NZ down Pak by 70 runs, Amir takes 3 on re­turn

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

New Zealand pace­men Trent Boult and Grant El­liott shared seven wick­ets as the hosts bun­dled out Pak­istan for 210 to win the first one-day in­ter­na­tional at the pacy Basin Re­serve by 70 runs on Mon­day.

El­liott did the early dam­age while Boult, the world's topranked ODI bowler, ran through Pak­istan's lower or­der as the tour­ing side were shot out in 46 overs, chas­ing a tar­get of 281 in the first of the three­match se­ries. Pak­istan cap­tain Azhar Ali and Ahmed She­hzad fell early to El­liott but Mo­ham­mad Hafeez (42) and Babar Azam (62) added 81 for the third wicket to put them back on course.

A mid-in­nings col­lapse, how­ever, saw Pak­istan lose their last seven wick­ets for 68 runs de­spite New Zealand be­ing a bowler short in the ab­sence of Mitchell McCle­naghan, who suf­fered a blow to his eye while bat­ting and was forced to re­tire hurt.

New Zealand, put in to bat, were re­duced to 99-6 in the 23rd over be­fore man-of-the­match Henry Ni­colls res­cued them with a knock of 82.

The left- han­der, play­ing only his sixth ODI, added 79 for the sev­enth wicket with Mitchell Sant­ner (48) be­fore Matt Henry and McCle­naghan launched a late as­sault to power New Zealand to 280-6 in their 50 overs.

Henry hit four sixes and the same num­ber of fours in his 30ball 48 while McCle­naghan, who was hit by an An­war Ali bouncer that went through the gap in his hel­met, smashed 31 in 18 balls as New Zealand scored 71 off their last five overs.

The left-arm fast bowler suf­fered a small frac­ture above his left eye and will un­dergo a mi­nor surgery on Fri­day, lo­cal me­dia quoted a Black Caps spokesper­son as say­ing.

The in­jury is likely to keep the 29-year-old out of the re­main­ing matches against Pak­istan. "Thanks for all the con­cerns.

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