Mohammad Hafeez's steady 60 off 71 had anchored the Pakistan innings, but he disappeared early in the 32nd over and the visitors looked in all sorts of trouble at 127-6.
The duo's hitting appeared to propel Pakistan to a defendable total, but the Black Caps made a decent enough start in response and had no issues after the rain delay. But Fakhar Zaman continued his excellent form - he generated in Tour Match against New Zealand XI - and with the help of Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf took Pakistan's score to 166 for 6 in 30.1 overs before the rain's interruption forced the umpires to abandon the game.
In addition, a drop catch of New Zealand's Captain Kane Williamson by his Counterpart behind the wicket Sarfraz Ahmed also proved costly for Pakistan as the former eventually ended his innings for 115. An over after successfully reviewing a caught-behind call, he became the first of many to gift-wrap his wicket - pulling a short ball well outside of off-stump off Trent Boult straight down the throat of Munro at square leg.
Southee returned in the death-breakthrough with the wicket of Hasan Ali, while Lockie Ferguson had Shadab sent back in the final over to end with figures of 3/39.
Guptill finished on 86 off 71 balls, which included five boundaries and five sixes, while Taylor remained undefeated on 45 off 43 deliveries, which included four boundaries. Mitchell Santner, seeing the batsman advance, threw it wide outside off. Hafeez reached out but slapped it straight to Guptill at extra cover.
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Guptill and Taylor began to up the ante once play resumed as they took the attack to Pakistan's bowlers and put the tourists on the back foot. But just as the momentum was shifting, Malik danced down the wicket and hit one straight to long-on. [I know] the rain isn't in our hands, but when it came down, the momentum was in our favour.
The second match delivered more of the pep expected from a Pakistan side which won last year's Champions Trophy.
Eventually, New Zealand was declared the victor of the first ODI by 61 runs under D/L method. "Martin playing with that freedom was great to watch".
Guptill was adjudged "Man of the Match" for his stellar performance with the bat. Ross [Taylor] is quite a calming influence.