WLLINGTON – Pakistan will face New Zealand in second one day international on Tuesday, Kiwis already leading the tow match series by 1-0.
New Zealand cruised to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the first of their two one-day internationals in Wellington on Saturday.
After removing Pakistan for 210 in the 46th over, New Zealand reached their target in the 40th over. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum credited his side’s tight fielding with setting the platform for victory.
“It was probably the best we’ve seen all summer and that creates so much intensity and allows the seamers to be able to really get into the game,” he said. “Obviously the run chase was very well planned by Grant [Elliott] and Ross [Taylor].”
The comfortable victory for New Zealand underscored Pakistan’s lack of preparation two weeks away from the start of the World Cup. It was their first ODI since they were beaten 3-2 in a home series against New Zealand before Christmas, and the lack of match play was evident from the moment they lost the toss and were put in to bat.
The batsmen lacked timing and later the bowlers struggled with direction against a New Zealand side which had just completed a 4-2 series win over Sri Lanka.
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq believed they were about 70 runs short of a competitive total. “In the first 10 overs we were nowhere, we had no momentum,” he said. “They bowled really well and we just kept on losing wickets. I think 280-290 could have been a competitive total on this pitch.”
New Zealand launched into their chase at more than six runs an over with McCullum, returning to the line-up after sitting out the last game against Sri Lanka, blasting a rapid 17 before he was gone in the fourth over. Tom Latham fell for 23 and Martin Guptill, who struggled against the Sri Lankans, found the less pressured Pakistani bowling more to his liking as he posted 39.
He was gone just after New Zealand passed the 100 mark in the 18th over, 11 overs quicker than it took Pakistan to reach three figures. Elliott and Taylor then led New Zealand home, adding 112 in an unbeaten fourth wicket stand.
Pakistan’s innings only nudged over the 200 mark thanks to a 71-run partnership in 38 balls by Haq and all-rounder Shahid Afridi.
Second ODI will start at 6:00 am (PST).
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015
Start time: 2 p.m. local time, 1 a.m. GMT
Live on: CSN (Sri Lanka), TVNZ (New Zealand), Sky Sports, PTV Sports.
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