New Zealand crush Pakistan to take Twenty20 series
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand wrapped up their Twenty20 cricket series against Pakistan with a match to spare when they blasted their way to a 39-run win in the second match here Tuesday.
Scott Styris and Peter McGlashan were the principal contributors to a 79-run onslaught in five overs which swung the match New Zealand's way in the second half of their innings of 185 for seven.
Pakistan made a valiant start to the run chase and were 58 for one after six overs before their batting was robbed of its impetus by the twin-spin attack in the middle eight overs.
Man-of-the-match Nathan McCullum took four for 16 off his four overs while debutant Luke Woodcock took none for 20 and at the close of their innings Pakistan were 146 for nine.
It was a good recovery for New Zealand who lost the toss, were sent in to bat on an unfavourable wicket and immediately lost opener Jesse Ryder on the first ball of the match.
But from then, the New Zealand were in control with Martin Guptill and James Franklin starring in a 90-run stand for the second wicket.
Guptill, who blazed 54 from 29 balls in the first match, compiled a brisk 44, including three sixes and three fours, from 28 deliveries while Franklin, newly promoted from six to three, made 44.
Both wickets fell in the space of five balls leaving Styris and then McGlashan to continue the initiative while skipper Ross Taylor anchored the other end. Styris, who came in at the fall of Franklin's wicket, clout- ed 34 off 14 balls and with his departure McGlashan combined a mixture of orthodox shots and reverse sweeps to belt 26 from 10 deliveries.
Taylor was unbeaten on 30 at the end of the innings while Saeed Ajmal returned the best figures for Pakistan with three for 35 off his four overs.
Mohammed Hafeez and Shahid Afridi made a fiery start to Pakistan's reply and raced to 24 off 11 balls before Kyle Mills was fortuitously rewarded for a rank full toss which Afridi missed and was bowled for seven. -Afp