Collin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, Hamilton, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Hafeez,
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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:

https://twitter.com/vanillawallah/status/953176094550749189

https://twitter.com/SHUBH_AD/status/953175859917029376

https://twitter.com/vanillawallah/status/953172232641138688

https://twitter.com/NorwegianDave/status/953169318929453058

 

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor