WELLINGTON: Martin Guptill scored a century as Pakistan restricted New Zealand to a modest 271 for seven in the fifth one-day worldwide (ODI) right here on Friday.
Pakistan prime order, nevertheless, stumbled but once more as the Green Shirts misplaced three fast wickets to pacer Matt Henry, with Umar Amin dismissed at 2, Fakhar Zaman at 12 and the struggling Babar Azam at 10.
Pakistan misplaced their fourth wicket at 52, when Mohammad Hafeez was dismissed for six. Sarfraz Ahmed was out at three, leaving the staff at 57-5.
Haris Sohail and Shadab Khan anchored Pakistan’s innings, stopping yet one more embarrassing collapse. But their resisting stand was damaged by spinner Mitchell Santner, who dismissed Haris for 63 and Shadab for 54.
Guptill and Colin Munro gave the hosts a flying begin earlier than Rumman Raees helped spark a mini-collapse that put the brakes on New Zealand’s scoring.
Rumman’s three for 67 saved the New Zealand complete inside attain for Pakistan — presently at Four-Zero up — as they search to keep away from a 5-0 sequence whitewash.
Pakistan had been aggressive in their final outing — a five-wicket loss in Hamilton.
“It’s a used pitch and, hopefully, it’s better to start with then maybe slows up a little bit,” captain Kane Williamson stated.
Munro racked up 34 from 24 balls to get the Black Caps out of the blocks earlier than edging to Mohammad Nawaz.
While Munro’s departure slowed the run fee, Guptill was content material to steadily accumulate.
He had a life on 72 when he slipped over mid-wicket and Faheem Ashraf missed the stumps as the batsman scrambled again to the crease on his arms and knees.
It gave his innings higher urgency and he introduced up his 13th ODI century off 125 balls, together with 10 fours and a six.
After an irritating morning, Pakistan’s assault loved some late success after they took 4 wickets for 12 runs.
“We had some good performances and hopefully we’ll play well and win this game,” skipper Sarfraz Ahmed stated.
Guptill was dismissed quickly after he reached triple figures and Faheem clean-bowled Ross Taylor to finish a threatening knock on 59.
Colin de Grandhomme provided some resistance with an unbeaten 29 off 21 balls however Pakistan will again their probabilities of reaching the goal of 272 in the small boundaries on the Basin Reserve.
New Zealand rested paceman Trent Boult, calling up Matt Henry as a substitute.
Pakistan, then again, made three adjustments, with Umar Amin opening the batting, Mohammad Nawaz added to the bowling assault, and allrounder Aamer Yamin changing the injured Shoaib Malik.
Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali are additionally not a part of the match.
Kane Williamson (Captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry.
Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Umar Amin, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Aamer Yamin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Rumman Raees.
Chris Brown (NZL), Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Richie Richardson (WIS)