Seals the game with a full-blooded smack over midwicket, gets down on one knee and sends it sailing into the leg side
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Babar Azam: This was a team effort, we wanted to start well. The credit belongs to the fast bowlers for the way we restricted them in the end. It feels good to see players execute their plans. The way Naseem bowled put pressure on them and then the spinners dominated. The way Fakhar and Imam played, then the innings Fakhar and I built together was great.
Tom Latham: I think the score we got was about par. The position we were in, Daryl played a superb innings. The wicket got harder for new guys, but the way Pakistan played was superb. We couldn't make any inroads. It got harder in the end but the two partnerships up top from Pakistan made the difference. I guess a few more wickets could have made it different because it wasn't easy to start.
Fakhar Zaman, Player of the Match: The plan was to attack and stay long. If you survive the new ball at (Rawalpindi) you must stay (till the end). It's a very good start, the first three needs to go till 40 overs. Today was my day and hopefully, Imam and Babar will also play big knocks.
Rizwan looks to the heavens with that shot of authority over midwicket as Pakistan draws first blood in the five-match ODI series and this is also Pakistan's 500th ODI win! Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman forged a crucial partnership that set the platform for Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Pakistan did make it difficult for themselves by slowing down in the middle overs and even without some of the mainstays, New Zealand did pretty well and should give themselves a pat on the back for their bowling performance as they created some panic towards the end and took the game deep. The pitch had been baking under the sun and was pretty docile. There was barely any swing for the bowlers but spinners got some assistance. Pakistan have got a few ODIs before the showpiece event to address the outstanding issues; the chase got derailed when Babar Azam nicked one through to the keeper and the floodgates were opened. Shan Masood played a confusing knock and struggled to get going which raises questions on his role in the team. In the end, Mohammad Rizwan made sure they don't make a mess of the game and some timely blows took all hope away from the Tom Latham-led side.
sam: "I think I can breathe without choking on incoming breaths now? God the past few minutes have been bad for my asthma.."
Flatter around middle from round the wicket, Rizwan blocks it while lunging forward
Lobbed up on a full length outside off, punched down to long-on
Shorter and on the pads, whipped away to square leg, doesn't get hold of it properly
Looking for a glory hit, heaves it over mid-off again and it holds up in the surface, just a boundary away from a win
Round the wicket, a bit short and outside off, he takes a few steps out of his crease and lofts it over mid-off for a boundary, ball wins the race as Milne tumbles over the boundary while trying to flick the ball inside the rope
Shorter, just outside off, punches it down to the left of long-on and dashes across to the other end
Short of a length, wide of off, cracks a pull but can't get it past the man stationed at short midwicket.
Good length, nibbling away in the channel, squirts it away to third man
Goodness me! That missed hitting the off stump by a whisker, slower and kept very low, nothing Nawaz could do about it
Round the wicket, angled in and straightening down the line outside off, crunched away to cover, didn't get the timing he was searching for
Pulls it away to fine leg and is running like hare for a single
Flicks it away into the empty spaces at the leg side
Dances down the track and absolutely leathers it over the bowler's head for a four
Length ball, angled into the pads, whipped away to square leg. New Zealand are fighting it tooth and nail
Shorter, outside off, slaps a cut shot to point. A terrific over from Tickner
Shortens his length, keeps it in the corridor, bunts it away to mid-off
Round the wicket, dug in short around the line off, plays it uppishly to point who came in quickly to deny a single
Driven on the rise to cover, quickly gets rid of the ball, fielding has been superb from New Zealand
Wafting and edging! Fraction short and in the channel, he goes for the cut, gets a thick outside edge and it nestles into Latham's glove as Agha takes the long walk back into the pavilion, he was trying to whack it across the line and is disappointed by his effort
|Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||Pakistan, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Pakistan led the 5-match series 1-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 4569|
|Hours of play (local time)||15.30 start, First Session 15.30-19.00, Interval 19.00-19.40, Second Session 19.40-23.10|
|Match days||27 April 2023 - daynight (50-over match)|
Fakhar 117, Imam fifty take Pakistan 1-0 up against New Zealand
If not fit to play, Williamson could be a New Zealand team mentor at the ODI World Cup
|Mohammad Rizwan||not out||42||34|
|Mohammad Nawaz||not out||8||10|
|Extras||(lb 3, w 4)|
|Total||291(5 wkts; 48.3 ovs)|