New Zealand pacer Trent Boult tore apart Pakistan’s batting unit by picking up three wickets in three balls and registered New Zealand’s third hat-trick in ODI cricket. Courtesy of the left-arm pacer’s incredible bowling, New Zealand won the first ODI by 47 runs.
Boult leaves Pakistan in tatters
Pakistan were responding to New Zealand’s score of 266 runs at Abu Dhahi when the New Zealand pacer wrecked Pakistan’s top-order.
On the third ball of the third over, Boult castled opening batsman Fakhar Zaman with a lovely fullish delivery that came into the batsman and knocked out his stumps after brushing his pads.
On the very next ball, Pakistan’s most-important batsman Babar Azam got out for a golden duck on an extremely poor shot. The right-hand batsman flirted with a full and wide delivery which he ideally had no business with and offered a simple catch to Ross Taylor standing at wide slips.
The hat-trick ball was a stunning delivery as it completely outfoxed senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez. The ball angled into the batsman after pitching on the leg-stump and wrapped on Hafeez’s pad catching him in front of the stumps.
With three wickets in three balls, Boult reduced Pakistan to a pulp and laid the foundation for New Zealand’s win.
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New Zealand stun Pakistan in first ODI
Trent Boult’s stunning hat-trick gave the perfect start for New Zealand with the ball against Pakistan. But then Sarfaraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim tried to stage a comeback by scoring individual fifties. However, in the end, New Zealand’s target proved too big to handle for Pakistan and they lost the match by 47 runs.
The left-arm pacer finished the innings with three wickets for 54 runs in 10 overs.