New Zealand defeats Pakistan by 47 runs, Boult takes hat-trick

Carrie Guzman
November 11, 2018

"Just make him play, I guess", Boult said when asked how he approached the hat-trick delivery.

Pakistan crushed New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday - their second whitewash in a week following a romp over Australia, also in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Then came the collapse as the visitors lost three wickets in a single over by the leggie and went from 208/4 to 208/6 in the space of four balls.

The homeside was 8-3 and then 85-6 before fighting back, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed leading the way with a 69-ball 64 before he was bowled by Colin de Grandholme at the end of the 41st over.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari.

To their credit, they did about as much as they could have, given the circumstances, but the scale of the task they had been left was simply insurmountable.

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Earlier, Sarfraz Ahmed insists his team can end an 11-match losing run to New Zealand when the two sides meet in the first one-day worldwide in Abu Dhabi today. Not even a 103-run partnership, achieved in relatively quick time, was enough to put Pakistan in the ascendancy, and as soon as Sarfraz dragged de Grandhomme on, the contest looked all but over.

Taylor motioned multiple times to umpires with his right arm bent at about 90 degrees, infuriating Pakistan. Whether or not it was an attempt to call attention to Hafeez's action, it enraged Sarfraz, who had a lengthy chat with the umpires, and had to be calmed down.

Trent Bolt of New Zealand celebrates his hat-trick with assistance from Kane Williamson and Tim Southee. However, Williamson considers Pakistan as a unsafe opponents irrespective of the format as they have a "lot of depth".

The early inroads shackled the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs, but Kane Williamson and Taylor kept the scorecard ticking along before the former picked out short midwicket off a Shadab long hop. It required 50 runs off the last five overs by the tail against a fearsome bowling line-up.

Taylor appeared to accuse veteran Pakistan spinner Mohammad Hafeez of an illegal bowling action during the first innings of the clash in Abu Dhabi.

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