Team Pakistan are refreshed and recharged to take on New Zealand tonight (Tuesday) in the second ODI of the five-match series at the Saxton Oval, Nelson. They did it in 23.5 overs by losing two wickets. The chase was a tricky one, with the home side needing 87 runs in 11 overs. Fittingly, Guptill assumed the role of the aggressor and the renewed approach was on display when he dispatched Hasan Ali into the stands on consecutive deliveries in his comeback over, before picking his third six in quick succession, of Shadab Khan, to race to 54 off 50 deliveries.
Taylor was more like a tank. 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.
At the same time, New Zealand will be cerebral enough to appreciate the unpredictability of their visitors and look to guard against complacency on their part.
Unlike New Zealand, Pakistan began a shaky start, and Azhar Ali and Babar Azam returned to pavilion in the very first over of Tim Southee. "I thought for the first half the guys were brilliant with the ball and then Pakistan showed some real resistance at the end and put some partnerships together to get what could have been a tricky little total on that surface".
The Pakistan cricket team, beaten in the series opener which was also impacted by rain, had earlier elected to bat and reached 246-9 thanks to some lower-order hitting. However, some splendid fifties by Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali rescued them as they managed to post a total of 246/9 on the board.
Hasan hammered 51 off 31 balls; Shadab made 52 off 68 balls, equalling his highest score against Sri Lanka in October.
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Seven out of the nine completed ODIs at the venue have been won by the chasing team.
Trent Boult took the opening wicket of Imam ul-Haq.
Boult continues his supremacy in the 50-over format this season where he has 13 wickets at an average of 14.53 and strike rate of 19 across both this summer's ODI series.
Ferguson bustled with pace, albeit on a slower surface than Wellington but he still caused havoc on occasion, defying the conditions.
Todd Astle is congratulated by team-mates after dismissing Sarfraz Ahmed.
Captain Kane Williamson opted to use Munro rather than Astle to deliver the penultimate over.