Pakistan and New Zealand have played out some of ODI cricket’s most memorable duels since they first met in 1973.
From Inzamam-ul-Haq’s explosive half-century in the 1992 World Cup semi-final to Ross Taylor tearing apart the Pakistani bowlers in 2011, entertainment is guaranteed in abundance when these two sides clash in limited overs.
Pakistan vs New Zealand head-to-head in ODIs
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Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI records
Inzamam-ul-Haq has scored the most runs in ODIs between Pakistan and New Zealand. The legendary top order batter scored 1,283 runs in 45 matches at an average of 34.67 and a strike rate of 76.14. This tally includes one century and nine half-centuries.
Waqar Younis leads the wicket-taking charts in this bilateral, with 79 wickets to his credit in just 37 matches. The fast bowler chipped in with a staggering five five-wicket hauls against the Kiwis in these 37 matches. Shoaib Akhtar is the only other bowler to have done it twice.
Highest individual score
Inzamam-ul-Haq’s only century against the Kiwis is also the highest individual score in ODIs between Pakistan and New Zealand. At Sharjah, Inzamam powered Pakistan to 328/2 batting first and remained unbeaten on 137 off 129 balls, which included 15 fours.
Best bowling figures
Shoaib Akhtar, The Rawalpindi Express, holds the record for the best bowling figures in a Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI match. During the first ODI between these sides in Karachi back in 2002, Akhtar’s explosive spell of 6/16 bundled out New Zealand for just 122 runs while chasing 276.
Highest team total
Kiwi stalwarts Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson propelled New Zealand to the highest team total in this duel back in 2015. During the second ODI in Napier, Taylor (102 off 70 balls) and Williamson (112 off 88 balls) scored centuries in quick time, helping the Black Caps reach 369/5 in 50 overs.
Lowest team total
Four of the top five lowest team totals in this bilateral have come from New Zealand, including the one that takes the top spot. The Kiwis were bowled out for 64 in 35.5 overs at Sharjah back in 1986, where Abdul Qadir picked up four wickets and a young Wasim Akram returned with three wickets.
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