Black Caps beat Pakistan in first ODI

Annette Crawford
November 8, 2018

Not since Darrel Hair no-balled Murali at the MCG has cricket witnessed a "chucking" controversy quite like this.

The early inroads shackled the New Zealand batsmen in the middle overs, but Kane Williamson and Taylor kept the scorecard ticking along before the former picked out short midwicket off a Shadab long hop.

Hafeez has been banned from bowling four times in his career by the ICC for going beyond the permitted flex of 15 degrees - the most recent being in October past year before he returned in April having remodelled his action.

Ross Taylor infuriated Pakistan.

Taylor appeared to accuse veteran Pakistan spinner Mohammad Hafeez of an illegal bowling action during the first innings of the clash in Abu Dhabi.

Taylor motioned multiple times to umpires with his right arm bent at about 90 degrees, infuriating Pakistan. "I complained to umpires that his action did not come under sportsmanship", Sarfraz said.

With Taylor and Latham in control, Shadab (4/38) then bowled a potentially match-defining over when he trapped Latham and Henry Nicholls in front off successive spinning deliveries. "It's not his job to give (the) action which was shown on TV. It's better if he focuses on his batting", Sarfraz said. I don't think that's his job, his job is to bat.

Ross Taylor in action.

The next game in the three-match series is on Saturday.

Hafeez was suspended from bowling twice in 2014-15 and again in 2017 due to problems with his action.

Abu Dhabi: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has slammed New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for making a "disgraceful" throwing gesture when facing the bowling of veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez during the one-day global in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Earlier, in the first innings, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham scored fighting half centuries to lift New Zealand to a challenging total of 266 with nine wickets lost.

In response Pakistan crumbled to 85-6, before Sarfraz Ahmed (64) and Imad Wasim (50) added 103 for the seventh wicket.

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