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Pakistan defeats New Zealand in first ODI

RAWALPINDI: Dominant Pakistan dominated New Zealand in the first PAK versus NZ ODI today at Pindi Cricket Stadium, securing a victorious start to the five-match series.

On Thursday, the first of five one-day internationals between Pakistan and New Zealand was played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

After the coin flipped in his favour, Pakistan captain Babar Azam chose to bowl first. Batting first, New Zealand amassed a respectable total thanks to Daryl Mitchell’s century and Will Young’s half-century, respectively.

Mitchell hit 11 boundaries and a six on his way to a 115-ball 113 to lead New Zealand.

Young, on the other hand, scored 86 from 78 deliveries, with eight boundaries and two sixes.

The mark set by New Zealand was insufficient for their bowlers to defend after spectacular performances by openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq.

Fakhar Zaman extended his outstanding form by scoring his second straight century and leading Pakistan in the run chase.

He scored 117 runs in 114 balls, including 13 boundaries and a six. Imam, on the other hand, got 60 points off 65 with five boundaries and a maximum.

The two teams will now meet in the second encounter of the five-match ODI series on April 29 at the same venue before the action changes to the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi for the next three ODIs on May 3, 5, and 7.

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