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Martin Guptill returns to form to beat rain and Pakistan

11 January 2018

Martin Guptill (87 not out off 72 balls) and Ross Taylor (unbeaten 44) guided the New Zealand cricket team to their revised target of 151 at Saxton Oval, where rain had earlier stopped play for more than two hours.

Meanwhile, Guptill has downplayed his back injury after guiding New Zealand to an eight-wicket win in the rain-interrupted second ODI against Pakistan.

When they were able to return to the field their new target under the Duckworth Lewis scoring system had been changed to 151 runs off 25 overs.

Play had been brought to a halt at 4:20pm with the Black Caps pacing along at 64-2 despite losing in-form opener Colin Munro for a duck and skipper Kane Williamson for 19.

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New Zealand won by 8-wickets (DLS method) vs Pakistan. Tim Southee and Trent Boult were at the openers straightaway, Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq - in for the injured Fakhar Zaman - struggling against generous early swing.

New Zealand is leading the series 1-0 after it comfortably beaten Pakistan in rain-effected first ODI in wellington. A few overs later, Hafeez, after compiling 60 classy runs, charged Mitchell Santner in similarly unseemly fashion, only succeeding in chipping to short cover.

Mohammad Hafeez's steady 60 off 71 had anchored the Pakistan innings, but he disappeared in the 32nd over and they looked in big trouble at 6-127.

Earlier, ODI bests from Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan salvaged what shaped as a feeble Pakistan innings. They did that with aplomb, Guptill showing the way.

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Malik succumbed to dot-ball pressure and holed out off Astle for a 46-ball 27, prompting a mini-slide - Sarfraz Ahmed (3), Hafeez and Faheem Ashraf (7) all followed suit in quick succession, as Pakistan fell to 141/7.

Hasan survived a blow on the chin from a fierce Lockie Ferguson delivery to reach his maiden half century remarkable, while Shadab capped off a superb day's work by taking a ripper of a catch to dismiss Williamson. Our batting didn't do well and we needed the lower order to perform.

It was Sarfraz Ahmed s call to bat when he won the toss, saying it looked like a wicket that would favour the side having first use of it.

Pakistan also lost the first ODI against the Black Caps.

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Guptill was adjudged "Man of the Match" for his stellar performance with the bat.

Martin Guptill returns to form to beat rain and Pakistan