ABU DHABI – Fast bowler Trent Boult became the third New Zealander to record a hat trick in a one-day international as the Kiwis beat Pakistan by 47 runs on Wednesday.
Boult (3/54) nailed Pakistan’s top-order with the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez off successive deliveries after New Zealand posted a decent 266/9.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) shared a century stand, and gave their team a chance before New Zealand bowled them out for 219 in 47.2 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Earlier, half-centuries from Ross Taylor (80) and Tom Latham (68) revived New Zealand after captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat.
Taylor and Latham shared a brilliant 130-run fourth-wicket stand, before Pakistan hit back in the last 10 overs, with ace leg-spinner Shadab Khan (4/38) claiming three wickets in four balls and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi ending up with 4/46.
Shadab broke the century partnership by having Latham and Henry Nicholls lbw off consecutive balls, and one ball later, Colin de Grandhomme was caught in the slip.
Taylor, who hit five fours in his 112-ball knock, looked set for a century, but played on to left-arm spinner Wasim.
Ish Sodhi (24) and Tim Southee (20) played little cameos and lifted New Zealand’s total in the last five overs.
Pakistan’s top-order batsmen did brilliantly in the T20s, but were jolted by Boult upfront.
The left-arm seamer cramped Zaman and had the left-hander clean-bowled in his second over, and Azam was snapped by Taylor chest high in the first slip.
Hafeez, who scored prolifically in the T20 series against New Zealand, was trapped lbw as Boult completed the hat trick and reduced Pakistan to 8/3.
Danny Morrison and Shane Bond are the other New Zealand fast bowlers to complete hat tricks in ODIs, against India and Australia in 1994 and 2007, respectively.
Imam-ul-Haq (34) and Shoaib Malik (30) shared a 63-run stand, but both fell in the space of two runs, and Shadab was unlucky to be give out caught behind off Sodhi as the TV replays suggested the ball was not near his bat.
Ahmed and Wasim then put together 103 runs, which brought Pakistan back into the match, before Ahmed played on to De Grandhomme’s full-pitched delivery.
Wasim was caught by De Grandhomme soon after reaching his half-century, and Pakistan lost their last three wickets at the total of 219, with Lockie Ferguson finishing with 3/36.