New Zealand thrash Pakistan in first ODI
In the first ODI match of the series Pakistan won the toss and made New Zealand bat first in the match. Pakistan team saw the return of fast bowler Mohammad Amir after a gap of five years.
Pakistan got off to a perfect start as New Zealand were left reeling at 99/6 but at that stage they left the Kiwi batsmen off the hock which meant that they formed couple of decent partnerships which laid a good platform for the lower order batsman to exploit and get a good total. New Zealand finished the innings on 280/8 with Henry Nicholls scoring 82 runs and remained the top scorer. Santner, Henry, McClenaghan pelted the Pakistan bowlers for loads of runs in the final few overs which tilted the tide away from Pakistan.
For Pakistan Mohammad Amir and Anwar Ali took three wickets each while tall fast bowler Mohammad Irfan took 2 wickets.
Pakistan in reply got off to a slow start but kept wickets in hand but this proved to be detrimental as they lost wickets in a flurry and slipped to 176/6 in 40 overs with all their recognized batsman back in the hut except for wicket keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed. Hafeez (42) and Babar Azam(62) did manage to resist a bit and formed a good partnership in the middle overs but all was in vain as they gave away their wickets in peculiar fashion.
Trying to chase down the target Pakistan kept on losing wickets. Sarfraz Ahmed and Anwar Ali were dismissed in the same over by Trent Boult when the score reached 206/8. Pakistan needed 75 runs off 36 balls with two wickets in hand and with their premier fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz at the crease.
New Zealand wrapped up the match in convincing fashion and won the match by 70 runs as Pakistan were dismissed for 210 runs in 46 overs. Trent Boult took 4 wickets while Elliot took 3 wickets for New Zealand. The top scorer from Pakistan was Babar Azam who made 62 runs off 76 balls.