Fifth One-Day International

Pakistan v New Zealand


At Rawalpindi, December 7, 2003 (day/night). Pakistan won by 49 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

A New Zealand side short on quality and confidence failed to break Pakistan's opening pair for nearly 40 long overs. After trying 12 different openers in 15 months, Pakistan finally seemed to have found two that clicked: Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat shared their fourth successive century stand - a world record - and both hit centuries. Although New Zealand restricted Pakistan to 131 from the final 20 overs, the off-spinner Shoaib Malik then slowly strangled their middle order, three of whom fell to suicidal run-outs as they tried to inject momentum into the innings. New Zealand's seventh successive one-day defeat made this their worst run since 1994-95.

Men of the Match (and Series): Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed.

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