It was first blood to New Zealand in the One Day International series against Pakistan after a seven wicket victory in Wellington on Saturday. After being put in to bat were one down after just five balls without scoring when Kyle Mills bowled Mohammad Hafeez.
Mills and opening partner Trent Boult combined to reduce the tourists to 32/3 in the 12th over. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq led the recovery with Haris Sohail (23) and Umar Akmal (13). The captain recorded 58 but by the time he departed caught Tom Latham, bowled Grant Elliott his side was 198/7.
A devastating 67 from 29 balls by Shahid Afridi, including nine fours and three sixes, helped the Pakistanis post 210 all out in 45.3 overs. Elliott picked up 3/26 in 4.3 overs. In the chase the Black Caps were solid with a 31-run opening partnership between Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum (17).
Guptill and Latham (23) took the kiwis to 75 before the opener (39) and Ross Taylor partnered until 101. After that it was all New Zealand as Taylor struck an anchoring 59 not out from 81 while Elliott made the man of the match decision an easy won, as he scored an unbeaten 64 from 68 deliveries as the host crossed the line with 10.3 overs to spare.