New Zealand defeat Pakistan by five wickets in first T20I
The Black Caps ended on 156 for five with seven balls to spare after losing the toss and being set a target of 154.
Tim Seifert top-scored for the hosts with 57, while debutant paceman Jacob Duffy took four for 33.
Pakistan never recovered from a slow start, despite a fighting 42 from stand-in captain Shadab Khan.
Haris Rauf was the tourists' best bowler, taking three for 29.
Players also received a rebuke from local health authorities for flouting social distancing rules, and were unable to train until they were allowed out of their hotel on December 8.
"We looked a little bit rusty out there," Khan admitted, saying the variable pace of the pitch made it tough for Pakistan's batsmen.
"We've had an international game now so definitely in the next game we'll do better."
Man of the match Duffy made a sensational start, dismissing opener Abdullah Shafique for a duck in his first over.
He then claimed the scalps of Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Hafeez in his second as Pakistan lost three wickets in three balls to slump to 20 for four.
Khushdil Shah was out for 16 when he mistimed a ball from Ish Sodhi straight to Martin Guptill in the field.
Khan tried to rescue his side's innings, smashing 42 from 32 balls before Duffy coaxed a top edge to Sodhi.
Seifert brought up his half century off 35 balls but was out on 57 after a sharp catch from Ashraf, who then dropped an easy chance sitter to give Mark Chapman a life.
Mitchell Santner steered his team to victory with a six to seal the win.
The second and third T20s will be played in Hamilton and Napier on Sunday and Tuesday, with the first of two Tests starting in Mount Maunganui on December 26.
M. Rizwan c Phjilips b Duffy 17
A. Shafique c Chapman b Duffy 0
H. Ali c & b Kuggeleijn 3
M. Hafeez c Chapman b Duffy 0
S. Khan c Sodhi b Duffy 42
K. Shah c Guptill b Sodhi 16
I. Wasim c Tickner b Kuggeleijn 19
F. Ashraf c Guptill b Tickner 31
W. Riaz c Santner b Kuggeleijn 9
S. Afridi not out 10
H. Rauf not out 0
Extras (b2, lb1, w3) 6
Total (9 wkts, 20 overs) 153
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Shafique), 2-20 (Rizwan), 3-20 (Hafeez), 4-20 (Ali), 5-39 (Shah), 6-79 (Wasim), 7-114 (Khan), 8-136 (Riaz), 9-149 (Ashraf)
Bowling: Santner 4-0-18-0, Duffy 4-0-33-4 (1w), Kuggeleijn 4-0-27-3, Sodhi 4-0-37-1, Tickner 4-0-35-1 (2w)
M. Guptill c Khan b Afridi 6
T. Siefert c Ashraf b Afridi 57
D. Conway c & b Rauf 5
G. Phillips c Shah b Rauf 23
M. Chapman lbw Rauf 34
J. Neesham not out 15
M. Santner not out 12
Extras (lb1, w3) 4
Total (5 wkts, 18.5 overs) 156
Did not bat: I. Sodhi, S. Kuggeleijn, J. Duffy, B. Tickner.
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Guptill), 2-21 (Conway), 3-65 (Phillips), 4-110 (Seifert), 5-129 (Chapman)
Bowling: Afridi 4-0-27-2 (2w), Wasim 2-0-14-0, Rauf 4-0-29-3(1w), Ashraf 3-0-18-0, Riaz 3.5-0-45-0, Khan 2-0-22-0
Series: New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0
Man of the match: Jacob Duffy (NZL)
Umpires: Shaun Haig (NZL), Wayne Knights (NZL)
TV umpire: Chris Brown (NZL)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)