The fourth ODI between Kiwis and Pakistan played at McLean Park, Napier went into the kitty of visitor as they chased down the total of 262 set the Black caps in 49 over only with two wickets in their hand.
It was Misbah-ul-Haque who made his career best unbeaten 93 who steered Pakistan to a two wicket win over New Zealand and gave Pakistan a 2-1 lead in the six match series.
After a good start provided by Mohammed Hafeez and Shahzad, Pakistan at one stage began toiling at 84 for 3 but the situation was brought under control when Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haque played a sensible inning sharing 89 runs for the fourth wicket.
Younis was run out for 42 after he slipped over and New Zealand had a sniff as the lights and dew took effect.
However, the Power play resulted in immediate wickets: Umar holed out to extra cover and Shahid Afridi was trapped in front. With Pakistan at198 for 6, New Zealand was back in it.
The match swung again in the next over as Abdul Razzaq clubbed a mighty six, and Misbah calmly picked off two effortless, wristy boundaries as Tim Southee went for 17.
Razzaq and Riaz too went in quick succession but ultimately Sohail’s quick three boundaries got the match in Pakistan’s kitty.
Earlier today, England top and middle order were again a failure and the lower middle order worked hard enough to get strong enough total.
Misbah-ul-Haq got the ‘Man of The Match’ award for his splendid batting.Share
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