Guptill, bowlers take New Zealand to 2-0 lead

Pakistan wins toss, bats in 2nd ODI vs. New Zealand

The two sides will now play their third ODI on January 13 at the University Oval. Already two ODI matches have finished successfully.

Pakistan 's nine-match One-Day International unbeaten streak, since the Champions Trophy 2017, was brought to a screeching halt in Wellington.

Pakistan also lost the first ODI against the Black Caps.

The tourists were 127-6 when Hafeez was out in the 32nd over and looked likely to fall well below a par score at Saxton Oval where teams batting first in ODIs average 260.

Pakistan suffered their first major blow even before they took field as the in-form Fakhar Zaman was ruled out of the contest, having sustained a contusion in his right leg while fielding in the series opener.

Subsequently with Kane Williamson's 115 and Henry Nicholls' 50 runs, New Zealand ended its inning with 315 for 7 in stipulated 50 overs.

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It took a stubborn rearguard action from Pakistan's tailenders to rescue their innings, with a 70-run eighth-wicket partnership off 43 balls between Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan. The pair shared five of the six wickets between them, reducing the visitors to 54 for 5 at one stage before a brief fightback came through. Malik had been in good touch during the last ODI assignment against Sri Lanka in UAE, but doesn't boast of a good record in New Zealand.

In a repeat of the first global, which New Zealand won by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, Pakistan were always under pressure after losing early wickets and fell short of a par score at Saxton Oval where teams which bat first in ODIs average 260.

Pakistan started to bat with Azhar Ali and Imam but in five runs Imam was gone who scored just 2 runs.

Babar Azam played a loose shot unbecoming of the reputation and class to leave Pakistan wobbling at 39 for 3, and it was up to old hands Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to regroup. An under-fire Mohammad Hafeez was the sole contributor at the top, before the team managed to cross 200-run mark courtesy the late cameos. Bowlers were quite impressive in that day.

Taylor says Guptill played the situation outstandingly.

When players returned, New Zealand had a revised target of 151 from 25 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis system and Guptill and Taylor (45 not out) guided it to 151-2 with seven balls remaining.

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