The third ODI in the five-match series is in Dunedin on Saturday. By the time the rain subsided, Guptill appeared to be a different batsman, one against whom a lackadaisical Pakistan stood no chance. While the forecast might not be very good, pitch should be good for batting.
Though Sarfraz won the toss and opted for bowling but it couldn't be grabbed as an opportunity.
Brief scores: Pakistan 246/9 in 50 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 60, Shadab Khan 52, Hasan Ali 51; Lockie Ferguson 3-39) lost to New Zealand 151/2 in 23.5 overs (Martin Guptill 86*, Ross Taylor 45*; Mohammad Amir 1-18) by eight wickets (on DLS method). The pair was also involved in an 104-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket as New Zealand reached the target with 7 balls remaining.
Eventually, New Zealand was declared the victor of the first ODI by 61 runs under D/L method.
New Zealand named the same lineup that won the first match of the five-match series by 61 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system.
Imam-ul-Haq offered a weak pull to Colin Munro at mid-wicket off Boult; Azhar Ali fell lbw to Southee for consecutive matches after stepping too far across to off stump and trying to work the ball through the legside.
Babar Azam played a loose shot unbecoming of the reputation and class to leave Pakistan wobbling at 39 for 3, and it was up to old hands Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to regroup.
Hafeez tried to play a steadying role with his 33rd half-century in ODIs but Pakistan weren't able to build partnerships at the top of the order.
Even though Faheem Ashraf was dismissed for seven, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali provided the spark Pakistan desperately needed as they amassed a 70-run partnership, during which Hasan brought up his fifty. Rest players did not make any significant score.
Rain started falling with the Black Caps 64 for 2 after 14 overs chasing 247 to win. Bowlers were quite impressive in that day.
Ferguson was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with a three-wicket haul while Tim Southee (2-57) and Todd Astle (2-50) picked two wickets apiece.
But while they got Colin Munro (0) early and Shadab took a great catch to remove Kane Williamson (19), Pakistan had no answers after the break as Guptill quickly took the game - and potentially the five-match series - away from them.