New Zealand won the second ODI against Pakistan by 8 wickets following the DL method result. Pakistan scored 246 runs batting in the first inning. This would be the second time when rain disrupted the series. The win for New Zealand came up after Martin Guptill hammered a striking score of 86 from 71 balls. Pakistan, in the chase, took down two wickets before rain wreaked the havoc. Colin Munro ducking out in the first over gave some hope to team Pakistan, but Guptill’s foray took out the chances away from Pakistan. The opener scored 86 off 71 balls in the inning.
The revised target for New Zealand was 151 from 25 overs. The home team required 87 to win from 11 overs while resuming the match after rain. Guptill had the support of Ross Taylor beating an unbeaten 45 off 43 balls hauling the inning to the victory mark. The inning was struck by Mohammad Amir, who took down Munro. After the first wicket, Kane Williamson and Guptill forged a partnership of 46 runs in 9 overs. It was Shadab Khan who took an excellent catch to wobble New Zealand to two wickets.
Earlier in the match, Pakistan suffered a top order breakdown losing the openers at paltry runs. By 11 overs, the visitors lost three wickets at 39 runs. Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik steered the inning until the end of 20 overs pulling the score to 84. In the next stretch, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali played long overs taking the score to an average figure. When Hasan Ali was removed by Tim Southee in the 45th over, the score reached 211. Shadab Khan played until the last overs while Pakistan’s score was lifted to 239. The players put on 70 runs playing 49 balls together.
New Zealand bowlers had a fair degree of success, even if the condition favored the batsmen. Lockie Ferguson took down three wickets, while Tim Southee and Todd Astle finished with two wickets. Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner had a single wicket each.
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