Pakistan fall seven runs short of victory

2014-12-18 00:00

PAKISTAN fell agonisingly short of winning the series as they lost by seven runs to New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Younis Khan notched up his seventh ODI ton — his first since 2008 — however, with his departure, the hosts still needed 46 off the final five overs, and Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne kept the pressure on to secure a series-levelling victory.

Earlier, skipper Kane Williamson hit a century to help steer New Zealand to 299/5.

The 24-year-old right-hander scored 123 off 105 balls while opener Martin Guptill made 58 after New Zealand won the toss and batted on a conducive batting strip at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Williamson added 44 for the second wicket with Guptill and another 63 for the third with Ross Taylor, who made 26 to raise hopes of a series-levelling win.

Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-1 after winning the first and third games.

Williamson, who scored an unbeaten 70 in New Zealand’s four-wicket win in the second match in Sharjah, pulled paceman Mohammad Irfan to deep square-leg for his ninth boundary to complete the three-figure mark off just 92 balls.

He was finally bowled by Irfan off the last delivery of the innings, hitting 12 boundaries and adding another 72 for the fifth wicket with Tom Latham (14 not out).

Williamson’s hundred was built on a fine start to the innings.

Guptill and Dean Brownlie had given a solid 81-run start before legspinner Shahid Afridi provided his team the breakthrough in the 17th over.

Guptill hit seven boundaries in his 78-ball knock before he was caught behind off paceman Sohail Tanveer.

Pakistan went ahead with the match despite calls to postpone it after a terrorist attack in Peshawar on Tuesday that left 148 people killed, 132 of them school pupils.

Both teams observed a two-minute silence and wore black armbands to mourn the tragedy.

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