Black Caps v Pakistan 5th ODI

Lawrence Kim
January 19, 2018

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On a scorcher at the Basin Reserve, Pakistan required something exceptional to beat New Zealand and they almost managed it, before the home side sealed their first 5-0 series win in 17 years.

"To take that momentum and confidence with us of beating another good side, I think that would do the boys a world of good".

Pakistan could have bagged its first ODI victory over New Zealand after December 14, 2014 in 4th match at Hamilton on January 16, 2018 when it sent the former's top five batsmen including Kane Williamson back to pavilion in 35 overs for 154 while defending 262 runs.

It gave his innings greater urgency and he brought up his 13th ODI century off 125 balls, including 10 fours and a six.

The New Zealand innings revolved around Guptill who faced the first ball of the match and batted until the 42nd over. But then Colin de Grandhomme really took over Pakistani bowling and snatched the victory with his blistering 74 runs off just 40 balls.

Left-arm seamer Rumman Raees was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 3-67 in 10 overs while Faheem Ashraf bagged 2-49 in nine overs.

Pakistan refused to surrender - even at 202-8 and 235-9 - the run chase set to go down to the final over as Haris Sohail (63), Shadab Khan (54), Aamer Yamin (32 not out), Faheem Ashraf (23) and Mohammad Nawaz (23) targeted New Zealand's attack.

With three Twenty20 internationals remaining, starting down the road at Westpac Stadium on Monday, the Black Caps matched their 12 successive home wins of last summer.

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