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Kane Williamson s unbeaten 70---his sixth ODI
fifty in the last seven matches---steered New
Zealand s chase and helped them draw level with
Pakistan in the five-match series, yesterday. The
four-wicket win was also New Zealand s first
against Pakistan in 11 ODIs in Sharjah.
Devcich and Dean Brownlie got the chase off to
a solid start with their brisk partnership at the
top. Mohammad Irfan got a few deliveries to rise
up uncomfortably at the openers but the other
Pakistan bowlers also fed the pair with wide deliv-
eries and balls on the pads that were duly taken
Their stand was broken by Shahid Afridi in the
19th over, when he bowled Brownlie three runs
short of a half-century. Devcich and Williamson
continued steadily but the chase threatened to
unravel when New Zealand lost four wickets in an
eight-over period between the 25th and 33rd overs.
Devcich fell to a run-out, responding a little late
to Williamson s call, before Haris Sohail struck
three times, dismissing Ross Taylor, Tom Latham
and Corey Anderson. With 84 required off the last
17 overs, New Zealand s main challenge was stem-
ming the slide of wickets and Ronchi and
Williamson did that with a productive stand.
Williamson was content to turn the strike around
and Ronchi provided the boundary shots, off both
the quicks and spinners. He fell in the 43rd over,
with the score at 225. Williamson then took charge
of the chase, finishing the game in the 46th over.
Pakistan were reined by Henry, McClenaghan
and Milne, after they had opted to bat first. Henry
and McClenaghan were brought into the side for
the second ODI in place of Nathan McCullum and
Kyle Mills, who was ruled out due to a groin injury.
Henry struck in his first over, getting Ahmed
Shehzad to edge a fuller delivery to slip after a
series of back-of-length deliveries. Younis Khan
was almost dismissed lbw for a first-ball duck,
before replays showed that McClenaghan had over-
stepped by a significant margin. McClenaghan,
though, had his wicket in that over as Younis poked
at an angled delivery and was caught at first slip.
Asad Shafiq played all around a delivery from
Henry to leave the score at 20 for 3.
Hafeez then took charge of the innings along
with Haris Sohail. He handled the short balls from
the New Zealand bowlers confidently, and was also
assertive against Daniel Vettori, whom he hit for
23 runs off the 24 deliveries he faced. Some of
Hafeez s confidence rubbed off on Haris, who had
an awkward time at the start of the innings with
the short ball. Once he settled in, Haris focused
on building on his start and turning the strike over
to Hafeez. The pair consolidated the innings with
a 77-run stand. Hafeez brought up his 50 off 59
After Haris fell, Misbah-ul-Haq and Hafeez
overcame a few quiet overs and uncertain calls for
singles to add 66 runs but Henry returned to
account for both batsmen in successive overs.
Hafeez played a pull shot straight into the hands
of the deep midwicket fielder and two overs later,
Misbah was out caught behind. The Pakistan cap-
tain missed an attempted hook shot and after being
given out, opted for a referral, suggesting that the
ball may have hit his forearm. However, the third
umpire backed the on-field call. Misbah s dismissal
meant that Pakistan had two new batsmen at the
crease in the final Powerplay and the last ten overs.
Shahid Afridi came out to a roaring reception
but was not as restrained as in the first ODI. How-
ever, he top-edged Milne attempting a big shot
after having smashed the previous two balls for
sixes. Pakistan persisted with Sarfraz Ahmed at
No 7 and he kept the score moving along with the
lower order as Pakistan took 55 off the last ten
helps NZ draw level
second ODI in
New Zealand 255-6 in 46 overs (Kane
Williamson 70 not out, Anton Devcich 58;
Haris Sohail 3-48) def. Pakistan 252
(Mohammad Hafeez 76, Misbah-ul-Haq 47;
Matt Henry 4-45, Mitchell McClenaghan 3-56).
New Zealand won by four wickets.
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