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Pakistan to target Kiwi openers in second ODI

NELSON: Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mehmood said on Monday his boys will target New Zealand’s swashbuckling opening pair in the second ODI.

Azhar said he has faith in the team’s bowling attack and they will perform better in the upcoming game.

While speaking at the pre-match press conference, he said Pakistan will target the key wickets of openers early in the game.

“Both [Guptill and Munro] are in great form and playing well. We need to get them out early. We will bowl to get wickets,” he said, noting the distinct playing styles of the two batsmen.

“Munro likes hitting. Guptill is a [great] batsman, takes his time. We will aim to get them out.”

Azhar further regretted the unfortunate rain during the first ODI believing Pakistan could have won the match.

While responding a question he said, New Zealand are the top side but not the toughest to beat. Pakistan have beaten the top side in the near past, he maintained.

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