Monday, January 30, 2023

    Pak Vs NZ: Naseem Shah takes 5 as Pakistan thump New Zealand in 1st ODI

    Karachi – Pakistan strolled to a 6-wicket victory over New Zealand in the 1st one-day international on Monday(January 09) after fast bowler Naseem Shah took 5 wickets in Karachi.

    The 19-year-old Bowler Naseem Shah grabbed 5-57 for his 2nd 5-wicket haul in just 4 ODI appearances as New Zealand, sent in to bat, managed 255-9 in their 50 overs at the National Stadium.

    Mohammad Rizwan (77 not out), skipper Babar Azam (66) & Fakhar Zaman (56) then helped Pakistan cruise to victory with 11 balls to spare.

    The host team took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series.

    The remaining matches are on Wednesday & Friday, also in Karachi.

    Skipper Babar Azam & Fakhar Zaman put on 78 runs for the 2nd wicket after Imam-ul-Haq (11) fell in the 6th over.

    Fakhar Zaman hit seven boundaries in his 74-ball knock before he was bowled by Michael Bracewell, while Babar was stumped off Glenn Phillips after facing 82 deliveries.

    Muhammad Rizwan, who added 60 with Azam, put on another 64 with Haris Sohail who made a quick-fire 32.

    Off-spinner Bracewell was the best New Zealand bowler with 2-44.

    Earlier, it was Naseem s fiery bowling that kept New Zealand in check.

    The teenager dismissed opener Devon Conway in the 1st over of the match for nought to kickstart Pakistan.

    Naseem Shah returned for a second spell to account for Phillips (37), Bracewell (43) & Henry Shipley (nought).

    Naseem, whose 1st ODI 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) stabilised the innings during a 4th-wicket stand of 56, while Phillips & Bracewell added 66 off 59 balls for the sixth — before Naseem dismissed both in successive overs.

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

    Phillips hit a 6 & a 4 in his 53-ball knock, while Bracewell cracked 4 boundaries & a 6.

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

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