Williamson stars as New Zealand thrash Pakistan in first ODI

Black Caps register 61-run win by DLS method in Wellington on Saturday

Captain Kane Williamson scored his 10th century in the 50-over format as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 61 runs on DLS method in the first ODI of the five-match series in Wellington on Saturday.The day started with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmad winning the toss and deciding to bowl first considering the fact that there were chances of rain later in the day.

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However, his decision backfired miserably as the home side post mammoth 315 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs.The star of the show was skipper Williamson, who scored brilliant 115 off 117 balls with the help eight fours and one six.

Opener Colin Munro, who recently became the only player in the history of T20I cricket to score three centuries, scored brisk 58 off just 35 including six fours and two sixes, whereas left-handed Henry Nichols also score timely 50 off 43 with the help of four fours.

For Pakistan, pacer Hasan Ali was the star of the show as he claimed three wickets and gave away 61 runs in his quota of 10 overs.Surprisingly, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik was not given the opportunity to bowl by Sarfraz, who instead went to part-timer Fakhar Zaman, who ended up with figures of one for 19 in his three overs. Chasing 316 was never going to be easy for a fragile batting lineup like Pakistan, and so it proved to be as the visitors lost half of their side with just 54 on the board.

Opener Zaman then steadied the ship with young Shadab Khan, but his efforts were cut short after the 30-over mark as the rain intervened and the match was called off where New Zealand were announced winners by 61 runs through Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method.

Zaman finished the Pakistan innings with the top score of unbeaten 82 off 86 with the help of five fours and four sixes.For New Zealand, veteran pacer Tim Southee claimed three whereas his new-ball partner Trent Boult claimed two wickets. For his outstanding batting, Williamson was awarded man of the match.

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