Trent Boult stuns Pakistan with New Zealand's third ODI hat-trick

Todd Astle is described as 50-50 to continue on the New Zealand tour of the UAE as he battles a knee injury

Todd Astle is described as 50-50 to continue on the New Zealand tour of the UAE as he battles a knee injury

It wasn't a demolition job by no means, just accomplished batting, calmly finding the gaps without too much risk.

Fast bowler Trent Boult became the third New Zealander to record a hat-trick in a one-day worldwide as the Black Caps beat Pakistan by 47 runs.

Ahmed and Wasim then raised a 103-run stand which brought Pakistan back into the match before Ahmed played on to de Grandhomme's full pitched delivery.

Tom Latham and Ross Taylor notched up a brilliant 130-run partnership for the fourth wicket to put New Zealand in a commanding position, after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.

Danny Morrison and Shane Bond are the other New Zealand fast bowlers to perform hat tricks in ODIs, against India and Australia in 1994 and 2007, respectively.

Boult first bowled danger man Fakhar Zaman off his pads, before Babar Azam nicked through to slip and Mohammad Hafeez was trapped in-front, with the home side in a funk at 3/8.

However, once Pakistan skipper Sarfraz dragged a Colin de Grandhomme delivery onto his stumps New Zealand were nearly home and dry.

The early inroads shackled the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs, but Kane Williamson and Taylor kept the scorecard ticking along before the former picked out short midwicket off a Shadab long hop.

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But tailenders Ish Sodhi (24) and Tim Southee (20) added 42 precious runs for the eighth wicket to give New Zealand a more competitive total, as Shaheen finished with 4-46 in his nine overs.

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi, playing only his fourth one-day worldwide, jolted New Zealand at the start with the wickets of George Worker (one) and Colin Munro (29).

Shadab dismissed Kane Williamson for 27 before Taylor and Latham joined at 78-3.

He then got Colin de Grandhomme edged at slip two balls later.

Pakistan have taken serious offence to Ross Taylor's gesture about illegal bowling during this morning's first ODI, calling the act "disgraceful".

New Zealand will welcome pace spearhead Trent Boult who missed the Twenty20 series due to personal reasons while also adding batsman George Worker and spinner Ajaz Patel (as a cover for injured Todd Astle) in the squad.

Boult finished with 3 for 54 as Pakistan, set a testing target of 267, were bowled out for 219 as New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The next game in the three-match series is on Saturday.

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