Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Kiwi pacer Trent Boult bagged his first hat-trick as New Zealand beat Pakistan by 47 runs to win the 1st ODI match. Boult’s hat-trick featured the big three of Pakistan cricket, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez. Boult finished with figures of three for eight in three overs. Boult became the third Kiwi to pick a hat-trick after Danny Morrison (against India in Napier – 1994) and Shane Bond (against Australia in Hobart – 2007).
Boult was named Man of the Match for his that didn’t just include a hat-trick but also a last-ball six as he scored 8 runs from 3 balls with the bat. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Boult said that he hopes to continue the good form.
“It is nice to be back there and it is a good start to the ODI series. I think the new ball was a key part of the game and we knew if we could keep the ball hooping around, it wouldn’t be easy for the batsmen. I haven’t been on a lot of hat-tricks and the plan was only to make him play. I have had a light winter and I hope I can carry on with this form. I was hoping you’d ask me what I’d enjoyed more – yes that last-ball six was a special feeling,” he said.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan
New Zealand Squad
George Worker, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult