Pakistan eyeing bounce back preps for 2nd ODI against New Zealand

Pakistan eyeing bounce back preps for 2nd ODI against New Zealand

Pakistan eyeing bounce back preps for 2nd ODI against New Zealand

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand in the second one-day cricket worldwide at Saxton Oval on Tuesday.

New Zealand took a 2-0 lead in their one-day worldwide series against Pakistan after an eight-wicket win in a rain-affected clash in Nelson on Tuesday.

The Men in Green will feel hard done by from the loss as the match was evenly poised when the rain interrupted the play in the 14th over of the Black Caps innings. The pair shared five of the six wickets between them, reducing the visitors to 54 for 5 at one stage before a brief fightback came through.

Guptill was batting on 31 off 40 balls when rain intervened, but on resumption, he accumulated 56 runs off just 32 balls, ending with five sixes and as many fours. The best was his 45-run stand with Shoaib Malik (27) for the fourth wicket and when he was out for 60 Pakistan were in trouble at 127-6.

But while they got Colin Munro (0) early and Shadab took a great catch to remove Kane Williamson (19), Pakistan had no answers after the break as Guptill quickly took the game - and potentially the five-match series - away from them.

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The 16, 17 and 18th over of New Zealand's chase produced a total of 41 runs and the equation was brought down to a very manageable 42 required off as many deliveries.

Babar Azam also failed to have an impact as he was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for 10 runs.

Mohammad Hafeez hit a solid 60, the 33rd ODI half-century for the veteran right-hander as he held the first half of the innings together.

Earlier, ODI bests from Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan salvaged what shaped as a feeble Pakistan innings. Hasan took charge in their stand, striking four boundaries and four sixes, beginning his assault with successive sixes off Mitchell Santner.

Hasan then blasted his first 50 and Khan his second when they mounted a rescue mission with Pakistan 141 for seven in the 37th over. Faheem Ashraf (1-30) produced the second breakthrough for Pakistan when Shadab Khan (0-29) produced a blinder at point to dismiss Williamson and New Zealand ended the powerplay with a score of 48 for two. Shadab went on to make 52, to match his highest score in ODIs and to drag Pakistan closer to a competitive total.

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