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Colin de Grandhomme blitz takes New Zealand to 4-0 lead

Colin de Grandhomme (left) scored an unbeaten 74 off 40 deliveries
Colin de Grandhomme (left) scored an unbeaten 74 off 40 deliveries

New Zealand 263-5 (de Grandhomme 74no) beat
Pakistan 262-8 (Hafeez 81) by five wickets
Fourth One-Day International in Hamilton

Colin de Grandhomme's return to the One-Day Internationals squad proved greatly expensive for the visitors as his unbeaten 74 of 40 balls fiery spectacle blew away Pakistan at Hamilton on Tuesday as New Zealand went 4-0 up the in five-match series.

The hosts were struggling at five down for 154 in the 35th over after skipper Kane Williamson's (32) departure with 109 runs required from 15 overs.

de Grandhomme joined Henry Nicholls (52 not out) as the duo added 109 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket stand in just 65 balls.

The all-rounder hammered five sixes and seven boundaries while reaching his maiden ODI fifty in just 25 balls. His partner on the other side continued to play at a steady pace and reached his fifty on the penultimate delivery of the match as the two safely cruised their side to a five-wicket win.

Martin Guptill (31) and Colin Munro (56) gave the hosts a steady start while chasing down a target of 263 runs but three quick wickets in a span of four overs left them struggling for a while.

Shadab Khan was the most impressive bowler for Pakistan as the leg-break bowler picked three wickets for just 42 runs in his 10 overs. Rumman Raees (1-59) and Haris Sohail (1-29) picked up a wicket each as the rest of the bowling line-up failed to make an impact.

Earlier in the match, Sarfraz Ahmed opted to bat first after winning the toss. But things didn't go as planned for the visitors when they lost Faheem Ashraf (1) and Babar Azam (3) early in their innings. However, Fakhar Zaman (54), Haris Sohail (50) and Mohammad Hafeez (81) steadied their innings with Ahmed's relatively quick 46-ball-51 helping them reach a respectable total.

Tim Southee (3-44) was the leading wicket taker for the Kiwis with Williamson (2-32) picking a couple with his part-time spin. Mitchell Santner (1-43) and Trent Boult (1-73) picked a wicket each with the later proving a tad bit expensive.

de Grandhomme was awarded the man-of-the-match award for his brisk knock.

The tournament now moves to Wellington for the final ODI on Friday with the visitors staring down the barrel of a white-wash.

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