In the first ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan in Queenstown, New Zealand’s powerful batting display helped them secure a significant victory. Chasing a target of 366, Pakistan fell short by 131 runs. The match also saw blows for Pakistan with Diana Baig being ruled out of the series due to an injury and captain Nida Dar being struck in the face while bowling.
New Zealand’s top order, including Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, and Amelia Kerr, contributed to the team’s imposing total. Bates scored a century, and Kerr also made a significant contribution. However, Pakistan faced difficulties in their chase, with Sidra Ameen scoring a century but not receiving enough support from her teammates.
In the end, Pakistan could only make 234 runs as New Zealand’s bowlers put up a disciplined performance to secure the 131-run victory.