Pakistan concedes series 0-2 against New Zealand


Napier: Pakistan cricket team conceded the two-match ODI series 0-2 against host New Zealand after being defeated massively by 119 runs in the second match here at Mclean Park on Tuesday.

Earlier Pakistan conceded seven-wicket defeat in the first match on January 31.

Chasing a mammoth target of 370 runs, Pakistan after a good start lost all of their wickets after scoring 250 runs in 43.1 overs.

Openers Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Hafeez gave Pakistan a fine start scoring 55 and 86 respectively with an opening partnership of 111 runs. Pakistan lost their first wicket in 21st over when Adam Milne took Shahzad’s wicket. Experienced Younis Khan then lost his wicket cheaply for 11 runs.

After scoring some runs with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, Hafeez also lost his wicket as Pakistan team score showed 173-3. Shahid Afridi, who played impressively in the first match, scored a paltry total of 11 runs.

After that, Pakistan’s wickets fell like house of cards, with only Sarfraz Ahmed (13 runs) reaching double figures. Captain Misbah lost his wicket after scoring 45 runs. Kiwis cheaply removed Umar Akmal (4), Haris Sohail (6), Bilawal Bhatti (9) and Ehsan Adil (1) to pull impressive victory. Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Nathan McCullum and Grant Elliot picked two wickets each.

Earlier, in New Zealand inning, centuries by batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped their team score 369-5.

Kane Williamson scored 112 runs from 88 balls whereas Ross Taylor remained unbeaten at 102 runs from 70 balls.

Opener Martin Guptill and Captain Brendon McCullum made 76 and 31 runs for their side respectively.

Pakistani bowlers continued their dismal show with the ball as they were hit to all the corners of the grounds.

Left arm pacer Mohammad Irfan took two wickets for his team in his 10 overs while conceding 52 runs whereas Ehsan Adil, Shahid Afridi and Ahmed Shehzad each took one wicket.

Bilawal Bhatti proved to be the most expensive as he conceded 93 runs from his 10 over without taking any wickets.