Pakistan were completely outplayed in the first ODI against New Zealand, as the visitors cruised to victory by 47 runs. The hero of the day turned out to be left-arm pacer Trent Boult, who became only the third Kiwi bowler to pick up a hat-trick in ODI cricket.
The chief destroyer of the Pakistani lineup, Boult absolutely ripped through the top order. In the third over of the Pakistan innings, Boult snapped up the wickets of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez on consecutive deliveries.
The 29-year-old’s electrifying spell of bowling has allowed his team to extend their unbeaten streak against Pakistan to 12 ODI’s, a remarkable record exemplifying the Kiwis’ dominance.