First One-day International


At Wellington, December 26. Pakistan won by 50 runs. Toss: New Zealand.

Wasim Akram began with two wides in his first three deliveries but soon asserted the dominance that was to be vital in Pakistan's brief visit. His career-best one-day figures of five for 19 took his team to their sixth successive one-day victory over New Zealand.

Pakistan scored at barely three an over on a new, two-paced pitch, with damp conditions helping the ball to swing; New Zealand lasted just 39.3 overs. For the first time in New Zealand a third umpire, Brian Aldridge, was appointed to observe proceedings on a television monitor but he had no decisions to make.

Man of the Match: Wasim Akram.

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