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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 18, 2014
Abu Dhabi---New Zealand withstood Younis
Khan s first ODI hundred since November
2008 and another thunderous blitz from
Shahid Afridi to beat Pakistan by seven runs
and tie the series 2-2 going into the final
Kane Williamson built on a strong opening
partnership to make his fourth ODI hundred
and set a target of 300. Pakistan, reduced to
82 for 4, kept pace with an asking-rate of
around nine for nearly half their innings to
come within a couple of strokes from victo-
ry.Pakistan s fightback was of staggering pro-
portions. Their top order had been roughed
up by searing pace from Adam Milne and
Matt Henry. Ahmed Shehzad s off stump had
been knocked over by a ripping outswinger
second ball. Nasir Jamshed and Younis some-
how got through that burst and had started
to prosper against the change bowlers when
Corey Anderson slipped in a slower one to
trap Jamshed lbw. Daniel Vettori consumed
Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail cheap-
ly.Younis and Umar Akmal dug in. Younis had
been put down by Ross Taylor at first slip off
Milne on two. He was on the same score after
facing 19 deliveries. Pakistan were to go without
a boundary for 11 overs against the combination
of Vettori and pace.
Then Younis woke up, with a slog-swept
six off Vettori in the 30th over. Sensing some
momentum, Pakistan took the batting Pow-
erplay in the 32nd. Younis, who had been
made to hop by sharp bouncers, swung Henry
for six more. Akmal hared between the wickets
to motor to 29 as Pakistan collected 45 off
Then misfortune struck. Younis slammed
a straight drive, the bowler Mitchell McCle-
naghan got a hand to it, the ball ricocheted
on to the non-striker s stumps, and Akmal
was out of his ground. The partnership was
worth 90 in 14.4 overs, Younis contribution
56.In came Afridi and Pakistan surged faster.
This stand grew to 66 in just seven overs.
Younis contributed 15. Afridi ransacked 49 off
25. Pulls, sweeps, slogs. The express Henry
lost his line and bowled a wide. Afridi walloped
the extra delivery for six more.
The second express bowler, Milne, stepped
up now. With 62 needed from 42, he had
Afridi edging behind. In the next over, Younis
missed a slog off fellow veteran Vettori to
depart for 103 off 117, only 28 of his runs
having come in boundaries.
Sarfraz Ahmed flickered briefly but a McCle-
naghan bouncer took care of him. The ninth-
wicket pair of Anwar Ali and Sohail Tanvir
scored 31 off the remaining 23 balls, but fell
New Zealand s innings did not have the
kind of thrills Pakistan s had, but Williamson s
smooth acceleration meant they took 91 off
their last ten overs. Going into the Powerplay,
Williamson had hit only two fours but was
still going at a healthy rate on 41 off 49. He
ended with 12 fours, accelerating to 123 off
104 before he was bowled off the last ball of
the innings by Mohammad Irfan.
The New Zealand openers Dean Brownlie
and Martin Guptill had looked good for plenty
more before giving it away. Both had no prob-
lems against the new balls on the slow pitch.
They played safely against Irfan but powerfully
dispatched Tanvir through the packed off-
side infield. The introduction of Anwar Ali
and Shahid Afridi slowed down the pace of
scoring a bit but Pakistan did not look like
breaking through before Brownlie provided
them the opening at the stroke of the first
drinks break. It was a short ball from Afridi
but Brownlie could not keep a whip down and
found midwicket on 42.
The solid Williamson joined Guptill and the
partnership grew to 44 at run-a-ball, causing
Afridi to shuffle his bowlers around in search
of a wicket. Tanvir was brought back and
Guptill tried to force him off the back foot
only to nick behind for 58.
Pakistan falls short in Abu Dhabi thriller
Kane Williamson....smooth acceleration took
Kiwis to a sound score.
Pakistan vs New Zealand
Martin Guptill c Ahmed b Tanvir
Dean Brownlie c Akmal b Afridi
Kane Williamson b Irfan
Ross Taylor c Ahmed b Irfan
Corey Anderson c Akmal b Ali
Tom Latham not out
Extras: (4lb, 9w)
TOTAL: (for 5 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-81, 2-125, 3-188, 4-227, 5-299.
Bowling: Sohail Tanvir 10-0-75-1 (3w),
Mohammad Irfan 10-1-53-2 (2w), Anwar Ali 9-0-
50-1 (1w), Shahid Afridi 10-0-46-1 (1w), Haris
Sohail 8-0-47-0 (2w), Ahmed Shehzad 3-0-24-0.
Nasir Jamshed lbw b Anderson
Ahmed Shehzad b Henry
Younis Khan b Vettori
Mohammad Hafeez c Ronchi b Vettori
Haris Sohail c Latham b Vettori
Umar Akmal run out
Shahid Afridi c Ronchi b Milne
Sarfraz Ahmed c Ronchi b McClenaghan 18
Sohail Tanvir not out
Anwar Ali not out
Extras: (4b, 6lb, 5w, 1nb)
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-52, 3-59, 4-82, 5-172, 6-
238, 7-254, 8-261
Bowling: Matt Henry 10-0-68-1 (1w), Adam
Milne 10-2-39-1 (1w), Mitchell McClenaghan 10-
0-69-1 (1nb 2w), Corey Anderson 8-1-40-1,
Daniel Vettori 10-0-53-3 (1w), Kane Williamson
Toss: New Zealand.
Result: New Zealand won by 7 runs.
Series: Five-match series is level at 2-2.
Umpires: Shozab Raza, Pakistan, and Richard
TV umpire: Joel Wilson, West Indies.
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