5th ODI (D/N), Hamilton, Feb 3 2011, Pakistan tour of New Zealand
(46.5/50 ov, target 269)227
Pakistan won by 41 runs
player of the match

That winds up our coverage for this game. Do join us for the final match of the series, NZ will be itching to finish on a high. On behalf of the team, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. So long and thanks for all the anagrams and Doppelgangers. Cheers!

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Shehzad is the Man of the Match: "Very confident now that I have a 100 before the World Cup, and thrilled to have a century before getting a fifty ."

Afridi: " We have won after a long time, and it is good coming before the World Cup. What a talent Shehzad is! I thought 300+ was on, but the wicket was slow in the middle with the old ball. Hafeez is the best allrounder in my team, he's done very well in recent times... All the fast bowlers did well. The first run out by Misbah was really good."

Taylor: "Ajmal Shehzad showed us how it is done by getting three figures. Martin and myself got going, but should have made it count ..."

The Pakistan team is in a huddle in the middle. "Pakistan Zindabad! [Long live Pakistan]" yells rent the air. This looks like a team with a good vibe. They have calm accumulators in the middle order, fierce hitters lower down, and in this series, they have discovered a young talented opener and another one who is finally living up to his talent. Add to that the incredible depth in the bowling attack. Can we please have the World Cup captain named now, please!

New Zealand, oh New Zealand. The troubles never cease, do they. Everything seems to be in disarray.

Wahab Riaz to Bennett, OUT

Pakistan have won the series in style. Take a bow! Riaz has finished it off with one back of a length outside off, Bennett hangs back and looks to steer it square. Inside edge thuds into the stumps.

Hamish Bennett b Wahab Riaz 3 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Wahab Riaz to Mills, 1 run

on the stumps this time, short of a length again and worked off the pads towards mid on for a single

Wahab Riaz to Mills, no run

angles across him at 140 kph and beats him for pace as he shapes for the carve over the covers

Wahab Riaz to Bennett, 1 run

wicked, inswinging yorker at 140 kph, Bennett did well to get the toes out of the way and dig it out to square leg for one

Wahab Riaz to Bennett, no run

back of a length outside off, Bennett keeps it out to the off side

end of over 465 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 225/9CRR: 4.89 RRR: 11.00 • Need 44 runs from 24b
Hamish Bennett2 (3)
Kyle Mills3 (3)
Umar Gul7-0-28-2
Wahab Riaz8-0-49-2
Umar Gul to Bennett, 1 run

length ball at 145 kph on off stump, Bennett blocks to mid on and gets a single

Umar Gul to Mills, 1 run

bouncer at 138 kph, pushes Mills back in the crease and he keeps it away on the hop to the leg side. Furious stuff.

Umar Gul to Bennett, 1 run

short ball at 139 kph, onto Bennett a year before he tried to play it. Gets a single off the glove to backward point

Umar Gul to Bennett, no run

full and fast, lands on leg stump and hits the pads as Bennett looks to flick. Appeal for lbw turned down.

Last man Bennett in. Pakistan haven't won an ODI series since November 2008. Here we go.

Umar Gul to McCullum, OUT

Nathan's perambulations at the crease come to an end. Again moves across to outside off stump before getting the front foot across to play the lap shot. Gul responds with a slow offcutter at 122 kph. Nathan did not make good contact with it, he seemed to play it onto the stumps.

Nathan McCullum b Umar Gul 14 (33m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 127.27
Umar Gul to McCullum, 2 runs

tough catch, dropped at midwicket by Afridi. Nathan McCullum is waltzing all over the crease, backs away, goes across, jumps back into place and then looks to whack the short ball. He's tried to hit it so hard, he lost the grip on the bat as he tried to connect. Afridi ran to his right from midwicket and dived to his right but could not reach it. Great effort.

45 off 30. Still seems possible, but these two may have to do it for NZ.

end of over 4512 runs
NZ: 220/8CRR: 4.88 RRR: 9.80 • Need 49 runs from 30b
Nathan McCullum12 (9)
Kyle Mills2 (2)
Wahab Riaz8-0-49-2
Umar Gul6-0-23-1
Wahab Riaz to McCullum, 1 leg bye

Nathan goes across the stumps and looks for the shovel scoop, but Riaz follows him with a very full yorker on off stump. Nathan can't do much with it, but gets a single though he doesn't connect, as it dribbles to the off side

Wahab Riaz to Mills, 1 run

another tight single. Sirect hit may have got McCullum. Mills dabbed it away square and got across quickly for one

Wahab Riaz to Mills, 1 wide

wide this time, Riaz needs to cut down on these here.

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, 1 run

short ball, hurries into Nathan at good pace this time as he looks to pull, and gets a single

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, SIX runs

oh my, Nathan McCullum has hit this one out of New Zealand. Slower ball, he picked it early as he was moving around the crease, hanging well back in line with middle and off. It was in the slot, short and sitting up. He absolutely pulverised it over midwicket. Bang.

Wahab Riaz to Mills, 1 run

Mills turns the strike over with a tight single.

Wahab Riaz to McCullum, 1 run

somethings in Pakistan cricket never change. Like the fact that inevitably, Kamran Akmal will drop a catch. He's done it again. Short ball, Nathan gets a top edge behind his head and it was a dolly for Kamran who was moving back. And he put it down.