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Williamson brilliant hundred gives Blackcaps 1-0 lead over Pakistan in rain hit 1st ODI

New Zealand are off to a flying start in the series 2018 against Pakistan. Kiwis ended pakistan’s winning streak of 9 consecutive wins in the 1st ODI played at wellington by Duckworth-Lewis method. After winning the toss, Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed opted to field first but failed to capitalize the conditions. Pakistani bowlers found difficulties bowling in windy conditions of Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro provided a decent start to their team by scoring 62 runs in the powerplay-1 from 10 overs. Guptill and Munro shared 1st wicket partnership of 83 runs before Munro (58) tried to loft the good length delivery by Hasan Ali on the off side but instead gets an outside edge and goes to the safe hands of keeper. Later on in 27th over Fakhar Zaman ended the 73 runs partnership between Guptill and Captain Kane Williamson by picking up the key wicket of Guptill on a shorten one.

The whole show belonged to Kane Williamson who hammered 115 runs from 117 deliveries with the help of 8 fours and 1 six. Williamson’s innings turned out to be match winning one as New Zealand posted a massive total of 315 from 50 overs. Williamson was lucky to be dropped on 27 by Sarfraz which cost Pakistan the match. Henry Nicholls was another contributor with the bat who scored 50 off 43 deliveries. Williamson and Nicholls scored a partnership of 90 runs from 80 balls.

Pakistani bowlers tried their best but were unable to control the downpour of runs by Kiwi batsmen. Hasan Ali bowled with consistency picking up 3 wickets from his 10 overs and remained economical with the economy of 6.10. Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Faheem Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman shared one wicket each.

Pakistan had an awful start to their innings and credit goes to Kiwi bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee who played brilliantly well with the new ball by restricting Pakistan on 3-13 in 4 overs. Fakhar Zaman showed some character and tried to build up partnership with the most experience Shoaib Malik but Malik fell prey to Tim Southee in the 9th over after scoring 13 runs. Shadab Khan then joined Fakhar Zaman and established a partnership of 78 runs before Shadab tried to pull and misjudged Boult’s short pitched delivery and got out after scoring 28 runs. Faheem added rapid 17 runs in the partnership of 34 runs with Fakhar Zaman. Zaman’s knock of 82* went in vain as rain interrupted the play in the 31st over when Pakistan were 61 runs short of the total that New Zealand made at that stage according to D/L method.

Southee picked up 3 wickets while Boult bagged 2 wickets. Todd Astle managed to get a single wicket. Williamson earned Player of the Match award for his brilliant knock.

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