In the fourth of the five-match One-day International series, Colin de Grandhomme flexed the muscles on his return and blasted 40-ball 74 – to thump Pakistan in Hamilton on Tuesday (January 16).
The 31-year-old Harare-born right-handed batsman de Grandhomme played a blinder which further saw the 26-year-old left-handed batsman Henry Nicholls scoring 70-ball 52 handing an easy five-wicket win with 25 balls to spare for the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand.
Moreover, it was Grandhomme’s first fifty which further saw him changing the complexion of the game while scoring at the strike-rate of 185.Interestingly, Grandhomme’s fifty is fastest by any Kiwis batter since 2011 when Jesse Ryder took 31 balls for his half-century.
However, the powerful striker of the ball Grandhomme brought up his fifty in 25 balls in the 50-over format.
The Black Caps chased down the target of 263 in 45.5 overs, as de Grandhomme smashed seven boundaries and five sixes in his sensational knock which subsequently blown away the Men in Green.
Pakistan teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan bagged three wickets after conceding 42 runs in 10 overs. Haris Sohail and Rumman Raees bagged wicket apiece.
However, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Faheem Ashraf went wicketless.
Earlier, Pakistan was into the game even after the Kiwis opener put up 88 on the board in 14 overs which further saw the hosts lost four wickets when the score was 99 in 19.4 overs.
Explosive opener Colin Munro smashed 56 off 42 balls and Martin Guptill post 49-ball 31.
However, skipper Kane Williamson faced 54 balls for his 32 runs.
Ross Taylor was dismissed on one and gloveman Tom Latham faced 16 balls for his eight.
Earlier, Pakistan batted first and went on to post 262 runs.
Opening batsman Fakhar Zaman scored 75-ball 54 which saw his innings was comprised of seven boundaries and a six, as Haris Sohail went on to post 74-ball 50 before skipper Sarfraz Ahmed smashed 46-ball 51.
However, Pakistan’s innings was accelerated by Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 81 off 80 balls.
The right-handed Hafeez started off his innings cautiously which further saw him going after Trent Boult in the final over.
For Kiwis, pace spearhead Tim Southee bagged three wickets after conceding 44 runs in his eight overs.
To much of our interest, Williamson bagged two scalps after conceding 32 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Boult went for 73 runs for a wicket alongside left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner who bowled Zaman. He gave away 43 runs in 10 overs.
Following the incredible show with the bat from Colin de Grandhomme this is how the Twittersphere has reacted which further saw one of the users posing a question regarding his bat:
Colin de Grandhomme's 50 off 25 balls is the fastest 50 by any New Zealand batsman against Pakistan in ODIs. Previous: 31 balls by Jesse Ryder in 2011. #NZvPak
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 16, 2018
What a knock by Colin de Grandhomme!
His first ODI 50 coming from just 25 balls and right when his team needed him! Equation now 36 runs from 8 overs with 5 wickets, Nicholls is 41* #NZvPAK pic.twitter.com/nvuQZ9PDOY
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 16, 2018
Colin de Grandhomme, wow. pic.twitter.com/nrk9ubAKEO
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) January 16, 2018
You've got Jason Roy striking the ball like he did the other day. Then you've got Colin de Grandhomme today. These batsmen. Bet he could have levelled an entire army with some of those shots today. Unbelievable power-striking. Pakistan should try again in Wellington to get a win.
— Shanza (@RLNF1234) January 16, 2018
What a knock by Colin de Grandhomme #PakvNZ
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) January 16, 2018
Looks like Colin de Grandhomme got bored of watching Williamson and Nicholls's batting. #NZvPAK
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 16, 2018
— PTV Sports (@PTVSp0rts) January 16, 2018
— Sportzwiki (@sportzwiki) January 16, 2018
This is brilliant from Colin De Grandhomme. @BLACKCAPS had been shackled, and he’s come into a pressure situation and muscled them out of it
— Andrew Gourdie (@AndrewGourdie) January 16, 2018
Brutal innings from Colin de Grandhomme, our bowlers just look clueless & out of depth, starring down an embarrassing 5-0 whitewash.
— Osama. (@ashaqeens) January 16, 2018
Colin de Grandhomme is toying 'Self Proclaimed' World's best bowling unit, as if they're from Manipur#NZvsPAK
— Akshay Kanitkar (@akshaykanitkar) January 16, 2018
— Quetta Gladiators (@TeamQuetta) January 16, 2018
WOW !!! What an innings from Colin de Grandhomme #NZvPAK
— Brett Graham (@worldofBG) January 16, 2018
— Nigel Yalden 🇳🇿🎙 (@NigelYalden) January 16, 2018
I actually feel sorry for Pakistan.. bowling and fielding their hearts out .. then in strolls Colin de Grandhomme… https://t.co/cn8AvKTcyb
— Veitchy on Sport (@veitchynz) January 16, 2018
Colin de Grandhomme is going to be someone IPL franchises will look at very closely, clean striker of the ball, hits sixes for fun #cricket
— Chandresh Narayanan (@chand2579) January 16, 2018
Colin de Grandhomme playing innings of the series.
Clean, decisive hitting.#NZvPAK
— Kamran Muzaffer (@Krick3r) January 16, 2018
Colin de Grandhomme and Henry Nicholls added 109 runs from 10.5 overs at a run rate of 10.06 which is the 4th fastest century partnership for the 6th wicket in ODIs, the fastest for @BLACKCAPS and the fastest against Pakistan. #NZvWI #CricketStats pic.twitter.com/3ufb1VOTKN
— Shahzad Tirmizi Syed (@shahzadtirmizi) January 16, 2018
Colin de Grandhomme Innings is ideal example of how badly we missing such pinch hitter in lower order #NZvPAK
— Hassan 🇵🇸 (@Puff_Pastryy) January 16, 2018
Colin de Grandhomme you are raising a great deal of hope. #NZvsPAK
— Jarrod Gilbert (@JarrodGilbertNZ) January 16, 2018
Some end up like Colin de Grandhomme.
— C. S Chiwanza (@CSChiwanza) January 5, 2018
Damn Colin de Grandhomme is so gooood. Zim lost a big player here
— kuzcoBarbosa (@KuzivaChikwani) January 16, 2018
What a knock by Colin de Grandhomme. Which bat is he using 🤔
— Salman Khan (@salman_akhan) January 16, 2018