Guptill guides New Zealand to easy win over Pakistan

The second ODI will be played at Nelson's Saxton Oval on Tuesday at 03:00 AM

The second ODI will be played at Nelson's Saxton Oval on Tuesday at 03:00 AM

Outside their cameos, and Mohammad Hafeez's 60 from 71 balls, New Zealand straitjacketed the visitors at the outset.

Having restricted oppositions to manageable scores all through their recent golden run, Pakistan were let down by their bowlers in Wellington. But in 2nd ODI which was taken place in 9th January, 2018 at Saxton Oval, Nelson New Zealand won by 8 wickets by applying D/L method. An over after successfully reviewing a caught-behind call, he became the first of many to gift-wrap his wicket - pulling a short ball well outside of off-stump off Trent Boult straight down the throat of Munro at square leg.

Rain arrived shortly afterwards - with New Zealand on 64 for 2 after 14 overs - and only got heavier for the next hour. Pakistan, batting first, turned in another limp batting performance.

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Earlier, it was Pakistan, who won the toss and made a decision to bat first but they lost their openers Azhar Ali (6) and Imam-ul-Haq (2) early. At the same time, Boult was risky with the short ball, with Azhar survived a caught behind after a review showed it was in fact his helmet that had grazed the ball on the way through to the keeper.

He spent the weather break on the physio's table after his back tightened up early in the Black Caps' chase. But just as the momentum was shifting, Malik danced down the wicket and hit one straight to long-on.

Todd Astle is congratulated by team-mates after dismissing Sarfraz Ahmed. Mitchell Santner, seeing the batsman advance, threw it wide outside off. Hafeez reached out but slapped it straight to Guptill at extra cover.

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The pair put pressure on the Pakistani bowling and fielding to extend New Zealand unbeaten sequence this summer. Rumman Raees, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Ashraf all conceded 57 or more runs each - all struggling in the extremely windy conditions - allowing the home team to pile on a 315-run total. Only nine runs later Azhar Ali was gone as well. Shadab continued to attack, as Pakistan took 13 off Southee's final over. On the other hand, New Zealand would be looking to seal the series in their favour. Malik had been in good touch during the last ODI assignment against Sri Lanka in UAE, but doesn't boast of a good record in New Zealand.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and unlike the first ODI, chose to bat first.

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