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Pakistan rout NZ by 103 runs

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Published: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 15:25 [IST]
 
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Pakistan rout NZ by 103 runs

Pakistan ended the three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand with a thumping 103 run win. New Zealand could not recover from a disastrous start to their chase where they lost 4 wickets for 3 runs in 2.3 overs, and even though the middle order staged a brief revival, the hosts eventually caved in to some inspired bowling and fielding from the tourists.

Chasing Pakistan's 183/6, New Zealand got off to the worst possible start. In just the fourth ball, Kiwi opener Martin Guptill edged a ball from Abdul Razzaq to Ahmed Shehzad at backward of point, to get out for a duck. In just the next over, Jesse Ryder was also on his way back for no-score when Tanvir Ahmed had him caught by a diving Shehzad. There was more disaster in store in the same over when Dean Brownlie was run out, also for a duck. New Zealand were 2/3 in 2 overs.

But the onslaught didn't stop there. In the 3rd over, Ross Taylor became the fourth Kiwi batsman to depart on zero when he was trapped in front by Abdul Razzaq. New Zealand were in shambles at 3/4 in 3 overs. Styris tried to dissipate some of the pressure by striking a boundary off Tanvir Ahmed in the next over, but in the 5th over, Razzaq claimed his third wicket when he bowled James Franklin for 3. The hosts were in deeper trouble at 11/5.

Then McGlashan and Scott Styris tried to stage a recovery, with the former getting Tanvir Ahmed away for a four in the 6th over and the latter striking Razzaq for two successive boundaries in the next over. Styris then attempted to get on top of Wahab Riaz when he carted the fast bowler for the first six of the Kiwi innings, in the 8th over. But in 9th, Abdur Rehman bowled McGlashan for 7 off 13 balls. The hosts were in tatters at 36/6 in 9 overs.

Nathann McCullum tried to get going by smacking Abur Rehamn for a boundary in the 11th over, but at the end of the next, he was trapped in front by the leg-spinner Shahid Afridi, for 8 off 10 balls. In the meantime, New Zealand had sneaked past 50.

In the dramatic 14th over, Shahid Afridi came back from being hit for a four by Styris to getting him bowld for 45 off 34 balls. Then in the very next ball, Afridi effected a similar dismissal of Tim Southee who had to exit for a duck. Then Kyle Mills tried to hold out hope by striking a four of Abdur Rehman in the 15trh over, but Afridi performed the last rites on New Zealand when he bowled him in the 16th over. New Zealand were all out for 80 runs in 15.5 overs and Pakistan had ended the series 1-2 down.

Batting first, Pakistan made a confident start with opener Ahmed Shezad samcking Adam Milne for a four first ball. But Sehzad really got going in the 2nd and 3rd overs when he took two boundaries of Kyle Mills and then three consecutive fours of Milne. Pakistan had raced to 28/0.

His partner Mohammad Hafeez was a little more circumspect, but joined in the counter-offensive, striking a four in the first ball of the fourth over. The two had a bumper fifth over, when they combined to knock four boundaries of a hapless Tim Southee, thus taking Pakistan to over 50. Hafeez continued to blitz by biffing three more fours of Mills in the 6th over, before carting Southee for a huge six over mid-wicket, taking Pakistan to 76/0 after 7 overs.

A quiet over followed and in the 9th, James Frankling broke the devastating opening stand for 81 when he had Hafeez caught for 34 off 23 balls, by a well-timed leaping catch from Ross Taylor at extra cover. In the 11th over, Franklin accounted for the wicket of Shehzad as well, for 54 off 34 balls, by trapping him in front.

Their departures triggered off a lull in Pakistan's innings as Younis Khan for run out for 5 in the 13th over and in the next, Nathan McCullum had a struggling Asad Shafiq snapped up by Mills at long-off, for 8. The tourists had slumped to 107/4 in 14 overs.

Then Umar Akmla and Shahid Afridi endeavoured to revive the innings, by hitting two sixes and four between them in the next two overs. But Afridi had played one shot too many when in the 17th oevr, he was clean bowled by Southee for 14 off 9 balls. Pakistan had stumbled to 136/5 in 17 overs. Akmal then, kept the momentum up by smashing one boundary each of

Mills and Southee, before Abul Razzak who was dropped by a diving McCullum at midwicket, cut loose with two sixes off Southee. In the process, Pakistan had climbed to 164/5 in 19 overs.

In the dramatic last over, Akmal was out to Mills first ball, departing for a useful 30 off 19 balls, before Razzaq launched a blistering late surge. He hit Milne for a four, then a six, followed by two more fours and rounding off the innings with a leg bye. Pakistan had completed their 20 overs with a mammoth 183/6 on the board.

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