a hilarious incident took place when Pakistan were batting. In the second last ball of the of the penultimate over, the batsmen managed to get five runs of a single ball, and all of it from running.
Now you must be wondering how did that happen? Well, here is the answer:
Trent Boult's full toss was hit on the leg side by Faheem Ashraf. The batsmen were on their third run when the fielder from the deep threw the ball to wicket-keeper Tom Latham. He sensed an opportunity of a run-out at the bowler's end, and took an aim at the wicket.
His throw missed the stumps, which allowed the batsmen to run another single. But the following throw by the fielder from long on was bad, and Latham missed it, allowing the batsmen to get another run, and make it five ran in one ball.
The incident brought out a smile on the face of Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur, as well as a laughter amongst the commentators.
Having been clean-sweeped in the three-T20I series, New Zealand bounced back in sensational fashion in the ODI series. They won the first ODI by 47 runs, which was headlined by a sensational hat-trick by Boult, who rattled the Pakistan openers. But the hosts made a strong comeback, and won the second ODI by six wickets and 57 balls to spare.
After this, the two teams will take on each other in three-Test series starting November 16.