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New Zealand recorded a dominant one-day international victory over Pakistan

New Zealand recorded a dominant one-day international victory over Pakistan in the first meeting of a two-match series.

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A commanding display in all three departments ensured New Zealand ran out comfortable winners against Pakistan.

The Black Caps won by seven wickets with 63 balls remaining as they easily chased down Pakistan's 210 all out in Wellington to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series ahead of the World Cup.

A half-century from Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi's brisk 67 gave the tourists something to defend, but an in-form New Zealand had little trouble in knocking off the required runs to seal a comfortable victory, as Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott both made unbeaten 50s.

Fresh from a 4-2 series victory over Sri Lanka, the home side made a bright start when Kyle Mills (2-29) bowled Mohammad Hafeez for a duck in the first over.

Ahmed Shehzad (15) soon followed before Mills claimed the prized wicket of Younis Khan, lbw for nine.

That left Pakistan on 32-3, before Haris Sohail (23) and Misbah steadied the ship somewhat with a partnership of 49.

Corey Anderson (2-47) was the man to dismiss Sohail and, after Elliott (3-26) accounted for Umar Akmal for 13, Anderson claimed his second victim by removing Sarfraz Ahmed for just five.

That brought Afridi to the crease and he and Misbah set about rebuilding Pakistan's innings.

Misbah (58) had brought up his half-century with a thick edge through third man shortly before Ahmed's demise, and the dangerous Afridi struck his first delivery to the boundary - a sign of things to come from the all-rounder.

Afridi was given a life when on 14 as Brendon McCullum spilled a chance running back from mid-on, and the batsman rubbed salt into the wound by hammering the next ball over square leg for six.

The all-rounder continued to find the boundary seemingly at will, as back-to-back maximums off Nathan McCullum brought up his fifty in just 21 deliveries.

His partnership with Misbah had reached 71 before the captain was caught in the deep off Elliott, and Pakistan soon crumbled to 210 all out thereafter.

New Zealand then made an aggressive start to their chase and were 31 without loss at the end of three overs.

They lost Brendon McCullum for 17 to the bowling of Bhatti (1-51), and Tom Latham followed for 23, having added 44 with Martin Guptill.

Guptill's demise for 39 brought Elliott out to the middle to join Taylor, and the pair serenely set about acquiring the 110 runs still needed for victory.

Both men brought up their half centuries in quick succession, and the 100 stand soon followed before Elliott sealed the win with a firm drive through point for four.

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