23 Jan 2011

Great start by Black Caps in ODI series

12:11 pm on 23 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 led the way at Westpac Stadium with a five-wicket bag for 33 runs as Pakistan were bowled out for just 124.

The Black Caps reached the total in the 17th over with 196 balls remaining for just the loss of one wicket, Jesse Ryder, who topscored with a run-a-ball 55.

Martin Guptill was unbeaten on 40 and Ross Taylor 23.

It was a disciplined bowling effort by the home side, who didn't give the batsmen any width, while the batters didn't help their cause, fishing outside the off-stump, with half the wickets caught behind the stumps.

Misbah-ul-Haq was the pick for Pakistan with a stubborn 50 runs.

The New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori says the bowlers were outstanding in setting up the victory.