It was a wet start for the 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup as the rain disrupted proceedings, forcing matches to be pushed by 30 minutes.
And when the action got underway,
The first clear chance fell to New Zealand as Jared Panchia unleashed a reverse stick hit in the 7th minute, with Pakistani custodian Imran Butt sticking out his foot to deflect the ball, only for it to fall to Shay Neal who however muffed the chance.
Pakistan were awarded a penalty corner in the 19th minute and Muhammad Imran made no mistake, sending in a powerful drag flick sailing past NZ keeper Devon Manchester.
Hardly had the cheers dies down when Muhammad Waqas broke through on the right and squared the ball to Abdul Haseem Khan who tapped into the goal to give Pakistan a 2-0 lead in the 21st minute.