New Zealand beat Pakistan as Boult takes hat-trick

  • New Zealand beat Pakistan as Boult takes hat-trick

New Zealand beat Pakistan as Boult takes hat-trick

New Zealand´s Trent Boult bowls during the first one day global (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 7, 2018.

Just three days after flying into the United Arab Emirates from paternity leave, Boult became New Zealand's third hat-trick taker in one-day global cricket to spark a 47-run victory over Pakistan in the first ODI.

He finished with figures of 3 for 54 as Pakistan were bowled out for 219 in 47.2 overs.

Boult had missed the Twenty20 worldwide series to attend the birth of his first child but it didn't take long for him to announce his arrival in the ODI series. It's not his job, his job is to do batting and if he concentrate on that it's better.

"There's not too many occasions I've been on a hat-trick in a one-day match". Boult also smashed a maximum off the last ball by Junaid Khan as Pakistan conceded 50 runs off the final five overs in an innings full of ebb and flow.

Grandhomme took 2 for 40 while Lockie Ferguson finished with 3 for 36.

Boult joined Danny Morrison (against India in Napier in 1994) and Shane Bond (against Australia in Hobart in 2007) as New Zealand hat-trick takers with the 46th occurrence in ODI cricket.

Earlier, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham scored fighting half-centuries to lift New Zealand to a challenging 266-9.

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi, playing only his fourth one-day worldwide, jolted New Zealand at the start with the wickets of George Worker (one) and Colin Munro (29).

Shadab broke the century stand by having Latham and Henry Nicholls leg before wicket off consecutive balls and one ball later Colin de Grandhomme was caught in the slip.

Tim Southee (20 off 21) and Sodhi (24 off 19) each hit out late to boost New Zealand's flagging innings to a roughly par total.

Sarfraz termed Taylor's gestures "disgraceful" and said they were not in the spirit of the game.

The senior New Zealand batsman gesticulated with a bent arm during Hafeez's first over, in an apparent reference to the all-rounder's questionable action.

That left Pakistan 8-3 in their chase of 267 but they rallied, with Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) putting on 103 for the seventh wicket to give them a chance of victory.

After whitewashing the Kiwis in the T20I series, they crashed to a defeat by 47 runs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.