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ABU DHABI: Imam-ul-Haq was discharged from the hospital after his scans returned clear as he had underwent "precautionary tests" following a blow to the helmet during the second day-night ODI against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Friday. He had his eyes closed but was conscious.

Ross Taylor was the only form of resistance for the visitors, adding to his 80 from the opening ODI with an unbeaten 86 from 120 balls, but he didn't get the support required as only two other batsmen reached 20, neither in quick time.

But Pakistan were in such a dominant position that there was no danger of them losing the match and they edged across the winning line with six wickets and nine and a half overs to spare.

"We wanted to stage a comeback and the team did well to do that", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

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. A PCB spokesperson had confirmed that Imam was conscious inside the ambulance while being driven to the hospital.

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Mohammad Hafeez stayed unbeaten on 27 and raised Pakistan's victory with a crisp boundary off Tim Southee.

Ferguson, who finished with 3-60, then had another lucky wicket of Shoaib Malik for ten when a ferocious pull deflected off Nicoll's shoulder and was caught at mid-on by Ish Sodhi.

Earlier, the Taylor-Nicholls stand lifted New Zealand after Afridi once again rocked the top order following his 4/46 in the first match.

Worker struggled for his 50-ball knock of 28 before he played all around to off-spinner Hafeez and was clean bowled while Afridi made its 4-73 by clean bowling Tom Latham off a sharp yorker. The skipper was run out at the non-striker's end by the hand of Afridi. Taylor hit three boundaries and a six for his 43rd half century in one-day internationals.

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