Tim Southee claimed a hat trick and Martin Guptill scored a rapid half-century as New Zealand beat Pakistan by five wickets Sunday in the first Twenty20 cricket international. Southee claimed five wickets in a period of eight balls, finishing with 5-17—the first five-wicket bag by a New Zealander in Twenty20 internationals — as New Zealand held Pakistan to 143-9 after winning the toss.
Guptill then made 54— the fastest by a Kiwi in Twenty20s —to guide Kiwis to victory with 17 balls to spare.
Southee set up the win, which puts New Zealand 1-0 up in the three-match series, with an outstanding spell of swing bowling. He dismissed Ahmed Shahzad (14) with the last ball of his first over, then completed a hat trick when he removed Younis Khan (2), Mohammad Hafeez (24) and Umar Akmal (0) with the second, third and fourth deliveries of his second over.
Khan was caught in the deep by Dean Brownlie who, with fast bowler Adam Milne, was one of two players to make their debuts for New Zealand at Eden Park on Sunday. Hafeez was caught by Peter McGlashan, who took over the wicketkeeping duties from the injured Brendon McCullum and claimed four catches, becoming only the seventh player to do so in Twenty20 internationals. Southee completed his hat trick when he trapped Umar Akmal lbw.
“It was one of those days when everthing went my way,” said Southee. When Southee dismissed Abdul Razzaq, he had taken five wickets for seven runs and Pakistan was 68 for 6. Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz shared Pakistan's top score of 30 to revive the innings. The second match is in Hamilton on Tuesday.
Pak 143/9 (20 ovs) U Gul 30, W Riaz not out 30, T Southee 5/18; NZ 146/5 (17.1 ovs) Guptill 54, Taylor no 39, S Akhtar 3/38