Pakistan eye early wickets of Guptill, Munro in second ODI

Mahmood lamented the rain intervention in Wellington, where New Zealand beat Pakistan by 61 runs (D/L method). But he was quick to laud the Black Caps’ performance.

“It was obviously frustrating. But rain wasn’t in our control. Credit to New Zealand, who played really well,” he said, adding that playing in the cold, windy conditions was a challenge.

He also rued the missed chance for Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson. “A class player like him, if he gets a chance then obviously it will create difficulties for us.”

Asked if this New Zealand side was the toughest challenge for Pakistan in a while, Mahmood said it was not.

“No doubt, New Zealand are a very good team. But we have defeated top teams [in the past], we are capable of beating very good sides,” said the bowling coach.

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