Ahmed Shehzad hit his maiden one-day international century on Thursday to guide Pakistan to a 41-run win over New Zealand in the 5th one-day cricket international, clinching the six-match series.
Shehzad made 115 from 104 balls as Pakistan posted 268-9 in its 50 overs after being sent in to bat on a slow pitch. Umar Akmal made 32, the next-best score, and Misbah ul-Haq (25) and Shahid Afridi (24) —rivals for Pakistan's World Cup captaincy—offered support as Pakistan reached a moderate but competitive total.
In reply, New Zealand was bowled out for 227 in 26.5 overs, with stand-in captain Ross Taylor top scoring with 69 and Martin Guptill making 65. The pair put on 69 for New Zealand's third wicket but their separation prompted the steady decline of the Kiwi innings.
Brief scores: Pak 268-9, 50 overs (A Shehzad 115; K Mills 2-42); New Zealand 227, 46.5 overs ( RTaylor 69; W Riaz 3-51)
Lanka Beat WIndies
Colombo: Upul Tharanga cracked an unbeaten 101 to steer Sri Lanka to an emphatic eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international on Thursday.
The left-handed opener hit seven fours in his ninth one-day century as Sri Lanka achieved a rain-revised target of 197 with more than four overs to spare for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The opening game of the series was abandoned due to rain on Monday. The final match will be played on Sunday.
Brief Scores: West Indies 203 in 50 overs. Sri Lanka 199-2 in 42.3 overs (U. Tharanga 101 not out)