After the Test assignment between Pakistan and New Zealand, the two teams are now squaring off in a three-match ODI series. Given that none of the teams won a single game in the two-match Test series that was played before the 50-over format games, both the sides are looking for a victory in the ongoing first ODI at National Stadium, Karachi. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam won the toss on Monday and decided to bowl first.
Batting first, New Zealand lost opener Devon Conway in the first over itself before Finn Allen and Kane Williamson made a small recovery. Just when it seemed that the Blackcaps’ ship was steadied, a brilliant catch from Agha Salman once again put Pakistan in the driver’s seat.
On the third ball of the eighth over being bowled by Pakistan pacer Mohammad Wasim Jr, Finn Allen hit a short ball in air towards cover where Agha Salman was stationed. The fielder jumped to his right to perfection and took a superb catch to cut short the innings of Allen, who departed for 29 off 27 balls.
Watch the catch here:
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It is worth noting that right-arm seamer Henry Shipley has made his New Zealand debut in the game, while Pakistan’s leg-spinner Usama Mir is also playing his maiden international game.
Here are the playing XIs of both the sides:
The next two ODIs between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played at the same venue on January 11 and 13.
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