Ross Taylor would like to add valuable contribution to the team © Getty Images ( File Photo)
Ross Taylor would like to add valuable contribution to the team © Getty Images ( File Photo)

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Grant Elliot has been adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant all-round display in the game.

New Zealand have beaten Pakistan by seven wickets, with over 10 overs remaining and have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Pakistan will look to make a strong comeback in the second ODI at Napier. Ross Taylor and Grant Elliot finished on 59 and 64 respectively in a partnership worth 112. Here’s our match report

Grant Elliot gets to his well-deserved half-century. He has batted extremely well and these are encouraging signs for New Zealand going into the ICC World Cup 2015.

Ross Taylor brings up his 29th ODI fifty as his effort is inching New Zealand towards a well-deserved victory in the first match at Christchurch. Grant Elliot is nearing his half-century at the other end. Pakistan have all but given up at the moment.

Two more wickets of Guptill and Tom Latham but this partnership between Grant Elliott and Ross Taylor is flourishing . It will be a matter of only few overs before New Zealand win this match if something drastic doesn’t happen.

New Zealand started well in chase of Pakistan’s 210 but they have lost Brendon McCullum only in the fourth over of the innings as he tried to go for a big shot but the ball rolls up in the air and he is caught at point.

Pakistan have been bowled out for 210 in 45.3 overs after half-centuries from skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi. Afridi brought up his fifty off 21 balls. Overall, New Zealand will be happy with their performance.

Shahid Afridi has finally been dismissed, much to the delight of the New Zealand bowlers. He came in at a tough period and blazed his way through it with some great support from his captain Misbah-ul-Haq at the other end. The last pair must try and bat the entire 50 overs now. Here’s our innings report

Thats it! Grant Elliot smashes the ball to the fence and New Zealand take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. They have decimated Pakistan by seven wickets with over 10 overs to spare.

 

Grant Elliot now goes past fifty as his partnership with Ross Taylor nears the 100-run mark. New Zealand are almost home, Pakistan have virtually given up.

 

Ross taylor brings up his 29 ODI half-century as he taes New Zealand to victory. He is well supported at Grant Elliot at the other end, who is nearing a fifty himself. Great going by New Zealand.

 

New Zealand in total command at the moment as the pair of Ross Taylor and Grant Elliot look set to take their team home without any further hiccups.

 

Not much runs remaining for New Zealand to chase. Grant Elliott and Ross Taylor have laid a foundation to take New Zealand towards win in this first ODI. Pakistan bowlers need to do something special here.

 

 

Martin Guptill is dismissed by Mohammad Irfan . Three wickets down for New Zealand. Grant Elliott has come to bat now. New Zealand are well in control of the situation if Pakistan don’t do anything drastic with the ball now.
!OUT Guptill c Bhatti b Irfan 39(48)

 

 

Tom Latham is dismissed after he got off to a good start. He is caught behind off the bowling of Shahid Afridi, who picks up his first wicket. Ross Taylor comes out to join Guptill.
T Latham 23 (28) c Sarfraz b Afridi

 

New Zealand are off to a great start despite losing the wicket of Brendon McCullum early on. New Zealand will win this match easily if they proceed at this rate.

 

 

Brendon McCullum looked in good form but he has been dismissed by Bilwal Bhatti. Tom Latham now comes in.
OUT!! Brendon McCullum c Ahmed Shehzad b Bhatti 17(12)

 

 

That’s it! It’s all over. Pakistan have been dismissed for 210 in the 46th over. Grant Elliot stars with the ball for New Zealand as he finishes with three for 26. Pakistan will be disappointed that they haven’t played out their full quota of 50 overs.
Ehsan Adil 6 (8) c McCullum b Elliot

 

The last wicket partnership of Ehsan Adil and Mohammad Irfan look to survive and play out the remaining overs after Shahid Afridi played an excellent innings.

 

OUT! Shahid Afridi is finally dismissed for 67 off just 29 balls. He was at his aggressive best and helped Pakistan out of trouble with his crucial partnership with his skipper Misbah-ul-Haq. The last wicket pair has to look to survive till the 50th over.
Shahid Afridi 67(29) c Guptill b Milne

 

Pakistan lose yet another wicket after Bilawal Bhatti is out for a duck. Shahid Afridi is going ballistic at the other end and needs someone to hang around with him till the end of the innings as Ehsan Adil walks out to the middle.
Bilawal Bhatti c Guptill b Boult 0(2)

 

OUT! Misbah-ul-Haq is out just when he looked to be extremely aggressive. The partnership with Afridi was extremely crucial and his dismissal at this stage is a huge blow for Pakistan.
Misbah-ul-Haq 55 (82) c Latham b Elliot

 

Shahid Afridi has come with a plan here. He is trying to hit everything which is coming his way. In a matter of few minutes he has reached to a score of 42 off just 19 balls.

 

 

Safraz Ahmed is dismissed by Corey Anderson. It was length delivery outside off but Sarfraz who tried to steer it towards the square leg boundary was caught at deep square leg. Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq has completed his fifty.
OUT!!! Sarfraz Ahmed c Latham b Corey Anderson 5(12)

 

Grant Elliott has sent Umar Akmal back to the pavilion. It was slower ball which sneaked under Akmal’s bat and hit the stumps. Sarfraz is out their now.
OUT!!!U Akmal b Elliott 13(25)

 

Pakistan are moving ahead but slowly. These two batsmen need to be their for Pakistan. Misbah’s role will be crucial for the team.

 

It looked as if this partnership would make things easy for Pakistan but Corey Anderson has got the wicket of Haris Sohail. The fourth-wicket partnership between Sohail and Misbah is broken after adding 49 crucial runs. Umar Akmal is out in the middle now.
!!OUT H Sohail c Guptill b Corey Anderson 23(38)

 

 

 

 


 

Big Wicket! Younis Khan has been given LBW to Mills. This one swung in sharply from length to beat Younis’ bat as he looked to whip it away. Younis reviews the decision, but he’s struck in front of middle and that’s hitting leg stump. Younis goes back. Pakistan are in deep trouble now.
OUT! Younis Khan lbw b Mills 9 (26)

 

Another wicket! Caught behind. Ahmed Shehzad, who was batting well is gone now. Huge blow for Pakistan. Trent Boult is the successful bowler.
OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Ronchi b Boult 15 (34)

 

 

 

Slow start by Pakistan. After losing Hafeez early, they are just trying to play out the initial overs. New Zealand bowlers are bowling excellent line and length, they are not giving anything away.
OUT! Bowled! Poor start by Pakistan. Kyle Mils gets the wicket of Hafeez. This was a good length delivery which holds its line, Hafeez comes on the front foot and looks to defend, he was playing for the outswinger, but the ball jags back in slightly, sneaks through the bat-pad gap and hits the top of off. Younis Khan is the new man in.
OUT! Mohammad Hafeez b Mills 0 (5)

Toss: New Zealand win the toss and decide to bowl first

Teams

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(w), Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult, Adam Milne

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c) Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first One-Day International(ODI) between New Zealand and Pakistan at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. We will be bringing you all the updates from the match. READ: New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st ODI Preview

New Zealand will take on Pakistan in the final bilateral series ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015. For both teams, this series will be the final dress rehearsal for the mega event. New Zealand are high on confidence following series wins against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The Kiwis played Pakistan in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in last December and won the five match ODI series 3-2. That was a major achievement for Brendon McCullum team, which is considered as one the favourites to win the World Cup. They followed it up with a 4-2 home series win against another Asian giant, Sri Lanka. So before the start of this short series against Misbah-ul-Haq‘s Pakistan, New Zealand will be high on confidence.

Pakistan, on the other hand would be hurt, following their series loss against the very same team and now they would love to turn the tables in their favour by giving a taste of defeat to the Kiwis at their own backyard. They will primarily rely on their bowling unit to take most of the responsibility. On the bowling friendly conditions in New Zealand, pace bowlers like Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil can become handy. Also they have quality spinners to back up their pacers.

Squads:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Haris Sohail, Ehsan Adil, Yasir Shah, Sohaib Maqsood

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(wk), Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne

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