HAMILTON: Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first, Green’s posted a low total of 262 runs which was chased by Kiwis’s middle-order batsman Colin de Grandhomme in the 46th over.
Skipper Sarfraz opted to bat first for the first time in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, the game plan was to post a defend-able total. Sarfraz’s men couldn’t play according to the game plan as the opening pair and Pakistan’s star batsman Babar Azam failed for the 4th consecutive time to score in double digits.
The opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmad and middle-order batsman coming back to the side Haris Sohail scored respective fifties. The veteran Muhammad Hafeez played a brilliant knock to score 81 runs.
From New Zealand’s bowling department, the man with the golden-arm was Tim Southee who took 3 wickets, captain Kane Williamson took 2 and off-spinner Mitchel Santner and pacey Trent Boult took 1 each.
So for the 2nd Innings Kiwis’s got a great start by their opening pair of Martin Guptil (31) and Collin Munro (56), their partnership of 88 runs was broken by the Pakistani wonder boy Shadab Khan in the 14th over. The 19-year old leg-spinner took 3 wickets in the match.
Skipper Williamson scored 32 runs and the rest of the match was taken care by middle-order batsman Henry Nicholas who scored a fifty and Man of the Match De Grandhomme who played a fearsome knock to score 75 runs on 45 balls to secure New Zealand’s 4th consecutive ODI victory of the series.