HAMILTON – All-rounder Collin de Grandhomme’s quick 74 helped New Zealand register the fourth consecutive win in the five-match ODI series against Pakistan.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first.
Green Shirts lost two early wickets of Faheem Ashraf and Babar Azam. But the fifties from Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail paved way for a respectable total.
After the fall of Fakhar, Haris and Malik one after the other, Mohammad Hafeez’s baton charge in the later part of the innings along with Sarfraz’s steady knock helped Pakistan post a fighting total of 262/8.
New Zealand’s Tim Southee took 3 wickets for 44 runs.
Kiwis started their chase cautiously, but Martin Guptill and Collin Munro soon began to stretch their arms. Pakistan were losing grip on the game before Shadab Khan removed Guptill (32) and Colling Munro (56).
Rumman Raees joined the party, removing Ross Taylor for just one, ruining his party. Ross was appearing in his 200th ODI game and a big crowd had arrived to cheer for him.
The game took another turn after captain Kane Williamson returned to the pavilion on the total of 32, leaving his team 154/5 in 35 overs. New Zealand still required 109 runs to win off 90 balls with just 5 wickets in hand.
This was when Collin de Grandhomme joined Nicholls (52*) in the middle. With his blistering inning of 74 runs out of 40 balls, he single-handedly swept away Pakistani bowling line, securing a comfortable five-wicket win.