Yet even the most optimistic Pakistan batsman must have known their target was beyond them, Imad's late 50 quickly followed by his departure to Southee. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Boult said that he hopes to continue the good form.
Pakistan beat New Zealand 3-0 in the preceding Twenty20 series on Sunday.
The pitch was drier than that used in Dubai last week and New Zealand were left with one frontline spinner in Rachin Ravindra, after left armer Ajaz Patel's call up to the BLACKCAPS ODI squad.
New Zealand bowled out Pakistan for 219 in 47.2 overs with Boult and Ferguson finishing with 3 wickets each.
But Sarfraz, part of the team in the last 11 one-day internationals all of which Pakistan lost, want to finally win against New Zealand.
Pakistan fans were also livid, taking to social media to slam Taylor's accusation.
Taylor top-scored with 80, his 112-ball innings including five fours.
Only a partial recovery, thanks to big-hitting by Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee, got New Zealand over 260, but they still ended up slightly short of what they were set for half an hour earlier. Boult finished with figures of three for eight in three overs.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan Shinwari.
He trapped Latham and Henry Nicholls lbw in successive balls, then de Grandhomme just got an inside edge onto a googly to deny the hat-trick ball.
That's when he chose to produce the best delivery of the lot, an inswinger that crashed into Hafeez's pads. Not even a 103-run partnership, achieved in relatively quick time, was enough to put Pakistan in the ascendancy, and as soon as Sarfraz dragged de Grandhomme on, the contest looked all but over.
Tom Latham kept the New Zealand innings momentum going with 68 off 64 balls. The first ODI, which was also played in Abu Dhabi, showed that the surface is not easy to score on and will require application from both the batting units.
The world's fourth-ranked ODI bowler ripped through a powerful trio of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez in his second over to light up Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (NZT).