WELLINGTON (Dunya News/AFP) – Pakistan pace attack has restricted New Zealand to 109/6 in the first 25 overs of the opening ODI in Wellington on Sunday. Muhammad Amir was the pick of Pakistan bowlers claiming three wickets for 28 runs in 8 overs.
Muhammad Irfan provided the first breakthrough to Pakistan when he removed dangerous Martin Guptill in the fifth over of match.
Martin Guptill was caught by Wahab Riaz off the bowling of Irfan when the New Zealand score was 23. Guptill made 11 runs off 17 balls which included one six and one four.
Tom Latham was removed by Muhammad Amir when the New Zealand score reached 25. Latham gloved a sharp rising delivery from Amir into the safe hands of wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmad. Latham also made 11 runs.
An appeal for caught behind against was Latham turned down and Pakistan went to review the not out decision. Amir sent down a sharp bouncer that rose rapidly on Latham, who was trying to hook from his crease. There was no conclusive deviation, though it looked like one. Hot Spot didn t show anything as the ball whizzes past the glove. There was a blip on the real time snicko though. Pakistan were super confident of their appeal. The third umpire decides that the spike on real time snicko is enough to overturn the decision.
New Zealand stand-in captain Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls gave some stability to their batting abd added 45 runs for the third wicket before Anwar Ali provided a double breakthrough. Anwar Ali bowled Williamson on the third delivery of the 16th over and after two balls clean bowled new batsman Grant Elliott. Williamson made 10 runs while Elliott failed to open his account. Both the wickets fell when New Zealand score was 70.
Then Muhammad Amir struck twice and consecutive overs to give Pakistan an upper hand in the match so far. First he removed Corey Anderson for 10 runs and in his next over got the wicket of Luke Ronchi. Both were caught by Sarfraz.
New Zealand were 109/6 at the end of 25th over of their innings. Henry Nicholls was batting on 39 and Mitchell Santner was not out at 9.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bowl first on a blustery Monday in Wellington at the opening one-day international against New Zealand.
Captain Azhar Ali stacked his side with four fast bowlers, including Mohammad Amir, to try to make the most of the conditions.
“The wicket looks quite good and I think early on it will do something with the new ball,” he said.
New Zealand go into the three-match ODI series buoyed by their 2-1 win in the recent Twenty20 series.
However, they will be without the injured Ross Taylor, with his slot at number five taken by Henry Nicholls.
It is the first ODI match at Wellington s historic Basin Reserve Test venue since 2005 with the rugby ground at Westpac Stadium preferred for Cricket s shorter versions over the past 11 years.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan.
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Henry Nicholls, Grant Elliott, Mitchell Santner, Luke Ronchi, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult.
Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Derek Walker (NZL).
TV umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS).