Black Caps pro­pelled by Boult hat-trick

Pace­man makes mem­o­rable in­ter­na­tional re­turn to set up vic­tory in ODI opener

The New Zealand Herald - - Supersport - Niall Anderson

The Black Caps needed some­thing spe­cial to get their sea­son on track, and Trent Boult had just the thing. Mak­ing his in­ter­na­tional re­turn after parental leave, Boult claimed New Zealand’s first ODI hat-trick in nearly 12 years, rip­ping through the top of the Pak­istan or­der as the Black Caps earned a 47-run vic­tory in the open­ing ODI in the United Arab Emi­rates.

After suf­fer­ing a 3-0 se­ries de­feat in the Twenty20 se­ries, it was a re­turn to a favoured for­mat for the Black Caps, who now have 12 straight ODI wins against Pak­istan — a streak that stretches back to 2014.

The vic­tory dou­bles as the first win un­der new coach Gary Stead, and he had a slice of his­tory ac­com­pa­ny­ing it, with Boult join­ing Shane Bond (against Aus­tralia in 2007) and Danny Mor­ri­son (v In­dia in 1994) as the only Black Caps to claim an ODI hat-trick.

It’s fair to say Boult’s tri­fecta was the best of the lot. 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 dan­ger­ous bats­men.

“It’s my third hat-trick ever I reckon, and the other two I got were in the same game against Whakata¯ne back in 2002,” laughed Boult.

Fakhar Za­man, Babar Azam and Mo­ham­mad Hafeez were the vic­tims, fall­ing to Boult’s bowl­ing in three dif­fer­ent fash­ions.

Za­man was the first to go, bowled off his pads on to the stumps, be­fore Azam flayed at a wide yorker, with the edge fly­ing to Ross Tay­lor at slip.

Hafeez came out to face the hat­trick ball, and was promptly trapped lbw by an in­swinger, and up went the um­pire’s fin­ger to scenes of cel­e­bra­tion among the Black Caps play­ers.

Boult de­scribed what was go­ing through his mind on the hat-trick ball.

“Just make him play, I guess. There’s not too many oc­ca­sions where I’ve been on a hat-trick in a one-day match so to make him play and slide one on to his pads was a pretty good feel­ing.”

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

Tay­lor and Tom Latham an­chored the in­nings, putting on 130 for the fourth wicket after the vis­i­tors were re­duced to 78-3. Latham looked in good knick in his re­turn to in­ter­na­tional cricket, mak­ing 68 from 64 balls, while Tay­lor over­came a scratchy pe­riod to com­pile a se­date but valu­able 80 from 112 de­liv­er­ies.

At 208-3 with nine overs re­main­ing, the Black Caps looked set up to launch, but a mini-col­lapse nearly scut­tled their plans. Three wick­ets in four balls from spin­ner Shadab Khan saw Latham, Henry Ni­cholls and Colin de Grand­homme depart, be­fore Tay­lor fell in the next over; the Black Caps slump­ing to 210-7.

They were res­cued by Tim Southee (20 off 21) and Ish Sodhi (24 off 19), who mixed re­straint with a few lusty blows to reach a re­spectable to­tal, be­fore Boult hit the last ball of the in­nings for six.

It was a sign of what was to come. After rip­ping apart the Pak­istan top or­der — and com­pletely over­shad­ow­ing the ef­forts of poor Shadab — Boult got some sup­port from his bowl­ing coun­ter­parts, with a qual­ity Lockie Fer­gu­son short ball dis­miss­ing Imam ul-Haq, be­fore

To make him play and slide one on to his pads was a pretty good feel­ing. Trent Boult

Shoaib Ma­lik had a brain ex­plo­sion and holed out off de Grand­homme’s bowl­ing.

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.

Pak­istan had no re­views left, so Shadab had to go, and it was left to the pair of Sar­fraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim to res­cue the hosts from 85-6.

They gave it a good crack — adding 103 to give Pak­istan an out­side shot, but a su­perb de Grand­homme yorker up­rooted Sar­fraz for 64, and even­tu­ally the task be­came too chal­leng­ing.

Trent Boult cel­e­brates after tak­ing a hat-trick in only the third over of New Zealand’s in­nings against Pak­istan yes­ter­day.

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