Anton Devcich was drafted in to the playing XI for the fifth ODI © AFP
Anton Devcich was drafted in to the playing XI for the fifth ODI © AFP

Dec 19, 2014

New Zealand won the toss in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday, with skipper Kane Williamson electing to bat.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat. While New Zealand decided to bring in Anton Devcich and Nathan McCullum in place of Corey Anderson, who has been woefully out of form in the series so far, as well as Daniel Vettori, who had to fly home to attend a wedding. Pakistan decided to replace Mohammad Hafeez and Sohail Tanvir with Asad Shafiq and Zulfiqar Babar.

The five-match series is currently level 2-2 after New Zealand won a thriller of of a game in the fourth ODI at the same venue on Wednesday. A series victory will be a great morale booster for the winners, with both teams set to play a tournament or two more after the end of the series before the onset of the World Cup. The two sides had earlier played a three-Test series and a two-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series, both of which were drawn 1-1.