The first ODI against New Zealand at Wellington on January 6 turned out to be a bad luck for Pakistan. Firstly, a rock-solid start from the Kiwi top order (including a century from skipper Kane Williamson) put the visitors under pressure and then the rain played the spoilsport leading to their defeat by 61 runs (DLS). During the game, Pakistani speedster Mohammad Amir and Kiwi wicketkeeper Henry Nicholls collided on the field. The crash was so impactful that it left both the players groaning in pain.
The incident happened during the 44th over when New Zealand were at 259/4. Mohammad Amir bowled the last ball to Nichols which he pulled towards deep backward square leg area. Amir kept his eye on the ball while he got rammed into by Nicholls who was taking a single but was looking the ball.
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Here’s the video:
Henry Nicholls and Mohammad Amir’s collision in Wellington. #PAKvNZ[Vid via Cric Aus] pic.twitter.com/22lHfIvyEX
— AmMaD (@Cob_Adder) January 6, 2018
Nicholls’ helmet hit Amir on his shoulder after which both of them were down on the ground in pain. A few moment later, both got up and went back to play. As per a cricket.com.au, minor injuries were sustained by both the players.
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After this episode, the Kiwi skipper went on to score his 10th ODI hundred while Nichols played a phenomenal inning and scored 50 runs off 43 balls. The home team set scored 315 runs after losing 7 wickets.
In return, Pakistan could only score 166 runs in 30.1 over and lost 6 wickets. After the rain interrupted the game, their par score was less than the required and lost the game by 61 runs.