Abu Dhabi - New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat in the first one-day international against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
New Zealand, who have won their last 11 consecutive matches against Pakistan, welcomed the return of pace bowler Trent Boult who missed the preceding Twenty20 series.
Pakistan, who won the Twenty20 series 3-0, are playing with two spinners in Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan with a back-up in spinning allrounder Mohammad Hafeez.
The other two matches are in Abu Dhabi on Friday and Dubai on Sunday.
Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi
Umpires: Joe Wilson (WIS) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
Tv umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)