Pakistan seal consultation victory over Kiwis
Pakistan made up for the disappointment of losing their Twenty20 series against New Zealand with a crushing 103 run victory at the AMI Stadium in the final game of their 3 match series.
The Pakistanis came into the game having suffered defeats in Auckland and Hamilton but they avoided a series whitewash in dramatic fashion after they tore through the Kiwi’s top order during the home side’s attempts to chase down a victory target of 184.
Having watched Pakistan plunder 183 runs the home crowd watch in horror as the Kiwis were reduced to just 3-4 after 2.5 overs during a frantic start to their run chase.
Jessie Ryder, Martin Guptill, Dean Brownlie and skipper, Ross Taylor were all removed without scoring as Pakistan took complete control of the match.
Having already picked up two wickets in his first two overs Abdul Razzaq struck again in the 5th over after he bowled James Franklin (5) to leave a visibly dazed New Zealand 11-5.
With the Kiwis on the verge of a total collapse Scott Styris and Peter McGlasham held Pakistan at bay for 4 overs before McGlasham (7) was bowled by Abdur Rehman to leave the home side 11-5.
Nathan McCullum (7) quickly departed but; having watched on as the top order failed with the bat Styris offered the most resistant for the Kiwis with an impressive innings of 45 before he was removed by Shahid Afridi in the 14th over.
The Pakistan skipper struck again with the very next delivery to bowl Tim Southee (0) before Kyle Mills (7) departed 2 overs later as the Kiwi’s hopes were finally extinguished as they slumped to 80 all out.
Having won the toss Pakistan got off to a fantastic start thanks to an opening partnership of 81 between Ahmed Shahzad (54) and Mohammad Hafeez (34) before the pair both feel within the space of 11 balls.
Hafeez was the first to depart in the 9th over after he was caught by Taylor at extra cover to give Franklin the much needed break through.
Shahzad was quickly back in the dugout after he was trapped LBW by Franklin as the home side mounted an impressive comeback as the attempted to secure a series whitewash.
Younis Khan (5) and Asad Shafiq (8) quickly followed to leave Pakistan 106-4 but unlike in the previous two matches Pakistan bounced back thanks to Umar Akmal (30) and Shahid Afridi (14) who shared a 5th wicket partnership of 30.
Despite the lose of Afridi in the 17th over Abdul Razzaq put the visitors in complete control thanks to a stunning innings of 34 which came from just 11 deliveries as the all rounder smashed 36 fours and 3 sixes to help Pakistan reach 183-6.