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04 December 2023

Afridi blitz in vain as New Zealand thrash Pakistan

By Cricket Correspondent and Agencies

Grant Elliot's all-round performance eclipsed Shahid Afridi's 29-ball blitz to secure New Zealand a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first One Day International in Wellington on Saturday.

Elliot took three wickets for 26 runs to help the hosts bowl out Pakistan for 210 in 45.3 overs at the Westpac Stadium.
He then returned to hit an unbeaten 64, adding 112 runs with Ross Taylor (59 not out) as New Zealand romped home with 10.3 overs to spare.

Earlier, Shahid Afridi blasted a 29-ball 67 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq stroked a patient 58 to help Pakistan overcome a terrible start and post 210 all out.

Put into bat, Pakistan lost their opener Mohammad Hafeez (0) to the fifth delivery of the day and kept losing wickets to slump to 127 for six in the 36th over.

Kiwi pacemen Kyle Mills (2-29) and Trent Boult (2-25) stifled the batsmen and struck at regular intervals to put Pakistan on the mat before Afridi went on the attack.
Dropped on 14 by rival captain Brendon McCullum, the flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder added 71 runs with Misbah in 6.2 overs to lend some respectability to the total before the visitors folded in 45.3 overs.

Afridi blasted nine boundaries in his blistering knock to go with three sixes, the third bringing up his fifty before Adam Milne dismissed him in the 44th over.

Misbah, who was content playing second fiddle to Afridi, perished in the 42nd over trying to accelerate, falling to Grant Elliot who claimed 3-26 and was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers.

New Zealand innings

New Zealand coasted to a comfortable seven-wicket win over Pakistan in the first one-day international at Wellington on Saturday.

Chasing a modest target of 211, the Black Caps romped home in the 40th over riding on unbeaten half centuries by Grant Elliott (64) and Ross Taylor (59) to finish on 213-3 in 39.3 overs.

For Pakistan, skipper Misbah ul Haq (58) and Shahid Afridi (67) hit half centuries as they were dismissed for 210 in 45.3 overs.

Elliott crashes Adil through the covers for the winning boundary as New Zealand win by seven wickets.

The 100 partership between Elliott and Taylor comes off 114 balls. NZ 202-3, 38 overs.

Elliott pulls a short ball from Irfan to fine leg for a boundary to reach his seventh ODI half century. NZ 196-3, 37 overs.

Taylor completes his 29th ODI half century off 72 balls. NZ 185-3, 35 overs.

Another good over for New Zealand with Elliott picking a boundary off Bhatti. NZ 176-3, 33 overs.

Elliott is on song crashing a short ball from Bhatti to midwicket and crunching another through the off for a couple of boundaries. NZ 162-3, 31 overs.

Elliott and Taylor have added 50 from 68 balls during their brisk unbroken fourth wicket stand as New Zealand cruise. NZ 151-3, 30 overs.

Left arm spinner Sohail comes into the attack now with Pakistan needing wickets. NZ 134-3, 26 overs.

Black Caps are in cruise control at the halfway stage of their run chase needing 79 from 150 balls. NZ 132-3, 25 overs.

Elliott gets a streaky boundary via an inside edge off Adil. NZ 126-3, 23 overs.

Elliott whips Irfan off his toes for a boundary. NZ 117-3, 21 overs.

Pakistan get a breakthrough as Guptill fails to keep down a snorter from Irfan with Bhatti taking a good catch. NZ 101-3, 18.3 overs.

Martin Guptill c Bilawal Bhatti b Mohammad Irfan 39 (48b 7x4 0x6)

Taylor hits his first boundary pouncing on a short ball from Adil and pulling to midwicket. NZ 88-2, 15 overs.

Afridi strikes in his first over with Latham walking after nicking one behind after pulling him for a glorious boundary to square leg earlier. NZ 75-2, 12 overs.

Tom Latham c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shahid Afridi 23 (28b 5x4 0x6)

Guptill lofts Adil back over his head for a boundary while Latham gets a streaky boundary off an inside edge. NZ 71-1, 11 overs.

New Zealand seem to be on course as Latham cuts Bhatti to third man for another boundary. NZ 61-1, 10 overs.

Guptill smashes Adil to midwicket for a boundary. NZ 55-1, 9 overs.

Latham gets into the act slamming two consecutive boundaries off Bhatti. NZ 51-1, 8 overs.

Guptill slams two consecutive boundaries off Irfan. NZ 43-1, 7 overs.

Irfan bowls maiden to new batsman Latham as Pakistan hit back. NZ 33-1, 5 overs.

Bhatti strikes as McCullum perishes with Shehzad holding a skier. NZ 31-0, 3.1 overs.

Brendon McCullum c Ahmed Shehzad b Bilawal Bhatti 17 (12b 4x4 0x6)

Guptill also gets into the act cracking three boundaries off Irfan on either side of the wicket. NZ 31-0, 3 overs.

Brendon smashes Bhatti for the three boundaries, going over the top on the off, whips past point and then pulling to midwicket. NZ 18-0, 2 overs.

Guptill survives a leg before appeal first ball off Irfan while Brendon McCullum flicks him away to fine leg for a boundary. NZ 6-0, 1 over.

Pakistan innings


Half centuries by skipper Misbah ul Haq (58) and Shahid Afridi (67) helped Pakistan make 210 after being put into bat.

Elliott finished with three for 26 while Mills, Boult and Anderson claimed two apiece.

Pakistan are all out for 210 in 45.3 overs.

Ehsan Adil c Brendon McCullum b Elliott 6 (8b 1x4 0x6)

Afridi's brilliant knock comes to an end as he fails to clear the long on fielder going for another big one. Pak 203-9, 43.1 overs.

Shahid Afridi c Guptill b Milne 67 (29b 9x4 3x6)

Boult strikes as Bhatti cuts straight to backward point. Pak 203-8, 42.4 overs.

Bilawal Bhatti c Guptill b Boult 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)

There is no respite for New Zealand as Afridi continues to blaze away hammering another boundary off Boult to bring up the 200 of the innings.

Elliott strikes as Misbah perishes with Afridi blasting away at the other end. Pak 198-7, 41.5 overs.

Misbah-ul-Haq c Latham b Elliott 58 (87b 4x4 2x6) 

Afridi smacks two consecutive sixes off Nathan McCullum to race to his half century off 21 balls. Pak 189-6, 41 overs.


Afridi blasts another couple of boundaries off Anderson as Pakistan get 49-1 in the Batting Powerplay. Pak 174-6, 40 overs.

Another good over for Pakistan as Afridi is turning it on smashing a couple of boundaries off Milne. Pak 163-6, 39 overs.

Afridi survives as Brendon McCullum running back fails to latch onto a skier and whacks the next one from Anderson over square leg for a six.

Afridi cracks a couple of boundaries off Milne slamming over mid-on and then jabbing past the keeper. Pak 142-6, 37 overs.

Afridi bangs the first ball from Anderson clearing the infield on the off for a boundary. Pak 133-6, 36 overs.

New Zealand have struck in the first over of Batting Powerplay as Sarfraz perishes holing out in the deep. Pak 127-6, 35.3 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed c Latham b Anderson 5 (12b 0x4 0x6) 

Misbah steers Elliott past Ronchi for a boundary to make his 38th ODI half century off 68 balls. Pak 124-5, 34 overs.

Elliott strikes in the first over after the drinks interval yorking Akmal with a beauty. Pak 113-5, 31.4 overs.

Umar Akmal b Elliott 13 (25b 2x4 0x6)

Akmal survives swinging Milne and getting a boundary to fine leg via an inside edge which missed the leg stump. Pak 111-4, 31 overs.

Misbah cracks a loose ball from Anderson square on the off for a boundary and then lofts him back over his head for another. Pak 100-4, 28 overs.

Akmal gets going crunching Anderson for a boundary through the onside. Pak 87-4, 26 overs.

Pakistan are on the back foot at the halfway stage with Sohail throwing his wicket away after rebuilding the innings with a 49-run stand with his skipper. Pak 82-4, 25 overs.

Another Pakistan batsman gets sucked in by a wide delivery with Guptill taking a superb catch as Anderson strikes with his second delivery. Pak 81-4, 23.2 overs.

Haris Sohail c Guptill b Anderson 23 (38b 3x4 0x6)

Mills completes an excellent spell of bowling finishing with figures of 10-2-29-2. Pak 79-3, 22 overs.

Misbah is turning it on slog sweeping McCullum for his second six over midwicket and then survives a confident appeal of LBW after getting into a tangle attempting a reverse sweep. Pak 77-3, 21 overs.

Misbah hits the first six of the match opening his shoulders and hoisting Nathan McCullum over midwicket. Pak 64-3, 19 overs.

Sohail edges Mills through the gap in the slip for a boundary to third man. Pak 51-3, 16 overs.

Misbah gets his first boundary getting down on his knees and pushing Milne through the offside. Pak 40-3, 13 overs.

Sohail opens his account with a sweetly timed cover drive to the fence off Mills. Pak 36-3, 12 overs.

Mills returns and has struck again trapping Younis Khan leg before with Pakistan being unsuccessful with the decision review. Pak 32-3, 11.2 overs.

Younis Khan lbw b Mills 9 (26b 1x4 0x6)

Shehzad has committed hara kiri chasing a widish delivery from Boult and getting the faintest of nicks to be caught behind. Pak 29-2, 9.3 overs.

Ahmed Shehzad c Ronchi b Boult 15 (34b 2x4 0x6)

Shehzad gets going cracking two consecutive boundaries through point off Boult. Pak 25-1, 8 overs.

Mills strikes early rattling Hafeez's stumps with a beauty for a duck. Pak 0-1 in 0.5 overs.

Mohammad Hafeez b Mills 0 (5b 0x4 0x6)

New Zealand have won the toss the toss and opted to bowl first in the first one-day international against Pakistan at Wellington.


New Zealand
- B McCullum, Anderson, Boult, Elliott, Guptill, Latham, N McCullum, Mills, Milne, Ronchi, Taylor.

Pakistan - M Hafeez, A Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, U Akmal, H Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, S Afridi, B Bhatti, M Irfan, Ehsan Adil.