Unpredictable Pakistan look to return to winning ways

Unpredictable Pakistan look to return to winning ways

Martin Guptill made 86 in an unbroken 104-run partnership with Ross Taylor which carried New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over Pakistan on Tuesday in the rain-affected second one-day global.

Pakistan were without injured Fakhar Zaman, who scored 82 not out in the first match at the Basin Reserve, and the talented opener's absence was certainly felt early on as Fakhar's replacement, Imam ul-Haq, was caught for two, while fellow opener Azhar Ali soon followed his team-mate when he was dismissed for six.

Kiwis are one up in the series as the rain helped them win the first game by 51 runs.

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The tourists were 127-6 when Hafeez was out in the 32nd over and looked likely to fall well below a par score at Saxton Oval where teams batting first in ODIs average 260. I think for the first half we were brilliant with the ball and then Pakistan showed resistance.

All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was added to New Zealand's squad ahead of the third one-day worldwide against Pakistan.

The hosts were 47/2 having lost Colin Munro and Kane Williamson.

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He spent the weather break on the physio's table after his back tightened up early in the Black Caps' chase. Pakistan made 246-9 batting first after winning the toss and New Zealand were 64-2 after 14 overs when rain interrupted the match for more than two hours.

With three matches to go, Pakistan will have to display great valour to stage a comeback in the series. Later, came to chase New Zealand was given target of chasing 151 runs in 25 overs.

Guptill make unbeaten 86 in the eight-wicket win.

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All five regular bowlers chipped in with wickets, and it was left to Pakistan's lower order to respond with a magnificent rearguard action as half-centuries from Hasan and Shadab took Pakistan - once tottering at 141 for 7 - to a more presentable 246. An under-fire Mohammad Hafeez was the sole contributor at the top, before the team managed to cross 200-run mark courtesy the late cameos.

Tim Southee (2-57) and Trent Boult (1-54) both claimed early wickets to give the bowling side the upper hand.

The visitors are now 2-0 down in a five-match series.

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Santner finished with one for 34 from his 10 overs, including 41 dot balls; Astle took two for 50 from seven.

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