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New Zealand bat in first Pakistan ODI

George Worker will open with Colin Munro in the ODIs in the injured Martin Guptill's absence. He averages 37.5 in seven ODIs GETTY IMAGESGeorge Worker will open with Colin Munro in the ODIs in the injured Martin Guptill's absence. He averages 37.5 in seven ODIs
Cary Erickson | 08 November, 2018, 09:41

Not since Darrel Hair no-balled Murali at the MCG has cricket witnessed a "chucking" controversy quite like this.

Earlier, New Zealand recovered from 78-3 and then 210-7 to set a challenging target.

Hafeez has been banned from bowling four times in his career by the ICC for going beyond the permitted flex of 15 degrees - the most recent being in October past year before he returned in April having remodelled his action. The pair exchanged words, and the Pakistan captain also complained to the on-field umpires Joel Wilson and Shozab Raza, who later spoke to Taylor and diffused the situation.

Playing his first match of the tour, the 29-year-old took three wickets in just the third over of the Pakistan reply, bowling Fakhar Zaman (1) before having Babar Azam caught by Ross Taylor and then trapping Mohammad Hafeez lbw for first-ball ducks.

Taylor motioned multiple times to umpires with his right arm bent at about 90 degrees, infuriating Pakistan.

Sadiq also quoted Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hitting out at Taylor after the game. "It's not his job to give (the) action which was shown on TV".

"His job is to do batting and if he concentrates on that, it's better".

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Group B is one of only two CL groups, along with Liverpool's , containing three of Europe's current top-20 teams. However, defeat for the visitors ended their chances of progressing from the group.

"I will say that Taylor's action was not correct", Sarfraz said. Sarfraz was his usual busy self and although Imad focused more on resistance in the early part of his knock, successive maximums in the 36th over signalled Pakistan weren't going down without a fight.

Ross Taylor in action.

He was banned from bowling again in October 2017 before being given the all-clear in April after undergoing coaching to change his action.

New Zealand defeated Pakistan by 47 runs in the first day-night global in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Taylor went on to top score with 80 to setup New Zealand's victory while Hafeez remained wicketless from his six overs.

In response Pakistan crumbled to 85-6, before Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) added 103 for the seventh wicket.