In the opening one-day international match of the five-game series, which took place on Thursday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan acquired the toss and elected to field initially against New Zealand.
New Zealand Inning
On Thursday at Rawalpindi, the first one-day international in a 5-match series was played between New Zealand and Pakistan. New Zealand’s score was 288-7 after 50 overs. Daryl Mitchell was able to carry the match effectively for Kiwis.
After the loss of New Zealand’s opening batsman Chad Bowes who made 18 runs in the tenth over, Will Young and Mitchell formed a strong connection together. Mitchell along with Young pulled New Zealand back from the brink of elimination with a combined score of 48-1.
In the first one-day international match of the series, New Zealand’s strong case was boosted by a partnership that scored 102 runs off of 101 deliveries. The most important partnership placed the bowlers of Pakistan under a lot of duress, but they were able to make a strong return anyway.
Naseem Shah had a fantastic opening stint of bowling, but he was unable to take a wicket. On the other hand, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi all had respectable performances with the ball.
Despite scoring 86 runs, Young was outwitted by Shadab. His run total included eight fours and 2 sixes. However, Mitchell did not give up and went on to form another successful relationship with Captain Tom Latham. Until Shaheen eliminated Latham who made 20 runs, they had scored a combined 72 runs between the two of them.
Mitchell was also taken out by Shaheen in the bottom of the ninth inning after the right-hander had already completed the game’s scoring for his side. He amassed 113 runs, which included 11 four-run boundaries and one century.
Naseem finished his dominant stint of 10 overs by claiming two wickets in a row, one after the other. He was Pakistan’s second wicket-taker and allowed only 29 runs while taking two.
In the first one-day international encounter in a five-match tournament versus New Zealand, which took place on Thursday in Rawalpindi, Pakistan’s left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman was instrumental in the team’s successful pursuit of 289 scores in 48.3 overs to claim victory.
The opener who is left-handed had a tremendous run in Rawalpindi, and he ended up scoring his eighth hundred in one-day international cricket, which he did while Pakistan was victorious.
Fakhar was outstanding with the batting during the entire match, which contributed to him scoring the maximum number of runs (117) in the victory for Pakistan by five wickets.
With Pakistan needing to score 289 runs to win, Fakhar and Imam-ul-Haq got the team off to a great start by scoring 124 runs together in the opening stand. Fakhar along with Imam, who is regarded as one of the reliable opening combinations for Pakistan in one-day internationals, demonstrated accountability and fight in opposition to the New Zealand batsmen.
Ish Sodhi knocked Imam out of the game in the twenty-second over after he had scored 60 runs. However, Fakhar was able to keep his jitters under control and score valuable runs for his team. Captain Babar Azam’s run of bad luck continued as he was dismissed on 49. On the other hand, even his little appearance at the goal helped Fakhar continue going.
Mohammad Rizwan the wicketkeeper-batsman, who was dismissed while batting at 5, ended up scoring 42 not out and hitting the winning stroke.
Adam Milne was the most successful bowler for New Zealand, claiming two wickets, although Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi, and Blair Tickner each took one wicket.
Babar Azam guided Pakistan In the first one-day international (ODI) encounter of the 5-match series, which took place on Thursday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan prevailed against New Zealand by a score of 5 wickets.
Pakistan’s Squad: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (c), Agha Salman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand’s Squad: Will Young, Chad Bowes, Tom Latham (wk/c), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Mark Chapman, Adam Milne, Rachin Ravindra, Blair Tickner, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi
Aon Ali has graduated from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Multan in 2012 and then he started his career in a local News agency as an IT manager. Later on, he started creating news reports for the sports category. Since he is fond of cricket, so most of his work is in the coverage of news related to local cricket events.