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New Zealand won by 7 runs.

Pakistan vs New Zealand

Kiwis squeeze to series win

Last-wicket heroics in vain as Pakistan fall seven runs short

McCullum's quickfire 76 proved the difference in Abu Dhabi

Third One Day International
Abu Dhabi
New Zealand 211 (B B McCullum 76, Saeed Ajmal 4-33) v Pakistan 204 (Mohammad Aamer 73 no)
New Zealand beat Pakistan by 7 runs

New Zealand have won the one-day series against Pakistan 2-1 despite a sensational 103-run partnership from tail-enders Mohammed Aamer and Saeed Ajmal in Abu Dhabi.

The pair combined in the middle with Pakistan in total disarray on 101-9 before taking their team within eight runs of the 212 they required for victory.

Aamer struck a career-best 73 not out and Ajmal made 33 before Jacob Oram (3-20) clinched victory for the Kiwis by dismissing the latter at the start of the final over.

New Zealand had earlier collapsed from 138-2 to 211 all out following a swashbuckling 76 from opener Brendon McCullum.

Reprieve

The wicketkeeper-batsman smashed six fours and three sixes in his 78-ball knock before watching his team-mates subside to a mediocre total.

Ross Taylor (44) at least ensured New Zealand surpassed 200 - off-spinner Ajmal (4-33) and paceman Aamer (2-41) having starred with the ball.

Pakistan received an early reprieve in their chase when opener Khalid Latif was dropped behind the stumps by McCullum off Kyle Mills when on nought.

The opener then drove the same bowler for three consecutive boundaries in his second over before taking his side on to 47-0 in partnership with Salman Butt (25).

Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori was forced to bring himself on in the ninth over - a move which brought immediate reward when he trapped Latif lbw for 19.

From there on Pakistan completely capitulated, Butt and captain Younus Khan departing in successive balls as the ICC World Twenty20 champions crashed from 47-0 to 86-8.

Emphatic

Shoaib Malik fell attempting to pull Mills, while Umar Akmal and the explosive Shahid Afridi both edged through to McCullum.

When Abdul Razzaq was run out, Pakistan had lost their last recognised batsman with 126 still required.

Umar Gul and Aamer then defied New Zealand's bowlers with a painstaking partnership that lasted 60 balls but contributed only 15 runs.

However, a sensational 103-run stand from Aamer and Ajaml - the second highest ODI tenth-wicket partnership of all time - brought Pakistan to the brink of the most unlikely of victories.

Aamer blazed seven fours and three sixes - all of which came during one Vettori over - as he emphatically surpassed his previous best effort of 24 not out.

But, with eight runs required off the final over, Oram struck off the first ball, removing Ajmal to clinch a thrilling series win for New Zealand.

Match Details

Date
9th Nov 2009
Toss
Venue
Abu Dhabi
Umpires
Nadeem Ghauri and B N J Oxenford

pakistan BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Butt run out 25
Latif lbw b Vettori 19
Khan c Taylor b Bond 3
Malik c Styris b Mills 11
Akmal c McCullum b Southee 12
Afridi c McCullum b Oram 5
Akmal c Vettori b Southee 4
Razzaq run out 0
Gul c Redmond b Oram 6
M Amir not out 73
Ajmal c Mills b Oram 33
Extras 1nb, 4w, 4b, 4lb 13
Total All out, 49.1 Overs 204
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Mills 10 1 62 1
Bond 10 1 46 1
Vettori 10 2 42 1
Southee 10 0 26 2
Oram 9.1 2 20 3
Full Bowling Card