1st ODI: Grant Elliott Guides NZ to Thrashing Win over Pakistan

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 | 0

Riding on a supreme all-round performance from Grant Elliott, New Zealand won the opening encounter of the two-match One-Day International (ODI) series at Wellington on Saturday.

Earlier, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and decided to field first, which eventually proved to be a right decision as Pakistan were bundled out for 210 runs in the 46th over itself.

The visitors, however, recovered from 127-6 at one stage; thanks to a 29-ball 67 from Shahid Afridi, who was involved in a crucial 71-run stand with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (58).

For New Zealand, medium-pacer Elliott was the wrecker-in-chief, bagging 3/24; while Kyle Mills, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson chipped in with a couple of wickets each.

In response, the hosts got off to a flying start, and never looked back thereafter. Ultimately, half-centuries from Elliott (64*) and Ross Taylor (59*) led them to a 7-wicket win with over 10 overs to spare.

Up next, the two teams are scheduled to meet in the second and final ODI at Napier on Tuesday.

(Image courtesy: sportsmirchi.com)


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