PAK vs NZ ODI: The fifth and final game of Pakistan vs. New Zealand series was played at Pakistan’s home venue, where Pakistan had a 4-0 advantage.
Pakistan hoped to extend their winning streak, while New Zealand was keen to avenge their last ODI humiliation and win the fifth match.
Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam scored his 18th century during the fourth game of the series at the National Stadium Karachi, leading his team to a 102-run victory over New Zealand.
For the first time in history, Pakistan’s victory sent them to the top of the ODI Team Rankings.
Despite skipper Tom Latham’s 60, New Zealand’s batting lineup struggled to chase the goal of 335 and was eventually bowled out for 232 in the 43rd over, giving the home team a 102-run triumph.
The New Zealand touring side began cautiously, with openers Will Young and Tom Blundell accumulating 36 runs for the first wicket before the latter was caught by Mohammad Wasim Jr in the eighth over.
Following the early loss, New Zealand skipper Latham and Daryl Mitchell built an important 83-run partnership for the third wicket, trying to underpin their run chase.
Mitchell, on the other hand, was dismissed by Usama Mir after scoring 34 off 48 balls, including a boundary. Latham and Mark Chapman added 55 runs to the score during their fourth-wicket stand, which was crucial.
Chapman’s departure precipitated a match-defining collapse, as New Zealand were bowled out in the 44th over. During his sixth-wicket stand with Iftikhar, Pakistan’s captain set a new record by being the fastest player in ODI history to score 18 ODI hundreds.