New Zealand spearhead Trent Boult claimed his maiden ODI hat-trick as the Kiwis crushed Pakistan by 47-runs in the first ODI of three-match series played in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
After opting to bat first, veteran batsman Ross Taylor and wicket-keeper Tom Latham starred with the bat for New Zealand as they stitched together a challenging total of 269 runs on the board.
With revenge on the minds of the Kiwis who earlier suffered a 3-0 T20I series defeat at the hands of Pakistan, New Zealand got an early boost in the form of Trent Boult who reduced the hosts to 8/3 within the first three overs.
Boult wasn't part of T20I series in which they were decimated by Sarfraz Ahmed's men, because of the birth of his child. But he announced his arrival back into the squad in style as he dismissed Fakhar Zaman (1), Babar Azam (0) and Mohammad Hafeez (0) in successive deliveries.
He finished with figures of 3 for 54 as Pakistan were bowled out for 219 in 47.2 overs. Boult exposed Pakistan's batting woes early on, bowling Zaman off his pads before having Azam caught at slip and then trapping Hafeez leg-before with a sharp inswinging delivery.
By doing so, he became only the third Kiwi bowler to bag a hat-trick in ODI cricket after Danny Morrison (against India in Napier - 1994) and Shane Bond (against Australia in Hobart - 2007).
The 29-year-old spoke of his delight after his match-winning performance that gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and extended their ODI winning streak against Pakistan to 12 matches dating back to December 2014.
"It's nice to be back out there and get the win for the boys.''
"I think the new ball is a key part of the game and we know what early wickets can do to chasing totals.
"The hat-trick ball I was just trying to make him play and to slide one onto the pads is a great feeling,'' Boult said.