New Zealand’s Devon Conway celebrates after scoring his second ODi century. Photo / AP
The Black Caps bounced back thanks to Devon Conway’s second ODI century to claim their first 50-over victory on Pakistan soil in more than 26 years.
Batting first New Zealand made 261 set up by a 181 second wicket partnership between Conway (101) and Kane Williamson (85) before all their good work was undone by a late collapse with eight wickets falling for 78 runs.
But a strong bowling display saw them dismiss the hosts for 182 in the 43rd over to complete the 79-run win.
Babar Azam top scored for the hosts with a slow 78 from 114 balls as the pitch got more tricky to bat on in the second innings.
It is New Zealand’s fourth ever ODI win against Pakistan on home soil and first since December 1996, with this tour ending a 20-year gap between trips to Pakistan.
Conway said after the win that Williamson played a big part in his century when he felt under pressure.
“We certainly were targeting 300, especially in the position we were in. That partnership that Kane and I put on was crucial for the team. Losing Finn Allen quite early put us under a little bit of pressure but luckily Kane and I steadied the ship a little bit.
“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to Kane. There were a few times during my innings where I felt under pressure. I felt I was going to play a loose shot and he kept saying to me ‘just hang in there. Keep looking straight and be patient. If it’s going to be tough now it’s still going to be tough later’. So, a lot of credit goes to Kane,” he said.