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Boult hat-trick fuels New Zealand's win over Pakistan

AFP  |  Abu Dhabi 

became the third bowler to claim a one-day international as his side defeated by 47 runs in the first match in

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

He finished with figures of 3 for 54 as 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.

"I think the new ball is a key part of the game and we know what early wickets can do to chasing totals.

"The ball I was just trying to make him play and to slide one onto the pads is a great feeling."

Veteran batsman top-scored with 80 while wicketkeeper struck 68 off 64 balls to lead to 266-9 after they won the toss and batted at

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

However, once Pakistan Sarfraz dragged a Colin de Grandhomme delivery onto his stumps were almost home and dry.

Grandhomme took 2 for 40 while Lockie Ferguson finished with 3 for 36.

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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 (v at Napier in 1999) and (v at in 2007) as the only New Zealanders to take an ODI 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.

Earlier, New Zealand recovered from 78-3 and then 210-7 to set a challenging target.

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi, playing only his fourth one-day international, jolted New Zealand at the start with the wickets of (one) and (29).

Shadab Khan dismissed for 27 before Taylor and Latham came together.

The pair compiled a fourth-wicket stand of 130, but a burst of three wickets from Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab in the 42nd over appeared to halt their charge.

He pinned Latham leg-before and did the same to (nought) the very next ball, before removing De Grandhomme two balls later when he edged to first slip without scoring.

But tailenders Ish Sodhi (24) and (20) added 42 precious runs for the eighth wicket to give New Zealand a more competitive total, as Shaheen finished with 4 for 46 in his nine overs.

"We caught them at 210-7 but 50 plus runs for the last three wickets hurt us badly," said Sarfraz.

"New Zealand have good new ball bowlers and early wickets pushed us too much."

The victory gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and extended their ODI winning streak against Pakistan to 12 matches dating back to December 2014.

The remaining matches are in on Friday and in on Sunday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 09:35 IST
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