Guptill, bowlers take New Zealand to 2-0 lead

11 January, 2018, 09:03 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Martin Guptill scored 86 not out to guide New Zealand home

The Black Caps have extended their winning streak to nine games across all formats after Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor guided them past a revised total of 151, in a rain-disrupted second one-day worldwide against Pakistan. An explosive innings from the opener - who scored 86 off 71 balls - ensured New Zealand carried a 2-0 lead into into the third ODI at Dunedin with an eight-wicket win.

When they resumed, New Zealand required 87 runs from 11 overs to reach the target of 151.

In addition, a drop catch of New Zealand's Captain Kane Williamson by his Counterpart behind the wicket Sarfraz Ahmed also proved costly for Pakistan as the former eventually ended his innings for 115.

With three matches to go, Pakistan will have to display great valour to stage a comeback in the series.

Guptill smashed five sixes and five fours on his way to scoring 86 from 71 deliveries, as New Zealand chased down the revised total of 151 with seven balls to spare. The best was his 45-run stand with Shoaib Malik (27) for the fourth wicket and when he was out for 60 Pakistan were in trouble at 127-6.

Hasan's previous highest score in 10 ODIs was 13, but he posted the Black Caps bowlers to all parts in a 70-run eighth-wicket stand with Shadab.

Pakistan suffered their first major blow even before they took field as the in-form Fakhar Zaman was ruled out of the contest, having sustained a contusion in his right leg while fielding in the series opener.

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Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said the team was looking forward to seeing De Grandhomme back in the side.

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro established an 83-run opening partnership for New Zealand before Hasan Ali picked Munro's wicket.

For the second time this series, rain intervened before the match was finished with New Zealand in front.

All five regular bowlers chipped in with wickets, and it was left to Pakistan's lower order to respond with a magnificent rearguard action as half-centuries from Hasan and Shadab took Pakistan - once tottering at 141 for 7 - to a more presentable 246. As for Boult and Santner, they chipped in with one wicket each.

With Pakistan on the ropes, Shadab Khan and Hasan stepped up, cracking 21 off an Astle over as they upped the tempo.

Lockie Ferguson headed a solid Black Caps bowling effort with 3-39, backed up by Southee (2-57) and Astle (2-50).

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