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NZ beat Pakistan in first ODI by 61 runs

WELLINGTON-UNS – After New Zealand thrashed Pakistan for 315 runs in their limited quota of 50 overs, the batting line-up of tourists stumbled from the very beginning and Pakistan on Saturday lost the first one-day international (ODI) by 61 runs under the Duckworth Lewis (D/L) Method.

The Green Shirts kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Azhar Ali and Babar Azam went back to the pavilion in the first over. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik followed them soon and Pakistan were four down in nine overs.

The wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed left Pakistan on 56 for five, and Shadab Khan was the sixth to bite the dust. Fakhar Zaman and Faheem Ashraf were present at the crease when rain halted the game. The hosts were declared victorious as the match could not be continued afterwards.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant ton in windy conditions.

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