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Sarfraz, Hafeez lift Pakistan to 262

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez steered Pakistan towards a respectable total of 262 in the fourth ODI against New Zealand at Hamilton on Tuesday.
Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail – in for out-of-form Azhar Ali – both scored sure-footed fifties after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat.
Fakhar scored 54 off 75 balls before falling to the spin of Mitchell Santner. Faheem Ashraf, opening the innings after Imam-ul-Haq was ruled out of the match due to injury, could not fire and went for 1 off a Tim Southee delivery.
Haris Sohail stabilised Pakistan’s innings with a steady 50 off 74 balls before getting out off Kane Williamson’s bowling.
Just as Pakistan seemed to slow down, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed hit fifties in the later overs to keep the momentum going.
Hafeez scored 81 off 80 before getting run out, while Sarfraz put up 51 off 46 before falling to Trent Boult.
Earlier, during toss, Sarfraz praised the pitch. “It looks like a good pitch, so hopefully we can make a good score,” he said.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was unperturbed about losing the toss, saying conditions early in the match should suit his pace attack.
“We were actually going to have a bowl,” he said. “In some of these day-night games perhaps you´ll get a bit of dew later on.”
New Zealand have already won the five-match series after taking a 3-0 lead in Dunedin on Saturday and are chasing a record 11th consecutive win in all formats of the game.
Playing XI
Pakistan:
Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees.
New Zealand:
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.