22 Jan 2011

Black Caps break losing streak in style

10:14 pm on 22 January 2011

The New Zealand cricketers have ended their 11-match losing streak with an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Pakistan in the first one-day international in Wellington.

Tim Southee took five wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for just 124, a total the Black Caps reached in the 17th over with Jesse Ryder making a run-a-ball 55 and Martin Guptil an unbeaten 40.

Ryder and Guptill brought up the first 50 runs inside six overs and were then forced to take the scheduled tea break after New Zealand had earlier bowled the visitors out for 124 in 37.3 overs.

Southee took a career-best 5-33, while wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum took five catches in an innings for the fourth time.

Ryder scored 32 of New Zealand's first 50 runs with three fours and two sixes prior to the break and continued afterwards bringing up his fourth one-day half century off 31 balls before he was caught on the boundary by Asad Shafiq off Sohail Tanvir.

Ross Taylor was 23 not out with Guptill at the end of the game.

"Jesse and Martin like to bat together, they're good friends, and they played really well and enjoyed playing on that wicket," Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori said.

The second match is in Queenstown on Wednesday.