Ryder Ton Sets Up Consolation Victory

Ryder Ton Sets Up Consolation Victory
Ryder Ton Sets Up Consolation Victory
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New Zealand 311-7 (Ryder 107) beat
Pakistan 254 (Kamran Akmal 89) by 57 runs
Sixth One-Day International, Auckland

Jesse Ryder blazed his way to 107 in 93 balls to set up a consolation victory for New Zealand over Pakistan in the sixth and final One-Day International in Auckland.

New Zealand claimed a 57-run victory after scoring 311 for seven and then dismissing Pakistan, who claimed the series 3-2, for 254.

Ryder's brilliant innings included seven fours and six sixes and his supreme hitting set the home side up for a big score. Martin Guptill offered support with 44 as the Black Caps reverted to loading their top order with their big hitters.

Their strategy paid off when Scott Styris hit an unbeaten 58 in 44 balls and Nathan McCullum 65 in 50 balls in the latter stages of the innings to push them past 300.

After the early dismissal of Ahmed Shehzad (6) in Pakistan's reply, their hopes rested with Kamran Akmal, whose 89 represented a welcome return to form.

He faced 84 balls, hitting five fours and three sixes, before his dismissal, which left the score on 180 for six, all but ruled out any chance of victory.

Shahid Afridi (44 in 35 balls) and Sohail Tanvir (30) launched a late recovery but New Zealand were never seriously threatened thanks largley to Hamish Bennett's haul of four for 46 and James Franklin returning three for 50.

The two sides will meet again during the group stages of the World Cup, which gets underway on 19th February.

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