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New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult took a sensational hat-trick to lead his side to a 47-run win over Pakistan in the first ODI in Abu Dhabi.
Choosing to bat first, New Zealand made a disappointing start to their innings as opener George Worker was caught behind off the bowling of Shaheen Shah Afridi for one run.
Colin Munro made a 27-ball 29 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Afridi.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson didn’t fare any better as he was dismissed by Shadab Khan for 27.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor stabilised the innings as they amassed a 130-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.
Latham ended up making 68, which came off 64 balls and included five boundaries, before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Shadab.
Shadab struck twice more in the same over as he removed Henry Nicholls the very next ball and Colin de Grandhomme two balls after dismissing Nicholls.
Taylor went on to score a 112-ball 80, which included five boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Imad Wasim.
With Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee scoring 24 and 20 respectively, New Zealand finished on 266/9 off their 50 overs.
Afridi and Shadab picked up four wickets apiece, while Imad chipped in with one.
Chasing 267 to win, Pakistan made a dismal start to their innings as opener Fakhar Zaman was clean bowled by Boult for one run.
Boult then removed Babar Azam for a golden duck before trapping Mohammad Hafeez lbw to complete his hat-trick.
With Pakistan having lost three wickets in as many balls, Imam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik steadied things with a 63-run partnership before Imam was caught by De Grandhomme at midwicket off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for 34.
Malik went on to score 30 before he was caught by Williamson at mid-off off the bowling of De Grandhomme.
Shadab fell shortly after, but Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Imad came to the rescue with a 103-run partnership, during which Sarfraz brought up his fifty.
Sarfraz proceeded to make a 69-ball 64, which included seven boundaries, before he was clean bowled by De Grandhomme.
As for Imad, he ended up scoring a 72-ball 50, which included two sixes, before he was sent packing by Southee.
With Ferguson taking out Hasan Ali and Afridi in consecutive deliveries, Pakistan were bowled out for 219.
Boult and Ferguson took three wickets apiece, while De Grandhomme snapped up two, and Southee and Sodhi claimed one wicket each.
Boult was named Man of the Match.