New Zealand Bully Pakistan Into Submission And Take Series
New Zealand 369-5 (Williamson 112) beat
Pakistan 250 (Hafeez 86) by 119 runs.
Second ODI, Napier
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored sublime centuries, en route a mammoth total of 369, that gave New Zealand a comfortable 119-run win over Pakistan in the second One-Day International in Napier.
As Pakistan were dismissed for 250, New Zealand walk into the World Cup with their collars turned up, everything falling into place and everyone developing some sort of form.
New Zealand scored 369 for five at McLean Park, batting first.
Brendon McCullum (31) gave them a breezy start, before Williamson (112) and Martin Guptill (76) put on 128-run partnership for the second wicket.
Guptill was eventually dismissed for 76 by part-timer Ahmed Shehzad (1-29).
Williamson added another 79 runs with Taylor (102 not out), who spanked 13 fours and two sixes, ensuring New Zealand batted Pakistan out of the game.
For the tourists, Mohammad Irfan was yet again the pick of the bowlers with two for 52 in his allocated 10 overs. Bilawal Bhatti had a nightmarish match, leaking 93 runs in his 10 overs.
Pakistan’s chase got off on a solid note, although with the asking rate above seven-per-over right at the beginning meant they were always up against a herculean task.
Mohammad Hafeez (86), who could end up playing as a specialist batsman because of his suspect action, showed his value and class, stroking a run-a-ball 86, putting on 111 with Shehzad (55), who stroked a fluent half-century himself.
Younis Khan (11) failed and so did Shahid Afridi (11), snared by Daniel Vettori (1-41), leaving Misbah-ul-Haq (45) yet again with the resurrection work.
Eventually Misbah ran out of partners and was the ninth wicket to fall as Pakistan were bundled out for 250, losing the game by 119 runs.
For the New Zealand, Trent Boult (1-35) and Vettori bowled tight spells with economy rates under five, ensuring Pakistan never got away from the leash at any point of time.
Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Nathan McCullum and Grant Elliott picked two wickets each.
New Zealand have therefore whitewashed Pakistan in the two- match series, topping off what was a fine run-up to their World Cup campaign.
Pakistan, meanwhile have quite a few problems to fix before their first crucial encounter against arch-rivals India.
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