New Zealand Hit Back With Four-Wicket Win
New Zealand 255-6 (Williamson 70no) beat
Pakistan 252 (M. Hafeez 76) by four wickets
Second One-Day International, Sharjah
New Zealand levelled their five-match One-Day International series against Pakistan by scoring a four-wicket win in the second match in Sharjah.
Bouncing back immediately from Pakistan's three-wicket win in the opening match, this time New Zealand successfully chased down a target, reaching a score of 255 to win in 46 overs.
Spinners Shahid Afridi and Haris Sohail shared five wickets but New Zealand got home with four overs to spare.
Although Hafeez started well for Pakistan, and would go on to make 76 in 92 balls, Henry (4-45) and Mitchell McClenaghan (3-56) reduced Pakistan to 20 for three as they dismissed Ahmed Shehzad (0), Younus Khan (6) and Asad Shafiq (1) cheaply.
Hafeez put on 77 with Sohail for the fourth wicket and Misbah helped him add another 65 for the fifth to get Pakistan back on track, Sohail making 33 and Misbah 47.
Henry returned to have Hafeez caught by Tom Latham and some hitting from the lower order, notably 27 in 14 balls from Afridi and 14 in 10 from Sohail Tanvir steered Pakistan to a score of 252 before they were bowled out with nine balls unused.
Adam Milne (2-53) and Corey Anderson (1-35) were the other wicket-takers for New Zealand.
In reply, New Zealand produced an excellent start as openers Dean Brownlie (47) and Devcich put on 103 together for the first wicket.
Both fell in quick succession, however, with Brownlie bowled by Afridi and Devcich run out by Hafeez to put their side under some pressure.
And while Williamson, who faced 91 balls in all, stayed cool, Sohail's captures of Ross Taylor for two, Latham for three and Anderson for 10, reduced New Zealand to 167 for five and briefly brought Pakistan back into the game.
At that point Williamson joined forces with Luke Ronchi and they steered their team to 225 before Ronchi was caught by Tanvir off Afridi for 36 in 32 balls.
Their 58-run partnership had taken their side to the brink of victory and with the cool head of Daniel Vettori (13 not out) accompanying Williamson at the end, they got there comfortably in the end.
The third game, also in Sharjah, is on Sunday 14th December.
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