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Twitter reactions: Naseem Shah, batters shine as Pakistan beat New Zealand in the 1st ODI

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Pakistan defeated New Zealand in the first ODI by six wickets at National Stadium in Karachi on Monday.

Chasing the paltry target of 256, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq early, but Fakhar Zaman and skipper Babar Azam took charge to cruise further. The duo added 78 runs for the second wicket before Zaman was dismissed for a well-made 56.

Babar then formed a 60-run stand for the second wicket with Mohammad Rizwan to solidify Pakistan’s chase. Babar, however, lost his wicket for 66, but Rizwan kept his stand alive and took the team over the finish line with a brilliant unbeaten knock of 77 runs.

Earlier, Naseem Shah took his second five-wicket haul in ODIs to restrict New Zealand to 255/9 in their allotted 50 overs. Naseem was right on the money from the very first over of the Black Caps’ innings when he cleaned up Devon Conway for a golden duck with a nail-biting yorker.

Naseem then got rid of Glenn Phillips (37), Michael Bracewell (43), Mitchell Santner (21) and Henry Shipley (0) to complete his five-wicket haul. Apart from the right-arm pacer, debutant leg-spinner Usama Mir also played his part by bagging a couple of wickets. For the visitors, Tom Latham and Bracewell made valuable contributions with 37 and 43, respectively.

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TAGS: Naseem Shah, New Zealand, New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2022-23, Pakistan, PAKvNZ

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