Pakistan blast 364 in big win over New Zealand

(Reuters) – Pakistan smashed their third highest one-day total of 364 in a crushing 147-run win over New Zealand to move 2-1 up in the five-match series yesterday.

Ahmed Shehzad notched an intelligent 113 for his sixth one-day ton and stand-in captain Shahid Afridi bludgeoned a trademark 55 off 26 balls to propel Pakistan to the best ODI score seen in Sharjah in 218 matches, and with three wickets to spare.

Afridi was back in charge with Misbah-ul-Haq out injured and although his innings was full of his usual array of crunching shots, Pakistan also showed a rare ability to nurdle singles at almost every opportunity and cut out the silly strokes.

Only Nathan McCullum went for less than six an over for New Zealand, although Matt Henry took three wickets, and their reply of 217 all out with the bat was equally ineffective as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

They were never in the running to match Pakistan’s mammoth total although in-form captain Kane Williamson, who starred in the Black Caps’ win in Friday’s second ODI, again put up a fight with a brisk 46 before being caught and bowled by Haris Sohail.

The fourth and fifth matches takes place in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Friday as the sides continue their build up for February and March’s World Cup in Australia.

Scoreboard

Pakistan Innings
M. Hafeez c Ronchi b Anderson                                    33
A. Shehzad c Williamson b Henry                               113
Y. Khan c Anderson b N. McCullum                              35
A. Shafiq b Henry                                                                  23
S. Afridi c Williamson b McClenaghan                         55
H. Sohail c Williamson b Henry                                      39
U. Akmal run out (Guptill)                                                 0
S. Ahmed not out                                                                 30
S. Tanvir not out                                                                  17
Extras (lb-5 nb-3 w-11)                                                      19
Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs)                                      364
Fall of wickets: 1-63 M. Hafeez,2-133 Y. Khan,3-210 A. Shehzad,4-210 A. Shafiq,5-299 H. Sohail,6-300 U. Akmal,7-313 S. Afridi
Did not bat: W. Riaz, M. Irfan
Bowling M. Henry 9.5 – 0 – 82 – 3(nb-2 w-2) M. McClenaghan 10 – 0 – 69 – 1(w-1) C. Anderson 10 – 0 – 96 – 1(w-5) J. Neesham 9.1 – 0 – 57 – 0(nb-1 w-1) N. McCullum 10 – 0 – 49 – 1(w-1) A. Devcich 1 – 0 – 6 – 0
New Zealand Innings
M. Guptill c Afridi b Irfan                                                 12
A. Devcich c S. Ahmed b Irfan                                        0
K. Williamson c&b Sohail                                               46
R. Taylor b Afridi                                                              31
T. Latham c Riaz b Shehzad                                          34
C. Anderson c Afridi b Riaz                                          19
L. Ronchi b Afridi                                                            41
J. Neesham c Riaz b Sohail                                             2
N. McCullum c Y. Khan b Sohail                                15
M. Henry b Afridi                                                               1
M. McClenaghan not out                                                6
Extras (lb-5 w-5)                                                             10
Total (all out, 38.2 overs)                                          217 
Fall of wickets: 1-5 A. Devcich,2-21 M. Guptill,3-66 R. Taylor,4-115 K. Williamson,5-139 C. Anderson,6-158 T. Latham,7-162 J. Neesham,8-196 N. McCullum,9-200 M. Henry,10-217 L. Ronchi
Bowling S. Tanvir 5 – 0 – 20 – 0(w-2) M. Irfan 6 – 0 – 26 – 2(w-2) W. Riaz 8 – 0 – 62 – 1(w-1) S. Afridi 9.2 – 0 – 37 – 3 H. Sohail 7 – 0 – 45 – 3 A. Shehzad 3 – 0 – 22 – 1
Referees Umpire: Shozab Raza
Umpire: Joel Wilson
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama
Result: Pakistan won by 147 runs

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