Trent Boult achieved the feat during the first ODI against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. @ Getty Images
Trent Boult achieved the feat during the first ODI against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. @ Getty Images

New Zealand’s left-arm pacer Trent Boult’s joy knows no bounds. Boult, who arrived in the UAE after becoming a father for the first time, became only the third New Zealand bowler to pick a one-day international hat-trick. The left-arm fast bowler achieved the feat during the first ODI against Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Boult first dismissed Fakhar Zaman after angling a back-of-a-length into the pads of the southpaw, who edged it on to the stumps. Zaman departed for just 1. He then fired in a wide yorker which Babar Azam tried to jab at, but ended up finding the edge before it carried to Ross Taylor at first slip. Boult, who has taken 122 wickets in 66 ODIs, completed his hat-trick with the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez, who was out plumb leg before.

Fast-bowler Danny Morrison was the first Kiwi to claim an ODI hat-trick. He achieved the feat against India in 1994. Pace great Shane Bond replicated the feat against Australia in 2007.

New Zealand had set a 267-run target, courtesy Taylor’s 80 and and Tom Latham’s 68.

Opting to bat, the BlackCaps lost openers George Worker and Colin Munro inside eight overs. Worker added just one to the total and departed after he was caught behind by Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed off left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi. Munro smashed five boundaries during his 27-ball 29 but was trapped leg before off Shadab Khan in the eighth over.

Kane Williamson didn’t stay for long after he picked up Mohammad Hafeez at short midwicket to give leg-spinner Shadab his second wicket. The Kiwi skipper departed for 27 off 38.

It took a 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket between the veteran Taylor and Latham to steer the tourists, who were reeling at 78/3 in the 17th over when Williamson departed. Latham was more aggressive in his 64-ball knock that was decorated with five hits to the fence.