Pakistan Cricket Team has reached Nelson to take on New Zealand in second One Day International (ODI) being playing on Tuesday.
However, 70-run eighth wicket partnership between youngsters Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali revived Pakistan's hopes in the match, as the visitors finished their innings at the score of 246 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 50 over.
New Zealand is leading the series 1-0 after it comfortably beaten Pakistan in rain-effected first ODI in wellington.
All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was added to New Zealand's squad ahead of the third one-day worldwide against Pakistan. They did it in 23.5 overs by losing two wickets.
Guptill was batting on 31 off 40 balls when rain intervened, but on resumption, he accumulated 56 runs off just 32 balls, ending with five sixes and as many fours. Five balls later, Amir convinced skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to review a lbw call turned down against Kane Williamson when he hadn't even opened his account. An under-fire Mohammad Hafeez was the sole contributor at the top, before the team managed to cross 200-run mark courtesy the late cameos.
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Guptill provided his side with a solid start as not only did he smash an undefeated 71-ball 86, but also shared a solid 104-run stand with Ross Taylor (45) to ensure the home side cross the mark with seven balls to spare. The fearsome bowling attack will have to come to the party, and soon, for Pakistan to counter an in-form New Zealand batting.
Taylor joined in at the other end, picking runs off Rumman Raees in the next over, and with the frequency of boundaries as high as it was, the match soon slipped away from Pakistan. Lockie Ferguson (3/39) was the standout among the Kiwi bowlers.
Malik succumbed to dot-ball pressure and holed out off Astle for a 46-ball 27, prompting a mini-slide - Sarfraz Ahmed (3), Hafeez and Faheem Ashraf (7) all followed suit in quick succession, as Pakistan fell to 141/7. Tim Southee got the wicket in nearly identical fashion to the first ODI, Azhar falling over to off stump and missing a straight one that thudded into his pads. Shadab went on to make 52, to match his highest score in ODIs and to drag Pakistan closer to a competitive total.
Williamson was pleased to have extended the series lead to 2-0, and said: "Yeah it was a brilliant performance".