Boult hat-trick fu­els New Zealand’s win over Pak­istan in Abu Dhabi ODI

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Trent Boult be­came the third New Zealand bowler to claim a one-day in­ter­na­tional hat­trick as his side de­feated Pak­istan by 47 runs in the first match in Abu Dhabi yes­ter­day.

Pace spear­head Boult re­duced Pak­istan to 8 for 3 in their chase of 267 after he dis­missed Fakhar Za­man (one), Babar Azam (nought) and Mo­hamed Hafeez (nought) in the third over.

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

“It’s nice to be back out there and get the win for the boys,” said Boult, who missed the 3-0 loss in the pre­ced­ing Twenty20 se­ries due to the birth of his child.

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

Vet­eran bats­man Ross Tay­lor top­scored with 80 while wick­et­keeper Tom Latham struck 68 off 64 balls to lead New Zealand to 266-9 after they won the toss and bat­ted at Sheikh Zayed Sta­dium.

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

Boult ex­posed Pak­istan’s bat­ting woes early on, bowl­ing Za­man off his pads be­fore hav­ing Azam caught at slip and then trap­ping Hafeez leg-be­fore with a sharp in­swing­ing de­liv­ery.

He joined fast bowlers Danny Mor­ri­son (v In­dia at Napier in 1999) and Shane Bond (v Aus­tralia at Ho­bart in 2007) as the only New Zealan­ders to take an ODI hat-trick.

Imam-ul-Haq (34) and Shoaib Ma­lik (30) added 63 for the fourth wicket but both fell in suc­ces­sive overs be­fore the Sar­fraz-Wasim stand briefly reignited hopes.

BRIEF SCORES

New Zealand: 266 for 9 in 50 overs (Ross Tay­lor 80, T. Latham 68, Sha­heen 4-46, Shadab 4-38)

Pak­istan: 219 all out in 47.2 overs (Sar­fraz Ahmed 64, Imad Wasim 50, Boult 3-54, Fer­gu­son 3-36)

Re­sult: New Zealand won by 47 runs

Trent Boult cel­e­brates his hat-trick against Pak­istan in Abu Dhabi.

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