Pakistan beat Kiwis by six wickets

Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI today to level the five-match series 1-1.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI today to level the five-match series 1-1. Replying to New Zealand's 235 for 8 wickets, Pakistan went past the target with three overs to spare. Earlier, half centuries from Jacob Oram and Brendan McCullum pulled New Zealand out of a batting slump. All-rounder Oram strode to the crease with the New Zealand Black Caps at a dire 5-105 after 30 overs and McCullum joined him two overs later with the score at 6-112. In a partnership that made a mockery of a bowling attack that the upper-order failed to control, the pair added 91 runs in 17 overs before Oram was bowled by Mohammad Sami for 54. McCullum batted through to be unbeaten on 55 from 51 balls, continuing his fine form after ably supporting Scott Styris in his match-winning century innings in the first One-day game of the five-match series. Oscillating fortunes Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss for Pakistan and elected to bowl, although without Shoaib Akhtar who remains sidelined with a groin injury. Mohammad Sami and Shabbir Ahmed vindicated their captain's decision, bowling just short of a length on a pitch tinged with green. Within 15 overs New Zealand had 53 runs on the board and three batsmen back in the pavillion. Craig Cumming was dismissed leg before wicket by Sami without scoring while Hamish Marshall and Scott Styris both mistimed shots on the leg side and were caught for 10 apiece to give Shabbir and Azhar Mahmood wickets. Captain Stephen Fleming looked set to anchor the innings but played an errant cut shot to spinner Shoaib Malik and was caught at point for 43. Knock in vain When Chris Cairns and Craig McMillan fell in quick succession a sub-150 score was on the cards. Oram though hit the ball cleanly and survived a dropped chance by Malik on 36 as he posted his third one-day half-century off 56 balls, including five fours, before playing on off Sami in the 47th over. McCullum posted his second half-century and topped his previous best 51 not out against Australia in Pune in November. Allrounder Abdul Razzaq was the most accurate Pakistan bowler with one for 24 off 10, while Sami suffered in a McCullum onslaught at the end to finish with three for 51. (PTI)