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New Zealand Vs Pakistan Live Score (ODI)

Date: Tuesday, 09 January, 2018 13:01 IST Venue: Saxton Oval, Nelson Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 8 wickets (D/L method)

246/9
Overs
50.0
R/R
4.92
Fours
21
Sixes
7
Extras
14
151/2
Overs
23.5
R/R
6.43
Fours
11
Sixes
5
Extras
1
  • Pakistan's overcautious approach at the start was the main reason for their struggle as there was nothing wrong in the pitch. It's a good one for stroke making and it was evident from the partnership between Hasan and Shadab. New Zealand will back themselves to scale down the target but they cannot take Pakistan's bowling for granted. Should be an intriguing chase. Do join us in a short while.
  • New Zealand will be disappointed with the way the innings ended. They bossed most parts by bowling exceptionally well but looked completely clueless against the onslaught by Hasan and Shadab. Still, it's a decent bowling show by them, of course, they could have done better but things like these happen in cricket. Lockie Ferguson with a 3-fer was the best bowler on show, while others also put in a decent effort, barring at the death.
  • A strong finish by Pakistan. Their innings was marred by the regular fall of wickets and it was just meandering along until Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali joined forces. The latter, in particular, started the counterattack and forced the Kiwis on the back foot. He played some enthralling shots on his way to his maiden ODI fifty and also raised the best partnership of the innings with Shadab. The Pakistan leggie also showed great character in his knock and got his fifty. Their bravado with the bat has handed Pakistan a competitive total and they have the momentum heading into the break.
  • 49.6 A dot to finish! Another bumper on middle, Raees backs away and tries to hit it over mid off but does not connect. PAKISTAN FINISH ON 246/9!
  • 49.6 WIDE! A bumper which bounces way above the batsman's head and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 49.5 Fuller in length on off, Raees drives it through mid off for a couple.
  • 49.4 FOUR! Raees is off the mark in style. He gets a full ball outside off and picks his spot to perfection. Seeing mid off inside the circle he lofts it over that fielder for a boundary.
  • Rumman Raees is the last man in.
  • 49.3 OUT! Khan departs but he has surely done his job! Good review by New Zealand. Ferguson persists with the short ball outside off, Khan tries to pull but seems to have edged it to Latham. The Kiwis appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Latham wants it to be reviewed as he is pretty confident and Williamson signals the 'T' and they go upstairs. Replays show there is something on Snicko and the umpire has to overturn his decision.
  • 49.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. The umpire signals a wide.
  • A review for a caught behind has been taken! They feel there is a certain edge.
  • 49.2 DROPPED! It would have been some catch though! Excellent reflexes shown by Ferguson. He bowls it short on middle, Khan flat-bats it back towards the bowler who in his followthrough gets two hands to it but can't hang on. Nevertheless, he saves a certain boundary.
  • 49.1 A yorker to start off with. Amir does well to jam it out towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • Lockie Ferguson to bowl the last over.
  • 48.6 Excellent second-last over by the part timer! Only 5 runs from it. He bowls it on a length around middle, Amir mistimes his heave towards mid-wicket for a run. 237/8
  • 48.5 Full and wide outside off, makes the batsman reach out for it. Khan does so, he connects but straight to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 48.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 48.3 Shorter in length outside off, Amir goes for the pull but misses.
  • 48.2 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 48.1 Shorter in length on middle, pulled towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder from long on, makes good ground to his left, dives and saves two for his team.
  • Colin Munro to bowl the penultimate over.
  • 47.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single. 2 overs to go, can they cross 250? 232/8
  • 47.5 What happened there? A full toss on middle, Khan hits it down towards long off. They complete one. Williamson from mid on gives it a chase, slides and stops it. He tries to release the ball but it gets stuck a bit in his palm and he ends up throwing it towards the cover region. No extra run conceded.
  • 47.4 The batsman goes for the pull but misses it completely.
  • 47.3 Short and outside off, Khan misses his pull shot.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Fifty for Shadab Khan, his second in ODIs. He too has been exceptional. He was good with the bat in the last game as well and has continued his form. Gets there in some style. A full ball outside off, Khan goes inside out over covers for a boundary.
  • 47.1 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 46.6 It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single. 13 from the over! 226/8
  • 46.5 FOUR! Another one hit with brute force. Southee offers width and Khan cashes in by spanking it through the gap between extra cover and mid off. Went like a tracer bullet to the fence.
  • 46.4 SIX! Vital runs, these! Short in length and angling into the batsman, Shadab anticipates it and powers it over mid-wicket for a biggie.
  • 46.3 Williamson nearly takes a stunner! Amir tries to whack a short ball outside off but fails to middle it. It flies in the air towards extra cover, Williamson charges towards it from mid off, attempts to catch it with one-hand but fails as it falls short. They take a run.
  • 46.2 Good length ball around leg, Amir goes on the back foot and defends it back.
  • 46.1 Follows the batsman down the leg side with a short ball, it's pulled down to long on without much timing. A single taken.
  • 45.6 Shorter in length on middle, Khan pulls it to deep square leg for a run. 213/8
  • 45.5 Back of a length on off, Amir taps it towards cover for a run.
  • 45.4 Bowls a bumper on middle, Amir ducks under it.
  • 45.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 45.2 Length on off, Amir defends it off the front foot.
  • 45.1 Fuller on off, driven to mid off.
  • 44.6 The batsman comes down the track but misses it completely. 13 runs and a wicket from the over. 211/8
  • Mohammad Amir walks out to the middle.
  • 44.5 OUT! Hasan Ali perishes immediately after reaching his fifty! He mistimes one after batting so well! Southee bowls it full on off, a slower one. Ali once again tries to go big but mistimes it towards long on. Astle there settles himself under it and takes a tumbling catch. End of a brilliant, brilliant innings and also the 70-run stand. Williamson will surely be relieved to see the back of Ali. He gets a big round of applause as he walks back to the dressing room. Deserves every bit of it.
  • Brilliant by Pakistan, they have crossed 200 and now have something to bowl at.
  • 44.4 Maiden ODI fifty for Hasan Ali. We have seen him doing it with the ball but he is now doing it with the bat. Take a bow, young man. What a time to score it and also at less than a run-a-ball. Outstanding! He pulls the length ball down towards fine leg for a couple. He gets a standing ovation from the crowd and he acknowledges it with his trademark celebration.
  • 44.3 SIX! Going, going and gone! He moves onto 49. A short ball on middle, Hasan picks the length early and pulls it over wide long on for a maximum.
  • 44.2 FOUR! UP AND OVER! Hasan has luck going his way! Southee bangs it on middle, Ali steps down the track and tries to pull but gets a top edge, over the keeper for a boundary.
  • 44.1 On the pads, flicked down towards fine leg for a run.
  • Tim Southee is back.
  • 43.6 Another short ball outside off, Ali goes for the pull but does not connect. 198/7
  • 43.5 Just a single off the Free Hit and Khan is gutted with himself. Boult bowls a short ball on middle, Khan pulls it, not off the middle, down towards long on for a run.
  • 43.5 NO BALL! A second high full toss on middle, this time signaled a no ball. Hasan mistimes his heave and it lobs towards the square leg region for a run. Free Hit coming up.
  • 43.4 Fuller in length on middle, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 43.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 43.2 On the pads, flicked through square leg for a run.
  • 43.1 A high full toss on middle, Khan is surprised by it as he defends it back to the bowler. Could have been called a no ball for height as it was touch and go.
  • 42.6 FOUR! Slapped! 21 runs from the over! A huge one for Pakistan. Astle bowls a short ball outside off, Ali slaps it through covers for a boundary. The fielder in the deep tries his best but fails to stop the speeding ball. 50-run stand comes up, best of the innings. 192/7
  • 42.5 Works it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 42.4 FOUR! Handy, very handy! Not where Khan intended but he will take it. Astle tosses it up outside off, Khan tries to go inside out but gets an outside edge through short third man. Southee gives it a chase and also dives but all in vain.
  • 42.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 42.2 SIX! BANG! Ali is playing a gem of a knock here! Astle tosses it up on off, Ali clears his front leg and dispatches it over long on for a biggie.
  • 42.2 NOT OUT! Astle fires this one down the leg side. Hasan misses the pull and loses his balance a bit in the process. The keeper whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire in the meantime signals a wide. Also the square leg umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show Hasan never lifted his feet and was always inside the crease.
  • Another referral for a stumping! Hasan Ali is the man in question. Has he lifted his feet?
  • 42.1 FOUR! Ideal start to the over! A clever shot by Hasan. He goes down on one knee and paddle sweeps it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • Todd Astle is back to bowl.
  • 41.6 Full on middle, eased down to long on for a single. 7 runs from the over. 171/7
  • 41.5 Fuller in length, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 41.4 Shortish ball on off, Khan cuts it over point. Astle at third man runs to his right, dives and saves two runs for his team.
  • 41.3 A good yorker on middle, Hasan squeezes it out to point for a quick run.
  • 41.2 On the pads, flicked down to fine leg for a run.
  • 41.1 Short and wide outside off, cut to sweeper cover for a run.
  • Trent Boult is back.
  • 40.6 Full and outside off, driven to covers. 164/7
  • 40.6 WIDE AGAIN! A bouncer which is very high and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 40.5 Good length outside off, Khan tries to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce Ferguson is getting.
  • 40.4 A yorker on middle, Hasan jams it out towards mid on for a run.
  • 40.3 A short ball on middle, Hasan tries to pull it with all his power but does not connect.
  • 40.2 Shorter in length on off, Khan pushes it to covers for a run.
  • 40.2 WIDE! Bowls a bouncer down the leg side.
  • 40.1 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now 5 players can be placed outside the circle.
  • 39.6 Gives it a lot of air outside off. Hasan throws the kitchen sink at it but he gets a bottom edge towards short third man. Santner has bowled out. He finishes with figures off 10-1-34-1. He has been very economical and has also taken the important wicket of Hafeez. 160/7
  • 39.5 Mistimes his sweep towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 39.4 Gives it air on off, Shadab prods forward and blocks it.
  • 39.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 39.2 Floats it up on off, Khan drives it to covers.
  • 39.1 Tosses it up on middle, Khan defends it onto the ground.
  • 38.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 159/7
  • 38.5 Was there an edge? There was surely a noise. Ferguson bowls it outside off, Ali once again swings but he seems to have missed it as it goes to the keeper. There was a noise as the ball passes the bat and the on air commentators also feel the same but none of the Kiwi players were interested in putting an appeal. We have not been shown any replays, so not sure from where that noise came.
  • 38.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 38.3 FOUR! Streaky but Hasan won't mind. These are handy runs for Pakistan. Ferguson bangs it short on off, Hasan tries to pull but it takes the top edge and goes over the keeper for a boundary.
  • 38.2 NOT OUT! IT IS JUST SHORT! Ferguson bowls it fuller on middle, Ali drives it uppishly towards mid on where the fielder dives ahead and he seems to have taken it. He is not sure though as he asks the umpires to check it. Both the umpires come together and they go upstairs after a chat. The soft signal is not out and the replays clearly show it has bounced just before the fielder's hands.
  • Has Astle taken the catch? He is not sure about it and the umpires take it upstairs. The soft signal is not out.
  • 38.1 OUCH! That must have hurt! Ferguson bowls a fast bumper on middle at 141.7 kph. Ali is surprised by it and even before he reacts the ball hits him on the helmet. He seems to be fine though.
  • 37.6 Almost a drag on! Santner fires it on middle, Ali tries to drive but gets an inside edge which goes agonizingly close past the leg pole and down to short fine leg for a run. 155/7
  • 37.5 SIX! BOOM BOOM GOES HASAN! Two maximums in two balls for him. Santner floats it full outside off, Ali goes down on one knee and sends it sailing over the long on fence for a maximum. 150 up for Pakistan, they need a lot more.
  • 37.4 SIX! That has gone all the way! What timing from Hasan! Santner bowls a full ball on leg stump, Hasan just flicks it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. He has a naughty smile on his face.
  • 37.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 37.2 Tosses it up on off, Hasan pushes it to covers.
  • 37.1 Turn and beats the outside edge! Santner bowls it slower on off, gets it to turn away. Ali tries to defend but is done in by the turn as the ball beats the outside edge.
  • 36.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, Hasan pushes inside the line and edges it down to third man for a single. 142/7
  • 36.5 Ferguson spears in a full ball on off, he has his tail up, it's kept out safely to covers.
  • Hasan Ali is the new batsman.
  • 36.4 OUT! Straight down Southee's throat! Nothing working for Pakistan. Ferguson digs in a short ball, sharp in pace, Faheem tries to pull it across the line but fails to get enough distance behind his shot. It goes in the air and finds the fielder with surgical precision at fine leg. Pakistan slip further and are in danger of getting bowled out inside 50 overs.
  • 36.3 Angling away from the batsman, around off, Faheem pushes it to the right of the mid off fielder.
  • 36.2 Pitches it up and outside off, it's driven towards extra cover and Santner does well to make a half stop with a dive. Cannot prevent the single.
  • 36.1 Length ball angling into the batsman, Khan pushes it with an angled bat to point.
  • Lockie Ferguson is back on.
  • 35.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 140/6
  • 35.5 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 35.4 Fires it on off, Khan plays it towards covers for a single.
  • 35.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 35.2 Tosses it up on middle, Ashraf drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 35.1 Short outside off, Khan pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 34.6 NOT OUT! Khan pushes the length ball towards covers and sets off for a run. Santner there, gets to it quickly, picks it up with one hand and scores a bull's eye at the striker's end. The players appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. There isn't much conviction in the appeal but just to be sure the umpire refers it upstairs. Replays roll in and it shows that the batsman has made his ground quite comfortably. 137/6
  • A direct hit! Ashraf is the man in question at the striker's end as the appeal has been taken upstairs. The body language of the Kiwi players suggests the batsman has made it.
  • 34.5 Just behind the length on off, Khan pushes it past the bowler but for the ball to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end.
  • 34.4 Another dot! These two need to find a way to rotate strike at least. Southee lands it on a length outside off, Khan guides it to point.
  • 34.3 Shorter in length on middle, Khan keeps it out.
  • 34.2 Back of a length on middle, defended towards mid on.
  • 34.1 Angles it on middle, Khan misses the flick to get hit high on the pads.
  • 33.6 Tosses it up on off, Ashraf presses forward and defends it. 136/6
  • 33.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 33.4 On the pads, tucked to square leg.
  • 33.3 On the shorter side on middle, Khan off the back foot pushes it to long on for a run.
  • 33.2 Very full on off, Khan drives it to covers.
  • 33.1 Flatter on middle, Khan punches it down to the bowler.
  • TIME FOR DRINKS! New Zealand continue to boss the game and are not allowing any partnership to blossom. Losing Hafeez an over back is a big blow to the tourists who only have their tail left to add on to the score. Things looking glum for them.
  • 32.6 On the pads, worked to mid-wicket. 135/6
  • 32.5 Back of a length on off, Faheem punches it to covers.
  • 32.4 Length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 32.3 On a length on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 32.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 32.2 WIDE! Another bumper but this one bounces way above the batsman's head.
  • 32.1 FOUR! That has been hit hard! A short ball on middle, not very short though. Ashraf picks the length early and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 31.6 Angles it on the pads, Faheem works it around the corner for a run. 130/6
  • 31.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. They pick up a single.
  • 31.4 Flatter outside off, Ashraf guides it towards point for a run.
  • 31.3 Driven towards the mid on region.
  • 31.2 BEATEN! Santner bowls it flatter outside off, it goes on with the arm. Ashraf tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • Faheem Ashraf walks out to the middle.
  • 31.1 OUT! Santner gets the wicket New Zealand wanted! The set batsman, Hafeez is walking back in the pursuit to up the ante. He too comes down the track early just like Sarfraz did. Santner spots that and fires it wide outside off. Hafeez goes after it, away from his body but fails to keep it down. He hits it straight to Guptill at covers and he does not drop many. Santner gets his first and Pakistan lose their sixth. A good innings by Hafeez comes to an end but at the wrong time for Pakistan. The look on his face says it all. The tourists would have loved for him to stay till the end.
  • 30.6 Just ahead of a length on off, Khan taps it towards covers. He wants a run but is sent back by his partner. 127/5
  • 30.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Hafeez plays it with an angled bat and down to third man for a run.
  • 30.4 Shortish on off, Khan plays it towards point for a quick run.
  • 30.3 Shorter in length on leg stump, Khan tries to pull but it goes off something and on the bounce to the keeper who dives to his left and makes a good stop.
  • 30.2 Shorter in length outside off, guided to point.
  • 30.1 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • Tim Southee is back to bowl.
  • 29.6 Floats it up on middle, Hafeez defends it off the front foot. 125/5
  • 29.5 The batsman has driven that ball straight back. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 29.4 Tosses it up on off, turning away. Khan tries to drive but it takes the outside edge and goes along the ground to point.
  • 29.3 Eased down to long on for a run.
  • 29.2 Darts it on off, Hafeez goes back to a ball that he should be playing on the front foot. He gets his bat down in time and keeps it out.
  • 29.1 Fires it outside off, Hafeez guides it to short third man.
  • Mitchell Santner is back into the attack.
  • 28.6 Just behind a length on middle, Khan hops and tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his stomach. That would have hurt. 123/5
  • 28.5 Good length on off, Hafeez tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls towards the off side and the batsmen pinch a run.
  • 28.4 The sucker ball! Full and wide outside off, Hafeez reaches out for it but does not connect. A safe shot as there are no slips in place.
  • 28.3 Good length on off, the batsman lets it be.
  • 28.2 Back of a length on off, pushed towards covers for a run.
  • 28.1 Angles it on the pads, Hafeez flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 27.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single. 120/5
  • 27.5 Flatter on middle, punched down to long on to change strike.
  • 27.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 27.3 Gives it air on off, it's eased down to long off for a run.
  • 27.2 Tosses it up on off, Hafeez with the turn, plays it through covers for a run.
  • 27.1 Drags his length back on middle, punched down to long on for a run.
  • 26.6 Back of a length outside off, Khan guides it down to third man for a run. 114/5
  • 26.5 Whizzes past the inside edge! A length ball outside off, shaping in a touch. Khan tries to drive it away from his body but is beaten.
  • 26.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 26.3 Short ball on middle, Khan pulls it but not off the middle. It has enough to go over mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 26.2 Length ball on off, Khan defends it onto the ground.
  • 26.1 Back of a length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • Lockie Ferguson is brought back into the attack.
  • 25.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 111/5
  • 25.5 Flatter on middle, defends it off the back foot.
  • 25.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 25.3 Shorter in length on off, Khan pushes it through covers for a couple.
  • Shadab Khan walks out at no. 7.
  • 25.2 OUT! STUMPED! Astle gets his man this time! Half the side back in the hut for Pakistan. Now one would wonder what was Sarfraz trying to do there? He comes down the track very early. Seeing that Astle shortens his length a bit and also bowls it quicker outside off. Ahmed somehow tries to keep it out but completely misses. Latham behind the stumps collects it and whips the bails off. Sarfraz is walking back now and Pakistan are staring down the barrel.
  • 25.1 NOT OUT! Umpire's call and the decision remains! That could have gone either way. However, New Zealand don't lose a review. Astle tosses it up on middle and leg, it straightens after pitching. Sarfraz tries to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Williamson, after a chat with his bowler, decides to review. They take it upstairs and there is nothing on Hot Spot. But Hawk Eye shows it to be clipping the outside half of the leg stump. Sarfraz survives.
  • A review for LBW by New Zealand this time! Todd Astle feels like he has got Ahmed. Looks really close.
  • 24.6 FOUR! Beats Southee in the deep this time. Width on offer outside off, Hafeez camps back and slaps it through backward point. Southee rushes across to his right from third man, puts in a dive but fails to stop the racing ball. That brings up the fifty for Hafeez, his 33rd in ODIs. He was under tremendous pressure and this knock will ease things for him. Still, the job is not done, Pakistan require a big one from the veteran. 108/4
  • 24.5 Good length ball on off, punched from the back foot to covers.
  • 24.4 FOUR! Finds the boundary this time! Boult pushes his luck a little too much. Drops it short on middle, it lacks the bounce to trouble the batsman and Hafeez rocks back to pummel his pull shot through mid-wicket. No chance of stopping this one.
  • 24.3 Short in length on off, it's pulled wide of mid on for a run.
  • 24.2 This time the line is too straight and Hafeez nudges it off his pads through backward square leg. Another fine stop in the deep and this time only a single results.
  • 24.1 Good length delivery in the region outside off, Hafeez runs it down with fine timing and Southee in the deep makes a good stop running to his right from third man. A couple of runs taken.
  • 23.6 NOT OUT! Sarfraz has just made it in! He flicks the ball on leg stump towards deep backward square leg. The batsmen complete one and go for the second. The fielder in the deep, picks it up and fires a throw to the keeper who whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show Sarfraz has grounded his bat in time. Maybe the height of the throw was the issue, had it been flat and over the bails, Ahmed might have been a goner. 96/4
  • Has Sarfraz been run out? There is an appeal for one at the striker's end and the Kiwis seem to be confident.
  • 23.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 23.4 FOUR! 6000 ODI RUNS FOR HAFEEZ! He gets there in style. Astle bowls it short outside off, it also turns away. Hafeez rocks back and guides it past backward point for a boundary.
  • 23.3 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 23.2 Flatter on off, pushed to point.
  • 23.1 Tosses it up on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 22.6 Length ball outside off, Sarfraz need not play at those but still tries to guide it down to third man. He gets beaten in the process. 89/4
  • 22.5 Good length on off, angling away. Sarfraz defends it solidly.
  • 22.4 Shorter in length on middle, Hafeez pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 22.3 Full on middle, Hafeez drives it to mid on.
  • 22.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Welcome back, Boult! A full ball on off, looking for some shape but there ain't any. Hafeez plants his front foot ahead and drives it through mid off for a boundary.
  • Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, comes out to the middle. Also, Trent Boult comes into the attack.
  • 21.6 OUT! In the air...caught! Another one bites the dust. All those dot balls have resulted in a wicket. Malik once again uses feet, he has been very successful in doing so but this time, he does not get to the pitch. He still goes ahead with the shot to the ball on middle. It goes off the inside half of the bat and down towards long on where Southee takes it reverse cup near the boundary line. Malik knew he had not timed it and started walking as soon as he hit it. Nevertheless, another timely wicket for New Zealand. 84/4
  • 21.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 21.4 A low full toss on middle, Malik drives it to mid-wicket.
  • 21.3 Floats it on middle, Malik drives it towards mid on. The fielder from mid-wicket makes good ground and prevents the batsmen from taking a run.
  • 21.2 Shorter in length outside off, cut to point.
  • 21.1 Tosses it up on off, driven down to long off for a run.
  • 20.6 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single. 83/3
  • 20.5 Nicely played but only for a run. Munro bowls it on a length on off, Malik waits for it and plays it very late towards short third man where the fielder dives to his left and makes a stop. A run taken.
  • 20.4 Fullish ball on off, eases it down towards mid off for a run.
  • 20.3 Length ball on off, defended solidly.
  • 20.2 Fuller on off, Malik drives it back towards the bowler who misfields and concedes a run. Replays later show, Hafeez was running across the pitch and changed his track to prevent the bowler from aiming at the stumps. Had the bowler thrown it towards his end and had the ball hit Hafeez, he would have been adjudged out, obstructing the field.
  • 20.1 Makes room again and guides the ball on off to point.
  • 19.6 FOUR! A good way to end the over! A short ball on middle, a half-tracker. Hafeez rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 11 runs from the over. 79/3
  • 19.5 Hafeez tries using his feet now. Astle seeing that shortens his length. Mohammad adjusts and defends it.
  • 19.4 Floats it full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 19.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 19.2 Drives the tossed up ball down to long on for a run.
  • 19.1 SIX! That should break the shackles! Malik once again makes excellent use of his feet. Gets to the pitch of the ball and hits it over the bowler for a biggie.
  • 18.6 On the pads, Malik works it towards fine leg to keep strike. 68/3
  • 18.5 Malik tries to innovate as he gives himself room. Munro follows him and Malik drives it back to the bowler. Some aggression from Munro as he gives Malik a stare.
  • 18.4 Malik taps the length ball towards covers and wants a single but is sent back.
  • 18.3 Another dot! Malik is struggling to find the gaps here. Munro bowls it shorter outside off, Malik chops it to point.
  • 18.2 Fullish ball on off, Malik drives it straight to covers.
  • 18.1 Full ball on off, driven down towards mid off for a quick run.
  • Colin Munro is into the attack.
  • 17.6 Tidy start for Astle! Just one run from it. He bowls it flatter on off, Malik once again fails to find the gap as he drives it to covers. 66/3
  • 17.5 Drags his length back on middle, Malik pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 17.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 17.3 Floats it up on off, Malik lets it turn away and then guides it to point.
  • 17.2 Tosses it up on off, Malik defends it by lunging forward.
  • 17.1 Lands it on off, Hafeez pushes it down to long off for a run.
  • Todd Astle is into the attack now.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Bad ball and dispatched! Short and wide outside off, width on offer. Malik cashes in on it and cuts it through point for a boundary. 65/3
  • 16.5 Just ahead of a length, angling into the batsman. Malik plays it towards mid on.
  • 16.4 Length ball on off, Malik pushes it to covers.
  • 16.3 Good length outside off, Malik opts not to play at it.
  • 16.2 Short ball but outside off, Malik watches it go through to the keeper.
  • 16.1 Good length, attacking the stumps. Malik defends it off the back foot.
  • DRINKS! Yet another stuttering start for Pakistan as they already have lost the top half. The experienced heads of Malik and Hafeez are together now and they are trying to revive the innings. New Zealand have been superb so far this morning and they would like to keep up with the good work in the middle overs.
  • 15.6 Tosses it up this time on off, Malik drives it down to long off for a run. 61/3
  • 15.5 Pushes it through on off, Hafeez punches it through covers for a run.
  • 15.4 Because of the last shot, Santner shortens his length and also bowls it quicker on middle. Malik works it towards square leg for a run.
  • 15.3 SIX! Enough, says Malik! He comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and hits it over the long off fence for the first maximum of the innings.
  • 15.2 Fires it on off, Malik drives it back to the bowler.
  • 15.1 Tosses it up on off, Malik plays it towards covers.
  • 14.6 Full on the pads, Malik flicks it through square leg only for a run as there is protection in the deep. 52/3
  • 14.5 Once again, no foot movement on that shot! Malik is lucky not to have edged that one. Ferguson bowls it full outside off, a sucker ball. Malik goes after it but does not connect.
  • 14.4 Shorter in length on off, guided down towards third man for a couple. 50 up for Pakistan.
  • 14.3 Back of a length on off, Malik tries to defend it away from his body but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 14.2 Full outside off, driven to covers.
  • 14.1 Fuller on middle, driven to mid on.
  • 13.6 Flatter on middle, Hafeez tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 49/3
  • 13.5 Angles it on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 13.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 13.3 Floats it full on off, Malik drives it through covers for a run.
  • 13.2 Lovely variation! Santner slows it up and also gives it air on off, Malik defends it towards covers. Hafeez sets off for a run but seeing the fielder get to the ball quickly, he refuses. Mohammad seems to be struggling as he tries to get back but strangely the fielder makes it easier for him as he does not have a shy. No harm is done in the end. Replays, later on, show there was no one backing up and hence the fielder did not throw. Good awareness but he should have taken the chance in my opinion!
  • 13.1 Tosses it up on off, driven to covers.
  • 12.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 48/3
  • 12.5 FOUR! Uppish but in the gap! Fuller length delivery outside off, Hafeez drives it in the air but in the gap, through cover-point for a boundary.
  • 12.4 BEATEN! Back of a length outside off, Hafeez plays a loose shot away from his body only to get beaten.
  • 12.3 Clips it with the angle towards wide mid on for a run.
  • 12.2 Length on off, driven towards covers for a run.
  • 12.1 Goes wide of the crease and angles it on middle, Hafeez works it to mid-wicket.
  • 11.6 Defends the ball on off towards covers. 42/3
  • 11.5 Fires it on off, Malik keeps it out.
  • 11.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.3 Pushes it quicker on off, Hafeez punches it through covers for a run.
  • 11.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 11.1 Flatter on off, Hafeez lunges forward and defends it.
  • 10.6 A bumper on leg stump. Hafeez mistimes his pull towards square leg for a run. 41/3
  • 10.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 10.4 A short ball outside off, Malik lets it be again. The keeper fails to collect and concedes a bye.
  • 10.3 Good length outside off, Malik lets it be.
  • Shoaib Malik makes his way out to the middle.
  • 10.2 OUT! Edged and taken! Ferguson gets the big fish! The bowling change has worked. Lockie comes running in and lands it on a good length outside off, Azam goes for the booming drive through the off side with no footwork, almost locked to the crease. As a result, it takes the outside edge and goes straight into the hands of Taylor at first slip who is as safe as houses. Babar was lucky on two occasions when the ball sneaked through the gap between the two (keeper and first slip) but this time Taylor was standing in a conventional first slip position and it goes straight to him. Azam is walking back just when there was a partnership building, not what the away side needed.
  • 10.1 Angles it on the pads, Azam works it to square leg.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled. A maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the circle till the 40th over. Also Lockie Ferguson is into the attack.
  • 9.6 Guides the ball outside off, towards short third man. A maiden to begin with by Santner. Good bowling. 39/2
  • 9.5 Bowls the arm ball on off, Hafeez gets stuck as he tries to defend it but does it successfully to the man at covers.
  • 9.4 Flatter on off, Hafeez defends it towards covers.
  • 9.3 A muted appeal but not given! Santner fires it full on leg stump, Hafeez tries to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. Might be going down with the angle.
  • 9.2 Floats it full on off, driven to covers.
  • 9.1 Starts off with a tossed up delivery on off, very full so the spin is out of question. Hafeez drives it to cover-point.
  • Spin brought on early! Mitchell Santner is into the attack.
  • 8.6 Back of a length on off, Azam keeps it out. 39/2
  • 8.5 Just ahead of a length on middle, Azam pushes it to mid on.
  • 8.4 Back of a length on off, Azam opens the face of his bat and guides it to Taylor at wide slip. Hard for the ball to carry to the slip fielder as this is a slow wicket and Azam is playing with soft hands.
  • 8.3 Driven towards the mid on region.
  • 8.2 Full ball on off, Azam drives it crisply towards the bowler who stops it with his foot on his followthrough.
  • 8.1 FOUR! Azam is picking out the gap between Latham and Taylor to perfection here! Southee lands it on a length around off. Azam opens the face of the bat and runs it down through the vacant first slip area for a boundary.
  • 7.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. End of a good over for Pakistan. 9 runs from it. 35/2
  • 7.5 Slower ball but wide outside off, Hafeez lets it be.
  • 7.4 FOUR! Runs have started to flow here. An excellent shot by Hafeez, nothing wrong with the delivery. Boult bowls it a little short on middle, Hafeez rocks back, rolls his wrists over the ball and pulls it along the ground, through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 7.3 Good length on off, Azam defends it towards mid off for a quick run.
  • 7.2 Wide outside off, Azam lets it be.
  • 7.1 EDGY FOUR! It might have not carried to first slip though! Boult lands it on a length around off, gets it to angle away from the batsman. Azam tries to defend but it goes off the edge between Latham and Taylor who is standing at second slip for a boundary.
  • 6.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 26/2
  • 6.5 FOUR! No problems this time! Hafeez was maybe expecting it. Southee bangs it in on leg stump. Hafeez is into the position early as he pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. He moves onto 11.
  • 6.4 JUST OVER! The short balls are troubling the Pakistan batsmen! Southee bowls a bumper on middle, Hafeez once again is committed on the front foot but he still tries to pull. The ball hits the higher part of the bat and goes just over the leaping fielder at mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 6.3 Angles it on the pads, Hafeez flicks it to the man at square leg. A strong leg side field for Hafeez here.
  • 6.2 Nicely timed! A little shorter outside off, Hafeez stands tall and pushes it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 6.1 Bowls that probing line on a length. Hafeez, off the back foot, defends it.
  • 5.6 A single to end the over! Hafeez tucks it towards square leg and completes a run. 18/2
  • 5.5 Fuller on off, driven towards mid off for a run. These two have to build a partnership here and rotating the strike is an important factor.
  • 5.4 Back of a length on off, Azam pushes it to covers.
  • 5.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 5.2 Shorter in length on middle, pulled to mid-wicket.
  • 5.1 Bowls it on the pads, Hafeez works it around the corner for a run.
  • 4.6 Good length on off, defended stoutly. End of an action-packed over. 10 runs from it and a wicket. 15/2
  • 4.5 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • Mohammad Hafeez strides out to the middle.
  • 4.4 OUT! Southee gets his first. A similar way to how Ali got out in the last game. This time he is smart enough to not review as it was plumb. Southee bowls an inswinger on off, Ali shuffles way too across and tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Southee does not even bother to look behind as he appeals and the umpire raises his finger. Ali does have a chat with his partner but does not review. Pakistan have lost their second wicket and are now in trouble here. Also, the replays, later on, show there was a bird which flew by as the delivery was bowled, maybe that would have distracted Ali.
  • 4.4 FIVE WIDES! Southee tries to bowl the slower bouncer but bowls it down the leg side. The keeper dives to his left, gets a hand to it but can't stop it from going to the boundary.
  • 4.3 FOUR! CRUNCHED! A short ball on middle, comes at a good height for the batsman. Ali rocks back and times his pull to perfection through backward square leg and the ball races away.
  • 4.2 Back of a length on off, Ali defends it onto the ground. Good tight bowling here from the Kiwis.
  • 4.1 Good length on off, Ali defends it solidly.
  • 3.6 Back of a length on off, Azam defends it onto the ground. End of a successful over by Boult. Just one run from it and a wicket. 5/1
  • Babar Azam walks out at no. 3.
  • 3.5 OUT! BOULT STRIKES! The short ball does the trick. He bangs it in on middle, a surprise delivery. Imam has his weight on the front foot as he tries to pull. He mistimes it and hits it straight towards Munro at short mid-wicket who takes it in front of his face. Imam walks back cheaply and an early wicket for New Zealand. They are ecstatic.
  • 3.4 On the pads, worked towards mid on for a quick run.
  • 3.3 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 3.2 BEATEN! Boult lands it on a length around off, Ali, thinking it would swing into him plays inside the line. The ball goes along with the angle and beats the outside edge.
  • 3.1 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 2.6 Confusion but safe in the end! Excellent fielding by Henry Nicholls. Imam works it towards mid-wicket and sets off for a run but is sent back by his partner. Henry there, runs to his left, dives, collects it with one hand and fires a throw at the keeper. Imam for a second had given up but seeing it is a poor throw, he scampers his way back inside the crease. Lucky for the opener, he will breathe a sigh of relief. 4/0
  • 2.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 2.4 Fuller in length, played with a straight bat to mid on.
  • 2.3 OOOO! A good delivery by Southee! He bowls it fuller on middle, gets it to shape back in. Imam gets his front foot way too across but does manage to get his bat on the ball as he flicks it to mid-wicket. Had he missed that, it would have been plumb.
  • 2.2 Fuller on the pads, a scoring opportunity for the batsman. He does not take full toll of it and flicks it straight to mid-wicket.
  • 2.1 On middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 1.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 4/0
  • 1.5 On the pads, works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 1.4 NOT OUT! Good use of the review from Azhar! Boult bangs a short one on middle, Ali tries to pull but the ball goes off something to the keeper who catches it and appeals. The umpire, after giving it a thought, raises his finger. Ali reviews it immediately. The replays roll in and there is a noise as the ball passes the bat but there is nothing on Hot Spot. There is a spike on Snicko but it is after the ball passes the bat. After several replays, the third umpire feels it has brushed the helmet and he asks the on-field umpire to overturn his decision.
  • Action straightaway! Ali has been adjudged caught behind but he reviews immediately.
  • 1.3 Imam is off the mark! Good running by the batsmen. He taps the length ball towards mid off and sets off for a run. Williamson there is quick to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. A run added.
  • 1.2 Back of a length on off, Imam defends it confidently off the back foot.
  • 1.1 Boult too gets the ball to swing! He bowls a fuller length delivery outside off, it shapes away. Imam-ul-Haq shuffles across and makes a leave.
  • Trent Boult to bowl from the other end. He too has two slips in place.
  • 0.6 Just one run from the first over! Southee lands it on a length outside off, Ali shoulders his arms to it. 1/0
  • 0.5 Another leave! Southee needs to make the batsman play here. He bowls it on a length outside off, Ali opts not to play at it.
  • 0.5 Pakistan are underway! Southee errs in line and angles it down the leg side. The umpire signals a wide.
  • 0.4 Goes wide of the crease and bowls it fuller outside off, wanting Azhar to drive. He resists and watches it go through to the keeper.
  • 0.3 Fuller in length outside off, seaming away further. Azhar makes another leave.
  • 0.2 Another length ball outside off, Ali need not play at it.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a length delivery around off, gets it to shape away which is an encouraging sign for the bowler. Ali plants his front foot ahead and watchfully makes a leave.
  • An overcast morning welcomes us here in Nelson. There is rain predicted but it is clear for now and we are set for the action to begin. The New Zealand players are in a huddle near the boundary and they now make their way out to the middle. Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq are the openers for Pakistan and they would look to get the away side off to a good start. For the Kiwis, Tim Southee will open the bowling. He has two slips in place. He picked up two wickets in the first over in the last game, can he get an early breakthrough here?
  • Pakistan (Playing XI) - Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees.
  • New Zealand (Playing XI) - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(wk), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Todd Astle, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
  • TOSS - Pakistan win the toss and opt to bat. They have one change. Imam-ul-Haq comes in for the injured Fakhar Zaman. Whereas, New Zealand are going in unchanged.
  • Pakistan, on the other hand, will look to get back to winning ways after their 9-match winning streak came to an end. They will have to do it without their dynamic opener, Fakhar Zaman, who has been ruled out due to an injury. It is a big blow for them as he has been in great form since arriving here. Imam-ul-Haq will most likely be the one to replace him. Their bowling and batting were not up to the mark in the last game and that will have to change if they hope to stand a chance against an in-form home side. Let us hope for an even encounter between bat and ball.
  • Hello and welcome to our coverage. After a dominant victory in Wellington, New Zealand now head to Nelson for the second ODI which is also the 100th one-day game between them and Pakistan. Williamson will hope for his side to continue the momentum and take a 2-0 lead with a victory today.
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says, it is a brilliant performance. And it panned out to be an interesting game. Admits 247 could have been a tricky total but Ross and Martin stitched a brilliant partnership after the break to get them across the line. Ends by saying there are elements they can improve on but he is satisfied with their performance.
  • Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, says he is very disappointed with the top order but is pleased with how the lower order played. Suggests the rain is not in their hand and their momentum was very high before the break. Ends by saying they have to work on their batting and he hopes to come out fighting in the next game.
  • Man of the Match, Martin Guptill says, they got off to a good start. Reckons losing Colin Munro was not ideal but he along with Kane Williamson stitched a good partnership. Admits it is satisfying to win the game after the rain delay. Ends by saying batting with Taylor is something he enjoys.
  • In the first innings after winning the toss and electing the to bat, Pakistan lost wickets in heaps with Lockie Ferguson being the tormentor-in-chief, bagging a three-fer. Mohammad Hafeez was the only one from the top order who showed some fight with the, experienced campaigner, notching up a fifty. But after his wicket it seemed improbable for Pakistan to cross the 200 run mark. However, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali had different ideas, they played some counter attacking strokes and stitched a 70 run stand to take Pakistan to a competitive total. Stay tuned for the presentation.
  • Approximately after a 2 hour delay. New Zealand were given a revised target of 151 in 25 overs which saw them needing 87 in 11 after the break. The Pakistan bowlers did try their best but had no answers to the brutal hitting they received at the hands of Guptill who notched up his 33rd half ton. He was ably supported by Ross Taylor who hit the winning runs.
  • So after all the waiting due to rain we finally have a winner in this game, New Zealand have absolutely cruised to victory and taken a 2-0 lead in the series. Yes, it had gotten much easier for them once the target was revised but they made a mockery of it. Initially chasing 247 the Kiwis got off to the worst start possible. They lost Munro in the first over to Amir. Williamson and Guptill did manage to steady the ship but just as the game was drifting away from the visitors, Shadab Khan produced a beauty of a catch to dismiss the opposition skipper. Ross Taylor came out next and he along with Guptill started to build another partnership before the rain intervened.
  • 23.5 That is it! Taylor pulls the shortish length ball from the inner half of the bat. It goes through square leg and a run is collected to give New Zealand their second victory in the series. Smiling faces in the Kiwi camp. THEY WIN BY 8 WICKETS (DLS method)!
  • 23.4 SCORES ARE LEVEL! On the pads, Guptill works it around the corner for a run.
  • 23.3 Fuller in length on middle, Taylor drives it back towards the bowler who tries to stop it with his feet but deflects it towards covers for a run.
  • 23.2 Length ball outside off, stays a touch low. Taylor tries to cut but is beaten by the low bounce.
  • 23.1 Good length outside off, guided to point.
  • Rumman Raees is back into the attack.
  • 22.6 Presses forward to a full ball and eases it down to long off for a single. Tidy over by Shadab, just 3 runs off it. But the damage has been done already. Only 3 needed for a win. 148/2
  • 22.5 Short again, flatter through the air, Guptill slaps it through cover-point for one. 100-run stand comes up!
  • 22.4 A googly, landing on middle and turning in to cramp the batsman. Guptill moves deep inside the crease and blocks in time.
  • 22.3 Half-tracker outside off, spinning away, Taylor slaps it to sweeper cover for one.
  • 22.2 Spinning away from the batsman, Taylor gets back and cuts it to covers.
  • 22.1 Flatter on off, defended back.
  • 21.6 SIX! What has he eaten in the break? He is absolutely smoking it. Another short ball on middle, Guptill lines it up and dispatches it over mid-wicket for half-a-dozen. 145/2
  • 21.5 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 21.4 Another short ball outside off, it also skids off the surface. Guptill tries to drag his pull but gets a top edge over the keeper's head for a couple. Luck not going Pakistan's way here.
  • 21.2 Full outside off, driven through covers for a run.
  • 21.1 A bumper by Hasan! Taylor tries to pull but gets a top edge which lands in no man's land in the mid-wicket region for a couple.
  • 20.6 Slows it up a little and bowls it wide outside off. Guptill goes after it but does not connect as it turns away. 10 from the over. 134/2
  • 20.5 Taylor using all his experience. He drives the full ball down to long on for a single.
  • 20.4 Singles are all they need now! Guptill cuts the short ball outside off through covers for a run.
  • 20.3 The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
  • 20.2 Shorter in length outside off, Guptill chops it towards covers for a quick run. Sarfraz is not happy with the effort by the fielder there.
  • 20.1 SIX! Make that 21 needed more! Khan tosses it up on middle, Guptill goes down on one knee and sweeps it out off the middle of the bat and over the square leg fence. That was some hit!
  • Powerplay 3 has been signaled! 5 fielders can be placed outside the circle now. Also, Shadab Khan is into the attack.
  • 19.6 Slower ball outside off, Taylor is completely deceived as he tries to pull. 27 needed now from 5 overs. 124/2
  • 19.5 On the pads, flicked down to fine leg for a run.
  • 19.4 Very full on off, driven back to the bowler. A dot for a change. Pakistan need a lot of these.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Guptill has hit that with one hand! A short ball outside off, Guptill slaps it over mid off. His bottom hand comes off as he hits it but he has hit it well enough for the ball to cross the ropes.
  • 19.2 A shorter in length delivery outside off, Taylor tries to pull but the ball is quickly onto him. He splices it towards mid on for a run.
  • 19.1 Caressed! Full and wide outside off, Taylor leans into it and drives it through covers. The fielder there runs to his right, dives and saves a couple of runs for his side.
  • Hasan Ali is back on!
  • 18.6 Driven through mid off by the batsman. They pick up a single. The required equation is quite simple now - 35 needed off 36 balls. 116/2
  • 18.5 Gently plays it in front of square leg and rotates the strike.
  • 18.4 Overthrow there! Pakistan are losing the plot completely. Faheem serves it outside off and Guptill strokes it towards point and sets off. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and by the time the mid on fielder backs it up, they collect an extra run. Sarfraz is frustrated.
  • 18.3 Short again, on middle, pulled through square leg for a single.
  • 18.2 Back of a length delivery on off, Guptill chops it down to third man for one.
  • 18.1 Ashraf goes short and Taylor attempts to pull. Fails to middle and it loops up in the air off his gloves. Falls just short of the fielder rushing forward from short fine leg. A single taken.
  • 17.6 Good length on off, Taylor guides it down to third man for a run. 109/2
  • 17.5 FOUR! Taylor makes full use of the Free Hit! Raees again bowls it short on middle, Taylor pulls it hard towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder there dives and tries to push the ball back in, instead he pushes it onto his body and it deflects back over the ropes for a boundary. Back-to-back boundaries and New Zealand are cruising here.
  • 17.5 NO BALL AND FOUR! Ohh, this is very poor from Raees! He oversteps by a long margin here and also errs in line by bowling it on the pads. Taylor won't miss out as he flicks it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Free Hit coming up!
  • 17.4 A short ball, a well-directed one. Taylor gets inside the line and pulls it along the ground towards backward square leg for a brace.
  • 17.3 Sprays on the pads, Guptill flicks it through square leg for a run. 50-run stand between the two.
  • 17.2 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 17.1 Comes over the wicket and bowls it on middle, Taylor tries to flick but gets a soft leading edge back to the bowler.
  • Rumman Raees is back into the attack.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Cut hard! Short and wide, a bad delivery outside off, Guptill cuts it with all his power, through point for another boundary. He is in a hurry to end the game here. 56 needed more. 95/2
  • 16.5 Drags his length back outside off, Guptill cuts it uppishly but on the bounce to point.
  • 16.4 Floats it wide outside off, wanting Guptill to drag it on the leg side. He does not, he tries to hit it through the off side but gets beaten.
  • 16.3 SIX! Fifty up in style! His 33rd in ODIS and he scores one after 8 innings. He is single-handedly taking New Zealand home. Another one is hit all the way. Shadab tosses it up on off, it is the googly. Guptill picks it and slog sweeps it over the mid-wicket fence.
  • 16.2 Poor in the field! Very sloppy. Shadab bowls it flatter outside off, Guptill guides it down towards the short third man region. The fielder there rushes in but takes his eyes off the ball at the very last moment. He misfields and concedes two.
  • 16.1 Huge appeal but not given! Khan bowls it quicker on middle, a missile at 112 kph, Guptill goes down on one knee and tries to sweep but misses to get hit high on the pads. The appeal is not entertained, maybe an inside edge.
  • 15.6 Guptill has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. 15 from the over. A huge one for New Zealand. The equation is now down to 68 from 54. 83/2
  • 15.5 A wild swing but does not connect! Just ahead of a length outside off, Martin makes room and tries to go big but only connects with thin air.
  • 15.4 Direct needed but the fielder misses! A suicidal run there by Taylor. He flicks it with the angle, straight to mid-wicket and sets off for a run. The fielder there has a shy but misses at the non-striker's end. Had he hit, Ross was miles out. A single added to the total in the end.
  • 15.3 Length ball outside off, Guptill guides it down towards third man for a run. Good batting, two maximums and a single to follow.
  • 15.2 SIX! Make that two in two! Guptill is on the charge here! Hasan bangs it short this time, Guptill camps back and pulls it, flat over the square leg fence for it to be dropped in the crowd.
  • 15.1 SIX! BANG! Hello, welcome back to the game, Hasan! Guptill shimmies down the wicket and gets it in his zone. He sends it sailing over the long off fence for a biggie.
  • Hasan Ali will bowl from the other end.
  • 14.6 Guptill goes after that one. He sees Shadab tossing it up on middle, Martin goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a run. 4 from the over, a tidy beginning. 68/2
  • 14.5 The googly, also bowls it quicker on leg stump. Guptill tries to flick but is beaten for pace to get hit on the pads.
  • As per the revised equation, 5 bowlers can bowl 5 overs maximum which means Pakistan's best seamer, Mohammad Amir is done for the day.
  • 14.4 Once again plays it with soft hands on the leg side just wide of the fielder inside the ring and they cross for a run.
  • 14.3 Ross Taylor uses his feet and flicks it with soft hands towards mid-wicket for a brace. Good running.
  • 14.2 Fires it on the stumps, Taylor pushes it to mid-wicket. Two dots to begin with.
  • 14.1 Starts off with a shorter one outside off, Taylor cuts it to point.
  • So after all the delay, we are back. Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor will continue from where they left off before the interruption. For Pakistan, it is spin to start with, Shadab Khan will bowl the first over after the break. Here we go...
  • Update 1830 local - Good news, folks! We will have a start in 10 minutes. It has been reduced to a 25-over game and the target is 151. It means New Zealand need 87 more runs in 11 overs. Game on!
  • Update 1825 local - Here comes the official word from an official twitter handle. Black Caps tweets, 'Brighter and dryer at Saxton Oval! Heavy covers are coming off. We need to start by 7pm (40 mins) we are hearing. Shortened chase on our hands potentially...'
  • Update 1818 local - There are a few tweets doing the round that the rain has stopped. This is still an unconfirmed news but we need that ray of hope to hang in there. Let's keep our fingers crossed.
  • Update 1710 local - Nothing much to report. The rain continues to come down hard and the playing area is covered. The forecast for the evening is not very promising and we will be really lucky to get more action in this game. Let's be positive and hope for the best. Stay tuned for more updates...
  • Update 1634 local - Black Caps tweets, 'Unfortunately, the heavy covers have come out as the rain gets harder. Not looking too good at the moment.'
  • Update 1621 local - RAIN STOPPAGE! Well, there was prediction for rain and it has arrived. Not that heavy though. The umpires get together in the middle to have a chat. AND THEY ARE GOING OFF! It has gotten heavier and the umpires have called for covers. Let us hope it is a passing shower.
  • 13.6 Shorter in length on off, Guptill defends it onto the ground. 64/2
  • Some rain in the air...
  • 13.5 Back of a length on off, Taylor taps it towards covers for a quick run.
  • 13.4 Bowls it on the pads, Guptill flicks it towards mid on for a run.
  • 13.3 Shorter in length on off, Guptill pushes it to the cover fielder.
  • 13.2 Good length on off, Guptill defends it off the front foot.
  • 13.1 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 12.6 Works it with the angle to mid on. 62/2
  • 12.5 Shorter in length on middle, pulled to deep square leg for a run.
  • 12.4 Fuller in length on off, driven to covers.
  • 12.3 A well-directed bouncer on middle with a lot of fizz. Guptill has to react quickly as he evades it just in time.
  • 12.2 Fullish on off, Taylor drives it crisply towards Khan at point. He crouches down to stop it but the ball hits him flush on his knee and rolls towards covers as the batsmen take a run.
  • 12.1 On a length around off, Taylor defends it solidly.
  • 11.6 On a length around off, Taylor defends it towards covers for a run. 60/2
  • 11.5 EDGY FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Faheem bowls it on a length around off, Taylor pokes at it and gets an outside edge down to third man for a boundary.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Taylor loves it there. He cuts it through point and the ball races to the fence like a tracer bullet.
  • 11.3 Back of a length outside off, Guptill pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 11.2 Shorter in length outside off, Guptill stands tall and tries to punch it through the off side but he gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 11.1 Angles it on the pads, Taylor flicks it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 10.6 Fuller in length on off, pushed towards covers. 49/2
  • 10.5 Full and angling into the batsman, it's pushed back past the bowler to mid off.
  • 10.4 Indecision! A length ball on middle, Taylor tucks it towards mid-wicket and sets off for a run. Guptill responds late but eventually goes for it and completes it safely.
  • 10.3 Full ball on off, driven to covers.
  • 10.2 Fullish ball, Taylor drives it back to the bowler.
  • 10.1 Fuller in length on middle, Taylor drives it to mid on.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the circle till the 40th over. Also, Hasan Ali is into the attack.
  • 9.6 Punched off the backfoot by the batsman. End of a successful over for Pakistan. 48/2
  • 9.5 Length ball outside off, Taylor guides it down to third man for a run.
  • 9.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • Ross Taylor walks out to the middle.
  • 9.3 OUT! Ho Ho Ho! Shadab, you beauty! What a catch! Ashraf bowls it on a shortish length outside off, Williamson tries to punch it on the up but fails to middle it. The ball flies off the outer half of the bat towards backward point where Khan dives full length to his left and stretches both his hands out to take a screamer. What a day he is having, so far! The centurion from the last game is walking back and Pakistan will now sense an opportunity to get on top here. 200 needed from 243 balls.
  • 9.2 Back of a length on off, Williamson pushes it to covers.
  • 9.1 FOUR! Short ball and Williamson has no problems. He rocks back, gets into position and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 8.6 On the pads, worked wide of mid on for a run. 43/1
  • 8.5 A short ball on middle, Williamson ducks under it.
  • 8.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 8.3 Just ahead of a length on off, pushes it to wide mid off for a run.
  • 8.2 NASTY! OUCH! Amir lands it on a length around middle, gets it to bounce off the surface. Guptill tries to defend but the ball hits him on the gloves and rolls towards covers.
  • 8.1 Lands it on a length around off, Guptill defends it solidly.
  • 7.6 Works it with the angle through mid-wicket for a couple to end the over. 206 needed now. 41/1
  • 7.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 7.4 BEATEN! Faheem lands it on a length around off, gets it to shape away after pitching. Williamson tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 7.3 Short, aimed at the rib cage. Guptill pulls it with one leg up in the air, through square leg for a run.
  • 7.2 Back of a length on middle, Williamson works it towards mid on for a quick run. The fielder does score a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batsman is in quite easily.
  • 7.1 Shorter in length on middle, zips off the surface. Guptill is rushed into the pull shot as he mistimes it towards deep square leg for a run.
  • Faheem Ashraf is into the attack.
  • 6.6 Bowls a cross-seamer on off, Williamson eases it to the man at covers. A dot to end the over. 36/1
  • 6.5 Length ball on middle, angling away. Williamson defends it back to the bowler.
  • 6.4 Just ahead of a length on off, Kane defends it to covers.
  • 6.3 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 6.2 Length ball on middle, driven to mid off.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Width on offer and crashed to the boundary! A little short and outside off, Williamson puts bat to ball and it races through cover-point for a boundary. 211 runs needed now.
  • 5.6 On a length around middle, Guptill works it towards mid-wicket. They complete one and go for the second and they comfortably make it. 10 runs from the over. 32/1
  • 5.5 Pulls his length back on middle, Guptill flicks it to mid on.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Stand and deliver! Trademark Guptill. He is getting a move on here. Raees bowls a slower ball on middle, on a fuller length. Guptill just lofts it over the bowler to fetch himself another boundary. Second for the over.
  • 5.3 Fuller in length on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 5.2 On a length on off, defended towards covers.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Pulled away with disdain! A short ball on middle, Guptill stands tall and pulls it off the meat of the bat and it races to the square leg fence.
  • 4.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 22/1
  • 4.5 Full and wide outside off, stays low a touch. Kane tries to drive but gets beaten.
  • 4.4 In the air...but safe! Amir bowls a short ball outside off, it gets big on the batsman. Guptill tries to defend it off the back foot but the ball hits the top off the bat and goes uppishly towards the vacant gully region for a run.
  • 4.3 FIVE RUNS! Poor backing up there! Amir lands it on a length around off, Williamson pushes it towards covers and sets off. The fielder stationed there dives and makes a half stop. Imam-ul-Haq from mid off is quick to pick the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. The fielder who is backing up, takes his eyes off the ball as he tries to stop it and it goes through his hands and into the fence. Poor by the away side, they can't give away such free runs.
  • 4.2 Fuller in length on off, Guptill strokes it through cover-point. He has not timed it well enough for it to reach the boundary but still he gets three.
  • 4.1 The batsman has driven it through mid off. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 3.6 Fuller on the pads, Guptill flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. 12/1
  • 3.5 FOUR! That should break the shackles! Guptill makes room and slashes hard at a ball outside off. He gets an outside edge, over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 3.4 Guptill walks down the pitch. Seeing that, Raees bowls it short. Martin ducks under it.
  • 3.3 An inswinger on middle, Williamson flicks it towards fine leg to change strike.
  • 3.2 Lands it on a length around off, Guptill taps it towards covers for a quick run. They need to keep rotating the strike as Pakistan are not offering a lot of boundary balls.
  • 3.1 Good length on middle, Guptill prods forward in defense.
  • 2.6 Good length on off, Williamson stoutly defends it. A maiden by Amir, this is tidy stuff from Pakistan. 4/1
  • 2.5 Fuller on the pads, flicked to square leg.
  • 2.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 2.3 Back of a length on off, Williamson defends it onto the ground.
  • 2.2 NOT OUT! Yes, too high! Pakistan also lose a review early. Amir comes running in and lands it on a length around middle, gets it to jag back in sharply. Williamson tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The Pakistan players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz has a chat with his bowler and he himself is of the opinion that it has struck the batsman in front of the middle stump. He signals for a review. Replays roll in, there is no bat involved but Hawk Eye shows it to be bouncing over.
  • Review time! There is a huge appeal for LBW against Williamson for which the umpire shakes his head. Sarfraz really likes it and he reviews it. Height can be an issue.
  • 2.1 Fuller in length and outside off, Williamson need not play at it.
  • 1.6 On a length around middle, Guptill watchfully defends it towards mid on. End of another good over. 4/1
  • 1.5 Good length outside off, angling away. Guptill blocks it.
  • 1.4 Excellent bowling! In the corridor on uncertainty. Guptill does not fiddle with it.
  • 1.3 On a length outside off, Guptill need not play at it.
  • 1.2 On the pads, Guptill flicks it through square leg for a couple.
  • 1.1 Fuller in length on middle, driven towards mid on for no run.
  • Rumman Raees will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Back of a length on off, Williamson defends it solidly. End of a successful first over. 2/1
  • 0.5 Shorter on middle, worked towards square leg for a run.
  • 0.4 Good length on off, Guptill defends it off the front foot.
  • Kane Williamson comes in at no. 3. He is fresh off a hundred from the last game.
  • 0.3 OUT! Amir draws first blood! A massive wicket for Pakistan. The in-form Munro is walking back for a duck. Mohammad lands it on a shortish length outside off, moving away, Munro tries to go over covers but gets a thick outside edge which carries down towards third man. Ashraf runs in and takes a good catch. An early wicket, just the start Pakistan needed and they are pumped up.
  • 0.2 BEATEN! Excellent bowling! Amir comes running in and angles the ball into the batsman. It pitches around off and then straightens a touch. Munro pushes at it tentatively and gets beaten.
  • 0.1 New Zealand are off and so is Guptill. Amir bowls a full length delivery on middle, Guptill works it towards wide long on for a run.
  • We are back for the chase. 247 is what New Zealand will be chasing as a target. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will open the batting for them. For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir will bowl the first over. He has two slips in place. Here we go...



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3888 111
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4058 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6680 119
3 England 6320 115
4 New Zealand 6404 114
5 Australia 6012 113
6 Pakistan 4811 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 2262 126
2 Pakistan 2843 124
3 India 3385 121
4 England 2029 119
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 South Africa 2238 112