WELLINGTON: Shahid Afridi blasted a 29-ball 67 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq stroked a patient 58 to help Pakistan overcome a terrible start and post 210 all out in the first one-dayer against New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday.
Put into bat, Pakistan lost their opener Mohammad Hafeez (0) to the fifth delivery of the day and kept losing wickets to slump to 127 for six in the 36th over.
Kiwi pacemen Kyle Mills (2-29) and Trent Boult (2-25) stifled the batsmen and struck at regular intervals to put Pakistan on the mat before Afridi went on the attack.
Dropped on 14 by rival captain Brendon McCullum, the flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder added 71 runs with Misbah in 6.2 overs to lend some respectability to the total before the visitors folded in 45.3 overs.
Afridi blasted nine boundaries in his blistering knock to go with three sixes, the third bringing up his fifty before Adam Milne dismissed him in the 44th over.
Misbah, who was content playing second fiddle to Afridi, perished in the 42nd over trying to accelerate, falling to Grant Elliot who claimed 3-26 and was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers.