Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson extends 2-0 lead Nelson

Martin Guptill helps New Zealand to take 2-0 lead over Pakistan with Nelson ODI win

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The onslaught from Martin Guptill saw New Zealand home comfortably by eight wickets in Nelson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In the rain-curtailed fixture, the all-round performance and solid unbeaten 86 from the opening batsman Martin Guptill saw the hosts New Zealand sealed the second game of the five-match One-day International series convincingly by eight wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis method (DLS) at Saxton Oval on Tuesday (January 9).

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Martin Guptill was declared Man of the Match. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The hosts New Zealand now leads the ODI series 2-0 with the third game slated on Saturday (January 13) at University Oval in Dunedin.

Ever-reliant Ross Taylor remained not out on 43-ball 45 which was further comprised of four boundaries.

It becomes pertinent to mention that, in the afternoon session, the rain played the spoilsport when the Black Caps came to bat which further saw the revised target of 151 in 25 overs.

Kiwis chased down the target in 23.5 with seven balls to spare.

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Before Martin Guptill launch an attack, Lockie Ferguson bags three wickets. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Guptill struck five sixes and five boundaries respectively in his 71-ball knock at the strike-rate of 121.13.

In the second innings, New Zealand’s opening batsman Colin Munro was dismissed by Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammed Amir on the third delivery of Kiwis innings.

The Durban-born 30-year-old left-handed batsman Colin Munro faced just two deliveries which saw him being caught by Faheem Ashraf on naught.

However, the second-wicket added 46 runs which saw the Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson (19 off 28) being dismissed by Ashraf after Shadab Khan completed a good catch.

Earlier, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first, but the batsmen repeated what they face in the first ODI in Wellington, and at one stage the visitors were reeling at 141 for seven in 36.4 overs when Ashraf (7 off 18) perished on the bowling of Ferguson.

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Hasan Ali alongside Shadab Khan saw Pakistan go past 200-mark after batting collapse before Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor sums it up for Kiwis. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, bowling all-rounder Hasan Ali (51 off 31) and Shadab Khan (52 off 68) struck the fifties each to register vital 70 runs for the eighth wicket after Mohammad Hafeez, who was the top scorer of Pakistan innings with 60 off 71 balls.

For Kiwis, Lockie Ferguson claimed three wickets in his quota of ten overs after conceding 39 runs. Fast bowling spearhead Tim Southee leg-spinner Todd Astle bagged two wickets each, as Trent Boult and left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santer settled with wicket apiece.

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Shadab Khan contributes with the bat. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pakistan openers in the form of Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali were removed in first 4.4 overs when the score was 14 on the board.

Imam was able to score two off 11 balls, and Ali faced 16 for his six runs.

Babar Azam faced 17-balls for his ten and Shoaib Malik post 27 off 46 balls which was comprised of two sixes and a solitary boundary.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed (3 off 6) was stumped by Tom Latham on three on the bowling of Astle.

Amir (8 off 14) alongside Rumman Raees (6 off 3) remained unbeaten.

Pakistan managed to post 246 for nine in 50 allotted overs.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

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