Pakistan post 268/9 in 5th ODI vs NZ

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Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 10:13 [IST]
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Pakistan post 268/9 in 5th ODI vs NZ

Batting first in the 5th ODI against New Zealand, at Hamilton, Pakistan posted a competitive total of 268/9 in their fifty overs with the innings largely propelled by a 115 from Ahmed Shehzad, while Umar Akmal pitched in with 32 and Misbah-ul Haq with 25. Kiwi bowlers Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram and Scott Styris took a couple of wicket each, but Hamish Bennett was the most expensive bowler going for 56 in 8 overs for no wicket.

Pakistan got off to a somewhat slow and unsteady start with Mohammad Hafeez driving Kyle Mills straight into the hands of Natahn McCullum at mid off in the 7th over. The batsman made his exit for 14 runs and Pakistan were 19/1 in 6.3 overs. But Ahmed Shehzad launched a counter-offensive, smacking Mills in the 9th over, for two fours - one wide of mid-off and one, past midwicket.

Taking the batting powerplay in the 10th over, Shehzad struck three more fours in the space of two overs, taking Pakistan to 50/1 in 12 overs. His partner Kamran Akmal tried to follow suit, getting Hamish Bennett away for a couple of fours in the 13th over. Then Shehazad responded with a boundary off Jacob Oram and a six off Bennett. But in the next over, Kamran was run out for 17 and Pakistan had slipped to 71/2 in 15.3 overs.

With Younis Khan for company, Shehzad took a single off Scott Styris in the 23rd over to bring up the tourists' 100, before Younis struck the same bowler for another boundary. But McCullum broke the ominous stand when he had Younis snapped up by Styris at square leg, for 21. The visitors were 120/3 in 25.4 overs.

Partnered by Misbah-ul-Haq, Shehzad kept pummeling away. In the 35th over, the batting duo teamed up to take a six and a four off Bennett as the tourists climbed to 177/3. Then Shehaz took a single of Oram to notch up his maiden one-day century, following which he lofted Bennett for a six and struck Styris for a boundary before holing out to James Franklin at deep midwicket, for 115 off 109 balls.

Soon after Pakistan crossed 200, Misbah was out to Styris for 25 and the visitors had slipped to 205/5 in 39.4 overs. Shahid Afirid settled in by carting Styris for a six and soon afterward, Pakistan took the batting powerplay. In the 45th over, Afridi and Umar Akmal each knocked a four off Mills as Pakistan climbed to 243/5. But in the following over, Oram sent back Afridi for 24 off 20 balls, reducing the tourists to 248/6.

Just as Pakistan moved past 250, Mills removed Abdul Razzaq for 3 when the allrounder was caught at the long off boundary. But determined to keep up the momentum, Umar struck Mills for a four in the next ball and rounded off the over with a single to take his side to 257/7 in 47 overs.

Struggling to get Bennett away for runs, Umar was run out in the 49th over, for 32 of just as many balls. Oram accounted for Umar Gul's wicket with the last ball of the innings as Pakistan finished on 268/9.


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