Pakistan team gets Maori welcome in New Zealand

  • Pakistan team gets Maori welcome in New Zealand

Pakistan team gets Maori welcome in New Zealand

In a repeat of the first global, which New Zealand won by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, Pakistan were always under pressure after losing early wickets and fell short of a par score at Saxton Oval where teams which bat first in ODIs average 260.

In the last eight overs, when New Zealand needed to lift the run rate, they were restricted to 48 runs and lost seven wickets of which 11 runs came in the final over.

The score is also the second lowest ever made against New Zealand.

Chasing 247 for a win, New Zealand were rocked early when Colin Munro was dismissed without opening his account on the thid ball of their innings.

However, even after New Zealand's bowling attack was able to keep Pakistan batsmen quiet in both the matches, the Kiwi skipper feels that his team needs to improve their game standards, especially with the bowl.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Imam ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees. The New Zealand team comfortably won the encounter after Pakistan team were 60 odd runs short in a rain-affected game.

On the first ball of the next over Williamson wanted to run two on a drive to deep point but Guptill was too slow to respond and was easily run out for 45.

Tom Latham joined Taylor to maintain the pace with New Zealand 195 for three after 40 overs.