Pak thrash New Zealand by 10 wickets

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Published: Sunday, January 9, 2011, 15:13 [IST]
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Pak thrash New Zealand by 10 wickets

Resuming on their overnight score 235/4, Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq, not out on 50 and Asad Shafiq, unbeaten on 75, took their side forward with ease. In the 90th over, Misbah slapped Kiwi fast bowler Brett Arnel for two consecutive fours - one, a cover drive and one, a cut through point, thus taking Pakistan past 250.

But soon afterward, Tim Southee trapped Asad Shafiq in front for 83 while in the very next over, Arnel dismissed Misbah in a similar manner, for 62. Then Adnan Akmal and Abdur Rehman tried to rebuild. Adnan even took Southee for two back-to-back fours in the 95th over and then five overs later, subjected Arnel to similar treatment.

Adnan then attacked Chris Martin to smash him for two fours in one over as well, while in the next over Rehman got into the act and lofted captain Daniel Vettori for a six, to take Pakistan over 300. The two took their side into lunch at 314/6 in 108 overs.

Immediately after the break, Rehman was dropped by Ross Taylor off Arnel. But a few overs later, Southee put an end to Adnan's run when he had him caught by Jesse Ryder at gully. In the following over, Arnel bowled Rehman for 28 and suddenly, there were two new batsmen at the crease in Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed. The duo did what they could do best as tail-enders - counter-attack. Between the two of them, they struck four boundaries and one six in two overs.

But Vettori soon had Gul trapped leg before for 17 and Pakistan had slid to 365/9 in 119.2 overs. Ahmed fell soon after to Martin for 18 and Pakistan were all out for 367, thus gaining a lead of 92 runs in the first innings.

In their second innings, New Zealand got off to a fairly positive start with Brendon McCullum and Tim McIntosh putting on 36 for the first wicket before Abdur Rehman had Tim McIntosh stumped for 3. Just 8 runs later, pace bowler Wahab Riaz had McCullum snapped up by the wicket-keeper for 35 and Pakistan had slipped to 44/2.

Ross Taylor counter-attacked by smashing Riaz for two fours in his next over, taking New Zealand past 50 in the process. In the 22nd over, Abdur Rehman struck when he had Martyn Guptill caught by Taufeeq Umar at square leg for 11 and the Kiwis were reeling at 60/3.

The hosts troubles were only compounded when Wahab Riaz trapped Jesse Ryder in front for a duck and 1 run later, Taylor was run out for 8 as the Kiwis slumped to 61/5. Then on the same score, Kane Williamson peridhed for a 1, when he was snapped up by second slip. New Zealand were in dire straits at 61/6. Captain Daniel Vettori was the next batsman to follow his fellows back to the shed when Rehman got him out lbw, for 3.

With the tail exposed, Umar Gul went hammer and tongs at the tailenders, getting rid of Tim Southee for 17 with the scoreboard now reading 90/8. Gul struck just a few overs later to remove Young for 12 before the same bowler wrapped up the innings for 110 when he had Chris Martin out for 7.

Set with a target of 21 to win, Pakistan reached it in 3.4 overs with a quartet of fours from their openers Taufeeq Umar and Mohammad Hafeez. Pakistan had won the match by 10 wickets and went 1-0 up in the three-match series.


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