Thursday, March 30, 2023

Naseem takes five-wicket haul, Pakistan beats New Zealand by six wickets to take 1-0 lead

Pakistan strolled to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand within the first one-day worldwide on Monday after quick bowler Naseem Shah took 5 wickets in Karachi.

The 19-year-old grabbed 5/57 for his second five-wicket haul in simply 4 ODI appearances as New Zealand, requested to bat, managed 255/9 in its 50 overs on the Nationwide Stadium.

Mohammad Rizwan (77 not out), skipper Babar Azam (66) and Fakhar Zaman (56) then helped Pakistan cruise to victory with 11 balls to spare.

The house workforce took a 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence. The remaining matches are on Wednesday and Friday, additionally in Karachi.

Azam and Zaman placed on 78 runs for the second wicket after Imam-ul-Haq (11) fell within the sixth over.

Zaman hit seven boundaries in his 74-ball knock earlier than he was bowled by Michael Bracewell, whereas Azam was stumped off Glenn Phillips after going through 82 deliveries.

Rizwan, who added 60 with Azam, placed on one other 64 with Haris Sohail who made a quick-fire 32. Off-spinner Bracewell was one of the best New Zealand bowler with 2/44.

Earlier, it was Naseem’s fiery bowling that saved New Zealand in verify.

{The teenager} dismissed opener Devon Conway within the first over of the match for nought to kickstart Pakistan.

Naseem returned for a second spell to account for Phillips (37), Bracewell (43) and Henry Shipley (duck).

Naseem, whose first ODI five-wicket haul was towards the Netherlands in August, rounded off his evening by dismissing Mitchell Santner for 21 within the ultimate over.

Tom Latham (42) and Daryl Mitchell (36) stabilised the innings throughout a fourth-wicket stand of 56, whereas Phillips and Bracewell added 66 off 59 balls for the sixth – earlier than Naseem dismissed each in successive overs.

Skipper Kane Williamson scored 26 earlier than he was superbly bowled by debutant leg-spinner Usama Mir, who completed with 2/42.

Phillips hit a six and a 4 in his 53-ball knock, whereas Bracewell cracked 4 boundaries and a six. Opener Finn Allen smashed six boundaries in his 27-ball 29.

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