Napier: New Zealand defeated Pakistan by eight wickets with 27 overs to spare in the one-day fixture against a lacklustre Pakistan here today to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match cricket series. After producing one of their finest one-day bowling efforts in recent years to dismiss Pakistan for a cheap 126, New Zealand were able to bat at leisure as they picked off the target in the 23rd over. There was some movement off the pitch, but nothing to suggest it was as calamitous as Pakistan's batsmen found it when their top order was routed in the space of four overs, with five wickets falling for just eight runs. New Zealand went from 84 for one to 87 for two as Hamish Marshall came and went, bringing in hard hitting Chris Cairns who hit four fours in his 18 off 17 balls as New Zealand exacted revenge after losing a one-day series in Pakistan last month 5-0, and the recent home Test series 1-0.
(With wire inputs)
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