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06-Jan-2018 14:41:00 GMT
NZ vs Pak, 1st ODI, Wellington

Williamson ton helps New Zealand sinks Pakistan

Wellington: Kane Williamson may have been New Zealand's hero in their dominant win over Pakistan in the opening one-day international in Wellington on Saturday, but he said it was not a game for heroics.

New Zealand made 315 for seven in their 50 overs and had the tourists at 166 for six when rain stopped play in the 31st over.

Pakistan had arrived on a nine-match winning streak but fresh from playing in more accommodating conditions than the 120 kilometre an hour (75 mph) winds and rain that greeted them in Wellington.

After being sent in to bat, Colin Munro (58) and Martin Guptill (48) gave New Zealand a flying start with 83 for the first wicket before Williamson went to the middle with the dismissal of Munro in the 13th over.

While the openers plundered the boundaries, Williamson's 115 off 117 deliveries came from a diet of ones and twos with only eight fours and one six.

Williamson, who was dropped on 26 by Pakistan wicketkeeper and captain Sarfraz Ahmed, also featured in a 90-run partnership off 80 balls with Henry Nicholls before he was caught by Hasan Ali off Rumman Raees in the 48th over.

Brief scores:
New Zealand 315 for 7 (Williamson 115, Munro 58, Nicholls 50, Hasan 3-61) beat Pakistan 166 for 6 (Fakhar 82*, Southee 3-22) by 61 runs (DLS method)

Ali was central in most of the key New Zealand wickets with the dismissals of Munroe, Nicholls (50) and Ross Taylor (12) to finish with three for 61.

Pakistan were in trouble in the very first over of their reply when Tim Southee took the wickets of Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, both lbw.

Fakhar Zaman battled bravely to try to restore the Pakistan innings and was unbeaten on 82, the only innings of note, when rain stopped play and Southee had the figures of three for 22.

The second match in the five-match series is in Nelson on Tuesday.


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