Imam-ul-Haq returns to squad after precautionary tests

Legspinner Todd Astle is on his way home ruled out of the Pakistan series with a knee injury

Legspinner Todd Astle is on his way home ruled out of the Pakistan series with a knee injury

New Zealand have chosen to bat first in the second ODI against Pakistan after Kane Williamson won the toss.

However, Pakistan's win was overshadowed by a massive injury scare as their opener Imam-Ul-Haq was struck by a ferocious bouncer on the head during their chase.

The spectacles-wearing Imam was batting on 16 when he was forced to retire after a short delivery from fast bowler Lockie Ferguson hit the grid of his helmet, making him dizzy before he fell to the ground.

Team management originally said that the 22-year-old would undergo CT scans and be monitored for the next 48 hours. Fakhar Zaman was seeing signaling to Babar Azam to join him in the middle as the on-field umpire Shozab Raza told the Pakistan team physio to take Imam off the field.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik also allayed fears of a serious injury by posting a picture with Imam-ul-Haq.

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.

With the win Pakistan broke a four-year losing streak of 12 consecutive one-day internationals against the Black Caps, starting with a 3-2 defeat in the UAE in 2014.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off leg-spinner Sodhi with Pakistan needing only six runs for victory as Pakistan leveled the series with more than nine overs to spare.

In his second spell Shaheen yorked Tom Latham for one while Mohammad Hafeez bowled George Worker for 28 to leave New Zealand struggling at 73-4. He was beaten for pace and was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

To be fair, there was bad luck - Williamson was run out by a deflection while backing up at the non-striker's end - but there was nothing lucky about the rest of Pakistan's bowling performance. Nicholls was finally bowled in the 38th over by Hasan Ali who finished with 2-59.