In the opening ODI on Monday, right-arm pacer Naseem Shah ripped through the New Zealand batting order for five wickets, helping Pakistan restrict the visiting team to 255/9.
After being invited to bat by Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam, New Zealand scored 255 runs for nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
The visiting team’s innings got off to a bad start as opener Devon Conway was out in the first over with a score of zero.
Finn Allen, the youthful opener, had some early difficulties, but he fought back by attacking the Pakistani fast bowlers in an effort to speed up his batting. Unfortunately, Mohammad Wasim Jr. struck to end Allen’s valiant 29-run performance.
Then, Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell got things going again for their team by putting up 32 runs for the third wicket before Usama Mir, making his debut, took Williamson’s wicket with a brilliant bowling action.
After the dismissal of the skipper, Mitchell and Tom Latham played doggedly for nearly 12 overs, putting up 76 runs and frustrating the Pakistani bowlers.
Mitchell and Latham had finally found their groove and were threatening the hosts, but Nawaz struck with a superb jaffa to castle Mitchell before he could add to his score of 36 off of 55 balls.
Then, with Latham out of the game, the home team scored another victory, and Usama enjoyed another wicket in an ODI. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 42 from 52 balls, including three fours, to remain his team’s highest scorer.