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​​Nicholls, bowlers power New Zealand home

Host recovers from 99 for 6 to post 280 for 8, then shoots Pakistan out for 210 to fashion 70-run win

​​Nicholls, bowlers power New Zealand home - Cricket News
New Zealand's bowlers combined effectively to dismiss Pakistan for 210.
A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the first One-Day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday (January 25). 
In reply to New Zealand's 280 for 8, Pakistan was bowled out for 210 with four overs remaining.
Nicholls apart, New Zealand's top order struggled against the Pakistan attack, with the other six batsmen in the top seven contributing only 47. 
The host was in deep trouble at 99 for 6 before Mitchell Santner joined Nicholls in a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket. Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan then added 73 off 33 balls in a closing onslaught to ensure a decent target was on the board. 

After putting New Zealand into bat on a windy Wellington day, Pakistan never gave the host a chance to really settle. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham, the openers, were both out for 11, with Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Amir taking a wicket each. 
Amir removed Corey Anderson (10) and Luke Ronchi (5) in his second spell, in the space of three balls. Anwar Ali also took a double in quick succession when he broke a 45-run stand for the third wicket between Kane Williamson and Nicholls. He bowled Williamson for 10 and two balls later, dismissed Grant Elliott in similar fashion without scoring, before returning later to claim the prized scalp of Nicholls.
Pakistan lost Azhar Ali (19) and Ahmed Shehzad (13) early in its chase, but Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam lifted its confidence as they cruised past the 100-run mark in the 23rd over.


However, the Pakistan batting line-up was exposed when Williamson dismissed Hafeez caught at long-on for 42. 
Without attempting to boost the run rate, Azam continued on to 62 off 76 deliveries before he miscued an attempted hook off Anderson, sending the ball straight to Nicholls at deep mid-wicket. 
Sarfraz Ahmed (30) and Anwar (16) put on 35 for the seventh wicket but their partnership ended when they tried to lift the scoring with Sarfraz caught by Anderson on the boundary. 

Unlike the host, Pakistan's tail didn't last long-- the last four wickets falling for five runs. 
Trent Boult finished with four for 40 while Grant Elliott, who removed openers Azhar and Shehzad as well as Sohaib Maqsood, took three for 43. 
The two teams will face off on Thursday in Napier for the second ODI.
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