Right, then! After suffering a defeat in the T20I series, New Zealand bounce back and start off on a winning note in the 50-over format. Pakistan's unfavourable record against the Kiwis continue, but they would like to change that soon, preferably in the next game itself. The 2nd ODI takes place at this same venue, on 9th November, at 1500 local (1100 GMT). Do join in for that. Take care!
New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson says all the games they have played so far have been difficult but they adapted to the conditions better this time which did the trick. States that they had some really good partnerships going and obviously Trent Boult's hat-trick played a big part. Reckons that the tail did well otherwise they were looking at a total below 230. Is happy with the overall performance and wants to take the momentum forward into the next game.
Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed says they started well with the ball and kept the Kiwis to 210/7, but then they couldn't capitalize and that hurt them. Adds that he brought Hasan Ali into the attack because of the reverse swing but the plans weren't executed properly in the death overs. When asked about their poor record against the Black Caps in ODIs, he feels that New Zealand's new ball bowlers are too good and they do a lot of damage. Stresses that they have to work on not losing wickets early otherwise that will be a real problem going forward. Further adds that it's difficult to come back after losing three early wickets, but they will try to do their best in the next game.
Man of the Match, Trent Boult says it's nice to be back out on the field and play with his teammates again. Reckons that the new ball was key and he knew if he could get it to move around, he could do some damage. On his hat-trick ball, mentions he just wanted to make the batsman play and take it from there. States that their summer pretty much starts here and wants to do well as there's a lot of cricket to be bowled. On his last ball six, he chuckles and says he was hoping someone would ask him about that as he was quite pleased he middled it so well.
All in all, a good outing for the Kiwis. This is their 12th successive win in ODIs over Pakistan. Earlier in the day, Taylor and Latham contributed with a century partnership of their own and with some assistance from the tail, catapulted their side past 260, more or less nullifying Shadab's and Afridi's 4-fer. Then, their bowling later came to the fore and got the job done. The presentation will be coming up shortly...
The Black Caps will be happy with their display in the field. Yes, it might have dragged on longer than they'd have liked to, but they got the win eventually. Boult got things going early in the 3rd over with a hat-trick and pegged the home side back. After that, there was some resistance, but the task was too big. Everybody else played their part, but Ferguson and de Grandhomme stood out as they got crucial wickets at the right moment to break whatever momentum Pakistan had gathered.
A rather comfortable victory for New Zealand in the end as they lead the 3-match series 1-0. The only time they were ever in trouble, or at least seemed like they were, was when Sarfraz and Imad (who scored fifties each) were going along without any trouble. But once their century stand was brought to an end, the writing was more or less on the wall. Malik and Imam before them provided some resistance, but that ended a bit prematurely as well. They were in real trouble when their top order was rocked early, so the task was always going to be a big difficult to be honest.
Junaid Khan is the last man in for Pakistan.
Shaheen Afridi comes out to bat.
Tim Southee returns.
Lockie Ferguson is back.
Review time. New Zealand have opted for the DRS for an lbw decision against Hasan Ali.
Hasan Ali is the new batsman in. Also, Trent Boult is back into the attack.
POWERPLAY 3 has been signalled. 5 fielders now allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end. Colin de Grandhomme returns as well. 8-0-30-1 so far.
Lockie Ferguson is back on. 6-0-21-1 so far.
FREE HIT TIME!
Tim Southee returns. 5-1-17-0 so far.
DRINKS BREAK. 20 overs left. 147 needed. Possible. Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Junaid Khan to come. Then probably, 5 percent chances of that happening. New Zealand will still like to clean it up quickly and get a clinical win. Sarfraz is desperately trying to hang in there but he is running short of partners.
Trent Boult is back into the bowling attack.
Imad Wasim is next in.
Time for some spin. Ish Sodhi is into the attack.
Shadab Khan is the next man in to bat. He was heroic with the ball, can he produce something similar with the bat?
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed walks out next to bat.
Drinks break. Pakistan have recovered well since Boult rocked their world. Imam and Malik have played well as they have made a 50-run partnership so far. They would like to double that at the very least. The spin attack for the Kiwis will be coming soon, so it will be interesting to see how this pair deals with that threat.
Leg slip in place now for Malik.
That last ball was almost close. Ferguson is generating some good pace. Seems he could have a big say in this game.
Colin de Grandhomme brought into the attack.
Powerplay 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Here is Lockie Ferguson.
GoaRocks - 'Hey, wasn't that Usman Khan Shinwari who came out with the towel for Malik? Why aren't Pakistan playing him? He is such a lovely bowler. Still remember how he demolished Sri Lanka in the Middle East' @GoaRocks - Hmmm... fair point but the bowling resources of Pakistan are so strong that it is very difficult to break in. Imagine you are waiting at a railway station in Mumbai for a local train. And it comes jam-packed. Would you get into that over-crowded locomotive or let it pass and wait for the next?
We have a bit of a pause, but not sure why. Okay... someone needs a change of bats. It is Imam. Let's get going then...
A bit of grip issues for Mr. Malik. He adjusts it and then signals a thumbs up towards Southee. Let's resume.
Shoaib Malik comes in now. Pakistan in tatters...
Mohammad Hafeez comes in at number 4, replacing Azam. Time for some lecture. First, the hat-trick ball. Can he see it off? NO!!!! IT IS A HAT-TRICK! Hafeez has been adjudged LBW! But hang on, he has taken a review...
Babar Azam walks in at number 3, replacing Zaman. HAS HE GONE FIRST BALL? New Zealand are celebrating. The umpires are not sure. They have referred it upstairs and the SOFT SIGNAL IS.... OUT. Let's see... big moment in the game.
Tim Southee to bowl with the second new ball. He played a decent cameo with the bat.
Welcome back for the run chase. The players are all ready to play. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq are the openers for Pakistan. Newly-become father, Trent Boult, to start off proceedings to Imam. Here we go...