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Nz Vs Pak 1st ODI: Trent Boult Hat-Trick Helps New Zealand Register 47 Run Win Over Pakistan

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| November 8 , 2018 , 17:28 IST

Kane Williamson led-New Zealand team had easily registered a 47-run win over Pakistan all thanks to Trent Boult's maiden One-Day International hat-trick, on Thursday, in Abu Dhabi.

After giving a target of 267, Boult had reduced the hosts to 8 for 3 so early in the chase that they never fully recovered from the jolt, eventually bowled out for 219 in the opening one-day of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi.

In his very first match of the tour, after missing the T20I leg due to the birth of his child, Boult struck in his second over at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday after getting a bit of swing straight up. He had Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez all in the shed within four overs as Pakistan were in a state of disarray.

The plan to Zaman was straight, which paid off, of cramping him for the room. With the ball angling in, Zaman goes for the swish and missed it completely, only to have his stumps shattered. Azam, next ball, chased a wide yorker that flew to Ross Taylor in the slips who plucked out a sharp catch, chest-high. With Boult on a hat-trick, Hafeez was done in by one that swung just enough to hold him up at the crease. He was struck on the pads and was plumb.

However, Hafeez decided to review to no avail - something that Pakistan paid the price for later in the innings when Shadab Khan was given out off Ish Sodhi caught behind when there was daylight between bat and pad.

It was a partnership that could've helped Pakistan rebuild from the chaos they found themselves in at one stage after Shoaib Malik and Imam ul Haq fell in quick succession with Pakistan reduced to 73 for 5 after resurrecting Pakistan's chase after the initial damage with 63 runs.

Wasim got to a half-century off 71 balls, and fell soon after, as the required run-rate well over 13 with 49 required off 21 balls. They eventually fell well short as wickets fell in a heap with Lockie Ferguson cleaning up the tail. Boult finished with 3 for 54, while Ferguson had 3-36.

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Earlier, Taylor and Tom Latham starred with a century stand, but Shadab came back in to strike thrice in four balls to derail New Zealand's innings, changing the whole complex of their innings. At one stage, New Zealand seemed set to post a total in excess of 280, but ended up with 266 instead.

The pair of Taylor and Latham, added 130 runs for the fourth wicket after the visitors lost early wickets after opting to bat first. Some exceptional running between the wickets between the left-hand-right-hand pair kept Pakistan on their toes as the batsmen converted the ones into twos and with the occasional boundary had New Zealand's run-rate increase steadily from the 20th over onwards.

Both reached their respective half-centuries, having patiently seen off Pakistan's spinners successfully as Sarfraz went into a defensive shell. New Zealand were cruising with ten overs to play, placed comfortably at 199 for 3, looking to accelerate on their set platform.

It seemed like New Zealand would fall well short of what their projected total would have been, but a brief cameo partnership from Ish Sodhi (24 off 19) and Tim Southee (20 off 21), adding 42 at a crucial stage took New Zealand over the 250-run mark, with 35 runs coming off the last three overs. Shadab, who constantly troubled New Zealand's batsmen with his variations, finished with figures of 4 for 38, while Shaheen Afridi had 4 for 46 in eight.

Brief scores: New Zealand 266/9 in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 80, Tom Latham 68; Shadab Khan 4-38, Shaheen Afridi 4-46) beat Pakistan 219 in 47.2 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 64, Imad Wasim 50; Trent Boult 3-54, Lockie Ferguson 3-36) by 47 runs.

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