New Zealand set revised target in rain-hit Pakistan ODI

Pakistan wins toss, bats in 2nd ODI vs. New Zealand

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.

Defending a modest 246, Mohammed Amir provided Pakistan an ideal start with the ball by taking out the risky Colin Munro, who edged to third man to bag a two-ball duck.

New Zealand had been reduced to 64-2 chasing 247 when play was initially stopped and the Duckworth-Lewis method needed.

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.

Guptill changed gears from ODI to T20 mode, accelerating like a finely-tuned sports auto. Though, the former skipper was lucky to be reprieved twice in quick succession - on 18 with Babar Azam missing a direct-hit and then on 30 with the top-edge falling just short of Inam-ul-Haq at short fine-leg. Pakistan fell apart spectacularly in the field, and New Zealand completed the chase with seven balls to spare. Not that it slowed down Guptill.

The duo continued to punish the the Pakistan bowlers with Guptill reaching his fifty with a six.

It was only contributions from Mohammad Hafeez (60), Shadab (52) and Hasan Ali (51) that played a vital role to help Pakistan recover and post 246 for nine in the 50 overs.

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Pakistan may have felt they were right back in the game, before the rain break. Barring Hafeez - who too was guilty of throwing away a splendid start - none contributed enough.

The batsmen before Hafeez were, as if, merely making up the numbers. As for Boult and Santner, they chipped in with one wicket each. Astle went for 21 runs in an over, while Boult bowled two full tosses around waist height - only one of which was called - as the runs began to flow freely.

Southee returned in the death-breakthrough with the wicket of Hasan Ali, while Lockie Ferguson had Shadab sent back in the final over to end with figures of 3/39.

"It was a very disappointing performance", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. Hasan and Shadab the stitched a 70-run stand that prevented a dramatic collapse.

Guptill (86 not out) slowly upped the ante with a couple of boundaries in the sixth over.

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.

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