Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Williamson and Devcich help New Zealand level series

Williamson was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 70

Williamson was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 70

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and opening batsman Anton Devcich both scored half-centuries to not only beat Pakistan by four wickets, but also level the series at 1-1.

Williamson and Devcich were well supported by pace bowler Matt Henry, who took four wickets.

However, Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez deserves a lot of credit for his valiant knock of 76.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad was caught behind off the bowling of Henry for a duck only six balls into the match.

Younis Khan only made six runs before he was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan.

Asad Shafiq failed to have an impact with the bat as well as he was clean bowled by Henry for one run.

Hafeez and Haris Sohail stabilised the innings with a 77-run partnership, during which Hafeez brought up his half-century, before Sohail was caught by Taylor at short midwicket off the bowling of Corey Anderson for 33.

Hafeez and ul-Haq kept the runs flowing with a 66-run partnership before Hafeez was caught by Tom Latham at deep midwicket off the bowling of Henry.

Hafeez’s excellent knock of 76 came off 92 balls and included nine boundaries and a six.

Hafeez's knock of 76 went in vain

Hafeez’s knock of 76 went in vain

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Ul-Haq went on to score 47 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Henry.

Ul-Haq reviewed the decision right away, but even though the replays were not conclusive about whether the ball hit his glove or forearm, the third umpire upheld the original decision.

Shahid Afridi made a quickfire 27 before he was caught by Daniel Vettori at mid-off off the bowling of Adam Milne.

Wahab Riaz mustered 14 runs before he was caught by Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Milne.

Sarfraz Ahmed managed to make 23 runs before he was caught by Latham at cover off the bowling of McClenaghan.

Pakistan were bowled out for 252 just two balls later when Sohail Tanvir was given out lbw off the bowling of McClenaghan for 14.

Henry was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while McClenaghan snapped up with three, Milne took two and Anderson chipped in with one.

Henry finished with figures of 4-45 off 10 overs

Henry finished with figures of 4-45 off 10 overs

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Chasing 253 to win, New Zealand got off to a superb start as Dean Brownlie and Devcich amassed a 103-run partnership before Brownlie was clean bowled by Shahid Afridi for 47.

Devcich went on to score 58 off 66 balls, which included eight boundaries before he was run out by Hafeez.

Devcich hit eight boundaries during his innings of 58

Devcich hit eight boundaries during his innings of 58

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Taylor only scored two runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Sohail.

Latham fared no better as he was caught by Tanvir at wide long-on off the bowling of Sohail.

Anderson made 10 runs before he was cleaned up by Sohail.

Williamson and Luke Ronchi stabilised the innings with a 58-run partnership, during which Williamson registered his half-century, before Ronchi was brilliantly caught by Tanvir at long-off off the bowling of Afridi for 36.

Thanks to Williamson, who finished unbeaten on 70, which came off 91 balls and included seven boundaries, New Zealand reached their target with four overs to spare.

Sohail was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Afridi claimed two.

Williamson was named Man of the Match, and said: “Credit goes to our bowlers on a fast outfield and slow pitch. I ran my mate out, so they actually should give the award to him. We are not entirely happy to chop and change. Sometimes we have to take measures. I didn’t think my bowling today was appropriate, the seamers were doing well. The first game, we played quite well, missed it by small margins. So it was pleasing to win this by winning those small margins.”

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