A maiden century by Ahmed Shehzad inspired Pakistan to a 41-run win over New Zealand yesterday to wrap up the six-match one-day series with a game to spare.
The 19-year-old cracked 115 off 109 deliveries in a masterful innings in Hamilton as Pakistan posted 268-9 after being sent into bat first in the fifth one-day international (ODI).
New Zealand made the worst possible start to their reply, losing a wicket on the first ball when Jesse Ryder was run out and they never threatened from there.
Their innings ended in the 47th over on 227 to give Pakistan an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series with one match washed out. New Zealand have now lost 15 of their past 16 ODIs.
With the World Cup beckoning, it was a timely performance from Shehzad, who delivered on the promise he had hinted at in his previous international innings.
SRI LANKA V WINDIES
Opener Upul Tharanga struck his ninth one-day century to propel Sri Lanka to a crushing eight-wicket win over the West Indies yesterday.
West Indies were bowled out for 203 in 50 overs after being asked to bat first by Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara at the Sinhalese Sports Club.
After a brief rain interruption, Sri Lanka was given a revised target of 197 in 47 overs under the Duckworth/Lewis method and reached it with 27 balls to spare. Tharanga was 101 not out.