Wellington: Trent Boult claimed a four-wicket haul to help New Zealand beat Pakistan by convincing 70 runs in the opening ODI of the three-match series here at the Basin Reserve on Monday.
In reply to New Zealand's innings of 280-8, Pakistan were bundled out for 210 runs with four overs remaining despite some resistance by Babar Azam (62) and veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez (42).
New Zealand's Henry Nicholls plays a shot during the first ODI at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. Pic/ AFP
For the hosts, Boult finished with four for 40 while Grant Elliott also bagged three wickets.
Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner and Kane Williamson also chipped in with a wicket each.
Earlier, opting to bat first, Henry Nicholls smashed seven boundaries in his brilliant knock of 82 to guide his side to a modest 281-run target for Pakistan.
Mitchell Santner (48) and Matt Henry (unbeaten 48) were other notable figures for New Zealand.
With the win, the Williamson-led side have now taken a 1-0 lead in the series and will play their next match at January 28 in Napier.
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