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New Zealand resist late Pakistan fightback to complete 5-0 series whitewash

Martin Guptill clinched the man of the match and the man of the series awards
Martin Guptill clinched the man of the match and the man of the series awards

New Zealand 271-7 (Guptill 100) beat
Pakistan 256 (Henry 4-53) by 15 runs
Fifth One-Day International in Wellington

Martin Guptill scored a century while Matt Henry snared four wickets as New Zealand resisted a late fightback from Pakistan to win the fifth One-Day International in Wellington by 15 runs and complete a 5-0 series whitewash.

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New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Colin Munro (34) struck six boundaries in the first four overs while Martin Guptill (100) got off the mark with a six as the duo raced to a 52 run opening stand off just 35 deliveries.

Rumman Raees (3-67) got the breakthrough when he had Munro caught at mid on and that pegged back New Zealand's momentum a bit as they reached 66 runs in the first powerplay.

Guptill and Kane Williamson (22) added 49 runs for the second wicket as New Zealand reached the 100-run mark in the 17th over before a lapse in concentration saw the back of the Black Caps skipper. Guptill reached his fifty off 63 deliveries and at halfway mark, the home side were positioned 125 for two.

Faheem Ashraf (2-49) handed a reprieve to Guptill in the 34th over when he missed a direct hit and it proved costly as he and Taylor struck five boundaries in the next five overs. The 100-run stand between the duo came in the 40th over and New Zealand looked solid with a score of 205 for two.

Guptill completed a 125-ball century with a pull to deep midwicket but fell immediately after that and Pakistan made a strong comeback with four wickets in a span of three overs. Ashraf had Taylor and Tom Latham (2) dismissed while Raees accounted for Henry Nicholls (1) and Mitchell Santner (1) was run out.

New Zealand managed 66 runs in the final 10 overs and lost five wickets as they went on to post 271 for seven in the 50 overs.

In the chase, Pakistan were handed early blows from Henry (4-53) as he removed Fakhar Zaman (12), Umar Amin (2) and Babar Azam (10) in the first eight overs and were reduced to 31 for three.

With Mohammad Hafeez (6) and Sarfraz Ahmed (3) also dismissed cheaply, Pakistan looked down and out before Haris Sohail (63) and Shadab Khan (54) put on a brave fight with a 105-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Both batsmen went past their respective half-centuries as Pakistan had their hopes renewed but a double strike from Santner (3-40) dismissed both Shadab and Sohail but a valiant contribution from the lower order Ashraf (23), Aamer Yamin (32 not out) and Mohammad Nawaz (23) brought the target down to 37 runs off the final four overs.

However, New Zealand did well to hold on to a 15-run lead that saw them complete a 5-0 series victory. Guptill was named the player of the match as well as the man of the series.

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