Pakistan suffered a worrying blow in the 13th over when Imam-ul-Haq was hit on the grille of his helmet by a bouncer from Lockie Ferguson, sending him slumping to the floor. Moments later, he was lying down with his eyes closed, although he did not lose consciousness.
Batting first, New Zealand were restricted at 209 runs in 50 overs and in reply, Pakistan sealed the match with a seven-wicket victory and squared the series 1-1 forcing the final match to be played as a decider.
Team management said Imam will undergo CT scans and will be monitored for the next 48 hours. "He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio". A PCB spokesperson had confirmed that Imam was conscious inside the ambulance while being driven to the hospital.
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.
With the win Pakistan broke a four-year losing streak of 12 consecutive ODIs against the Black Caps, starting with a 3-2 defeat in the UAE in 2014.
El tiempo se acabó: 'Gullit' Peña se despidió del Necaxa
El Gullit se formó en Pachuca pero fue enviado a León , donde ascendió a Primera y luego consiguió un bicampeonato. Sin embargo, la noticia causó ámpula en los seguidores del club europeo, quienes están enojados por su retorno.
But Pakistan's reply was in cruise control with opener Fakhar Zaman posting 88 runs to keep the host's score ticking over until they won with nine overs spare.
"We wanted to stage a comeback and the team did well to do that", said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. The skipper was run out at the non-striker's end by the hand of Afridi.
Ferguson dismissed both batsmen in the 29th over when Zaman skied a catch to Ish Sodhi, and Zaman followed when his upper cut was caught well on the edge of the boundary line at third man. Nicholls was back in action at forward short leg when Shoaib Malik's hard pull ballooned off the fielder's left shoulder and Sodhi grabbed the diving catch.
Pakistan's most expensive fast bowler, Hasan Ali (2-59), returned and had Nicholls bowled in the 38th over before Afridi snapped two more wickets to restrict New Zealand.