New Zealand opener –Martin Guptill was at his belligerent best at Saxton Oval, playing a sizzling knock of 86-runs to lead the Black Caps to 8-wicket win under the DLS method in the second One Day of the five-match ODI series against Pakistan on Tuesday.
Both first and second ODIs were evenly poised by rain and the luckless touring side Pakistan lost both ODIs with Duckworth-Lewis system to the hosts.
In Nelson, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first and they also brilliantly well against the New Zealand side, posting 246 for nine, in reply the hosts made 64/2 in 14 overs before rain interrupted the play.
When play resumed under the D/L method, New Zealand’s target was revised to 151 in 25 overs meaning they had 11 overs left to make 87, and they made it easy with the help of Ross Taylor’s 45.
The Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson hailed the match-winning knock of Martin and Taylor but admitted that the rain break “worked in their favor a little bit” in the second ODI win against Pakistan.
As per AFP, Williamson said, “Pakistan showed some real resistance at the end and put some partnerships together which would have been a tricky total on that surface.”
He signed off by saying, “For Martin and Ross to come out after that rain break... and play so beautifully and to see Martin play with freedom at his best was great to watch. And (with) Ross a calming influence at the other end... it was a brilliant partnership to get us across the line.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said, “We are very disappointed with our batting. The first 10 overs is very important and we lost too many wickets in the first 10 overs. Our batting is not performing well but later on our lower order batted really well.”
New Zealand and Pakistan will lock horns in the third ODI of the five-match series on 13 January at The University Oval in Dunedin.