NZ beats Pakistan by 57 runs in sixth ODI


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Auckland, Feb 5 (AP) Jesse Ryder hit six sixes in aninnings of 107 and Hamish Bennett took 4-46 to spur NewZealand to a 57-run win within the sixth one-day internationaltoday.

Pakistan gained the collection 3-2 – the second match was washedout – however New Zealand gained worthwhile confidence forward of thismonth”s World Cup with solely it”s second win in its previous 16accomplished one-dayers.

New Zealand made 311-7 batting first, helped by Ryder”ssecond century in one-day internationals and a blazing 120-runstand between half century-makers Scott Styris and NathanMcCullum.

Pakistan misplaced early wickets in its run chase and was allout for 254 in 44.1 overs with Kamran Akmal top-scoring with89.

Ryder, batting No. Three after Brendon McCullum was promotedto open, reached his century from 82 balls, holding togetherthe New Zealand innings after Pakistan had gained the toss andbowled. New Zealand”s innings briefly flagged after Ryder wasout within the 36th over, producing solely 50 runs within the subsequent 10overs.

“It was good to get a couple of out of the center of the battoday,” Ryder stated. “I used to be dropped down to a few (in thebatting order) but it surely was an excellent place to get runs and itturned out to be an excellent day for me.”

Styris and McCullum regained the misplaced momentum in anoutstanding partnership for the sixth wicket which ended whenMcCullum was out to the second-to-last ball of the innings.

McCullum made 65 from 50 balls with seven fours and threesixes and Styris was left 58 not out from 44 balls afterrunning out Kyle Mills from the ultimate ball.

New Zealand was 240-5 when the powerplay started, lookingunlikely to achieve 300, however McCullum and Styris reworked theinnings, battering 11 runs from the primary powerplay over, 13from the second, 19 from the third and 14 from the fourth andfifth.

Shahid Afridi, who was confirmed yesterday as Pakistan”sWorld Cup captain – profitable that position forward of take a look at captainMisbah ul-Haq who was omitted from right this moment”s lineup – employedunusual bowling and fielding combos throughout thepowerplay. (MORE) AP SNK