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NZ crush Pak by 9 wickets in 1st ODI

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Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 11:56 [IST]
 
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NZ crush Pak by 9 wickets in 1st ODI

After bowling out Pakistan for a meagre 124 in 37.2 overs, with Tim Southee taking 5/33, New Zealand romped home by a mammoth 9 wickets in just 17.2 overs with Jesse Ryder making a 34-ball 55 and Martin Guptill unbeaten on 40 and Ross Taylor, not out on 23.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan got off to a positive start... or so it seemed at first. Opener Kamran Akmal struck James Franklin for a four in the second ball of the day. Three quiet overs ensued before Tim Southee had Mohammad Hafeez caught behind for a duck. Pakistan were 9/1 after 3.4 overs. Younis Khan smacked a couple of fours to dissipate the pressure, but Kamran couldn't keep his end up and was caught by Jesse Ryder at point off Southee for 8.

Asad Shafiq got into gear immediately, hitting the bowler for a boundary in the same over, but just two overs later, Southee took revenge by trapping Shafiq in front for 4 as Pakistan slipped to a pitiful 29/3 in 9.4 overs. 10 peaceful overs followed in which Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq just pushed for ones and twos, but in a dramatic 20th over, pacer Hamish Bennett dismissed Younis (24) and Umar Akmal (0) in successive balls. Shahid Afridi survived the hat-trick ball, but Pakistan were still reeling at 57/5.

Afridi and Misbah attempted to bring about a recovery, but their plans were cut short when Southee had Afridi caught behind for 15 in the 28th over. Just two overs later, comeback man Jacob Oram, effected a double strike, getting rid of Abdul Razzak for 6 and Abdul Rehman for a duck, in consecutive balls, both wickets coming from caught behinds. Pakistan were in dire straits at 96/8 in 30 overs.

Misbah and Sohail Tanvir took the tourists over 100, but the latter couldn't hold out much longer and was snapped up by Ryder at square leg off Bennett, for 6. With few options available, Misbah took the batting powerplay and hammered Southee for two fours in the 36th over. But in the 38th over, Misbah's last stand came to an end when he was bowled by Southee for 50 off 88 balls. Pakistan were thus all out for 124 in 37.2 overs.

In reply, New Zealand got off to a blistering start, with openers Martin Guptill and Jesse Ryder running 9 runs off the first over and 6 off the second. Guptill crashed the first boundary of the innings off Shoiab Akhtar in the 3rd over. Then Ryder had a bumper 5th over as he hammered Shoiab for two fours and a six to take the score to 39/0 after 5 overs. The batsman continued the blitz into the next over, taking a four and six off Sohail Tanvir to bring up the Kiwis' 50 in just 6 overs.

But Ryder wasn't finished with business. He smashed Akhtar for two more fours in the 7th over and took two twos off him to make the score 66/0 after 7 overs. In the 10th over, Ryder took a run off Tanvir to bring up his 50 in 31 balls. The batsman then struck another four off Tanvir to celebrate. But in the next ball, Tanvir brought an end to Ryder's blitzkrieg when he had him caught by Asad Shafiq at point for 55 off 34 balls. New Zeland were 84/1 in 10 overs.

Then Ross Taylor took a single of Abdul Razzak to bring up the hosts' 100 in the 15th over. Two overs later, Taylor got stuck into Abdur Rehman, knocking a four and a six off him and by the middle of the next over, New Zealand were home. The Kiwis had pulled off a handsome 9-wicket win to go 1-0 up in the series.

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