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Guptill, Williamson take New Zealand home in tense finish

Late Pakistan batting implosion and a record partnership help host clinch ODI series 2-0 in rain-interrupted game

Guptill, Williamson take New Zealand home in tense finish
 - Cricket News
The three-wicket win helped New Zealand wrap up the series 2-0.
A record partnership between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson gave New Zealand victory with just two balls to spare in a tense, rain-hit third One-Day International against Pakistan in Auckland on Sunday (January 31).
 
The three-wicket win helped New Zealand wrap up the series 2-0.
 
Originally chasing 291, New Zealand made a bad start with Brendon McCullum out for a first-ball duck. But Guptill and Williamson took control with a 159-run stand, a New Zealand ODI record for the second wicket, to set the side up before a lengthy rain delay shortened the match by seven overs. That revised New Zealand’s target to 53 from 45 balls, which it reached with time almost running out.
 
The ODI series win added to New Zealand's great summer after it beat Pakistan 2-1 in the Twenty20 Internationals and, earlier, beat Sri Lanka in Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
 
On Sunday, Azhar Ali won the toss and opted to bat. While Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez were together it looked like Pakistan would get a big total. Even with Hafeez back in the pavilion, Pakistan was 207 for 3 with 20 overs remaining. But the last six wickets fell for 63 runs and it was all out for 290 with 15 balls remaining. 
 
McCullum's comeback lasted just one ball, when he hooked Mohammad Amir to long-on where Mohammad Irfan took a good catch.


 
Williamson walked in to partner Guptill then and went two better than the previous best of 157 that Guptill had set with McCullum four years ago against Zimbabwe.
 
But Azhar, a part-time legspinner, removed the pair in the space of eight deliveries. Guptill was first to go for 82 caught at point by Hafeez, and Williamson was stumped for 84. 
 
Henry Nicholls, who set up the first ODI win, and Grant Elliott both fell cheaply as New Zealand slipped from 165 for 1 to 210 for 5. 
 
But some big hitting from Corey Anderson with 35 off 29 narrowed the gap and with six required in the last over, Mitchell Santner hit boundaries off the first and fourth deliveries to get New Zealand home.

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