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Guptill, bowlers take New Zealand to 2-0 lead

Martin Guptill won the player of the match award
Martin Guptill won the player of the match award

New Zealand 151-2 (Guptill 86no) beat
Pakistan 246-9 (Hafeez 60) by eight wickets DLS
Second One-Day International in Nelson

Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten 86 off 71 deliveries as New Zealand chased down the revised target of 151 runs in 23.5 overs with eight wickets in hand in the rain-hit second One-Day International against Pakistan in Nelson to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

New Zealand started the original chase of 247 runs with an early setback after Mohammad Amir (1-18) had Colin Munro (0) caught at third man. In the third over, Pakistan unsuccessfully reviewed an LBW decision against Kane Williamson (19).

Guptill (86 not out) slowly upped the ante with a couple of boundaries in the sixth over. Faheem Ashraf (1-30) produced the second breakthrough for Pakistan when Shadab Khan (0-29) produced a blinder at point to dismiss Williamson and New Zealand ended the powerplay with a score of 48 for two.

When the score was 64 for two after 14 overs, rain intervened losing close to 2 hours and 15 minutes play and when the action began, New Zealand were set a revised target of 151 off 25 overs, which meant they needed 87 more to win off the final 11 overs.

In the second over on resumption, Guptill struck two more sixes and with another maximum, completed his half-century. With Ross Taylor (45 not out) too joining the onslaught, the duo added unbeaten 104 runs for the third wicket to complete the chase in 23.5 overs with eight wickets in hand.

Earlier, it was Pakistan, who won the toss and decided to bat first but they lost their openers Azhar Ali (6) and Imam-ul-Haq (2) early.

Lockie Ferguson (3-39) joined the wicket-taking act as he had Babar Azam (10) caught by Taylor as the visitors were reeling at 39 for three.

It was only contributions from Mohammad Hafeez (60), Shadab (52) and Hasan Ali (51) that played a vital role to help Pakistan recover and post 246 for nine in the 50 overs.

Ferguson was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with a three-wicket haul while Tim Southee (2-57) and Todd Astle (2-50) picked two wickets apiece.

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