Fifth One-Day International

New Zealand v Pakistan

Don Cameron

At Westpac Stadium, Wellington, January 17, 2004 (day/night). New Zealand won by four runs. Toss: New Zealand.

Though they lost the game, and the series 4-1, Pakistan were magnificent in a match that Abdul Razzaq turned into a spectacular. In just 40 balls of wonderful hitting he changed the near impossible - 137 in 13 overs - into the very manageable - 14 from 11 balls. But after he holed out to a relieved long-off, the tail fell five short. The pitch, by reputation slow and bowler-friendly, was in fact splendid for strokeplay: Marshall and McMillan sent New Zealand racing past 200, before a fiery 20-ball 36 by Cairns - plus some poor fielding - helped them to 307. At 73 for four in reply, Pakistan looked lost. However, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Moin Khan carefully picked up the pace, before Razzaq exploded. He hit five thunderous sixes and nine fours. After the match, the umpires reported Shabbir Ahmed for a suspect bowling action.

Man of the Match: Abdul Razzaq.

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