The starting match of the 2018 series between Pakistan and New Zealand brought the first of its grace for the Pakistani side by providing a win of the toss, Pakistan elected to field first hoping to make the most out of its ball magic as much as it could, however the odds were probably not in favor making way for a thrashing piece of batting from the other side. Williamson helped New Zealand to score 315 for the loss of 7. The last five overs kept the best average for the green side, in a struggle to keep the score board within bounds. Thanks to the rain which made the NZ victory a little less conspicuous and obvious, DLS endowing a 61 run win their way.
The fielding of Pakistan marked by the bowling enforcement from Rumman Raees who appeared to cost the batsmen enough deal, although that he went with a bad average first spell, Muhammad Amir too seemed attacking by saving runs, not letting the strokes go too far. Hasan Ali displayed the third best average of 6.10 bagging three wickets.
The ‘obscure’ black caps seemed in quiet a magnanimous form, with the gusting bowling by Tim Southee and Trent Boult aiming towards a terrific start to the series. Not to forget the man-of-the-match Kane Williamson who came flashing sacking a glinting ton and an overall of 115 off 117 balls, fortunately sent back to the pavilion owing to Raees’ labor to stop him there.
Pakistan’s desire to make a difference creating a gratifying start were abolished by Southee’s raid declining Azhar Ali and Babar Azam. Making Pakistan lose their two early best men and the only reviewing option off their fist. Boult on the other side made maximum use of the bounce. He was achieving hunting Hafeez down. lended his ball in Southee’s hands. The Paki skipper was caught with his inept shot on the way. They deprived him of the part of chance he had on his credit. Shoaib Malik soon falling aprey to the gracious Southee. It created a striking resemblance between the green shirts and the Windies.
Fakhar Zaman was the only player having stood for the side after watching his mates come and go quite early in the match. He tried his best to attack the bowlers bringing up his 50 off 63 balls. Shadab supported him particularly against the brisk bowling speed of Ferguson. Both of them built a partnership of 78 before Shadab was returned by Boult. Fakhar remained successful in building a pile of 82 runs. Rain interrupted the almost-one-sided match securing New Zealand their first credible win of the series. Fakhar also tried his luck with the ball. gaining him his unlikely first ever wicket ODI wicket. Well, all the credit goes to Williamson for entertaining us with such a thrilling innings.
Pakistan made it easy for NZ to lead the 5 match series. Fans have to anticipate and expect thrill for the next games to come.