Pakistan win by 138 runs from Newzealand

Abu Dahbi-pakistan won by 138 runs from newzealand in first Odi .And lead in series by 1-0 from 3 odi  matches.

Afridi, Latif and Akmal helped Pakistan recover from early blows against New Zealand to set up a 288-run target for the rivals.


New Zealand, meanwhile, suffered some quick blows after they started their run chase on a cautious note. Umar Gul drew the first blood for Pakistan by dismissing Brendon McCullum.

Gul struck again soon to send Martin Guptill packing. Mohammed Aamer took the prized wicket of Ross Taylor as Kamran Akmal made no mistake with the catch.

Abdul Razzaq accounted for the fourth Kiwi wicket in Scott Styris.

Earlier, half-centuries from Shahid Afridi, opening batsman Khalid Latif and Kamran Akmal helped Pakistan recover from early setbacks and set New Zealand a challenging target.

Paceman Shane Bond had pegged Pakistan back with wickets in successive overs with the new ball, but Latif contributed a steady, if occasionally ponderous 64, Afridi smashed a quickfire 70 and Kamran weighed in with an unbeaten 67 as Pakistan finished with an unlikely 287 for nine.

Younus Khan’s decision to bat first had backfired as Bond nicely exploited the bounce and movement the surface had offered to snaffle opener Salman Butt and Younus for ducks.

Bond had flicked the shoulder of Butt’s bat with a delivery that swung in and moved away a touch, keeper McCullum holding an easy catch.

Younus was then sucked into a drive and the edge flew to McCullum, his dismissal leaving Pakistan hopelessly situated at zero for two.

New Zealand’s bowlers had shackled the opposition with a tight line, but Mohammad Yousuf (30) and Latif settled nerves with a 57-run stand for the third wicket.

Yousuf was just beginning to assert himself – he had clubbed Jacob Oram for consecutive boundaries – when he attempted a terrible single and was stranded short of his crease when Martin Guptill broke the stumps at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit from cover.

His dismissal left Pakistan tottering at 75 for four in 23.3 overs, but the balance shifted with Afridi’s typically breezy innings.

He smacked Daniel Vettori for a six and struck two off a Nathan McCullum over as he sped to his 30th ODI half-century off just 36 deliveries.

Afridi put on 101 for the fifth wicket with Latif, the latter reaching his maiden half-century en route.

Afridi was then snared by Oram and Latif was bowled by Vettori, but Akmal and Abdul Razzaq (26) clobbered the bowlers around at the death to propel Pakistan beyond the 250-mark.

Akmal reached his half-century off just 35 deliveries and put on 86 off just 43 deliveries for the seventh wicket with Razzaq as Pakistan finished at a canter.

The teams:

New Zealand: AJ Redmond, BB McCullum†, MJ Guptill, LRPL Taylor, SB Styris, JDP Oram, DL Vettori*, NL McCullum, TG Southee, IG Butler, SE Bond

Pakistan: S Butt, K Latif, Y Khan, M Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal†, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal

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