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Martin Guptill powers New Zealand past Pakistan in rain-affected clash

New Zealand took a 2-0 lead in their one-day international series against Pakistan after an eight-wicket win in a rain-affected clash in Nelson on Tuesday.

Martin Guptill (87 not out off 72 balls) and Ross Taylor (unbeaten 44) guided the New Zealand cricket team to their revised target of 151 at Saxton Oval, where rain had earlier stopped play for more than two hours.

The hosts resumed needing 87 off 11 overs and they made relatively quick work of the chase, reaching 151-2 with seven balls to spare.

New Zealand had been reduced to 64-2 chasing 247 when play was initially stopped and the Duckworth-Lewis method needed.