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  Henry Nicholls powers New Zealand to comprehensive victory

Henry Nicholls powers New Zealand to comprehensive victory

AFP
Published : Jan 26, 2016, 6:03 am IST
Updated : Jan 26, 2016, 6:03 am IST

A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the opening one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the opening one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

In reply to New Zealand’s 280/8, Pakistan were skittled out for 210 with four overs remaining.

Nicholls apart, New Zealand’s recognised run-makers struggled against a fired-up Pakistan attack, with the other six batsmen in the top seven contributing just 47 in total.

The hosts were in a perilous position at 99/6 before Mitchell Santner joined Nicholls in a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan then added 73 off 33 balls in a closing onslaught to ensure a target which eventually proved too much for Pakistan.

SCOREBOARD New Zealand: M. Guptill c Riaz b Irfan 11, T. Latham c Ahmed b Amir 11, K. Williamson b Ali 10, H. Nicholls b Ali 82, G. Elliott b Ali 0, C. Anderson c Ahmed b Amir 10, L. Ronchi c Ahmed b Amir 5, M. Santner c Ahmed b Irfan 48, M. Henry (not out) 48, M. McClenaghan (retired hurt) 31, T. Boult (not out) 4. Extras: (b4, lb3, w13) 20. Total: (for 8 wkts, in 50 overs) 280. FoW: 1-23, 2-25, 3-70, 4-70, 5-93, 6-99, 7-178, 8-203. Bowling: Irfan 10-0-43-2, Amir 8.1-0-28-3, Anwar 9.5-0-66-3, Wahab 10-0-67-0, Imad Wasim 8-0-47-0, Ali 4-0-22-0. Pakistan: A. Ali c Henry b Elliott 19, A. Shehzad c Williamson b Elliott 13, M. Hafeez c Henry b Williamson 42, B. Azam c Nicholls b Anderson 62, S. Maqsood c (sub) b Elliott 10, Sarfraz Ahmed c Anderson b Boult 30, I. Wasim c Ronchi b Santner 1, A. Ali c Latham b Boult 16, W. Riaz (not out) 5, M. Amir b Boult 0, M. Irfan b Boult 0. Extras: (lb2, w10) 12. Total: (in 46 overs) 210. FoW: 1-33, 2-37, 3-118, 4-142, 5-168, 6-170, 7-205, 8-206, 9-210. Bowling: Henry 8-0-43-0, Boult 9-1-40-4, Elliott 10-1-43-3, Anderson 9-1-35-1, Santner 8-0-36-1, Williamson 2-0-11-1.

Location: New Zealand, Wellington