Shaheen removed Colin Munro in his first over and struck a huge blow by diverting a George Worker drive onto the stumps at the non-strikers end with Kane Williamson out of his ground.
New Zealand's decision to bat first didn't reap the desired rewards they had hoped for, as a determined Pakistan side restricted them to 209-9 off their 50 overs.
In the first ODI, New Zealand set a target of 267 runs in 50 overs for Pakistan.
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Opener Fakhar Zaman and pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi shined in the second and deciding one-day global (ODI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday as Pakistan bounced back in the three-match series against New Zealand. "He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio", the PCB tweeted.
New Zealand, who won the toss and opted to bat, managed 209-9 in their 50 overs in the second day-night global against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Shaheen Shah Afridi got the wicket of Tom Latham to put New Zealand under pressure at 73 for 4. Nicholls was finally bowled in the 38th over by Hasan Ali who finished with 2-59.
Imam and Zaman were hardly troubled by New Zealand's pace until Ferguson's sharp rising delivery forced Imam to retire hurt on 16. Later he was taken to a hospital in the back of an ambulance for immediate medical attention.
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.