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WILLIAMSON'S 10TH ODI TON SETS UP NEW ZEALAND VICTORY

Pakistan slumped to a 61-run defeat on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern at Basin Reserve

Kane Williamson’s 10th one-day international century laid the foundations for New Zealand’s victory over Pakistan at Basin Reserve on Saturday.

The Blackcaps skipper struck a quickfire 115 to set up a 61-run win on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern after rain washed away any chance of the game being played out in full.

Having lost the toss, Williamson watched Martin Guptill and Colin Munro share 83 for the first wicket before Munro was caught by Sarfraz Ahmed of Hasan Ali for 53 from 35 balls.

Kane Williamson cover drives during his knock on Saturday

The skipper took the score onto 153 with Guptill before the opener was dismissed by Fakhar Zaman and saw both Ross Taylor and Tom Latham lose their wickets cheaply in the middle order.

Henry Nicholls contributed 50 from 43 balls to add impetus into the latter overs of the innings - shrugging off a heavy collision with Mohammad Amir in the middle of the pitch - as he and Williamson put on 90 for the sixth wicket.

New Zealand eventually closed their 50 overs on 315 for seven.

Mohammad Amir lies hurt after a collision with Henry Nicholls

In reply, Pakistan lost the majority of their top order for little return.

Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohamed Hafeez and Safraz Ahmed all failed to get out of single figures as the visitors were reduced to 54 for five.

Opener Zaman held steady with an unbeaten 82 but, when the elements intervened, Pakistan were 166 for six from 30.1 overs and considerably shy of the required rate.

The series continues at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Tuesday. Further matches in Dunedin and Hamilton follow prior to the final game back at Wellington on January 19.

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