Quick bowler Naseem Shah took 5 wickets as Pakistan cruised to a six-wicket win over New Zealand within the first one-day worldwide on Monday.
Naseem, aged 19, snapped up 5-57 as New Zealand was made to bat first and was restricted to 255-9.
Mohammad Rizwan, who was rested for the previous drawn two-test collection, top-scored with an unbeaten 77 off 86 balls and eased Pakistan to 258-4 in 48.1 overs.
“You enjoy your performance more when you win the match,” Naseem stated. “The pitch was good for batting and initially there wasn’t much assistance for the bowlers but the (old) ball started to reverse.”
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam made 66 off 82 balls and continued his red-hot kind in white-ball cricket together with his nineteenth ODI fifty. Opener Fakhar Zaman additionally made a superb 56 in his comeback match from a knee damage.
New Zealand batters couldn’t convert good begins on a sluggish pitch towards disciplined bowling by debutant legspinner Usama Mir (2-42) and Mohammad Nawaz (1-38) within the center overs.
Naseem dismissed opener Devon Conway for a first-over duck off a full-pitched supply because the left-hander tried to flick the quick bowler however the ball ricocheted off his again leg onto his stumps.
Exhausting-hitting Finn Allen (29) efficiently overturned a lbw determination towards him in Haris Rauf’s first over. Allen hit Naseem for 2 boundaries in an over and smashed Rauf for 3 boundaries in a row earlier than falling to a spectacular Agha Salman diving catch at quick further cowl.
Mir tied down New Zealand by means of his googlies and sharp legspin, and shocked Kane Williamson on 26 off a turning supply which knocked again the off stump.
Tom Latham (42) and Daryl Mitchell (36) rebuilt the innings with a half-century stand earlier than falling to Mir and Nawaz respectively. New Zealand slipped to 147-5 within the thirty second over.
“We just didn’t quite do things for long enough with the bat,” Latham stated. “Whenever we threatened for a big partnership, we lost a wicket . . . if we’re able to close to that 300 mark, then maybe things would have been different.”
Michael Bracewell, who top-scored with 43 off 42 balls, and Glenn Phillips (37) additionally had good begins earlier than Naseem returned and picked up 4 wickets in his return spell.
Naseem was on a hat trick after he clear bowled Bracewell and debutant Henry Shipley, however Tim Southee denied the pacer.
Mitchell Santner made a brisk 21 and Southee contributed 15 to get New Zealand previous 250 runs.
Babar featured in two half-century stands with Zaman and Rizwan after offspinner Bracewell (2-44) dismissed Imam-ul-Haq (11) early in Pakistan’s chase.
Latham dropped a troublesome edge by Zaman earlier than the left-hander’s fifteenth half-century. Zaman was clear bowled quickly after whereas going for a slog sweep towards Bracewell.
Babar additionally survived two shut lbws towards the spinners. Latham stumped him off part-time spinner Phillips.
Rizwan stored his cool and batted with cramps within the latter half of the run chase. Salman, 13 not out, hit the successful runs with a straight six towards Southee.
The second ODI is on Wednesday adopted by the final match on Friday.