Guptil’s 86 flattens Pakistan in rain-affected ODI

New Zealand go 2-0 up in five-match series courtesy eight-wicket triumph on Tuesday

New Zealand beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series in Nelson on Tuesday. Pakistan once again produced a timid display with the bat as the top order completely failed to produce big scores.

The hosts were 65 for 2 chasing 247 to win the match, and things were looking not as easy as it turned out to be in the later stages of the match.

When the play resumed, Kiwis were set a revised target of 151 in 25 overs, meaning they needed 86 runs in 11 overs with eight wickets in hand, which they easily chased in the 24th overs courtesy Martin Guptill’s brisk 86 off 71 with the help of five fours and five sixes.

Earlier, Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss for Pakistan and opted to bat first in order to put a good score on the board. The decision backfired as the visitors lost their top order inside ten overs.

Mohammad Hafeez came to the crease and formed a decent partnership with Shoaib Malik to rebuild the innings. Malik was dismissed in the 27th over as Pakistan started to lose wickets to be in a precarious position at 141 for 7 after 37 overs.

Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali added crucial runs for Pakistan as they produced half-centuries to see the side post 246 runs on the board. Shadab added 70 run-stand with Hasan to see Pakistan put up a decent total from their full quota of overs.Hafeez finished the innings with the top score of 60 off 106 which included 8 boundaries, whereas Shadab and Hasan made valuable contributions of 52 and 51 off 68 and 31 balls respectively.

For New Zealand, pacer Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three, whereas veteran Tim Southee and off-spinner Todd Astle claimed two wickets each.

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