Pak beat NZ by 41 runs, take series

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Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 14:28 [IST]
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Pak beat NZ by 41 runs, take series

Pakistan won the 5th ODI against New Zealand by 41 runs as the hosts were bowled out for 227, chasing 268/9 to win. Only Martin Guptill with 65 and Ross Taylor with 69 were able to offer some resistance. But the rest of the Kiwi line-up crumbled to some tight Pakistani bowling as Wahab Riaz picked up 3/51 off 8.3 overs and Umar Gul and Shahid Afirid each took two wickets. The visitors have thus won the 6-match series 3-1 with just one more match to go.

New Zealand's reply got off to the worst possible start as Jesse Ryder was run out at the non-striker's end without facing a ball. The Kiwis were 0/1. But Martin Guptill counter-attacked by slapping Abdul Razzaq for a four later in the over and then got four byes. In the 7th over, Guptill againt attacked Razzaq to knock two fours off him as New Zealand climbed to 33/1 in 7 overs.

At 42/1 in 10 overs, New Zealand took the batting powerplay, but couldn't make much use of it, just getting 15 runs and losing the wicket of Jamie How for 12 along the way. At 83/2 after 20 overs, Guptill and Ross Taylor teamed up to take leg-spinner Shahid Afridi for 3 fours. Then Guptill followed up with another boundary of Shoaib Akhtar in the next over as New Zealand crossed 100 in the 22 over.

But just two overs later, Guptill pulled Shoaib straight into the hands of deep midiwcket and was on his way for 65 off 70 balls as the Kiwis had slipped to 112/3 in 24 overs. Brendon McCullum was the next to depart when he top-edged Afridi to long-on, for 9 as the the Kiwis slid to 129/4 in 29.3 overs. Then, just as New Zealand reached 150 in the 35th over, Scott Styris was run out for 9 as well.

In the 38th over, with the hosts still requiring 107 runs, Ross Taylor carted Mohammad Hafeez for a six. Then needing 93 runs off the last 10 overs, New Zealand took the batting powerplay. James Franklin and Taylor took 13 runs of the 41st over, reducing the equation to 80 needed off 54 balls. But then Afridi trapped Taylor in front for 69 off 91 balls as New Zealand slumped to 192/6 in 41.5 overs.

Franklin followed Taylor back to the hut in the next over when he was cleaned up by Wahab Riaz for 16 off 19 balls. New batsman Jacob Oram struck two consecutive fours off Umar Gul to take his side past 200 in the 44th over, but was out to the bowler later in the over as New Zealand slid to 207/8 in 43.5 overs.

Then Nathan McCullum and Kyle Mills took 12 runs off Riaz in the 45th over, including a six from the bat of McCullum lowering the equation to 49 runs needed off 30 balls. But Gul clean bowled McCullum in the 46th over. The Kiwis were facing a premature defeat at 222/9 in 45.2 overs. In the very next over, Riaz bowled last batsman Hamish Bennett for 3 to hand his side victory by 41 runs.


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