Williamson Steers New Zealand To 3-2 ODI Series Win
New Zealand 275-4 (Williamson 97) beat
Pakistan 207 (Sohail 65, Henry 5-30) by 68 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Abu Dhabi
Kane Williamson marshaled his troops towards a stellar 68-run victory in Abu Dhabi as New Zealand grabbed the ODI series 3-2.
It was a commanding performance by the visitors as they never really allowed Pakistan to get on top of the game.
After opting to bat first, New Zealand managed to put a stiff total of 275 runs at the cost of four wickets in 50 overs.
Kane Williamson (97) re-iteratively continued to lead the way with the bat as Ross Taylor (88) continued his recent good run in the ODI's.
After losing Martin Guptill (8) early in the third over, Dean Brownlie (34) and Kane Williamson stabilized the New Zealand innings with a crucial 66-run partnership for the second wicket.
Brownlie was trapped LBW by Zulfiqar Babar as in-form Ross Taylor joined his skipper for a compelling 116-run partnership for the third wicket.
Although the duo did not score at a brisk pace, they assembled an ideal platform for the lower order to take the attack against Pakistan.
Luke Ronchi (16) and Tom Latham (22) played decisive cameos in the end to help New Zealand pose a daunting 276-run target on a sluggish track.
Pakistan got off to a disastrous start as Nasir Jamshed (0) was trapped LBW by Matt Henry.
Thereafter, Pakistan kept on losing frequent wickets as Matt Henry dismissed Younus Khan (12) and Anton Devcich picked Asad Shafiq (7).
Haris Sohail (65) was the lone batsman to fetch a 50-plus score as the rest of the Pakistan batting-lineup failed to employ themselves under constantly rising pressure by the New Zealand bowlers.
Matt Henry (5-30) was awarded man of the match award for his scintillating performance with the ball with skipper Kane Williamson deservingly bagging the man of the series award.
With this ODI series win, the Black Caps have precisely demonstrated themselves as one of the contenders for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will be distinctly getting ready for a thorough introspection of the team's inadequate performance.
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