NZ makes 262-7 in 4th ODI against Pakistan

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Napier, Feb 1 (AP) Late inclusion James Franklintop-scored with 62 to guide New Zealand to 262-7 batting firstin the fourth one-day cricket international against Pakistanhere today.

Franklin was added to the New Zealand lineup for thematch shortly before the start at McLean Park when openingbatsman Jesse Ryder withdrew with a finger injury.

He shared a 64-run seventh wicket partnership with NathanMcCullum to revive the innings after New Zealand slumped from40 without loss to 97-5.

Nathan McCullum made an u nbeaten 53, his first halfcentury in 17 one-day internationals, and Brendon McCullum 37.

Pakistan boosted New Zealand''s total by bowling 19 wides.

New Zealand won the toss and was able to take advantageof conditions described by Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi as"heaven for batsmen". The hosts started confidently, reaching40-0 after 6.1 overs as Martin Guptill hit 21 from 17 balls.

But Guptill''s dismissal - turning a slower ball from WahabRiaz directly to Younis Khan at short midwicket - led to atop-order collapse.

Batsman after batsman threw away their wickets in idealbatting conditions and against accurate, varied butunthreatening bowling.

Opener Jamie How (13) was caught by Umar Akmal off AbdulRazzaq and Ross Ta ylor who flashed at a wide delivery fromWahab and was caught by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

Scott Styris ran himself out for 11, attempting a singleafter steering the ball directly to a fieldsman, and KaneWilliamson hit out in frustration after being tied down by thespinners and was caught in the deep by Younis off MohammadHafeez.

Brendon McCullum was forced to bat conservatively andreached his 37 from 39 balls before being caught behind offRiaz. Franklin guided the innings through its crucial middlestages, reaching his 50 from 67 balls and displaying moreshrewd shot selection than his teammates.

He went on to 62 from 75 balls with seven fours in aseries of crucial partnerships.

Nathan McCullum took over from Franklin and reached hishalf century from 54 balls, adding 57 in an unbrokeneighth-wicket partnership with Daniel Vettori (13 not out).

Wahab was the best of Pakistan''s bowlers, taking 3-51while Afridi took 1-42 from his 10 overs and Hafeez a miserly1-25 from seven. (AP) SHN

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