NEW DELHI (AFP) - New Zealand crushed Pakistan on Tuesday in a ruthless display dominated by century-maker Ross Taylor. Taylor scored 131 runs off just 124 balls with eight fours and seven sixes, to take New Zealand to 302 for seven at Pallekele stadium in Sri Lanka. Before he had even opened his account, Taylor received a huge let-off when an edge flew between wicket-keeper and first slip 'keeper Kamran Akmal put down a straightforward chance when he was on eight. Pakistan lost control as New Zealand went on the rampage, with pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar carted for 70 runs in his nine overs and Abdul Razzaq going for 49 runs from just four. Pakistan never looked like getting anywhere near their target, slumping to 66-6 before a late rally led by Razzaq, who hit 62. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-25 as Pakistan were bowled out for 192. Stand-in skipper Taylor, who deputised for Daniel Vettori who left the field after falling awkwardly, hurting his knee, said New Zealand looked at their score of 302 as "probably only a par total." "I think it probably nipped around a little bit with the dew and the way that Abdul Razzaq (62) came out and batted very well our bowlers couldn't quite hold onto the ball at the end there, but we're pleased with the result." Team officials said Vettori, who has a history of back and knee injuries, was being assessed. Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said: "I don't have any excuse but I know we didn't bowl well, we didn't field well, we missed opportunities and I think the fielding is the area where you can easily win a lot of games." "I'm totally confident of my team and confident in myself that we're not going to repeat this performance," he added. Earlier, How struggled against the Pakistan attack as he took 29 balls to score four runs just before pacer Umar Gul struck him in the thirteenth over to reduce Kiwis to 55/2. Shoaib Akhtar claimed Brendon McCullum in his first over to give Kiwis an early blow. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and decided to bat against Pakistan. Pakistan made two changes from the team which won against Canada, dropping fast bowler Wahab Riaz and spinner Saeed Ajmal. Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar returned after being rested while left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman also returns after recovering from a sprained leg muscle. Vettori said at the toss that he had to leave out "unwell" hard-hitter Jesse Ryder and replaced the left-handed batsman with Jamie How. New Zealand also left out fast bowler Hamish Bennett from the side which defeated Zimbabwe by 10 wickets and tall medium pacer Jacob Oram was brought into the playing I. Pakistan sits atop the group with six points after three wins from three games. New Zealand has four points after victories over Kenya and Zimbabwe while it lost to trans-Tasman rival Australia. Pallekele International Cricket Stadium near Kandy became the 178th venue in the world to host a one-day international. It hosted a drawn test match between the West Indies and Sri Lanka in December last year. Scorecard New Zealand M Guptill b Afridi 57 B McCullum b Akhtar 6 J How lbw b Gul 4 R Taylor not out 131 J Franklin lbw b Hafeez 1 S Styris lbw b Gul 28 N McCullum b Gul 19 J Oram c Gul b Rehman 25 K Mills not out 7 Extras: (lb10, nb3, w11) 24 Total: (for 7 wkts; 50 overs) 302 FOW: 1-8, 2-55, 3-112, 4-113, 5-175, 6-210, 7-295 Bowling: Shoaib Akhtar 9-0-70-1 (nb3, w3), Rehman 10-0-60-1 (w1), Umar Gul 10-1-32-3 (w2), Abdul Razzaq 4-0-49-0 (w4), Shahid Afridi 10-0-55-1, M Hafeez 7-0-26-1 (w1). Pakistan M Hafeez lbw b Southee 5 A Shahzad lbw b Mills 10 Kamran c Taylor b Southee 8 Younus Khan b Mills 0 Misbah c Styris b Southee 7 Umar c Oram b N. McCullum 38 Shahid Afridi b Oram 17 A Razzaq c Oram b Styris 62 A Rehman lbw b N. McCullum 1 Umar Gul not out 34 Shoaib c N. McCullum b Styris 0 Extras: (lb6, w4) 10 Total: (all out; 41.4 overs) 192 FOW: 1-5, 2-23, 3-23, 4-23, 5-45, 6-66, 7-102, 8-125, 9-191, 10-192 Bowling: Mills 8-1-43-2, Southee 8-1-25-3, Oram 10-1-47-1, Franklin 5-0-26-0, N. McCullum 6-0-28-2 (w4), Styris 4.4-0-17-2