Trent Boult became the third New Zealand bowler to claim a One-Day International hat-trick as his side defeated Pakistan by 47 runs in the first match.
Veteran batsman Ross Taylor top-scored with 80 while wicketkeeper Tom Latham struck 68 off 64 balls to lead New Zealand to 266 for nine after it won the toss and batted at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. In response, Pakistan crumbled to 85 for six, before Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) added 103 for the seventh wicket. However, once Pakistan skipper Sarfraz dragged a Colin de Grandhomme delivery onto his stumps, NZ was almost home and dry. Grandhomme took two for 40 while Lockie Ferguson finished with three for 36.
Boult exposed Pakistan’s batting woes early on, bowling Zaman off his pads before having Azam caught at slip and then trapping Hafeez leg-before with a sharp in-swinging delivery. He joined fast bowlers Danny Morrison (v India at Napier in 1999) and Shane Bond (v Australia at Hobart in 2007) as the only New Zealanders to take an ODI hat-trick. Imam-ul-Haq (34) and Shoaib Malik (30) added 63 for the fourth wicket, but both fell in successive overs before the Sarfraz-Wasim stand briefly reignited hopes.
Earlier, NZ recovered from 78 for three to set a challenging target. Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi jolted NZ at the start with the wickets of George Worker (one) and Colin Munro (29). Shadab Khan dismissed Kane Williamson for 27 before Taylor and Latham came together. The pair compiled a fourth-wicket stand of 130, but a burst of three wickets from Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab in the 42nd over appeared to halt its charge.
Brief scores: New Zealand 266 for nine in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 80, Shaheen Afridi 4/46) beat Pakistan 219 all-out in 47.2 overs (Sarfraz Ahmed 64, Trent Boult 3/54, Lockie Ferguson 3/36)