After batting out of their skin to post a mammoth total of 311/7, New Zealand put on a spirited show in the field to overcome Pakistan by 50 runs in the 6th and final ODI of the latter's tour. Hamish Bennett took 4/46 in 8.1 overs, emerging as the Kiwis' most successful bowler after Jesse Ryder top-scored for the Black Caps with 107 off 93 balls.
As Pakistan opened their innings, there was drama straight away when Ahmed Shehzad edged Kyle Mills between keeper and slip in the first over. In the next over, Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez each took a four off Tim Southee. But in the 3rd over, Shehzad top-edged Mills straight into the hands of Jamie How behind point. Hafeez counter-attacked by smacking Southee for a four and a six... before he was out to Bennett for 21 and Pakistan were 31/2 in 5.4 overs.
Kamran Akmal settled in with a couple of fours off Mills to taker Pakistan to over 50. But in the 12th over, Younis Khan was caught behind off Bennett for 16 and the tourists were a dismal 58/3 in 12 overs. However, Kamran kept up the momentum, striking a six, four and another six in three successive overs to take his side past 100 in the 20th over. But Karmran's partner Asad Shafiq couldn't keep up his end and was run out for 26 off 35 balls with the score reading 132/4 in 23.5 overs.
With his brother Umar Akmal for company, Kamran smashed a six off Scott Styris to bring up Pakistan's 150 in the 28th over. But then James Franklin effected a triple strike to remove the brothers (Umar for 8 and Kamran for 89) and Abdul Razzak, for 1, in the space of three overs as the tourists slumped to 183/7 in 33 overs. Sohail Tanvir tried to hold our hope, smacking Mills for a four to take Pakistan over 200 in the 37th over.
In the 41st over, Shahid Afridi took 11 runs off Bennett, including a six and a four, reducing
the equation to 77 runs required in 54 balls. Then taking the batting powerplay, Shahid Afridi struck a four off Southee, but Tanvir was run out in the next ball, courtesy a brilliant piece of work from the bowler. Pakistan had sunk to 241/8 in 42 overs.
Then Afridi came down heavily on Bennett, taking him for a four and a six before getting snapped up by Nathan McCullum off the same bowler, for 44 off 25 balls, as Pakistan had reached the bottom of the barrell at 251/9 in 42.5 overs. Bennett went on to wrap up the match in the 45th over when he had Umar Gul caught by How for 1. Pakistan were all out for 254, losing the match by 57 runs.