Cricket: Pakistan win toss, New Zealand to bat

Wellington: Pakistan won the toss and put New Zealand into bat in their opening one-day international on a blustery day in Wellington on Saturday.

Showers are also forecast for later in the day posing challenging conditions for both sides.

Pakistan have been on a high since winning the ICC Champions Trophy last year and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed said that victory had given them confidence.

“We’re playing as a team, not as individuals and that is why we are playing really well. ”

New Zealand are playing two spinners, Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner, and captain Kane Williamson said the pitch seemed to have runs in it.

“It looks like a good surface. It looks like a day two Test surface. ”

Pakistan are on a nine-match winning streak but over the past three years they have struggled against New Zealand losing 2-0 in two separate series in New Zealand and being beaten 3-2 in the United Arab Emirates.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed(capt), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Rae.

Umpires: Wayne Knights (NZL), Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)

TV Umpire: Ray Illingworth (ENG)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)