Thursday 3 February 2011 

Shehzad Century Sets Up Series Win For Pakistan

Shehzad Century Sets Up Series Win For Pakistan
Shehzad Century Sets Up Series Win For Pakistan
© Action Images / Paul Harding
 

Pakistan 268-9 (Ahmed Shehzad 115) beat
New Zealand 227 (Taylor 69) by 41 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Hamilton

Ahmed Shehzad scored his maiden One-Day International century to set up a series-clinching 41-run win for Pakistan over New Zealand in the fifth match in Hamilton.

Shehzad made 115 in 109 balls as New Zealand posted 268 for nine and they then dismissed New Zealand for 227 inside 47 overs to move into an unassailable 3-1 lead in the six-game series.

Shehzad, who had never previously managed a half-century in an ODI, dominated Pakistan's innings, hitting 12 fours and three sixes as no other batsman could pass 32 - the score registered by Umar Akmal.

Two wickets apiece for Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram and Scott Styris kept New Zealand's chances alive before handy contributions from the lower order - Shahid Afridi making a quickfire 24 - helped Pakistan recover.

New Zealand then lost Jesse Ryder (0) and Jamie How (12) cheaply but when Martin Guptill, who made 65, and Ross Taylor, who hit 69, were putting on 59 for the third wicket, they looked in good shape.

However, Pakistan hit back with Wahab Riaz claiming three for 51 as New Zealand collapsed from 131 for three to 227 all out with a string of batsmen making starts but failing to go on.

Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi grabbed a pair of wickets apiece and despite New Zealand fielding a side that had Jacob Oram batting as low as number nine, their lengthy batting line-up was of no use to them as Pakistan produced the goods and added an ODI series win to their Test series win that they clinched earlier in the tour.

The final game is in Auckland on 5th February.

© Cricket World 2011

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