New Zealand win thriller to claim series

Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 11:53 [IST]
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New Zealand win thriller to claim series

Abu Dabi: New Zealand clinched a thrilling victory in the third and final ODI against Pakistan 2-1 despite a sensational 103-run partnership from tail-enders Mohammed Aamer and Saeed Ajmal.

The victory helped New Zealand to win the series by a margin of 2-1.

Batting first, New Zealand was bowled out for 211 in 46.3 overs. Brendon McCullum top-scored the New Zealand innings with 76 runs.

Saeed Ajmal was the pick of Pakistan bowlers with the figures of 4-33.


Chasing 212 to win, Pakistan slumped from 47-0 to 101-9 in the 34th over.

But Aamer added 103 with Saeed Ajmal for the last wicket - second only to the 106 put on by West Indies' Viv Richards and Michael Holding against England in 1984 - to take Pakistan within reach of victory until Ajmal was out with five balls remaining.

Aamer hit seven fours and three sixes in 81 balls.

Jacob Oram took the final wicket to finish with 3-20, while Tim Southee claimed 2-26.


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