New Zealand Thump Pakistan in Rain-Hit Second ODI

NELSON: New Zealand won the rain-affected second ODI match against Pakistan quite convincingly at the Saxton Oval, Nelson.

Kiwis took a 2-0 lead in the series after chasing down their DLS target of 151 with seven balls to spare.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision was not backed by the batsmen as the limping batting line failed to inspire once again.

Mohammad Hafeez (61), Hassan Ali (51 off 31) and Shadab Khan ( 52 off 68) were the only positive prospects of the Pakistan innings. Shoaib Malik scored 27 runs before caught by Southee, leaving Pakistan 4-84 in 22nd over.

Hassan Ali’ baton charge in the death overs with Shadab’s gritty inning helped Pakistan put a 246-run target for New Zealand. The target was well-received by the Kiwis. Despite losing Manru earlier, Guptill and Williamson kept the scoring rate up as the rain was expected.

When the rain came down, New Zealand were 64/2 in 15th over with Guptill and Taylor still on the crease.

after a two-hour rain, when the game resumed, it was limited to 25 overs with a revised target of 151.

The Kiwis pair easily hunted down the target inside 23 overs to secure an 8-wicket victory for their team. Martin Guptill (86 off 71 balls) was declared Man of The Match.


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