A responsible knock of Ross Taylor and brilliant display of fast-bowling from Trent Boult was enough for New Zealand to start their journey in the ODI series with a positive result with a 47-run win in the first match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The day started with the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision seemed to backfire early on as the visitors lost first three wickets for just 78 runs in the 17th over. But a 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket between veteran middle-order batsman Taylor and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham helped New Zealand in posting a competitive total of 266-9 in their allotted 50 over.
Taylor finished the innings with the top score of 80 off 112 balls, an innings which included five fours, whereas Latham scored 68 off 64 with the help of five fours. For the home side, it was leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who starred with the ball in hand claimed four wickets while giving away just 38 runs in his 10 overs.
Black Caps register 47-run in the first game of the series
In reply, Pakistan had a horrid beginning and lost first three wickets for just eight runs in the third over of the innings. From there on, it was always going to be a tough task for the home side, and so it proved to be as they kept losing wickets at regular interval and were eventually bowled out for just 219 with 16 balls to spare.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed led from the front and finished the innings with the top score of 64 off 69 balls with the help of seven fours. He was well-supported by all-rounder Imad Wasim, who scored 50 off 72 balls with the help of two maximums. For the visitors, it was Boult and his fellow pacer Lockie Ferguson who claimed three wickets each.