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NZ go down by 43 as Pak level series

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Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 14:32 [IST]
 
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NZ go down by 43 as Pak level series

Chasing 294 for victory in the 3rd ODI against Pakistan, at Christchurch, the Kiwis went down by 43 runs, ending their innings at 250/9. After a decent start, the hosts lost wickets regularly while the Pakistan bowlers overcame a mid-innings recovery from Kane Williamson (42) and Scott Styris (46) to win the match and level the 6-match series 1-1.

New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Jamie How gave their side's innings an upbeat start. Guptill slapped Abdul Razzaq for a four in the first over while Jamie How followed up with another boundary off Sohail Tanvir in the second. Then in the 5th over, Guptill came down heavily on Razzaq, smashing him for two sixes - one over long on and the other over mid wicket, taking New Zeland to 26/0 after 5.

Then How got into the act, slogging Tanvir for a boundary and then another maximum.But the same bowler returned to end How's quickfire innings when he had him caught by Umar Akmal at deep midwicket. The batsman was on his way for 24 off 25 balls and the hosts were 44/1 in 7.4 overs.

But Guptill kept up the impetus, slapping first-change bowler Wahab Riaz for two fours in the 9th over to take his side to over 50. Buty the new batsman Ross Taylor couldn't keep up his end and was caught by Younis Khan at slip off Umar Gul for 6 as New Zealand slipped to 67/2 in 12 overs.

A few quiet overs followed before Riax accounted for teh wicket of Guptill for 39 off as many balls. The Kiwis were on the back foot at 85/3 in 14.5 overs. But the new batsman Kane Williamson settled in with a four off the last ball of the over. In the 21st over, Williamson took a single of leg-spinner Shahid Afridi to take the Kiwis to 100. Scott Styris went earnestly about the task of rebuilding with Williamson. But even though the boundaries had dried up, the two took their side to over 150 in the 31st over.

However, with the score at 161/3 in the 34th over, Styris was out to Mohammad Hafeez for 46. Williamson followed soon after when he was bowled by Wahab Riaz for 42 and teh josst were in trouble at 179/5 in 36.2 overs. Their woes were only compunded when Brendon McCullum was run out in teh enxt over for 12.

Then after Jacob Oram survived a dropped catch and a missed run-out chance, he slammed Shahid Afridi for a six to take the hosts past 200 in the 42nd over. But in the 43rd over, he surrendered his wicket to Sohail Tanvir for 17 off 19 balls.

The new man at the crease Kyle Mills, tried to hold out hope by striking Gul for a four, but just three balls later, lost his partner Luke Woodcock, who was bowled by Gul for 11. New Zealand had thus slumped to 219/8 in 44 overs with victory looking quite impossible as they still needed 74 runs.

Mills struck another four, but was out to Afridi in the 47th over as the score moved to 232/9. Of the very last ball of the innings, Tim Southee slammed Ahmed Shahzad for a six, but it was a little too late as the Kiwis went down by 43 runs.

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