5 Dec 2014

Black Caps beaten in first T20

9:14 am on 5 December 2014

The Black Caps have been beaten by seven wickets in the first T20 cricket match against Pakistan in Dubai, the hosts cruising to victory with 5 balls to spare.

Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Pakistan now lead the two-match series 1-0, heading into tomorrow morning's second and final T20 at the same venue.

New Zealand loss the toss and were put in to bat and lost several early wickets, including opener and captain Kane Williamson for a golden duck, to fall to 15 for 3.

However they were lifted to 135 for 7 from their 20 overs by a career-best 48 from all-rounder Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi's 33 and opener Martin Guptill's 32.

Anderson hit four sixes and a boundary off 37 balls and added 51 for the fifth wicket with Ronchi.

Pakistan cruised to the target in 19.1 overs with opener Sarfraz Ahmed smashing a career-best 76 not out for his maiden half-century in T20 cricket.

Paceman Mitchell McClenaghan was the only Black Caps bowler to take a wicket, with the other two Pakistan dismissals caused by run-outs.

The second and final T20 will be played in Dubai tomorrow morning, starting at the same time of 5am (NZ time).