Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

New Zealand set revised target in rain-hit Pakistan ODI

New Zealand set revised target in rain-hit Pakistan ODI

The belligerence of Martin Guptill and the pragmatism of Ross Taylor combined to ease New Zealand to victory in a rain-disrupted second one-day global in Nelson.

Earlier, it was Pakistan, who won the toss and made a decision to bat first but they lost their openers Azhar Ali (6) and Imam-ul-Haq (2) early.

For the second time this series, rain intervened before the match was finished with New Zealand in front.

The match will be played at Saxton Oval, Nelson where Pakistan have a good record. Fine weather is forecast.

At 64-2, New Zealand had a good chance of overhauling the Pakistan total but they had lost key batsman Colin Munro for a duck to the third ball of the innings and captain Kane Williamson for 19.

On the other side, Guptill and Munro started to bat for New Zealand where in 1 run Munro was gone and in 47 runs captain Williamson was gone as well. Tim Southee got the wicket in nearly identical fashion to the first ODI, Azhar falling over to off stump and missing a straight one that thudded into his pads.

The third ODI in the five-match series is in Dunedin on Saturday. Pakistan fell apart spectacularly in the field, and New Zealand completed the chase with seven balls to spare.

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All five regular bowlers chipped in with wickets, and it was left to Pakistan's lower order to respond with a magnificent rearguard action as half-centuries from Hasan and Shadab took Pakistan - once tottering at 141 for 7 - to a more presentable 246.

The rain delay worked in favor of the batting team which, with eight wickets in hand, was always well-equipped for a shortened run chase.

Meanwhile, Guptill has downplayed his back injury after guiding New Zealand to an eight-wicket win in the rain-interrupted second ODI against Pakistan. However, some splendid fifties by Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali rescued them as they managed to post a total of 246/9 on the board.

Trent Boult took the opening wicket of Imam ul-Haq.

Ferguson was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with a three-wicket haul while Tim Southee (2-57) and Todd Astle (2-50) picked two wickets apiece.

Lochie Ferguson reduced Pakistan to 39 for three when he entered the attack in the 11th over and immediately had Babar Azam (10) edging a ball to Ross Taylor at first slip.

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