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New Zealand bat first in third ODI against Pakistan

© AFP/File | Pakistan have made one change, with form batsman Fakhar Zaman, pictured January 5, 2017, recovering from his thigh injury and returning to the side

DUNEDIN (NEW ZEALAND) (AFP) - 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat as they look to wrap up the series in game three against Pakistan in Dunedin on Saturday.

"It looks like a good surface," host captain Kane Williamson said.

"Hopefully we can make the most of it first up."

New Zealand have kept the same side that won the first two games of the five-match series, both rain affected, winning the opening game batting first and the second by batting last.

There is also the prospect of rain late in the day in Dunedin.

Pakistan have made one change, with form batsman Fakhar Zaman recovering from his thigh injury and returning to the side as Imam ul-Haq drops out.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees.

Umpires: Wayne Knights (NZL), Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)

TV Umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)

© 2018 AFP