New Zealand beats Pak­istan to seal se­ries vic­tory

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New Zealand's Kane Wil­liamson and Martin Gup­till shared a record part­ner­ship as the Black Caps beat Pak­istan by three wick­ets with two balls to spare on Sun­day, tak­ing the one-day se­ries 2-0. Pak­istan be­gan strongly bat­ting first and looked set for a score over 300 but fal­tered late and was bowled out for 290 with 15 balls re­main­ing in its in­nings.

In re­ply, Wil­liamson made 84 and Gupil 82 in a 159-run part­ner­ship for the se­cond wicket ? a record for New Zealand in one-day games ? as the home side seem­ingly cruised to­wards vic­tory at 210-5 in the 36th over.

A heavy rain shower in­ter­rupted play for an hour, with the Duck­worth-Lewis rule set­ting New Zealand a re­vised tar­get of 263 from 43 overs; ef­fec­tively 53 runs from 45 balls af­ter the re­sump­tion. Corey An­der­son was bat­ting with out-of-form wick­et­keeper Luke Ronchi af­ter Grant El­liott was dis­missed by the be­fore the rain.

It fell to An­der­son to de­cide the match and he blasted 35 from 29 balls in a key, and for­tu­nate, con­tri­bu­tion. When on 17, and with the match still in the bal­ance, he clearly edged a ball from Ra­hat Ali to wick­et­keeper Sar­fraz Ahmed and should have been out with New Zealand still need­ing 38 runs from 26 balls.

But um­pire Billy Bow­den judged An­der­son not out and Pak­istan had al­ready used up its one ap­peal un­der the De­ci­sion Re­view Sys­tem.

An­der­son struck two sixes from the next two balls from Ra­hat to sub­stan­tially re­duce the equa­tion. He fell with seven runs still re­quired and two fresh bats­men ? Mitchell Sant­ner and Adam Milne ? at the crease. New Zealand needed six runs from the last over and Sant­ner blud­geoned the first ball through cover for four.

But he played and missed at the next two balls with rash strokes be­fore strik­ing the fourth ball from Wa­hab Riaz to the bound­ary to win it.

"It was a re­ally good game of cricket," said cap­tain Bren­don McCul­lum, who re­turned to the New Zealand side af­ter a month-long lay­off with a back in­jury. "We were un­der a lot of pres­sure when we had the ball in hand and at one stage the Pak­istan boys were look­ing at scor­ing about 340 or 350," he added. "The way we closed off our bowl­ing dis­play let us take some mo­men­tum into our bat­ting. "Then an­other won­der­ful part­ner­ship from Kane and Martin and af­ter that it came down to a cou­ple of mo­ments and we got a lit­tle bit of luck in one of those mo­ments," said the ex­plo­sive bats­man.

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