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12-Dec-2014 20:30:00 GMT
Pakistan v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Sharjah

Williamson, Henry Lead New Zealand to Easy Win

Sharjah: Williamson and Devcich hits a fifty and Henry picked up 4-45 to help NZ chase down Pakistan's 252 with 24 balls remaining in Sharjah on Friday to level the series at 1-1.

Kane Williamson's assured unbeaten 70 guided New Zealand to a comfortable four-wicket win over Pakistan.

Chasing 253 for victory, New Zealand started well through a century opening partnership between Dean Brownlie (47) and Anton Devcich who made 58, his first limited-overs international half century.

But Brownlie fell to Shahid Afridi and Devcich was run out before Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Corey Anderson fell in quick succession to leave New Zealand struggling on 167 for five.

Williamson and Luke Ronchi (36) shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 58 to put the tourists back on course and the experienced Daniel Vettori (13 not out) helped steer his side to their target with four overs to spare.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez top-scored for Pakistan with 76, including a six and nine fours, as the hosts recovered from a poor start in which they slumped to 20 for three.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq then chipped in with 47 runs and Haris Sohail made 33 to lift their side to a respectable total of 252.

New Zealand seamer Matt Henry returned figures of four for 45 in his third one-day international.

The third game in the five-match series is in Sharjah on Sunday.

Earlier, Pakistan have won the toss and have opted to bat.

Pakistan have one change -- Umar Gul is not fit today, Sohail Tanvir replace him.

New Zealand got Corey Anderson and Matt Henry while Nathan McCullum and Jimmy Neesham left out.


Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt.), Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan

New Zealand: Dean Brownlie, Anton Devcich, Kane Williamson (Capt.), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan

Brief scores
Pakistan -
252 (Hafeez 76, Henry 4-45, McClenaghan 3-56)
New Zealand - 255/6 (Williamson 70*, Devcich 58, Sohail 3-48)
Result - New Zealand won by 4 wickets
MOM - Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

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