New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd ODI: Guptill fires New Zealand to victory in rain-affected showdown

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Martin Guptill was named Man of the Match for his match-winning innings of 86

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Martin Guptill walloped an unbeaten 86 as New Zealand cruised to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the second ODI in Nelson.

The Black Caps’ win puts them 2-0 up in the series after they won the first ODI in Wellington.

Choosing to bat first, Pakistan found themselves in early trouble as openers Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali were dismissed by Trent Boult and Tim Southee for two and six runs respectively.

Babar Azam also failed to have an impact as he was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for 10 runs.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik kept New Zealand at bay temporarily with a 45-run partnership before Malik was caught by Southee at long-on off the bowling of Todd Astle for 27.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed fell shortly after, while Hafeez went on to make 60 off 71 balls, which included eight boundaries, before he was caught by Guptill at extra cover off the bowling of Mitchell Santner.

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Mohammad Hafeez raises his bat upon scoring his 33rd ODI fifty

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Even though Faheem Ashraf was dismissed for seven, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali provided the spark Pakistan desperately needed as they amassed a 70-run partnership, during which Hasan brought up his fifty.

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Hasan Ali is ecstatic after bringing up his maiden ODI fifty

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However, not long after, he was walking back to the pavilion as he was caught by Astle at deep midwicket off the bowling of Southee for a career-best 51, which came off 31 balls and included four boundaries and four sixes.

Shadab ended up scoring 52 off 68 deliveries, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ferguson.

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Shadab Khan struck his second half-century in ODI cricket

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Thanks to Hasan and Shadab, Pakistan finished on 246/9 off their 50 overs.

Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Southee and Astle snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Boult and Santner, they chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 247 to win, New Zealand were dealt a huge blow on the third ball of their innings as the in-form Colin Munro was caught by Ashraf at third man off the bowling of Mohammad Amir for a duck.

Captain Kane Williamson mustered 19 runs before he was caught by Shadab at backward point off the bowling of Ashraf.

Shortly after, the rain came and after a lengthy delay, the match was reduced to 25 overs and New Zealand’s target was revised to 151.

Guptill and Taylor began to up the ante once play resumed as they took the attack to Pakistan’s bowlers and put the tourists on the back foot.

Despite trying everything in their power to get another wicket, Pakistan were unable to stop Guptill and Taylor from leading New Zealand to victory as they ended up putting together an unbeaten 104-run partnership.

Guptill finished on 86 off 71 balls, which included five boundaries and five sixes, while Taylor remained undefeated on 45 off 43 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Amir and Ashraf claimed one wicket each.

Sarfraz was less than impressed with his side’s performance, and said: “Very disappointing performance. Our batting didn’t do well and we needed the lower order to perform. It was very disappointing. [I know] the rain isn’t in our hands, but when it came down, the momentum was in our favour. We lost too many wickets in the first ten overs. Inshallah, we’ll bounce back.”

Williamson was pleased to have extended the series lead to 2-0, and said: “Yeah it was a brilliant performance. I think for the first half we were brilliant with the ball and then Pakistan showed resistance. It worked in our favour to have Guptill out there. Martin playing with that freedom was great to watch.”

Guptill was named Man of the Match, and said: “We got off to a good start. Of course, losing Colin wasn’t ideal. I spent most of my time during the break on the physio bed. Ross [Taylor] is quite a calming influence. It was nice to have him there and see it through to the end.”

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