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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pakistan clinch thriller in fourth ODI

Pakistan clinch thriller in fourth ODI
Riding on a match-winning knock of 93 not out by Misbah ul-Haq, Pakistan clinched the fourth ODI by two wickets at Napier to take a 2-1 lead.

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The Kiwis posted 262 for the loss of seven wickets against Pakistan in Napier.
With the six-match series tied at 1-1, the Black Caps aimed to take the initiative when opting to bat first, but Pakistan silenced the home crowd by claiming five wickets inside the first 25 overs.

Franklin - a last-minute replacement for the injured Jesse Ryder - managed 62 off 75 balls triggering a spate of game-saving lower-order partnerships while McCullum led a late surge with his unbeaten 53 to give the hosts a competitive total.

Paceman Wahab Riaz ended the innings with figures of three for 51 having received ample support from Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Hafeez and skipper Shahid Afridi who grabbed a wicket each.

Openers Martin Guptill and Jamie How were looking to build on a good start for New Zealand with some blistering boundary shots to race away to 40, but it proved to be a false dawn.

Pakistan ripped through the top order in the next three overs to send back Guptill for 21, How for 13 and Ross Taylor for four with Riaz claiming two scalps around Razzaq's wicket.

The hosts were unable to settle down and that showed in their running as well when a communication breakdown led to Scott Styris (11) being run out at the non-striker's end. Mohammad Hafeez was the next Pakistan bowler to celebrate a wicket, as Kane Williamson's (15) attempted shot over midwicket only gave Younis Khan his third catch of the day.

Franklin and Brendon McCullum then managed a steady spell with the bat for New Zealand, with the sixth-wicket stand even crossing 50, but Riaz removed the latter after his quickfire 37.

Franklin proved to be a face saver for the hosts, smashing three boundaries off Sohail Tanvir to reach his fifty, but Afridi ended his run - and the 64 run stand he had built with Nathan - forcing the pull shot for a catch by Riaz at backward square leg.

Nathan blasted five boundaries and a six during his 58-ball innings as he and captain Daniel Vettori (13 not out) held a 57-run stand to see New Zealand safely through to the end of 50 overs.
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