Boult hat-trick fuels New Zealands win over Pakistan

Corey Anderson featured in the first two Twenty20 internationals but his tour is over after aggravating a heel injury

Pakistan fought hard but never fully recovered from being 8-3, dismissed for 219 in the 48th over.

The Pakistan innings got off to a disastrous start with Trent Boult taking a hat-trick in his second over.

Boult joined Danny Morrison (against India in Napier in 1994) and Shane Bond (against Australia in Hobart in 2007) as New Zealand hat-trick takers with the 46th occurrence in ODI cricket.

Umpires: Joe Wilson (WIS) and Shozab Raza (PAK).

Boult (3-54) nailed Pakistan's top order with the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez off successive deliveries after New Zealand posted a decent 9-266.

Williamson praised Pakistan as a limited over side.

The skipper soon reached his half-century as the pair clocked up their century stand, which threatened to give this match the climax it deserved until de Grandhomme (2/40, plus two catches) picked up the vital scalp of Sarfraz (64 from 69 balls) as the match entered the final ten overs. "Hafeez's action has no problem and he was trying to create an issue without a reason".

Hafeez has been banned from bowling four times during his career by the International Cricket Council, including three times in the past four years.


Taylor seemed to make a "chucking" gesture to the umpires during Hafeez's first over, mimicking a bent arm - an accusation that caused Sarfraz to have heated discussions with both Taylor and the umpires.

The early inroads shackled the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs, but Kane Williamson and Taylor kept the scorecard ticking along before the former picked out short midwicket off a Shadab long hop.

Tom Latham and Ross Taylor notched up a brilliant 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket to put New Zealand in a commanding position, after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.

Legspinner Shadab (4-38) caused the Black Caps headaches in the T20 series and just as the tourists were eyeing 300 he struck.

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

But Sarfraz, part of the team in the last 11 one-day internationals all of which Pakistan lost, want to finally win against New Zealand.

Tail-enders Ish Sodhi (24) and Tim Southee (20) added a precious 42 runs for the eight wicket to bring some respectability to New Zealand's total.

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