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De Grandhomme back in New Zealand squad

11 January 2018

The Black Caps have extended their winning streak to nine games across all formats after Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor guided them past a revised total of 151, in a rain-disrupted second one-day global against Pakistan.

New Zealand took a 2-0 lead in their one-day worldwide series against Pakistan after an eight-wicket win in a rain-affected clash in Nelson on Tuesday.

Mohammad Hafeez (60) was the only top-order batsman to deliver, leaving the tourists needing runs from Shadab Khan (52) and Hasan Ali (51).

New Zealand were 64/2 in 14 overs when rain arrived.

Guptill ended unbeaten on 86 off 71 balls, hitting five sixes and five fours, while Taylor's 44 came off 42 and included four fours.

It was Sarfraz Ahmed s call to bat when he won the toss, saying it looked like a wicket that would favour the side having first use of it. Five balls later, Amir convinced skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to review a lbw call turned down against Kane Williamson when he hadn't even opened his account.

However, Guptill continued to play his attacking game and got good support from Ross Taylor, who struck 43-ball 45 not out in a match which was interrupted by rain.

However, Shadab and Hasan Ali then added a 70-run stand to once again steady the innings, taking them closer to the 250-mark, with the latter scoring his maiden half-century in the format.

Mohammad Hafeez 33rd fifty New Zealand Pakistan 2nd ODI cricket
Mohammad Hafeez raises his bat upon scoring his 33rd ODI fifty

The rain delay worked in favor of the batting team which, with eight wickets in hand, was always well-equipped for a shortened run chase.

The 16, 17 and 18th over of New Zealand's chase produced a total of 41 runs and the equation was brought down to a very manageable 42 required off as many deliveries.

Earlier the Pakistani's started slowly before getting through to 246 for 9 in their 50 overs.

Meanwhile, Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner took a wicket each.

Eventually, New Zealand was declared the victor of the first ODI by 61 runs under D/L method.

Southee returned in the death-breakthrough with the wicket of Hasan Ali, while Lockie Ferguson had Shadab sent back in the final over to end with figures of 3/39.

Ferguson was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with a three-wicket haul while Tim Southee (2-57) and Todd Astle (2-50) picked two wickets apiece.

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De Grandhomme back in New Zealand squad