Black Caps overwhelm Pakistan in Napier

by admin on July 30th, 2019

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New Zealand have banked two thumping wins over Pakistan heading into the World Cup following a 119-run rout in the second One-Day International in Napier.


In the last official ODI for both teams before the tournament begins next week, New Zealand accrued a mammoth 369-5 before dismissing the tourists for 250 in 43.1 overs.

Rapid centuries to Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped build the Black Caps’ fifth-largest score.

Pakistan maintained a slim chance of chasing it down on a flat McLean Park pitch when Mohammad Hafeez (86) and Ahmed Shehzad (55) put on 111 for the opening stand.

However, they capitulated as the required run rate grew, losing steady wickets with only captain Misbah-ul-Haq (45) getting past 13.

Daniel Vettori (1-41 off 10 overs) was at his miserly best, removing danger man Shahid Afridi cheaply, while fellow-spinner Nathan McCullum and seamers Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Grant Elliott all bagged two wickets in a cohesive attack.

Following a seven-wicket loss in Wellington on Saturday, Pakistan’s stocks sunk lower on Tuesday, including news that frontline pace bowler Junaid Khan has been ruled out of the World Cup after failing a fitness test on a thigh injury.

Apart from towering paceman Mohammad Irfan (2-52), their bowlers were picked off with ease, firstly by openers Martin Guptill (76) and Brendon McCullum (31) and then by Williamson (112 off 88 balls) and Taylor (102 not out off 70).

Williamson enhanced his world class reputation while Taylor’s rollicking knock finished with 10 runs off the last two balls of the innings to reach the 100th ODI century by a New Zealander.

It was a 12th ton for Taylor and the sixth for Williamson, who has scored 1014 runs from his last 16 innings at an average of 67.6.

Captain McCullum says his team improved on their 4-2 win over Sri Lanka last month.

“You have to be happy with where we’re at. We’ve played probably a couple of perfect games,” he said.

“We’ve had an outstanding schedule in our conditions, it’s the ideal World Cup preparation for us so there’s no excuses.

“The challenge is to maintain that freshness and momentum that we’ve built up over the last little while.”

Counterpart Misbah has overseen four losses in New Zealand, including setbacks in two warm-ups against an invitation team.

He says his team’s batting is seriously underdone while their bowling at the death needs considerable improvement.

“It was really tough work, I think we’re nowhere near our best, he said.”

New Zealand play unofficial warm-up games against Zimbabwe and South Africa in Christchurch next week before hosting the World Cup opener against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on February 14.

Pakistan play their first game against India in Adelaide a day later.

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