Friday, January 21, 2011

NEWZELAND VS PAKISTAN 1st ODI highlights:Kiwis win first ODI by 9 wickets

Wellington: Chasing 125 for victory, New Zealand decimated Pakistan by 9 wickets with 32.4 overs to spare in the first ODI at Wellington on Saturday.

Earlier, Brendon McCullum made an impressive return to wicketkeeping duties with five catches while Tim Southee took five wickets as New Zealand bowled Pakistan out for 124.

It is the fourth time McCullum, who has relinquished the gloves in Tests matches in an effort to prolong his international career, has taken five catches in a one-day innings.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, the visitors never looked comfortable on the drop-in pitch, with New Zealand's pace bowlers getting good bounce, shape and movement away from the batsmen, causing them to prod at deliveries.

Ross Taylor and Jesse Ryder also took catches behind the wicket as Pakistan failed to build any meaningful partnerships, with both Hamish Bennett and Jacob Oram flirting with hat-tricks.

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-haq was again the mainstay of his side's batting effort top scoring with 50 as he took to the New Zealand attack when last man Shahid Afridi joined him at the crease while Younus Khan was next best with 24.

Southee finished with career-best five for 33 off 9.3 overs, while Bennett took three for 26.New Zealand have lost their previous 11 one-day internationals.

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