Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 102 runs in the fourth one-day international (ODI) on Friday, May 5 at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi. Four of the first five matches have been won by the hosts, who currently lead the series 4-0.
Pakistan ascended to the summit of the ODI team rankings after defeating New Zealand in the fourth ODI for the first time since the ICC formally accepted the rankings in January 2005. The Babar Azam-led squad was ranked fifth in the ODI rankings with a rating of 106 prior to the commencement of the five-match series. New Zealand was in second place before the series began in Rawalpindi in April.
Pakistan now has a rating of 113.483, surpassing both Australia and India. To maintain their position at the summit of the table, the Men in Green must win the fifth and final ODI on Sunday, May 7 in Karachi. If they lose the final ODI, they will return to third position, while Australia and India will reclaim first and second place.
Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 102 runs in the fourth ODI.
Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 102 runs in the fourth one-day international. Tom Latham, captain of New Zealand, won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first. Babar Azam’s century and Salman Ali Agha’s fifty enabled Pakistan set a target of 335 runs for the opposing team. Babar scored 107 runs off of 117 balls, including 10 fours, while Salman scored 58 runs off of 46 balls. Matt Henry took three wickets for the Kiwis, while Benjamin Lister and Ish Sodhi each took one.
New Zealand was dismissed for 232 in 43.4 overs, failing to track down the target. Tom Latham, the captain, blasted a half-century by scoring 60 runs off 76 deliveries. Usama Mir took four wickets for Pakistan, while Mohammad Wasim Jr. took three, Haris Rauf took two, and Shaheen Afridi scalped one.