Pakistan peg back New Zealand, despite Guptill ton

New Zealand whitewash Pakistan 5-0 in ODI series

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has blamed his side's 5-0 ODI series whitewash against New Zealand to top-order batting failure.

Pakistan batsman Babar Azam's sorry tour continues as New Zealand's Matt Henry strikes and Martin Guptill catches.

Pakistan fought hard in the final ODI but fell short by 15 runs. Pakistan won their previous ODI series by a 5-0 margin which they played against Sri Lanka.

Earlier, Guptill had brought up his 13th ODI century at the end of the 41st over, but was out the next ball he faced, lofting Rumman to Hafeez at long-on.

The Black Caps batsman plucked this grab out of the sky to send Safraz Ahmed back to the sheds.

Left-arm seamer Rumman Raees was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with 3-67 in 10 overs while Faheem Ashraf bagged 2-49 in nine overs. They found a length that was hard to get away.

The Kiwis, after winning the toss and electing to bat, posted a total of 271/7 in their 50 overs with opener Martin Guptill scoring exactly 100 off 126 balls to anchor the innings.

"New Zealand are a very good team, they played well throughout the series". Trent Boult was rested and Henry was fresh and champing at the bit for his first match at any level since Boxing Day, and remarkably just his seventh of the home summer.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat as they seek a series whitewash in the fifth and final one-day worldwide against Pakistan in Wellington on Friday.

The visitors slipped to 57/5 in the run-chase with another big defeat on the cards at that stage, but Haris Sohail (63) and Shadab Khan (54) put on 105 for the sixth wicket. Santner (3-40) was excellent on a pitch that gave him some encouragement.

In the 4th ODI, Pakistan replaced Azhar Ali with Haris Sohail and also sent Faheem Ashraf up the order.

Munro racked up 34 from 24 balls to get the Black Caps out of the blocks before edging to Mohammad Nawaz.

Williamson (22 off 36) was circumspect before a rare lapse when he lashed out to deep square, and spinners Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab applied the brakes.

Guptill and Ross Taylor's 112-run third-wicket stand set up a potential grandstand finish, but Taylor's dismissal for 59 two balls into the 45th over triggered a late New Zealand collapse.

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