Live scoring: Ryder rocks Black Caps to 311-7

Jesse Ryder of the Black Caps bats. Photo / Getty Images
Jesse Ryder of the Black Caps bats. Photo / Getty Images

Catch ball-by-ball action of the fourth ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan at Eden Park.

UPDATE:A belligerent Jesse Ryder delivered an overdue big innings while Scott Styris and Nathan McCullum provided the finishing touches as New Zealand posted 311 for seven batting first in the sixth one-day cricket international against Pakistan at Eden Park today.

Ryder, who had five ducks in nine previous innings during Pakistan's tour, was bumped down to No 3 to accommodate Brendon McCullum's return to opener but he strode to the middle confidently when McCullum fell early and proceeded to thrill the crowd with a full array of shots in a 93-ball 107, his second century from 28 one-day matches for his country.

Dropped on 13 by Abdul Razzaq, a tough chance at leg gully from Sohail Tanvir's bowling, Ryder then thumped three sixes off the left-armer's next over and blazed his way to 50 off 34 balls as New Zealand scored at seven runs an over for the first 10 overs.

The 26-year-old shared in a run-a-ball 123-run partnership with opener Martin Guptill, who scored 44, as New Zealand set themselves up superbly by reaching 126 for one after 20 overs.

They lost momentum as several wickets fell in the middle stages but Ryder, who was forced to use Brendon McCullum as a runner after a slight hamstring twinge when in the 70s, pushed on to three figures.

He was out soon after having stroked seven fours and bludgeoned six sixes, most of which came over the leg side.

At 190 for five there was a risk Ryder's good work might be undone, but Styris and Nathan McCullum combined to plunder 120 runs from 83 balls, including 72 from the last five overs.

Nathan McCullum scored his second half-century in three matches and was out in the final over for 65 off 50 balls while Styris remained unbeaten on 58 after the pair made use of the short boundaries in the powerplay overs.

New Zealand were aided by a mistake from Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who thought the batting powerplay had been taken in the 44th over.

He brought all but three fielders into the circle, allowing New Zealand to score 16 runs from 1.3 overs, before realising no signal had been made. New Zealand then took the powerplay in the final five overs.

Few bowlers were spared after Pakistan, who have an unassailable 3-1 series lead, won the toss and fielded.

Tanvir had a particularly tough day with one for 78 from eight overs as New Zealand finally delivered the sort of batting innings new coach John Wright has been looking for.

Meanwhile, captain Daniel Vettori missed a second successive match because of a hamstring strain while allrounder Jacob Oram was a late withdrawal because of a foot injury.

Lineups:

New Zealand: Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Scott Styris, Brendon McCullum, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Luke Woodcock, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee.

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar.

Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, and Tony Hill, New Zealand.

TV umpire: Billy Bowden, New Zealand; Match referee: Alan Hurst, Australia.

- AP, NZPA


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