| GEO Sports|
| Pakistan routs Kiwis by 138 runs|
| Updated at: 2308 PST, Tuesday, November 03, 2009|
ABU DHABI: Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 138 runs in the first of three one-day internationals at Abu Dhabi Stadium here on Tuesday.
Earlier, Pakistan gave 288-run target to New Zealand to win in a match in which Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first and scored not so impressive 287-9 runs in 50 overs.
Afridi hit 70 runs—the biggest score from any Pakistani players, followed by Kamaran Akmal 76 and Khalid Latif 64.
Malik, who scored a hundred against India in the Champions Trophy last month, was dropped to adjust a regular opener in Khalid Latif, while allrounder Abdul Razzaq also returned to the side after a two years gap.
New Zealand decided to leave out paceman Kyle Mills, who is nursing a shoulder injury.
The second and third matches will be played here on Friday and Monday.
Pakistan: Younus Khan (capt), Salman Butt, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Yousuf, Umer Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamir
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum, Aaron Redmond, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Shane Bond, Ian Butler