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New Zealand look to extend winning run vs Pakistan

by Athar Ansari Jan 05, 2018 • 18:01 PM

Wellington, Jan 5 (CRICKETNMORE) - Fresh from their recent triumph over the West Indies, New Zealand will aim to continue the momentum when they host Pakistan in the first of a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Basin Reserve here on Saturday.

Pakistan, on the other hand, arrive in New Zealand for the limited-overs series -- the five ODIs will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals -- after whitewashing Sri Lanka 5-0 in an ODI series in the United Arab Emirates.

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Going into the opening match, despite missing the services of all-rounder Doug Bracewell, who was ruled out of the first two matches, the hosts will bank on skipper Kane Williamson, veteran Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who became the only player to score three T20I centuries with a ton against the West Indies.

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