New Zealand won the ODI series 2-0 © Getty Images
New Zealand won the ODI series 2-0 © Getty Images

New Zealand have continued their rampant run at home by thumping Pakistan in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series hot on the heels of their victory in the Twenty20 International (T20I) leg of the series. Despite the tough fight they were meted by the resilient visitors, they came out winners in both completed games. There have been some outstanding performances for the Kiwis and almost all players have contributed to the victory at some stage or the other. Rishad D’Souza assesses performances of the New Zealand players and marks them on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being pathetic and 10 being excellent.

Corey Anderson, 8.5/10: The southpaw has not taken too many games following his lengthy injury layoff to rediscover his groove. He was absolutely fantastic in both games. He scored 45 runs from two innings, and just two wickets may not portray the wholesome value of his contributions, but his impact was invaluable. His economy rate of 4.69 was the best among bowlers from either side. His 29-ball 35 in the second match was crucial in helping New Zealand over the line in a tense chase at Auckland. ALSO READ – Pakistan vs New Zealand 2015-16, ODI series: Marks out of 10 for the visitors

Kane Williamson, 8/10: Williamson was absolutely fantastic as skipper in the first game even though he suffered a rare failure with the bat. When the going got tough with the ball for New Zealand, Williamson threw himself into the throes of the contest and produced the breakthrough of Mohammad Hafeez; the dismissal triggered Pakistan’s downfall. In the third match his score of 84 from 86 balls was instrumental in New Zealand run chase.

Martin Guptill, 7.5/10: After a failure in the first match at Wellington, Guptill was back to his best at Eden Park in the third game. He was fazed neither by the dismissal of skipper Brendon McCullum for a dreaded duck nor by the prodigious swing being produced by Mohammad Aamer and co. He scored a fluent 81-ball 82 to give New Zealand’s chase the right impetus upfront.

Trent Boult, 7.5/10: Boult’s figures seem to suggest he deserved more. He picked six wickets from two matches at an average of 16.66. However, he was largely ineffective in his opening spells in both games. In fact he was taken for a few runs upfront. Bulk of his wickets came in a fiery second spell he produced in the Wellington match to clean up Pakistan’s last four batsmen within two overs. Nevertheless, it was a fairly good performance by the World No. 1.

Grant Elliott, 7/10: Elliott proved to be New Zealand’s hero with the ball in the first match at Wellington. His gentle-paced outswingers earned him three important dismissals which enabled New Zealand to defend 280 on a good batting surface. He disappointed with the bat but was more than handful with the ball. ALSO READ: Pakistan become first team to field 4 left-arm pace bowlers in any match across formats during 3rd ODI vs New Zealand

Matt Henry, 7/10: Matt Henry finds himself on the higher end of the marking spectrum as much for his entertaining cameo in the first game as his bowling. He played in typical tailender fashion to amass an unbeaten 48 off just 30 deliveries to give New Zealand a much needed late fillip after Nicholls steadying effort. He was quite good with the ball and probably deserved more than just the two wickets he ended with. His economy rate of 4.83 is rather impressive though.

Adam Milne, 7/10: Milne got only one game but with his raw pace caused much grief for Pakistan. He picked three wickets at an average of 16.33! The Pakistan batsmen were unable to get most of him. Not only was he lightening quick but was also very accurate.

Henry Nicholls, 6.5/10: New Zealand were reeling at 99 for 6 in the first game at Basin Reserve but they finished with a formidable 280 for 8 in fifty overs. Newcomer Nicholls was primarily responsible for this resurrection. He crafted an excellent 111-ball 82 and was involved in a wholesome partnership with Mitchell Santner and Matt Henry later. He failed in the second game, but his exploits in the first match were outstanding.

Mitchell McClenaghan, 6.5/10: It is difficult to pass judgment on McClenaghan since his primary skill was not put to test. His contribution to the series was a quickfire 18-ball 31 in the first match at Auckland. Unfortunately, he failed to get hold of a short ball which went on to hit him in the left eye socket. He was taken off the field and received corrective treatment for the resulting fracture.

Mitchell Santner, 6/10: It was not the best series for Santner although he did enjoy a few positives. His knock of 48 was nicely compiled in the first game. In the third game, he held his nerve in the heated situation of a tense finish to score a 7-ball 10 which gave his side the series-clinching win. However, he was shabby with the ball. He had no semblance of accuracy and was preyed upon by the batsmen. Granted there was no great assistance for his discipline but he still should have done a better job restricting batsmen than leaking runs at 7.07 an over.

Brendon McCullum, 3.5/10: McCullum returned for the third match at Eden Park after his injury lay off. Four may seem a tad generous given he got out for a duck but his captaincy was entertaining and manifested the same brashness which has taken the Black Caps to new heights. With Pakistan cruising at 200 for 3 within 30 overs at one stage, he played a key role in reducing them to 290 all out. He did not hesitate bowling out his best bowler on the day — Henry — within the 40-over mark and it paid off. In his final over Henry got rid of a dangerous looking Babar Azam for a 77-ball 83 which triggered Pakistan’s downfall. Despite the back pain, McCullum did not shy from throwing himself in the field.

Luke Ronchi, 2/10: As we move ahead, one question is becoming increasingly pertinent: why is New Zealand persisting with Luke Ronchi? The wicketkeeper-batsman has been struggling to get his scores into the double digit mark of late. He is the only weak link in the side and not much changed in this series. He scored 25 runs from two innings at 12.5. He gets one extra point for his effort behind the stumps which although not brilliant, is effective.

Tom Latham, 1/10: Latham played the first game where he scored a 15-ball 11. He was duly dropped to make way for skipper McCullum in the concluding game. He has impressed in the Test format but has yet to flourish in the shorter formats. He seems to have the capability to up his game in the shorter formats and perhaps just needs to hit that zone. But that has not happened this series and for now he rates lowest on the chart.

(Rishad D’Souza, a reporter with CricketCountry, gave up hopes of playing Test cricket after a poor gully-cricket career. He now reports on the sport. You can follow @RDcric on Twitter)