New Zealand held to 257 in 3rd ODI vs. Pakistan

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made half centuries as New Zealand reached 257 batting first Saturday on a challenging pitch at the University Oval in the third one-day cricket international against Pakistan.

Williamson, who has a century already in the five-match series, took time to find his form on a pitch slower than others the teams have played on recently. He took 81 balls to reach his 33rd half century in one-day internationals and went on to top-score with 73, providing the backbone of the New Zealand middle order. Taylor was able to score more freely than Williamson, perhaps because the conditions favored the straight-bat shots which are his forte, and reached his 40th ODI half century f...