Pakistan embarrassed by Boult

Trent throws a Boult at Pakistan

Umid Kumar Dey
Published Date: 13 Jan 2018 | Update :

A man that takes 5 wickets in an ODI game is a man in form. The Pakistan cricket team couldn’t face the fury of Kiwi pacer Trent Boult as he desecrated their batting order with his blaze. It didn’t begin there, however, as New Zealand were the ones that batted first at the University Oval at Dunedin.

On a difficult pitch, the Kiwi batters somehow managed to squeeze their score over 200 with the help of an astute innings from Kane Williamson. The captain scored 73 from 101 balls on a track where the ball stuck on the pitch like glue.

Williamson was well supported by Martin Guptill’s 45, Ross Taylor’s 52 and Tom Latham’s run-a-ball 35. In the end, the New Zealanders put up a very healthy score of 257 for Pakistan to fight for.

In the bowling department, Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali took 3 wickets each, but were on the expensive side as they gave away more than 5 runs-per-over. Faheem Ashraf also managed to grab a scalp while Shadab Khan took a couple himself.

On a track like that, anything over 200 was going to be a tricky chase, but Trent Boult showed that even a score just above 100 would have been safe enough for the Black Caps.

The left-handed pacer tore apart the Pakistan batting line up, almost as though he was a Samurai sword and the Pakistani batsmen were chunks of butter.

It would have been further embarrassing for Pakistan had Rumman Raees and Mohammad Amir not fought better than the batters as the duo made 16 and 14 respectively. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed also scored 14 runs while Faheem Ashraf was the only other player to reach double figures with 10 runs to his name.

For the Kiwis, Boult managed to scalp 5 wickets after giving away only 17 runs while Colin Munro and Lockie Ferguson took 2 wickets each, with the former giving away only 10 runs from his 7 overs.

Final scores:

New Zealand – 257/10 after 50 overs.
K. Williamson 73(101) | Rumman Raees 10-0-51-3
Ross Taylor 52(64)
Pakistan – 74/10 after 27.2 overs.
Rumman Raees 16(14) | Trent Boult 7.2-1-17-5
Mohammad Amir 14(24)

New Zealand won by 183 runs. 

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