Pakistan vs New Zealand: Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 5 wickets in the first ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Fakhar Zaman scored a brilliant century. This is Pakistan’s 500th ODI win.
New Delhi.On the basis of the stormy batting of Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan won in ODI cricket after 103 days. Pakistan won the first ODI against New Zealand in Rawalpindi by a margin of 5 wickets. Pakistan played an ODI match after 103 days and was also successful in winning it. Pakistan played the last ODI against New Zealand in January. This is Pakistan’s 500th ODI win.
With the victory in Rawalpindi, Babar Azam’s team has also taken a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. Batting first, the Kiwi team scored 288 for 7 wickets on the basis of Darrell Mitchell’s century and Will Young’s half-century. Mitchell hit 113 runs in 115 balls with 11 fours and a six. At the same time, Young played an inning of 86 runs in 78 balls. He hit 8 fours and 2 sixes.
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Strong start of Pakistan
Apart from Young and Mitchell, no other batsman could run from New Zealand. Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf got 2-2 success, while Shadab Khan took one wicket. Chasing the target of 289 runs, the beginning of the Pakistani team was very strong. There was a 124-run partnership between Fakhar and Imam-ul-Haq. Imam scored 60 runs.
500 ODI wins and counting! 🏏🥳
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) April 27, 2023
Babar misses out on half century
After opener Imam returned to the pavilion, Babar Azam supported Fakhar by scoring 49 runs. In the form of Babar, Pakistan got a second blow for 214 runs. However, Shan Masood’s bat was a flop. He was able to score only 1 run. Fakhar also returned to the pavilion in 42.2 overs after bringing the team to the threshold of victory.
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Brilliant innings from Rizwan
After Pakistan fell for 4 wickets for 255 runs, Mohammad Rizwan took over the responsibility. Although in the meantime Agha Salman was also dismissed, but Rizwan stood at one end and returned only after winning the team. Rizwan scored an unbeaten 42 in 34 balls.