PESHAWAR: New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the first match of the five-match ODI series in Wellington on Saturday.

Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first. New Zealand scored 315 runs for the loss of seven wickets. New Zealand captain Williamson was top scorer with 115 runs. Hassan Ali got three wickets, while Muhammad Aamir, Fakhar Zaman, Roman Raees and Faheem Ashraf got one wicket each.

Pakistan were batting on 166 runs for the loss of six wickets in 31st over when rain stopped the play. New Zealand were declared winners by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis rule.

Williamson was declared man of the match for his brilliant century. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed after the match said that dropped catches cost Pakistan dearly. He hoped to come out with a better performance in the next matches.