Last Update on: January 9th, 2019 at 11:17 pm
In the fifth and final One-day International at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Friday, the hosts New Zealand register a 15-run win over hapless Pakistan and to eventually clean sweep the series 5-0 against visitors following the incredible all-round show which subsequently saw Martin Guptill blasting a hundred before fast bowler Matt Henry piling-up the miseries for Men in Green batters.
While chasing the target of 272, Pakistan was bundled out on 256 in 49 overs following some resistance from the lower-order batsmen alongside middle-order promising batsman Haris Sohail, who scored 63 off 87 balls.
At one stage, Pakistan was reeling at 57 for five in 17 overs.
The Black Caps camp was jubilant when Rumman Raees (5 off 6) was caught by Lockie Ferguson on the bowling of Matt Henry.
For the sixth-wicket Sohail alongside Shadab Khan forged the 105-run stand which gave some rare hope to Pakistan.
Shadad scored 77-ball 54, Faheem Ashraf faced 15 balls for his 23 and Mohammad Nawaz put 12-ball 23 on the board.
However, Aamer Yamin remained unbeaten on 32 off 27 balls as his innings included three boundaries and a six.
The 26-year-old Henry had some serious things on an offer which simultaneously saw him holding onto his line and the length and bagged four wickets in his quota of 10 overs after giving away 53 runs.
On the other side, the left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner was at the job again which saw him picking up three wickets after conceding 49 runs.
Lockie Ferguson settled with two wickets and Colin de Grandhomme bagged the prized scalp of skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (3 off 8).
Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first which saw the hosts put up 271 for seven on the board in 50 allotted overs.
The opening stand between Colin Munro and Guptill saw the Kiwis post 52 in 5.5 overs before the explosive opener Guptill registered prolific hundred.
The right-handed batsman Guptill faced 126 balls for his 100 which included 10 boundaries and a solitary six.
Middle-order batsman Ross Taylor scored 59 off 73 balls and Munro managed 24-ball 34 runs.
The top-order batsman Williamson scored 22 off 36 balls and Colin de Grandhomme remained unbeaten on 21 off 29 balls alongside Tim Southee (14 off 11).
Raees claimed three wickets after conceding 67 runs in 60 balls, as Faheem Ashraf claimed two wickets and Aamer Yamin dismissed the opponent skipper Williamson.
The three-match Twenty20 International series is slated to kick off on January 22 (Monday) at Wellington Regional Stadium and it will culminate with the final T20I at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 28 (Sunday).
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