ABU DHABI – Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Friday, but the match was overshadowed by a worrying injury to Imam-ul-Haq.
Imam, on 16, was forced to retire after a short delivery from fast bowler Lockie Ferguson hit the grille of his helmet, making him dizzy before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance.
Team management said Imam will undergo CT scans and will be monitored for the next 48 hours.
On the pitch, pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi recorded his career-best bowling, while opener Fakhar Zaman hit a half-century to help Pakistan to a series-levelling victory.
Shaheen’s 4/38 kept New Zealand down to 209/9 in their 50 overs, before Zaman returned to form with a run-a-ball 88 for his seventh half-century to guide Pakistan to their target for the loss of four wickets in 40.3 overs.