| New Zealand
ScheduleTuesday, 3 February 2015 at 01:00 GMT / 01:00 UK / 06:30 IST
VenueMcLean Park, Napier
The Black Caps started off from where they left in the United Arab Emirates against the Green Shirts and won the first One Day International by a huge margin of seven wickets. The batting line up of Pakistan with the exception of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi surrendered against the fast and furious bowling of New Zealand who bowled them out for 210 runs with 27 deliveries still available. The target was achieved quite easily by the home side while hammering 3-213 in 39.3 overs, leads the two match series at 1-1 and is the strong favourite to clinch the coming one. The tourists will do their best to level the series but their batsmen will be required to produce match winning innings which can enable their bowlers to bowl aggressively.
Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott produced a fascinating unbroken partnership of 112 runs for the third wicket with their individual scores of 64 and 59. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham chipped in with 39 and 23 while Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi are enjoying great form with the willow. Elliott was the most successful bowler with three wickets as Kyle Mills along with Trent Boult and Anderson shared two wickets each whereas Adam Milne and Nathan McCullum can create problems for the rival batsmen.
Shahid Afridi was the top scorer with 67 off 29 balls, Misbah-ul-Haq contributed 58 and Haris Sohail was the other notable batsman who registered 23. Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal and Srafraz Ahmed must bat with a positive approach. Mohammad Irfan, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil and Shahid Afridi should be more accurate and perhaps the Green Shirts require another specialist bowler in the following match.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT, 14:00 local at McLean Park, Napier.
A bright and sunny day with the temperatures around 14-27ᵒC.
The skippers of the most sides prefer to set a target on this particular venue.
The strip is going to be a batting friendly one, the batsmen will enjoy playing their strokes and the bowlers find it hard to get wickets.
New Zealand – Brendon McCullum (C), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Trent Boult.
Pakistan – Misbah-ul-Haq (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan.
New Zealand will most probably make it 2-0.