NZ post 262/7 in 4th ODI vs Pak

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Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 10:20 [IST]
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NZ post 262/7 in 4th ODI vs Pak

New Zealand have posted a decent total of 262/7 in their fifty overs in the 4th ODI against Pakistan, at Napier. The Kiwis had slumped to 79/5 in 20.3 overs before James Franklin (62) and the two McCullums (37 and 53*) launched an innings revival.

Winning the toss and opting to bad first, New Zealand got off to a forceful start. In the 3rd over, Jamie How clobbered Sohail Tanvir for three fours - one over mid on, one past midwicket and the third, to fine leg. Then Martin Guptill got into the act, smacking Tanvir for one more four before carting Abdul Razzaq for as six and then hammering him for another boundary.

But his belligerence was cut short in the next over when Wahab Riaz has him caught by Younis Khan at short midwicket. The hosts were 40/1 in 6.4 overs. Ross Taylor wasted no time settling in, smacking Riaz for a boundary to round off the over. But at the end of the following over, How picked up Razzaq straight into the hands of midwicket, for 13 off 29 balls and the Kiwis were 44/2 in 8 overs.

On the same score, Riaz picked up the wicket of Ross Taylor who was on his way for 4 when he edged the ball straight to Younis at slip. Then Scott Styris and Kane Williamson took New Zealand to 50 in the 12 overs. But four overs later, Styris was run out for 11 as the Kiwis slipped to 68/4. The hosts' woes were only compounded when in the 21st over,Williamson holed out to long on off Mohammad Hafeez's gentle off-spin and New Zealand has slumped to 79/5.

James Franklin and Brendon McCullum launched a timely rescue act. They took their side to 100/5 in the 27th over and pressed ahead. The fours started coming fairly frequently, but in the 33rd over, McCullum was caught behind off Riaz for 37 off 39 balls and the Kiwis were again in trouble at 141/6, as Nathan McCullum walked to the crease.

However, Franklin wouldn't back down. In the 35th over, he smacked Umar Gul for two fours, taking the Kiwis to over 150. Then with the hosts taking the batting powerplay in the 40th over, Franklin hammered Tanvir for three boundaries to take his side to 187/6 in 41 overs. Soon after New Zealand crossed 200, Shahid Afridi accounted for the wicket of Franklin, who had to depart for 62 off 75 balls, in the 43rd over.

With captain Daniel Vettori for company, McCullum kept up the impetus by smacking Riaz for two fours in the 45th over. He then knocked off three more fours and a six at the death, reaching his 50 off just 54 balls. New Zealand ended their innings at 262/7.


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