Trent Boult’s hat trick earns New Zealand 47-run win against Pakistan

Aubrey Yates
November 8, 2018

Chasing 267, Pakistan were bowled out for 219 in the 48th over.

He ended with figures of 3-54 off 10 to lead a polished performance from New Zealand's pace trio, with a hostile Lockie Ferguson (3-36) proving a handful for the Pakistan batsmen with a short-pitched barrage.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari.

Only Danny Morrison and Shane Bond had previously taken hat-tricks in the one-day format for the Kiwis. "Make him play and slide one onto his pads and it was a pretty good feeling".

Umpires: Joe Wilson (WIS) and Shozab Raza (PAK).

New Zealand´s Trent Boult bowls during the first one day worldwide (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 7, 2018. He pointed out captain Kane Williamson's error in having just four fielders inside the circle and pounced on a free hit, and Pakistan needed 120 off the final 15.

The homeside was 8-3 and then 85-6 before fighting back, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed leading the way with a 69-ball 64 before he was bowled by Colin de Grandholme at the end of the 41st over.

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Taylor appeared to query the bowling of part-time offspinner Hafeez whose action has been deemed illegal by the International Cricket Council several times in recent years. "There was no problem with Hafeez's action and [Taylor] was trying to create an issue without a reason", he said.

A 130-run fourth-wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham resurrected the innings before Latham was dismissed for 68 early in the 42nd over.

Half-centuries from Ross Taylor and Tom Latham propelled the visiting team's score.

He dismissed Latham leg-before off the second delivery and did the same to Henry Nicholls for nought off the next and two balls later had Colin de Grandhomme caught in the slip without scoring.

But tailenders Ish Sodhi (24) and Tim Southee (20) added 42 precious runs for the eighth wicket to give New Zealand a more competitive total, as Shaheen finished with 4-46 in his nine overs.

Game two is back at the same venue on Saturday (NZT).

But Sarfraz, part of the team in the last 11 one-day internationals all of which Pakistan lost, want to finally win against New Zealand.

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