10 Nov 2009

Black Caps given a scare by Pakistanis

9:55 am on 10 November 2009

The New Zealand cricketers scored a thrilling seven-run triumph over Pakistan to win the one-day series 2-1 despite a valiant last-wicket partnership of 103 between Mohammad Aamer and Saeed Ajmal.

Pakistan, chasing 212 for victory, seemed down and out at 101 for nine but 17-year-old Aamer struck 73 not out and Ajmal hit 33 as the pair came within three runs of equalling the world record stand for the 10th wicket in a one-day international.

West Indians Viv Richards and Michael Holding put on 106 against England in Manchester in 1984.

The teams now meet in two Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on Thursday and Friday.