Pakistan vs New Zealand - Highlights & Stats

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

The Pakistan innings got off to a disastrous start with Trent Boult taking a hat-trick in his second over.

Trent Boult became only the third New Zealand player to claim a one-day worldwide hat-trick as the Black Caps secured the first victory of their tour against Pakistan.

Pakistan, who won the Twenty20 series 3-0, are playing with two spinners in Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan with a back-up in spinning allrounder Mohammad Hafeez.

Boult becomes the fifth New Zealander to claim an ODI hat-trick, joining Shane Bond, Emily Drumm, Julie Harris and Danny Morrison. "He's impressed us during the UAE tour so far and we have full confidence he can do a job for this team in the 50-over format", Stead said. While Bond and Morrison's both came in the last over of the innings, Boult's effort came during the third over, and removed Pakistan's three most unsafe batsmen.

"The hat-trick ball I was just trying to make him play and to slide one onto the pads is a great feeling".

Boult's brilliance proved to be a ideal catalyst for a dominant victory, after the Black Caps had earlier posted 266-9 after electing to bat first on the Abu Dhabi pitch.

Earlier, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham scored fighting half-centuries to lift New Zealand to a challenging 266-9. Latham looked in good knick in his return to global cricket, making 68 from 64 balls, while Taylor overcame a scratchy period to compile a sedate but valuable 80 from 112 deliveries.

He finished with figures of 3 for 54 as Pakistan were bowled out for 219 in 47.2 overs.

But tailenders Ish Sodhi (24) and Tim Southee (20) added 42 precious runs for the eighth wicket to give New Zealand a more competitive total, as Shaheen finished with 4-46 in his nine overs.

Taylor had Latham in good support as New Zealand looked set for a big total at 199-3 after 40 overs before Shadab took three wickets in the 42nd over.

It was a sign of what was to come.

Sodhi chipped in with a controversial wicket from his first ball, with Shadab (poor, poor Shadab.) missing the ball by a mile but given out caught behind anyway, in a horrific decision from umpire Joel Wilson.

In response Pakistan crumbled to 85-6, before Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) added 103 for the seventh wicket.

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