Boult wraps up a 70-run win. Pinpoint yorker, this (reverse-)swings away as well, beating the poke of Irfan to crash into the off stump
6:36pm: After a late surge carried New Zealand to 280, Elliott broke the top order. Hafeez and Azam put Pakistan back on track in the chase, but the rest of the middle order fell away. Boult then razed the tail, celebrating his ascent to World No.1, with a four-wicket haul. New Zealand dismissed Pakistan for 210 in 46 overs, despite the absence of McClenaghan in the attack who had retired hurt after a blow to his eye while batting.
Azhar Ali: We got six wickets for 99. From there, scoring 280 was exceptional. I think all the bowlers bowled really well. Only the last few overs went for too many. I think it was chaseable. The wickets of Hafeez and Babar at that time cost us. There is a lot of positives from this game. We will try to correct ourselves in the next game
KW: The first quarter was a low score. The way the bowlers whacked it around the park went a long way in giving us the total. It was great effort from the lower order and Nicholls. We were smart with the ball. Henry anchoring the innings gave us a competitive total. It was unfortunate to Mitch, he has got a few stitches. Hopefully, he will be okay. The spin of Mitch Santner was pretty good; the boys juggled nicely.
Nicholls, Man of the Match: They bowled really well at the start, but we found a way to get back into the game. We just managed to stay positive, 280 was probably a fraction above par. Playing in the Big Bash is a great experience. It was been a full-on week.
That is all we have for you. Many thanks for joining us. Do tune in for the second ODI too on Thursday. Until then, goodbye and cheerio
DEE: "that's why Boult is now number one ODI bowler. What a yorker."
Selvan: "Amazing comeback by the Kiwis from 99 for 6! Awesome"
Jawad: "Pakistan miss a finisher in ODIs. Pakistan miss Afridi."
length ball on middle, defended
Boult nails a yorker just a shade outside, dips under the bat
knocked'em over. Boult has a big smile. The middle stump is knocked back. Boult hunts for a yorker and bowls a full toss, which is good enough. Amir makes room and drags it back onto the stumps. The zing bails go flying
full on the stumps, pushed to cover
lifting ball outside off, Amir can't ramp it away
another short ball outside off, swish and a miss
short ball again, Wahab sizes it up, flat-bats it, forcing his partner to duck for cover. Tennis-swung away for four
another swing and a miss to a short ball
lifter outside off, Wahab sways his upper body out of the way
back of a length, angled in, and climbs over the stumps. Wahab goes for a big whoosh and does not connect
short and angled in from round the stumps, played to point
Anderson is back
length ball around off, sliced to point
bouncer, ducked under
fractionally short and outside off, Anwar Ali slogs hard and finds Latham at midwicket. The fielder did not even have to budge. Two wickets in three balls for Boult
Wahab is greeted by a lifting ball, fended to third man
Sarfraz holes out to Corey Anderson, running to his left from deep midwicket. Well-judged take. Full and on middle, Sarfraz swings but does not get enough power behind that hit. Pakistan seven down and sinking
back of a length slower ball outside off, Sarfraz, having made room again, cuts to third man
back of a length, Sarfraz backs away and cuts through point
Sarfraz manufactures room again and gets a short ball. This is ramped away past the diving third man fielder