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Hamilton : New Zealand | Feb 02, 2011 at 11:11 AM PST
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Pakistan have taken a lead of 2-1 with two games remaining in the series. The latest game was a nail biter at Napier. The defining innings played by Misbah (93) was what made the difference in the end.

The next game is scheduled to take place on the 3rd of February at Seddon Park, Hamilton. There is not much to choose between the two sides keeping Misbah apart, whose knock in the last match has become more of a coaching manual for batsmen from both teams.

Pakistan can wrap up their ODI series against New Zealand with victory in Hamilton on Thursday after a two-wicket win in the fourth ODI on Tuesday.

New Zealand batting has been struggling through out the series and sipper Daniel Vettori has issued a scathing critique of his side's top order, describing their performance as "unacceptable" in their latest defeat by Pakistan.

Pakistan lead the six-match series 2-1, with one game washed out, New Zealand have gone downhill since romping to a nine-wicket win in the first game and its not at all a perfect prepration ahead of the World Cup.

On the other end Pakistan has been in superb form in this tour. Umar Akmal, dangerous Shahid Afridi has been in good knick in the series and Misbah-ul-Haq's form is a pleasent surprise.

He was the game changer for Pakistan in the last ODI with brilliant 93 off 91 balls. Ahmed Shehzad and Younus Khan also played a decent knock in the last ODI and will be high on confidence.

In the bowling department Sohail Tanvir got bit of hammering in the last ODI and he will be hoping he find his rhythm back before the World Cup.

Teams & Squads:

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (c), Hamish Bennett, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (c), Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Tanvir Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan

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