Guptill, bowlers take New Zealand to 2-0 lead

Pakistan wins toss, bats in 2nd ODI vs. New Zealand

Three half-centuries including a late charge by Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan carried Pakistan to 246 for nine batting first against New Zealand in the second one-day global in Nelson on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Guptill has downplayed his back injury after guiding New Zealand to an eight-wicket win in the rain-interrupted second ODI against Pakistan.

Attention now turns to University Oval in Dunedin where allrounder Colin de Grandhomme will rejoin the Black Caps for game three after he was granted leave following the sudden death of his father, Laurence, in Zimbabwe last month.

Before the interruption, New Zealand spent much of the game enjoying the upper hand, and barring the salvo of a 49-ball 70 run partnership between Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan, Pakistan couldn't quite lay claim on any passage of play. They did it in 23.5 overs by losing two wickets.

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That gave Pakistan a total to defend and their hopes were raised when Munro was out in the frist over and Williamson (19) fell to a brilliant catch by Shadab off Faheem Ashraf.

Guptill finished on 86 off 71 balls, which included five boundaries and five sixes, while Taylor remained undefeated on 45 off 43 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Guptill make unbeaten 86 in the eight-wicket win.

Babar Azam also failed to have an impact as he was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson for 10 runs.

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Ferguson was the chief wicket-taker for New Zealand, with three for 39.

Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez and tailenders Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan made half-centuries as Pakistan struggled to 246-9, batting first after winning the toss. But just as the momentum was shifting, Malik danced down the wicket and hit one straight to long-on. As for Boult and Santner, they chipped in with one wicket each. 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.

Williamson was pleased to have extended the series lead to 2-0, and said: "Yeah it was a brilliant performance". Astle came in the firing line in the 43rd over that went for 21 runs, as Hasan struck his third six and a couple of fours to bring up the fifty of his partnership with Shadab.

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