Misbah Holds Nerve To Hand Pakistan Victory

Misbah Holds Nerve To Hand Pakistan Victory
Misbah Holds Nerve To Hand Pakistan Victory
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Pakistan 264-8 (Misbah-ul-Haq 93no) beat
New Zealand 262-7 (Franklin 62) by two wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Napier

Misbah-ul-Haq's calm and collected unbeaten 93 guided Pakistan to a two-wicket victory over New Zealand in the fourth One-Day International in Napier.

Pakistan overhauled New Zealand's score of 262 for seven with an over to spare with Misbah holding the innings together as wickets tumbled at the other end.

Their run chase had been given a fine start by Ahmed Shehzad, who made 42 and then a partnership of 89 between Misbah and Younus Khan (42) put Pakistan in a commanding position.

However, from 173 for three, they slipped to 238 for seven and it needed cameos of 23 in 18 balls from Abdul Razzaq and an unbeaten 14 in six from Sohail Tanvir to get them back on track.

Misbah remained unbeaten having faced 91 deliveries and hit seven fours and a six to continue his outstanding run of form in New Zealand.

Scott Styris returned three for 40 while Hamish Bennett and Daniel Vettori grabbed two wickets apiece before Pakistan took victory.

New Zealand's score was built around the lower-order as half-centuries from James Franklin (62) and Nathan McCullum (53 not out) saw them post a competitive total.

Wahab Riaz returned three for 51 to limit the home side while Razzaq, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi took a wicket apiece.

Pakistan now lead the six-match series 2-1 with the fifth game taking place on 3rd February in Hamilton.

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