Shahid Afridi added hit 67 runs off just 29 balls © Getty Images
Shahid Afridi added hit 67 runs off just 29 balls © Getty Images

Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry score of 210 in the first One-Day International (ODI) played against New Zealand at Wellington on Saturday. Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq were the only saving grace for Pakistan as both managed to hit individual half-centuries to put Pakistan above the 200-run landmark. This performance again highlighted Pakistan’s batting issues in the 50-over format.

Pakistan got the first jolt only in the first over of the innings as Mohammad Hafeez was out in the first over bowled by Kyle Mills.

Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan followed soon as Pakistan were crumbled to 32 for three. But a 49-run partnership between all-rounder Haris Sohail and Misbah-ul-Haq eased things in the middle before Sohail was dismissed by Corey Anderson. More wickets fell before Afridi arrived to the crease went blitzkrieg. He got to his half-century only off 21 balls which gave some soul to the innings. Afridi’s knock involved nine boundaries and three hits over the boundary. Both Misbah and Afridi fell after completing their half centuries.

For New Zealand, Grant Elliott emerged as the most successful bowler as managed to scalp three wickets giving away 26 runs. While, Corey Anderson, Trent Boult and Kyle Mills picked up two wickets each.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 210 all out in 45.3 overs ( Shahid Afridi 67; Grant Elliott 3 for 26) vs New Zealand.

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