Friday, 16 November, 2018

First ODI: New Zealand set Pakistan 267-run target

Corey Anderson last played ODI in the 2017 Champions Trophy Corey Anderson last played ODI in the 2017 Champions Trophy
Cassandra Castillo | 08 November, 2018, 18:27

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed insists his team can end an 11-match losing run to New Zealand when the two sides meet in the first one-day global in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

"His job is to bat and it would be better if he concentrated on that", he said, adding that his conduct was not sportsmanlike.

Ross Taylor has enraged Pakistan after levelling a stunning accusation at Mohammed Hafeez as New Zealand won their ODI clash on Wednesday.

Boult exposed Pakistan´s batting woes early on, bowling Zaman off his pads before having Azam caught at slip and then trapping Hafeez leg-before with a sharp inswinging delivery.

Taylor (80 off 112 balls) and another recent arrival Tom Latham (68 off 64) anchored New Zealand's innings of 266-9 which stuttered late and almost saw another hat-trick.

"There's not too many occasions I've been on a hat-trick in a one-day match".

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

The skipper soon reached his half-century as the pair clocked up their century stand, which threatened to give this match the climax it deserved until de Grandhomme (2/40, plus two catches) picked up the vital scalp of Sarfraz (64 from 69 balls) as the match entered the final ten overs.

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However, once Pakistan skipper Sarfraz dragged a Colin de Grandhomme delivery onto his stumps New Zealand were nearly home and dry.

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.

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).

Latham, who boasts an exceptional record in Asia, joined Taylor at the crease as the duo set about hitting over half of their team's total.

He trapped Latham and Henry Nicholls lbw in successive balls, then de Grandhomme just got an inside edge onto a googly to deny the hat-trick ball.

Pakistan have taken serious offence to Ross Taylor's gesture about illegal bowling during this morning's first ODI, calling the act "disgraceful".

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.

Pakistan will look to level the three-match series when the two teams meet in the second ODI on Friday.

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