3rd ODI (D/N), Abu Dhabi, Nov 9 2009, Pakistan v New Zealand ODI Series
(49.1/50 ov, target 212)204
New Zealand won by 7 runs
Player Of The Match
73* (81) & 2/41
Player Of The Series
228 runs
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• The Bulletin by Sriram Veera

New Zealand win despite Aamer heroics

The chase was floundering when Mohammad Aamer scripted a phenomenal comeback with Saeed Ajmal. It was New Zealand, however, who held their nerve to win the decider in the desert

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand211/10(46.3 overs)
Pakistan204/10(49.1 overs)
Jacob Oram3/20(9.1)
Tim Southee2/26(10)

Great to see the New Zealanders applauding Aamer and Ajmal. Pakistan were down and out when these two got together, but they've given New Zealand a real scare with that valiant tenth-wicket stand. Yes New Zealand fought hard, but Pakistan's batsmen, thanks to some shoddy shot-making, made a meal out of a modest target. Though the pitch was taking turn and helping the slow bowlers, it certainly wasn't one deserving of nine wickets falling for 54, which is exactly what Pakistan managed to achieve. Their No. 10 and 11 showed how to battle the conditions, taking the game to a nerve-wracking finish. The first two games were one-sided, but this one, in the end, lived up as a fitting finale. New Zealand take the series 2-1 and we now await the Twenty20 leg of the contests between the two teams. We'll get you the presentation details in a bit.

Aamer and Ajmal's stand is the second-highest overall for the tenth wicket in ODIs.

Mohammad Aamer is the Man of the Match for his fighting effort

Aamer: "I tried hard for my team. I would have been happier had we won this game. I was just telling Ajmal to just pinch singles, but we are sad to be on the losing side. We tried our best to win this."

Brendon McCullum is the Man of the Series. A half-century following up on his century in the previous game.

McCullum: "It was nice to have played a central role in the team's success. I was trying to get another start and make a sizable total. I had missed out on some big scores and was under pressure coming into this series. The last 30-40 runs, we felt the game was slipping away from us. They put in a great effort."

Younis: "We couldn't do it in the end. There were no big innings from the top of the order, and we couldn't build too many partnerships. But to see Aamer and Ajmal, the youngsters, play so well was great."

The crowd was jeering as Younis came over to speak.

Vettori: "We would have liked to finish it off a lot earlier. Ajmal and Aamer showed a lot of determination. But in the end, to defend 212 is an amazing effort. We made some incremental improvements, we put in some great fielding performances. McCullum played well, and was supported well by Redmond and Guptill. Wickets were most important and we wanted out bowlers to lead from the front. There is a lot of pressure on us to come away and win a series, and this win shows we are a quality side."

It's been a pleasure bringing you the coverage of the ODI series. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Do join us again for the Twenty20 games starting in Dubai on November 12. Until then, on behalf of everyone at Cricinfo, this is Sid Talya signing off. Adios! Be well!

Oram to Ajmal, OUT

New Zealand have won! Short on middle, goes for the pull, gets a top edge and Mills running in from fine leg takes a well-judged catch amid all the nerves and pressure

Saeed Ajmal c Mills b Oram 33 (71m 44b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75

Phew, it all comes down to this. 8 needed off 6 balls. Oram to bowl. This stand is worth 103. Here we go

end of over 495 runs
PAK: 204/9CRR: 4.16 RRR: 8.00
Saeed Ajmal33 (43)
Mohammad Amir73 (81)
Kyle Mills 10-1-62-1
Shane Bond 10-1-46-1
Mills to Ajmal, 1 run

falls safe, brave shot from Ajmal, short outside off,went for the pull, miscued it but it landed safely between square leg and the converging fine leg

Mills to Amir, 1 run

chops it down towards point, a misfield there by the usually calm Guptill, the pressure is getting to everyone

Some words exchanged between players here

Mills to Amir, no run

appeal for caught-behind, huge appeal, short of a good length on the off, cuts away, tries to guide it to third man, it goes through to the keeper, replays are not conclusive, spontaneous appeal but the replays didn't reveal much

Mills to Ajmal, 1 run

short on middle, pulled away down to deep square leg for one more

Mills to Amir, 1 run

short and wide, cut away to point, another single stolen, an attempt at a direct hit at the stumps but a wayward throw

Mills to Ajmal, 1 run

short of a length outside off, guides it down to third man for a single

13 off 12 now. Irrespective of the result, this is among the great fightbacks in ODI cricket. Ajmal to face Mills

end of over 485 runs
PAK: 199/9CRR: 4.14 RRR: 6.50
Mohammad Amir71 (78)
Saeed Ajmal30 (40)
Shane Bond 10-1-46-1
Kyle Mills 9-1-57-1
Bond to Amir, no run

bouncer on middle and off, Aamer backs away from it, New Zealand earn a dot ball

Bond to Amir, no run

short and wide, there to hit, he goes for the cut but finds Ross Taylor at point

Bond to Ajmal, 1 run

they're doing it easily, tickled down to fine leg for a single

Bond to Amir, 1 run

slower one bowled on a good length on the off, defended into the off side and they squeeze a single

15 needed off 16. The umpires are considering a ball change. The messengers come out with the drinks.

Bond to Ajmal, 1 run

thick outside edge as he tries to work it into the leg side, one more towards deep point

Bond to Ajmal, 2 runs

short of a length on the off, guided wide of third man from the crease for a couple of runs

This is riveting stuff. A run-a-ball from here on.

end of over 477 runs
PAK: 194/9CRR: 4.12 RRR: 6.00
Saeed Ajmal26 (37)
Mohammad Amir70 (75)
Kyle Mills 9-1-57-1
Shane Bond 9-1-41-1
Mills to Ajmal, 1 run

bowled full on the off, eased wide of cover and point for a single to keep the strike

Mills to Ajmal, 2 runs

two more, full on the pads, clipped away through square leg for a couple of runs, Southee runs across from fine leg and cuts it off

Mills to Amir, 1 run

run-out attempt, short on leg stump, tries to work it square, clips the pads and they decide to scamper a leg bye, Ajmal just made it as Mills tried to kick the ball onto the stumps

Mills to Ajmal, 1 run

outside edge down to third man, doesn't matter how they come

Mills to Amir, 1 run

bowled on a good length on the off, pushed down towards extra cover for a single

Mills to Ajmal, 1 run

he's looking extremely confident here is Ajmal, flicks it down to deep square leg for a single

25 needed off 24. Mills to bowl

end of over 468 runs
PAK: 187/9CRR: 4.06 RRR: 6.25
Saeed Ajmal21 (33)
Mohammad Amir68 (73)
Shane Bond 9-1-41-1
Jacob Oram 9-2-20-2
Bond to Ajmal, 1 run

in the blockhole outside off, squeezed out behind point for a single

Best performances - batters
Brendon McCullum portrait
BB McCullum NZ
76 runs (78)
6 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
19 runs
2 fours
1 six
Mohammad Amir portrait
Mohammad Amir PAK
73 runs (81)
7 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
23 runs
3 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal PAK
Jacob Oram portrait
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan v New Zealand ODI Series
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir
Player Of The Series
Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
Series resultNew Zealand won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 2927
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45
Match days9 November 2009 - daynight (50-over match)
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Bruce Oxenford
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Nadeem Ghauri
TV Umpire
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Zameer Haider
Reserve Umpire
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Ahsan Raza
Match Referee
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Andy Pycroft
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