About the Match
The Kiwis overcame Pakistan’s fight back in the 4th ODI and won the game by 5 wickets with 25 balls remaining to make it 4-0; the two teams will take on each other in the 5th ODI at Wellington on 19th January. Pakistan posted 262 runs batting first and caused some upsets while defending the total, but the hosts conquered the target in the end to win the contest. The visitors have lost the series but will try to earn redemption with a face-saving win in the last ODI.
Speedsters Tim Southee and Trent Boult are in good form, and they took 4 wickets between them to restrict Pakistan to 262; spinners Mitchell Santner and Kane Williamson also took 3 wickets between them and they bring depth to the attack. Later, the batting line-up put up a strong fight, with players like Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls posting well-made half centuries and Colin de Grandhomme smashing a spectacular 74 off 40 to steer the team across the finish line with 25 overs to spare. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson kept the scoreboard ticking by scoring 30+ runs each and are in good form.
Batting first in the 3rd ODI, they were stifled by the Pakistani bowlers and they posted 257 getting all-out in 50 overs. Kane Williamson led from the front, scoring 73 off 101, while Ross Taylor and Guptill contributed with 52 and 45 runs respectively. Tom Latham scored a run-a-ball 35 but others down the line crumbled under pressure. The bowlers, however, did well to defend the total with Boult taking a stupendous 5-17 that stunned the visitors. Munro and Ferguson took 2 wickets each and they won the match by a whopping 183 runs.
New Zealand has proved to be a tough nut to crack with an in-form pace and top-order batting line-up; having won the series already, they will play without any pressure and could win again here.
Mohammad Hafeez bounced back to form, scoring a well-made 81 off 80 to take the total to 262 batting first in the 4th ODI; Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail and captain Sarfraz Ahmed posted well-made half centuries and they could do well again to help their team post a stiff challenge to the hosts here. Spinner Shadab Khan dismissed 3-42 to cause upset to the Kiwis’ chase while pacer Rumman Raees and spinner Haris Sohail took a wicket each but they couldn’t stop the hosts from winning the match.
In the 3rd ODI, they failed to chase 257 runs after the top-order collapsed like a pack of cards. Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez were duck-out while Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam were out on single digits. Others down the line also couldn’t build partnerships and they were all-out for a measly 74. Earlier, pacers Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali took 3 wickets apiece while spinner Shadab Khan took 2 wickets to contain the hosts.
Pakistan has suffered a humiliating series loss after being unable to win a single game; they have good resources and could try to make a much-needed comeback here.
The Pakistani batsmen seem to have their foothold and they could put their best foot forward on Friday; however, we feel that New Zealand with their powerful pace will leave no stone unturned to register a 5-0 whitewash.