Southee Hat-Trick And Guptill Special Down Pakistan

Southee Hat-Trick And Guptill Special Down Pakistan
Southee Hat-Trick And Guptill Special Down Pakistan
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New Zealand 146-5 (Guptill 54, Taylor 39no) beat
Pakistan 143-9 (Southee 5-18) by five wickets
First Twenty20 International,  Auckland

Tim Southee took a hat-trick and Martin Guptill scored a half-century as New Zealand scored a comfortable five-wicket win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International in Auckland.

Southee returned figures of five for 18 as Pakistan were limited to 143 for nine and Guptill's 54 gave New Zealand the platform from which to ease to victory with more than two overs to spare.

Pakistan, who were inserted by New Zealand, made a reasonable start as openers Mohammad Hafeez (24) and Shahid Afridi (20) put on 37 for the first wicket but they were quickly pegged back.

Kyle Mills and had Afridi caught by Southee, who then had Ahmed Shehzad (14) caught by Peter McGlashan before Southee dismissed Younus Khan (2), Hafeez and Umar Akmal (0) with consecutive deliveries.

Younus was caught by debutant Dean Brownlie, Hafeez caught by McGlashan and Akmal trapped in front.

Southee then completed his five-wicket haul when Abdul Razzaq was caught by McGlashan and it then took innings of 30 from Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul to steer Pakistan towards a defendable total; Gul facing 31 balls and Riaz 21.

Mills returned figures of three for 37 when he had Gul and Saeed Ajmal (1) trapped in front.

New Zealand, who had just completed winless tours of India and Bangladesh, never looked anything other than likely winners once Guptill got into his stride with the bat.

He hit four fours and four sixes and although wickets fell around him, his knock ensured New Zealand were always ahead of the game.

Shoaib Akhtar gave Pakistan a slim chance as he returned three for 38 by dismissing Jesse Ryder for six, Brownlie for five and Scott Styris for seven.

However, any potential crisis was averted by Ross Taylor - captain in the absence of Daniel Vettori - who stroked an unbeaten 39 in 31 balls, and James Franklin, who made 19 in 17.

McGlashan (five not out) completed the game with a boundary as New Zealand raced home in just 17.1 overs.

The second of three matches is in Hamilton on 28th December.

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