Martin Guptill returns to form to beat rain and Pakistan

Martin Guptill returns to form to beat rain and Pakistan

De Grandhomme missed the limited overs series against West Indies, and the first two ODIs against Pakistan, due to the death of his father in Zimbabwe. Williamson and Guptill restored some order, before a superb diving catch at point from Shadab left New Zealand at 47 for 2.

Pakistan 's nine-match One-Day International unbeaten streak, since the Champions Trophy 2017, was brought to a screeching halt in Wellington.

The Black Caps are playing a five-match ODI series with Pakistan, with game three in Dunedin on Saturday. Pakistan were 166 for 6 before rain arrived. Fakhar Zaman was the only Pakistani player looked good against the New Zealand bowling attack scoring 82*.

In a repeat of the first global, which New Zealand won by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, Pakistan were always under pressure after losing early wickets and fell short of a par score at Saxton Oval where teams which bat first in ODIs average 260.

The pair featured in a 70-run stand off 49 deliveries for the eighth wicket.

Martin Guptill and Colin Munro established an 83-run opening partnership for New Zealand before Hasan Ali picked Munro's wicket. Astle went for 21 runs in an over, while Boult bowled two full tosses around waist height - only one of which was called - as the runs began to flow freely.

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Hafeez finished the innings with the top score of 60 off 106, whereas Shadab and Hasan made valuable contributions of 52 and 51 respectively.

Meanwhile, Guptill has downplayed his back injury after guiding New Zealand to an eight-wicket win in the rain-interrupted second ODI against Pakistan. Bowlers were quite impressive in that day.

Santner finished with one for 34 from his 10 overs, including 41 dot balls; Astle took two for 50 from seven.

But while they got Colin Munro (0) early and Shadab took a great catch to remove Kane Williamson (19), Pakistan had no answers after the break as Guptill quickly took the game - and potentially the five-match series - away from them.

While Guptill did bulk of the damage, Taylor too helped himself to a couple of boundaries along the way.

Play resumed at 6.40pm at Saxton Oval, with the match reduced to 25 overs and the Black Caps set a revised target of 151 under Duckworth-Lewis calculations.

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