Nairobi: After a sizzling start Pakistan fizzled out, albeit they ended up with a healthy 252; thanks to the depth in Pakistan's batting. Saeed Anwar was once again the pillar on which Pakistan built their effort and if not for his second consecutive century Pakistan might have been in serious trouble.Saeed and Nazir were off to a blazing start but the departure of Nazir, more due to his adventures ways, saw Pakistan's innings stutter.
Yousuf Youhana who looked like stringing a note worthy partnership perished to a rather indifferent shot, but worse was to follow.The manner of dismissal of Inzamam and Ijaz can at best be described as horrendous and then a silly run attempted by Moin saw him depart even before he could get his eye in.But this is where Pakistan's strength lies, in their all-rounders. Both Abdur Razzaq and Wasim Akram took over and made certain that they had a total to bowl at when they returned.
Although they fell short by 15-20 runs, which could have been achieved had they lasted the 50 overs.On New Zealand's part, they did extremely well to eventually restrict Pakistan to 252, after they looked good for 290 plus. It was the introduction of Harris and Styris that choked the flow of runs and also fetched them the vital wickets.
Towards the end Shane O'Connor came good with some tight bowling and picked up the last four wickets to end up with five for the match.Although the odds are still in Pakistan's favour, New Zealand must be fancying their chances as 250 is not beyond the gettable realm.