Rizwan powers Pakistan to emphatic win over New Zealand in first one-day

KARACHI: Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the opening one-day international (ODI) of the three-match series at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi on Monday.

Wicketkeeper Batsman Mohammad Rizwan lead Pakistan assault as Captain Babar Azam chipped in with a handy knock of 66 off 82 deliveries. Fakhar Zaman led the assault with 56 runs off 77 balls. Rizwan remained unbeaten on 77 off 86 balls. In his classic innings, Rizwan despatched six boundaries and one six.

Haris Sohail scored 32 while Agha Salman remained not out on 13.

Earlier, fast-bowler Naseem Shah grabbed his second five-wicket haul on Monday to help Pakistan restrict New Zealand to 255-9 in the first day-night international in Karachi.

The 19-year-old dismissed opener Devon Conway in the first over of the match for nought to kickstart Pakistan, who won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat at the National Stadium.

Shah, who finished with 5-57, returned for a second spell to account for Glenn Phillips (37), Michael Bracewell (43), and Henry Shipley (nought) to derail the visitors’ batting.

Shah, whose first five-wicket haul was against the Netherlands in August, rounded off his night by dismissing Mitchell Santner for 21 in the final over.

Tom Latham (42) and Daryl Mitchell (36) restored the innings during a fourth-wicket stand of 56, while Phillips and Bracewell added 66 off 59 balls for the sixth — before Shah dismissed both in successive overs.

Skipper Kane Williamson scored 26 before he was beautifully bowled neck and crop by debutant leg-spinner Usama Mir, who finished with 2-42.

Phillips hit a six and a boundary in his 53-ball knock, while Bracewell cracked four boundaries and six off 42 deliveries.

Opener Finn Allen smashed six boundaries in his 27-ball 29.

Mian Abrar
Mian Abrar
The writer heads Pakistan Today's Islamabad Bureau. He has a special focus on counter-terrorism and inter-state relations in Asia, Asia Pacific and South East Asia regions. He tweets as @mian_abrar and also can be reached at [email protected]


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