Pakistan team gets Maori welcome in New Zealand


Kane Williamson of New Zealand.

Zimbabwe's record for the lowest ever ODI score - 35 v Sri Lanka in 2004 - was under serious threat when Colin Munro bowled Shadab Khan to leave the visitors 16-6 within 15 overs, as was Pakistan's lowest score of 43 (against the West Indies in 1993).

The game was at an interesting stage, with New Zealand 64 for two after 14 overs, when rain arrived.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat as they look to wrap up the series in game three against Pakistan in Dunedin on Saturday.

Taylor, who is set to become the seventh New Zealander to play 200 or more ODIs when the teams meet again in Hamilton on Tuesday, raised his 40th ODI half century in 59 deliveries.

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Hasan Ali (1) then fell to a good diving catch by Williamson at midwicket before Boult was brought back to clean up Mohammad Amir (bowled for 14) and top-scorer Rumman Raees (bowled for 16).

The first ODI's Highest Scorer from Pakistan Fakhar Zaman couldn't make to the Playing XI for second match for injury issue, and was replaced by Imam-ul-Haq.

So far both Pakistani Bowling and Batting haven't been up to the mark; and if the batting lineup was yet unable to get rid of its fragile nature, the dependable bowling lineup also seemed struggling in New Zealand.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed chose to bowl in the first match at the Basin Reserve and New Zealand went on to score 315-7 and to cruise to victory in a rain-affected match in which Pakistan lost two wickets in their first over. However, Hasan Ali played a scintillating inning coming lower down the order and helped his side to register a total of 246 runs.

Boult returned to end the innings and claim the Man of the Match award and his fourth five-wicket bag in ODIs. At one point in the match, Pakistan were reeling at 17/7. Pakistan did look smart in the field and finished with a flourish taking seven wickets for 48 in the last eight overs.