WION Web Team Nelson, New Zealand
Jan 09, 2018, 07.40 AM
Martin Guptill belted New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the second ODI. The game was earlier delayed and finally shortened due to rain in Nelson on Tuesday.
After Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat they recovered from an early collapse to reach 246 in their 50 overs on the back of half-centuries by Mohammad Hafeez (60). Also, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan contributed well with their bats by scoring 51 and 52 respectively. Lochie Ferguson was New Zealand's chief wicket-taker with three for 39.
New Zealand were 64 for two after 14 overs in reply when the rain set in. Under the Duckworth-Lewis revision, New Zealand had 11 overs to make a further 87 runs when play resumed.
Pakistan did have early success with the ball by taking early wickets of Colin Munro and Kane Williamson. Munro was taken in the first over itself, he did not score a single run whereas, Williamson was gone for 19, New Zealand was at 47/2 in the 10th over.
But the Pakistan bowlers were not allowed to settle when the weather cleared as Guptill and Taylor pounded the boundaries. Guptill's whirlwind knock included five fours and five sixes while Ross Taylor, keen to yield the strike in their 104-run partnership, had only four boundaries in his 45 off 43 deliveries.
Guptill scored magnificent 55 off 31 balls to reach the revised target of 151 in 25 overs with seven balls to spare and got player of the match for his impeccable performance.