NZ surge to 311/7 in 6th ODI vs Pak

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Published: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 10:02 [IST]
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NZ surge to 311/7 in 6th ODI vs Pak

In the 6th ODI against Pakistan, at Auckland, hosts Nw Zealand surged to 311/7 in their fifty overs with a blistering 107 of 93 balls from Jesse Ryder, 65 from 50 by Nathan McCullum and 58 off 44 from an unbeaten Scott Styris. Abdul Razzak was Pakistan's most successful bowler, going for 2/23 in 7 overs and Sohail Tanvir was the visitors' most expensive bowler with figures of 1/78 in 8 overs.

Opening the Kiwi innings with Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum smacked Shoaib Akhtar for a four in the first over itself. Then after knocking a six off Sohail Tanvir in the 4th over, he was caught behind off the same bowler for 12 and the Kiwis were 18/1. Guptill and Jesse Ryder took a four each of the 5th and 6th over. Then in the 8th over, Ryder struck Tanvir for a boundary before he was dropped by Razzaq at short fine leg.

Then Guptill upped the ante, smacking Shoaib for two fours in the next over to take the hosts over 50. Ryder then laid into Tanvir, carting him for three sixes in the 10th over as the Kiwis climbed to 72/1 in 10 overs. In the 12th over, Ryder attacked Mohammad Hafeez, taking aa four and six off him. Umar Gul was Ryder's next victim. The batsman clobbered him for two fours and a six to notch up his 50 and bring up New Zealand's 100 in the 15th over.

After Guptill smashed Shahid Afridi for another six, the batsmen settled into a routine of picking ones and twos till Abdul Razzaq had Guptill caught at long on by Gul. The batsman had to depart on 44 off 75 balls and the Kiwis were 141/2 in 24.5 overs. Soon after the hosts crossed 150, Taylor was the next to exit, departing for 5 when he was caught behind of Razzaq. But Ryder immediately counter-attacked, smashing the bowler for a six. In the 33rd over,

Shoaib finally got a wicket when he had Franklin caught behind for 8 and the Kiwis had slipped to 174/4. Ryder was the next to go, holing out to Mohammad Hafeez for 107 off 93 balls and the hosts were 190/5 in 35.5 overs. In the 38th over, Nathan McCullum took two off Hafeez to bring up the Kiwis' 200.

The boundaries started coming rapidly with Scott Styris and McCullum at the crease. In the 46th over, the batting duo teamed up to take a four and six off Gul, taking their side to over 250 in the processs. Then McCullum got Afridi away for two fours in the next over.

But New Zealand's biggest bumper over was yet to come. In the 48th over, Styis and McCullum took 3 fours and 1 six off Tanvir to move to 283/5 in 48 overs.

The batsmen hit three more fours and 1 six between them before Hafeez got McCullum out for 65 off 50 balls. Kyle MIlls was run out off the last ball while Styris remained stranded on 58 off 44 balls asn the Kiwis wrapped up their innings for a mammoth 311/7


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