New Zealand beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the first One-Day international, played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday (Nov 7).
New Zealand scored 266-9, but Pakistan were all out for 219 in 47.2 overs.
Kiwi pacer Trent Boult became the third New Zealand bowler to claim a hat-trick as he dismissed Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) scored half-centuries. He finished with figures of 3 for 54 as Pakistan were bowled out for 219 in 47.2 overs.
“It´s nice to be back out there and get the win for the boys,” said Boult, who missed the 3-0 loss in the preceding Twenty20 series due to the birth of his child. “I think the new ball is a key part of the game and we know what early wickets can do to chasing totals. “The hat-trick ball I was just trying to make him play and to slide one onto the pads is a great feeling.”Sheikh Zayed Stadium
The remaining two matches will be played in Abu Dhabi on Friday and Dubai on Sunday.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, George Worker
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17 November, 2019