The hosts had a revised target of 151 out of 25 overs under the Duckworth Lewis system after rain had disrupted the game for two hours. Guptill (86 out) and Taylor (45 out) led the Kiwis home with seven remaining balls.
Martin Guptill became the 86-year-old in an unbroken 104-man partnership with Ross Taylor, who led New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory against Pakistan on Tuesday in a well-known second one-day national team. Pakistan made a 246/9 strike first after winning the throw, and New Zealand was 64/2 after 14 overs when Rain interrupted the match for more than two hours. When the players came back, New Zealand had a revised target of 151 out of 25 overs under the Duckworth Lewis system and Guptill and Taylor (45 out) capped 151/2 with seven remaining balls.
New Zealand led the 5-in-a-row series 2-0 after winning the first game, also under the Duckworth Lewis system, with 61 runs.
Taylor and Guptill hit 87 runs from 9.5 Overs after the recovery to direct New Zealand to a convincing win.
The game was relatively balanced as the rain came in. At 64/2 New Zealand had a good chance to improve the overall score in Pakistan, but had lost to key-batsman Colin Munro for a duck for the third ball of innings and captain Kane Williamson for 19.
The rain delay had an effect in favor of the batting team, which was always well equipped with eight wickets for a shortened run hunt.
“It was a brilliant performance,” said Williamson. “I thought the guys were brilliant in the first half, and then Pakistan showed some real resistance at the end and made some partnerships to get something that could be a tricky amount on that surface.”
Half centuries of Mohammad Hafeez and the talents of Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali allowed Pakistan to achieve a moderately competitive sum after being thrown back by early wickets.
Pakistan fell to 39/3 Hafeez made 60 and added 45 for the third wicket with Shoaib Malik (27) to stabilize the innings.
The tourists were 127/6 when Hafeez was in 32nd place and would likely fall below the par points in the Saxton Oval, where the teams had an average of 260 strokes at the ODIs.
But Hasan Ali blew up 51 of 31 balls, his highest score in any form of cricket, and placed 70 for the eighth wicket with Shadab, who went to 52 of 68 balls, his highest score in ODIs.
This gave Pakistan a defensive total and their hopes were raised when Munro was in the first over and Williamson (19) fell to a brilliant catch from Shadab before Faheem Ashraf.
The next match will be on Saturday in Dunedin.
“It was a very disappointing performance,” said Pakistan captain Safraz Ahmed. “I think our punches did not do well, but our lower order went very well, so we had a chance.”