AUCKLAND: Ahmed Shehzad notched his first one-day international century to help Pakistan reach 268 for nine in the fifth match against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Thursday.
Shehzad brought up his century in 101 balls, with 11 fours and two sixes, as the visitors set a challenging target for New Zealand to chase in order to save the six-match series. Pakistan hold a 2-1 lead with the final game in Auckland on Saturday.
The 19-year-old was eventually caught in the deep by James Franklin off Scott Styris for 115 in the 38th over.
New Zealand’s bowlers had varied their pace and length to restrict the free-scoring Pakistani batsmen in the final few overs and the visitors would be disappointed not to have scored more runs.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori did not play after he sustained a hamstring injury in the fourth match in Napier on Tuesday. Jesse Ryder, who missed the game at McLean Park with a finger injury, returned to the side.