WELLINGTON: The hosts New Zealand have taken a 1-0 lead against Pakistan in the One-Day International (ODI) series as they defeated Pakistan by 70 runs in the first game at at Basin Reserve, Wellington when Pakistan were bowled out for 210 while chasing 280 runs.
The Pakistani captain Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to field first. They got first break through in the fifth over when Muhammad Irfan's bouncer got the edge of Martin Guptill's bat and Wahab Riaz caught it. In the next over Muhammad Amir dismissed Tom Latham.
Muhammad Hafeez dropped the catch of Henry Nicholls which proved costly but New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was bowled by Anwar Ali in the 16th over. Few balls later Anwar clean bowled Grant Elliott for a duck as New Zealand were 70/4.
In the 21st over Muhammad Amir dismissed Corey Anderson and in his next over he got the wicket of Luke Ronchi. New Zealand were in trouble but then Nicholls scored 82 and Mitchell Santner scored 48 to get them out of trouble. They were 209/7 in 45 overs but then Matt Henry's 48 runs off 30 balls helped them score 280/8 in 50 overs.
Pakistani opener Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad were dismissed after scoring 19 and 13 respectively and then Muhammad Hafeez and Babar Azam had a partnership of 81 but it ended when Hafeez got out after scoring 42 as Pakistan were 118/3.
Babar Azam scored 62 but batsmen after him got starts but none of them went on to score big. Sarfraz Ahmed scored 30 and Pakistan's hopes ended after his dismissal. Pakistan were bowled out for 210 in 46 overs as Trent Boult took 4 wickets and Grant Elliott took 3.