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New Zealand Vs Pakistan Live Score (ODI)

Date: Saturday, 13 January, 2018 10:10 IST Venue: University Oval, Dunedin Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 183 runs

257/10
Overs
50.0
R/R
5.14
Fours
22
Sixes
2
Extras
8
74/10
Overs
27.2
R/R
2.72
Fours
7
Sixes
1
Extras
6
  • Three consecutive fifty-plus stands and half centuries from Williamson and Taylor helped New Zealand's cause. It was some busy cricket from the No. 4 to keep moving things along at a good pace. After his fall, there was a collapse led by Shadab Khan which saw the hosts losing 6 for 30 but some lusty blows from Boult at the fag end of the innings meant that the Black Caps finished on a high. Raees and Ali stood out for the away side as they took 3 wickets each. The game is hanging in the balance but the hosts have a slight advantage considering Pakistan's brittle batting in the series so far. However, this track might suit the visitors' style of play. Do the Men in Green have it in them to keep the series alive? Join us shortly to find out.
  • Good comeback from Pakistan to restrict the Kiwis under 275 but this is still a pretty competitive total on a two-paced surface. After losing Munro very early, Williamson joined Guptill in the middle and took his time to get going. The duo realized that the surface is on the slowish side and curbed their natural strokeplay, especially the opener. Though Williamson failed to rotate strike on a consistent basis, he didn't lose his patience. Waited for the loose balls and pounced on them to provide some momentum to his side.
  • 49.6 OUT! NEW ZEALAND ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 257! Hasan Ali bowls an inswinging yorker on the stumps, Boult makes room to dig this one out but gets an inside edge on the pads and the ball then deflects back onto the stumps.
  • 49.5 FOUR! He has nailed it! Gets a fuller ball in the zone and Boult bludgeons it with a full swing of his bat through wide long on for a one-bounce boundary.
  • 49.4 Chance of a run out! Dear me, they get another run on the overthrow! Fuller ball on off, Trent smashes it towards extra cover and sets off. The man there returns it back to the bowler who fails to collect it. He deflects it away which allows the pair to take a brace.
  • 49.3 FOUR! Brings up the 250 in style does Boult! Gets a length delivery outside off, Trent Boult clears his front leg again and hits it powerfully over mid off to pick up a boundary.
  • 49.2 Swing and a miss! A pacy full delivery, angling in on middle and leg. Boult clears his front leg to swing it across the line but misses it completely.
  • 49.1 Shortish delivery down the leg side, pulled towards fine leg for a single.
  • 48.6 That would have been curtains for Boult if Khan had hit! Ferguson drops it towards point and sets off for a single. Khan aims for the bull's eye at the striker's end but misses. A single results. 246/9
  • 48.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. Two runs added to the total.
  • 48.4 Off pace delivery, Boult has a hoick at it but gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 48.3 Slower ball, mistimed through mid off to rotate strike.
  • 48.2 Full toss on middle, knocked through wide mid off for a run.
  • 48.1 Completely bamboozled the No. 11! Slower one outside off, Boult swings but misses.
  • 47.6 Not Out! Sliding down leg! Full delivery, reversing in prodigiously. Ferguson tries to flick it but is hit on the pads. The visitors appeal in unison but the umpire stays unmoved. Sarfraz goes for the review. The Hawk Eye shows that the ball is missing the leg stump. 240/9
  • Looks like it's slipping down leg but Sarfraz Ahmed takes the DRS against Ferguson.
  • 47.5 Full ball, tailing in, worked through mid on for a single.
  • Trent Boult is the last man in.
  • 47.4 OUT! Bowled 'em! Full and fast this time from Ali, reversing in a bit. Southee clears his front leg and swings hard at it but misses it completely to get his stumps rattled. Southee is walking back in disappointment. Usually we don't see a No. 10 batsman taking his batting so seriously but Southee has potential and he realizes it.
  • 47.3 FOUR! Handy runs these! Short ball, sits up nicely for Southee. Pulled through square leg for a rocketing boundary.
  • 47.2 Fullish delivery, eased through mid off for a single.
  • 47.1 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • Lockie Ferguson strides out to bat.
  • 46.6 OUT! Another one bites the dust! This is a two-paced surface and run-scoring is not an easy task. Seam-up delivery on middle and leg, Astle strides forward and pushes at it but ends up chipping it towards the short mid-wicket fielder. Zaman accepts the dolly gleefully. 233/8
  • 46.5 FOUR! Streaky! Back of a length ball around leg stump, Astle swipes across the line but inside edges it past the keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 46.4 Back of a length ball, tapped to third man for a single.
  • 46.4 Wide! Down the leg side, Tim misses his flick.
  • 46.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 46.2 Ooh.. that was tight! Astle taps it towards Khan at point and sets off. The leggie attacks the ball and underarms a throw at the striker's end but misses his target. Is hit by the bat of Southee. He has a look of anguish on his face.
  • Tim Southee is the new man in.
  • 46.1 OUT! Two wickets in two deliveries! This is a brilliant comeback from the visitors. Raees smartly rolls his fingers on this short ball on off. Latham is early into his pull and hence, doesn't get the desired power behind it. The ball flies towards deep mid-wicket where Shoaib Malik runs to his left and takes a well-judged catch. The ball seemed to stop a touch on the pitch.
  • Todd Astle comes out to bat. Meanwhile, Rumman Raees comes back for a bowl.
  • 45.6 OUT! The best Pakistani death bowler gets the better of Santner! He bowls another slower one on a length, this time on middle and leg. Santner makes room and tries to play it across but misses. The ball hits his thigh pad and deflects back onto the stumps. Pakistan keep chipping away at the wickets. 226/6
  • 45.5 That was beautifully bowled! Slower ball on a length well outside off, grips after pitching and moves away. Santner is completely bamboozled as the ball takes ages to reach him.
  • 45.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 45.3 Dropped! On a length in line of the stumps, Santner skips down the track and drags his heave towards long on. Hafeez in the deep moves to his left, crouches and gets his hands to it but the ball pops out of his hands. That was hit hard but should have been taken. A run taken.
  • 45.2 Shortish delivery, Latham goes for the pull but under edges it to fine leg for a single.
  • 45.1 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads The batsmen have run through for a single. The Umpire signals a Leg Bye.
  • Ali is back on.
  • 44.6 Poor fielding! Wrong one, cut through point for a single. Amir in the deep fumbles and allows another run. 222/5
  • 44.5 On middle and leg, clipped through square leg for a single.
  • 44.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 44.3 Fullish delivery, knocked down to long off for a run.
  • 44.2 Another wrong one, punched down the track.
  • 44.1 Googly this time, punched with the spin through covers for a single.
  • 43.6 Hangs back and punches it to covers. 216/5
  • 43.5 Latham is nimble on his feet and drives it to long off for a single.
  • 43.4 Leans ahead and taps it through mid off to get off strike.
  • 43.3 Fullish this time, knocked down to long on for a run.
  • 43.2 Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 43.1 Well bowled! Looks to work this away but gets a safe leading edge to the off side.
  • Spin from both ends. Malik to roll his arm over now.
  • 42.6 Fullish ball, clipped to the leg side for a brace. 2 wickets and 5 runs from the over, a great one for Pakistan. 212/5
  • 42.5 Survives the hat-trick ball. Santner has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
  • Mitchell Santner comes out to bat. Shadab Khan is on a hat-trick. Can he take it? A slip and a leg slip in place. Pakistan have their tails up.
  • 42.4 OUT! A sensational catch! Take a bow, Shadab! This is turning out to be a momentum-breaking over. Superb stuff. Slips in the googly on off, Nicholls looks to work it to the leg side but the ball turns away. A leading edge is induced as the ball flies back towards Khan. He shows razor sharp reflexes. Moves swiftly to his right, dives and takes a brilliant one-handed catch. Reminds us of the Nathan Lyon grab in the Ashes this year when he dismissed Moeen Ali. Absolutely sensational! New Zealand are in a bit of trouble now.
  • Henry Nicholls is the new man in.
  • 42.3 OUT! Khan gets the big fish! A very very vital wicket for Pakistan at this stage of the game. Khan bowls the slider this time, skids after pitching. Taylor goes for a pull but is hurried on by it and gets hit flush on the pads. Pakistan appeal in unison and up goes the umpire's finger. Taylor has a look at his partner but decides to head back to the dressing room. That looked dead to the naked eye, the Hawk Eye confirms it as well.
  • 42.2 Latham goes for the fancy reverse sweep to the fullish delivery but finds the short third man fielder. A run taken.
  • 42.1 Fullish on middle, jammed through mid-wicket for a single. The 50-run stand comes up between the two. Third consecutive one for the hosts.
  • 41.6 Bouncer around leg stump, pulled down to fine leg for a single. 207/3
  • 41.5 Good bowling! Fullish and fast, Taylor has a swing across the line but is hit on the pads.
  • 41.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. The Free Hit is still on.
  • 41.5 No ball! Slower bouncer, Taylor goes for the pull but is beaten. Amir has overstepped. Free Hit coming up...
  • 41.4 On the leg stump, Latham fails to clip it through and the ball deflects off the pads to the leg side. A leg bye taken.
  • 41.3 40th ODI fifty for Ross Taylor! It has been a busy knock from him and he has helped his side to get the momentum. Short ball on off, Taylor drags his pull behind square on the leg side for a single. The intention will be to take the attack to the opposition now. Will he be successful?
  • 41.2 Another bumper but it is down the leg side, Tom helps it down to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 41.1 Short delivery on middle and leg, pulled all along the ground to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 40.6 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 200/3
  • 40.5 Latham executes his favourite shot well. Sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 40.4 Tossed up around leg stump, Latham tries to tickle it but fails to connect. Sarfraz behind the stumps fumbles. Good call by the umpire not to call it a wide, it was too close.
  • 40.3 The wrong 'un from Khan. Taylor reads it well and clips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 40.2 Moves inside the line to this one and tucks the ball gently to square leg to rotate strike.
  • 40.1 Starts off his new spell with a fullish delivery on off, Taylor plays it with soft hands towards cover-point for a single.
  • Powerplay 3 signalled. Maximum of five fielders are now allowed outside the circle. Also, Shadab Khan is brought back into the attack.
  • 39.6 A pacy length ball outside off, Tom steers it towards point. Calls for the single but Taylor sends him back. Superb stuff from Amir. Just 1 off it. 195/3
  • 39.5 Length ball but the line is on the leg stump, clipped down to fine leg for a single.
  • 39.4 Lovely bowling! Slower delivery on the stumps, defended back to Amir. 4 dots in a row.
  • 39.3 Another slower delivery on the stumps, Ross with an angled bat pushes it to the point fielder.
  • 39.2 Slower delivery, at 126.4 kph, Taylor blocks it out.
  • 39.1 Back of a length ball outside off, flayed hard but is unable to beat the man at point.
  • 38.6 FOUR! Second boundary of the over! Length delivery from around the wicket, it's a bit wide. Latham goes at it with hard hands as the ball races away to the third man fence. 194/3
  • 38.5 Back of a length outside off, hit through point for one.
  • 38.5 Wide! Bangs in a short one and this one bounces just too much over the head of the batsman.
  • 38.4 Pitches it up this time, stroked towards the fielder at mid off.
  • 38.3 Bangs in a short one on middle, Taylor is quick to duck under it.
  • 38.2 Angling in and skidding a touch, worked towards the leg side.
  • 38.1 FOUR! Length delivery, angling in from outside off. Taylor looks to cut but the length isn't an ideal one to play that kind of shot. Still gets it finer and beats the man at third man for a boundary. The odd boundary in every over has kept the Kiwis going along well. Taylor moves into the 40s as well.
  • 37.6 Slower delivery outside off, tapped past the cover fielder for a single. 184/3
  • 37.5 Length ball on middle and leg, turned towards the leg side.
  • 37.4 Edged but safe! Slower delivery outside off, Latham gets deceived by it as he looks to push it away on the off side. Gets a thick edge which dies in front of Sarfraz behind who manages to get some hand on it. They take a single.
  • 37.3 FOUR! Beautiful from Tom! Good length delivery on the stumps, Latham doesn't try to hit it hard. Relies more on timing as he punches it straight back down the ground. Pierces mid on and mid off and picks up a boundary to his name.
  • 37.2 Good fielding! Touch short and outside off, Latham punches it towards backward point where Shadab Khan makes a diving stop to his right.
  • 37.1 Brings it back into the left-hander from over the wicket, Tom stays back and defends it in front of cover.
  • Double change as Mohammad Amir comes back on. He comes running in but loses his run-up midway...
  • 36.6 Angles it away on a length outside off, Tom punches it towards cover where the fielder makes a half-stop but couldn't stop the single. 178/3
  • 36.5 Shuffles across to this length delivery and wrists it through the gap at mid-wicket to collect a brace.
  • 36.4 Covers the line and blocks it back down the track.
  • 36.3 Chance of a run out! Good length ball, too close to the off stump line. Ross chops it towards backward point and sets off. Shadab Khan has a shy at the striker's end but misses and it hits Latham on the left thigh.
  • 36.2 Fuller in length and outside off, Taylor tries forcing it through the line but gets it off the inside edge towards mid on.
  • 36.1 Comes in from around the wicket and angles it full on the stumps, pushed back to Ali off the front foot.
  • Hasan Ali is back into the attack. Watch out for this bloke, he is just too good to handle at this stage of the game.
  • 35.6 Keeps it really full on off, driven on the up but straight to mid off. 174/3
  • 35.5 Slower delivery on middle and leg, Latham gets across and flicks it through backward square leg. Calls for two and gets it comfortably in the end.
  • 35.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, punched back to the bowler with a straight bat.
  • 35.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.2 This one straightens a touch after pitching, Latham pokes at it tentatively only to get beaten.
  • 35.1 Uses the angle to run it down towards third man for one.
  • 34.6 Quicker one around middle and leg, Latham tries tucking it away but misses to wear it high on the pads. 171/3
  • 34.5 Clips it through backward square leg to rotate strike. Good batting from the experienced campaigner.
  • 34.4 FOUR! Powerful! Loopy delivery outside off, Taylor leans forward and blasts it powerfully through the square of the wicket on the off side. Hafeez at point did dive but to no avail.
  • 34.3 Flatter one on middle and leg, tucked towards the man at 45 for a single.
  • 34.2 Darted on the pads, nudged with soft hands through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, driven through cover for a single.
  • Shoaib Malik is back into the attack.
  • 33.6 Slower delivery, angling away from Taylor who looks to dab but gets beaten. Successful over for Raees. 163/3
  • 33.5 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 33.4 FOUR! Easy for Latham! Raees strays one on the pads, Tom moves inside the line and tickles it fine down the leg side to open his account.
  • 33.3 Good length ball outside off, defended off the back foot.
  • Tom Latham replaces his skipper in the middle.
  • 33.2 OUT! Fluffed but taken well in the end. Pakistan strike immediately after the break. How many times have we seen this? A break providing the breakthrough? Anyway, Rumman Raees is delighted and so are his teammates. He angles this length delivery away from the Kiwi skipper from over the wicket. Kane comes dancing down the track to go over mid off but doesn't time it that well. It goes towards Hafeez who at first fluffs it but then stays alert to pluck it in the second attempt. Vital wicket for Pakistan as the set Williamson walks back.
  • 33.1 Slower bumper on middle and leg, Williamson stays pretty deep in the crease and then plays a tennis-forehand pull. It comes off the toe-end of the bat towards mid-wicket. In fact, the square leg umpire was ready to stretch his hands out to signal a wide.
  • Drinks are on the field. The hosts have done well to recover through the stand between Williamson and Taylor. The skipper is looking in great touch and is on the verge of making a big one. Pakistan started well but post the first drinks break, they offered too much freebies and the hosts didn't let those go waste. They need wickets and that too quickly to restrict the opposition to as less as possible...
  • 32.6 Williamson pushes this loopy delivery towards the same region and will keep strike. 158/2
  • 32.5 Tossed up around middle and off, milked down to long on for a single.
  • 32.4 Rocks back and tucks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 32.3 Bowls the googly, it comes back in, Taylor sits back to cut bit it's too close to play that shot. Adjusts well to keep it out in the end.
  • 32.2 Stays back and punches it down to long on for another single.
  • 32.1 Flatter delivery outside off, tapped in front of point for a quick single.
  • Shadab Khan is back on.
  • 31.6 Slower delivery outside off, Kane looks to cut but chops it to point. 13 off the over. 154/2
  • 31.5 Angles it away on a length outside off, dabbed down to third man for a single.
  • 31.4 Lovely stop from Zaman! Williamson once again gives the charge to this length delivery and slaps it through extra cover. Fakhar in the deep does well to slide and make a stop. They take three.
  • 31.3 Good length on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 31.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Raees cleverly bowls the slower bouncer on middle, Williamson goes deep in the crease, gets on top of it and then nails the pull through mid-wicket to make the most of the Free Hit. 150 comes up for the Kiwis.
  • 31.2 No ball! Fuller in length and outside off, driven towards the cover fielder. The umpire calls it a no ball as Raees oversteps. Free Hit coming up as well.
  • 31.1 FOUR! Welcomes Raees with a boundary! He comes from around the wicket and lands it on a length outside off. Williamson dances down the track and goes inside out over extra cover. Just an extension of the arms.
  • Rumman Raees is back into the attack.
  • 30.6 Fires it really full on the stumps, jammed out past the non-striker towards long on for another single. 141/2
  • 30.5 Around middle and leg, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 30.4 Loopy delivery outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 30.3 Fuller on the stumps, eased towards widish long on for one.
  • 30.2 Flatter one down the leg side, Taylor flicks it behind square on the leg side for another single.
  • 30.1 Tossed up delivery around leg, worked through square leg for a single.
  • There is an issue with the ball and the umpires get together to have a chat. Meanwhile, Williamson and Taylor take a breather. A replacement has been called in.
  • 29.6 Short this time, ample time for Kane to caress it through covers for a single. 136/2
  • 29.5 Driven with the spin through covers to get off strike.
  • 29.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 29.3 Another nervy moment for the skipper! Tossed up delivery on middle, Williamson skips down the track and tries to hit it over mid-wicket but mistimes it towards wide long on. The fielder in the deep moves to his right but the ball lands down safely. A run taken. That brings up the 50-run stand between the duo. They have done the hard work and need to carry on.
  • 29.2 Leans ahead and places it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 29.1 Short and spinning away sharply, Taylor reaches out to it and does well to cut it to the point region.
  • Shadab Khan returns for a bowl.
  • 28.6 Tucked with the spin with a closed bat face towards mid-wicket. 132/2
  • 28.5 The batsman has driven it through mid on. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 28.4 Williamson tried to manufacture a shot but the length wasn't there to execute it. Makes room in order to play an inside-out shot and Malik fires it in. The skipper drives it crisply to mid off for a single.
  • 28.3 Tossed up ball, milked down to long on for a single.
  • 28.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 28.1 Shoddy fielding! Taylor eases it to Malik who makes a mess of it to allow it through his legs. A single results.
  • 27.6 Similar delivery, flayed to deep backward point for a run. A good over for the Kiwis and 10 from it. 127/2
  • 27.5 Short and width on offer, cut to deep point for a single.
  • 27.4 FOUR! Reaches his 33rd ODI fifty in style! He has struggled throughout the innings but has done well to grind it out in the middle. Fractionally overpitched outside off, Williamson leans ahead and drives it elegantly through covers. The fielder at sweeper cover runs to his right, dives but fails to stop it. The skipper raises his bat towards the crowd and gets the appreciation.
  • 27.3 Similar length delivery on off, angling away, pushed crisply off the back foot to mid off.
  • 27.2 Back of a length around off, forced through covers for a run.
  • 27.1 Brilliant fielding by Ali! Back of a length ball in line of the stumps, Williamson times his tuck nicely through square leg. Azhar covers a lot of ground to his left and slides to keep the ball in play. The umpires check it upstairs and the replays show he is fine. Full marks to his commitment, saves a run for his side.
  • The wind has got a lot heavier. Another passing shower is on its way.
  • Mohammad Amir returns for a burst.
  • 26.6 Another YES and NO situation! On leg stump, turned to short fine leg. Taylor wants a run but is rightly sent back by his skipper. 117/2
  • 26.5 Short ball on middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 26.4 Fullish ball, knocked down to long on for a run.
  • 26.3 Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 26.2 Not Out! Williamson's judgement is right! Judicious use of the review. On a flatter trajectory around leg stump, skidding after pitching. Williamson looks to push it with a straight bat but misses to get pinged on the pads. A vociferous appeal follows from the visitors and the umpire pays heed to them by putting his dreaded finger up. However, it is Taylor who tells his skipper to challenge the decision straightaway. Time for the replays. The Snicko doesn't spot any edge. The Hawk Eye rolls in. It shows that the ball has pitched outside leg. That puts the argument to bed.
  • Big moment in the game! Pakistan have got their man but Williamson feels that it has pitched outside leg and challenges the decision.
  • 26.1 Malik bowls it quick and flat from around the wicket, nudged to the leg side to rotate strike.
  • 25.6 Short ball, swiped through square leg for a run. 113/2
  • 25.5 Pitched up around off, encouraging Taylor to go for an audacious shot. He doesn't falls for the bait and pushes it with soft hands to covers.
  • 25.4 Back of a length ball outside off, slapped to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 25.3 Short delivery around off, Williamson sways away from the line of the delivery to evade it.
  • 25.2 FOUR! Sublime! Good length ball outside off, Williamson stands tall and punches it past the left side of the man at mid off to find the fence. All about timing and grace.
  • 25.1 Short and room on offer, cut away to deep point for a run.
  • 24.6 FOUR! This is a dagger to the heart for Pakistan! Malik applied pressure on the skipper with four deliveries but has released it with a poor delivery. Short ball outside off, Kane rocks back and cuts it through covers for a boundary. 106/2
  • 24.5 Uses his feet to play it down the ground but mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 24.4 Williamson is struggling! Slider outside off, punched off the back foot to covers. Has been sluggish with his inability to rotate strike.
  • 24.3 Fullish on middle and leg, kept out watchfully.
  • 24.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 24.1 Worked with the spin to the leg side for a run.
  • Shoaib Malik is going to have a bowl now.
  • 23.6 Fullish delivery, eased to long on for a run. 101/2
  • 23.5 Clips the fullish delivery past the mid-wicket fielder for a couple. 100 up for the hosts.
  • 23.4 Placed off the back foot to sweeper cover for a run. The batsmen think about the second but the fielder is quick to deny them.
  • 23.3 Back of a length ball, punched off the back foot to the off side.
  • 23.2 A bit uppish but safe! There have been a lot of mistimed strokes in this innings. Fullish outside off, driven on the up towards short extra cover.
  • 23.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Hasan Ali is back on.
  • 22.6 FOUR! Brilliant shot! Used the extra pace on the ball to good effect. Fraction short outside off, Taylor rocks back and flays it past point to find the fence. 10 from the over, a good one for the Kiwis. 97/2
  • 22.5 Loopy ball outside off, Kane is nimble on his feet and strokes it to long off for a single.
  • 22.4 Comes forward again and places it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 22.3 FOUR! Beautiful! Tossed up around off, Taylor leans into it and caresses it through covers for a glorious boundary.
  • 22.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.1 Shortish ball, cut away with the spin to point.
  • Raindrops are visible now. Let's hope the wind blows the clouds away.
  • 21.6 Sits deep in the crease and answers the length ball with a straight bat. Only one from the over. 87/2
  • 21.5 Ooh.. things are happening! Back of a length on off, Kane is early into his tuck and gets a safe leading edge towards covers.
  • 21.4 Miscommunication again but no harm done! Shortish delivery, Taylor cuts it to the left of Shadab Khan at backward point who dives to cut it off. Taylor sets off and his partner responds late. The shy at the striker's end misses. These two are not good with running between the wickets. They need to be careful.
  • 21.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 21.2 On a good length, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 21.1 Back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot to the off side.
  • 20.6 Tossed up ball, eased back to the bowler. 85/2
  • 20.5 Uses his feet to this one and blocks it.
  • 20.4 Well bowled! Quicker through the air, Taylor pushes at it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 20.3 Fullish delivery, driven to mid off for a run.
  • 20.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Ross Taylor comes out to bat. This is the 400th innings for him across all formats of the game. Staggering!
  • 20.1 OUT! This is a gift of a wicket! Pressure and lack of communication consumes Guptill! Tossed up outside off, drifting away. The Kiwi skipper drives it towards deep point and takes off. After completing the first run, Williamson calls his partner for the second. Guptill is guilty of ball-watching while Kane keeps on running. Seeing Guptill being unaware, the skipper stutters a bit too. Goes through eventually and now Guptill starts to run at the other end as the throw comes to Sarfraz. The wicketkeeper underarms it back to Khan who is cool as a cucumber and takes the bails off at his end. The full length dive from the opener is not good enough to save him. Pakistan are over the moon as they break the 69-run stand. A good knock comes to an end. The replays show that Sarfraz could have ran out Williamson too at the striker's end. However, they won't be complaining. Look at the reaction of the Kiwi skipper, he throws his bat down and is absolutely gutted. Can the visitors capitalize on this?
  • 19.6 Length delivery on the pads, flicked through square leg by the Kiwi skipper to keep strike. 83/1
  • Third man goes back, fine leg comes in for Williamson.
  • 19.5 Another one on a length on middle and leg, punched down the ground towards long on to get off strike.
  • 19.4 Slower one, at 118.2 kph, nudged with soft hands towards the leg side. Three shots in the same region from Guptill.
  • 19.3 Good length delivery on the stumps, Martin turns it again towards the same region. Good lines from Raees.
  • 19.2 Good length ball on middle and leg, worked off the pads towards short mid-wicket.
  • 19.1 Angles it away from over the wicket, Williamson stays deep in the crease and wrists it towards long on for one.
  • Rumman Raees is back into the attack.
  • 18.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 80/1
  • 18.5 Slower one around off, blocked off the back foot gently.
  • 18.4 Too full from Shadab, Guptill gets down on one knee and drags it from outside off to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 18.3 Stays back to this flatter one and dinks it down to long on for a single.
  • 18.2 Just wide of Hasan Ali! Seems like something is going to happen! Williamson sees the flight and wears his dancing shoes on. Takes it on the full and whips it just wide of Hasan Ali at short mid-wicket. Picks up a brace.
  • 18.1 Loopy delivery around middle, Guptill taps it with a stride forward towards point for a single.
  • 17.6 Gets across and turns this length delivery towards mid-wicket. Calls for two but won't get it. 74/1
  • 17.5 Another mishit! Back of a length delivery outside off, Kane Williamson dances down the track and hits it over cover-point. It's in the air but falls well short of the man coming in from the deep. A single results.
  • 17.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.3 Now this one stays really low! Williamson immediately walks to Guptill to have a word. Good length delivery outside off, Kane looks to run it down but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to his opposite number behind.
  • 17.2 In the air... safe! Skids off the deck from a length, Guptill looks to go over the top but the extra bounce takes the splice of the bat and lobs over towards the off side. Shadab Khan at point moves to his right but the ball is too wide from his reach. They take a single.
  • 17.1 Slightly short and outside off, Williamson slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • Drinks are on the field. Good passage of play for both the sides. The Pakistan bowlers were right on the money and didn't give away freebies. They bowled in right areas and got the early wicket of Munro. But the pair of Guptill and Williamson has done well to hang in there. They have slowly steadied the ship and with the pitch being two-paced, batting won't be easy...
  • 16.6 Stays back and punches it wide of the cover fielder this time to pick up a single. 70/1
  • 16.5 Slightly slower through the air, driven towards the cover fielder for one.
  • 16.4 Bowls the wrong 'un, quicker in pace at 91.4 kph, tapped off the back foot towards short mid-wicket.
  • 16.3 Loopy leg break, turning away from a length. Pushed nicely off the front foot towards cover.
  • 16.2 Plays it with the turn through covers for a single.
  • 16.1 Floats it up around off, MG looks to drive but gets an inside edge past the leg stump towards short fine leg for one.
  • 15.6 Leans forward a touch and bunts it back to Ashraf. 66/1
  • 15.5 FOUR! Boom! That's a classy shot! Williamson skips down the track to this length delivery and muscles it with a flat bat down the ground for a boundary. Brings up the 50-run stand as well. The hosts are slowly getting a move on now.
  • 15.4 Angles it in from around off and then it straightens a touch after pitching. Guptill gets squared up and as a result ekes out an edge which flies towards third man for one.
  • 15.3 Gets across a touch and taps it towards cover.
  • 15.2 Some zip off the surface! Hits the deck hard and forces Guptill to go after it. Extracts the extra bounce which almost kisses the outside edge of Martin's bat.
  • 15.1 Good length delivery from over the wicket, a back foot punch but straight to mid off.
  • Faheem Ashraf is back into the attack.
  • 14.6 Bowls a googly, Guptill leans forward and taps it towards cover for one. 5 from Shadab's first over. 61/1
  • 14.5 Flatter outside off, cut hard but finds the backward point fielder.
  • 14.4 FOUR! Edged and away! But why is there no one in the slip region? Khan drops it a touch short and it turns away. Guptill tries to force it through the line but gets a thick outside edge past the keeper for a boundary towards third man.
  • 14.3 Drifting in from around off, MG mistimes his drive back to the leggie.
  • 14.2 Tossed up ball around off, turning away with some bounce. Guptill looks to cut but gets beaten.
  • 14.1 Starts off with a flatter delivery outside off, Martin makes a leave.
  • Shadab Khan into the attack.
  • 13.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, tapped off the back foot with a straight blade. 56/1
  • 13.5 Good stop, Shadab! Fuller in length and outside off, Guptill hits it through the line. Khan at backward point flies to his right and stops a certain boundary. A single on this occasion.
  • 13.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • Slip goes out and moves to short mid-wicket.
  • 13.3 Angling in a good length delivery on middle, tucked towards the leg side for one.
  • 13.2 FOUR! Just rolling the wrists on that one! Superbly done! Shortish delivery on middle and leg, Martin doesn't try to hit it too hard. He stands tall and rolls his wrists on the pull to send it across the deep backward square leg fence for a boundary. A much-needed one for the hosts.
  • 13.1 Good running! Fuller in length and angling in, the Kiwi skipper pushes it towards mid on and scampers through for a brisk single.
  • 12.6 Fractionally short on middle, Guptill stays rooted inside the crease and goes for the heave. Gets it off the inside edge through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 48/1
  • 12.5 Gets across the sticks and wrists it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 12.4 Beaten! Angles it away on a length outside off, Williamson has a tame push at it but gets beaten.
  • 12.3 Tucks it through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 12.2 No timing on that one! Touch short on middle, Williamson goes for the pull sans any timing. It goes uppishly over mid-wicket for a single.
  • 12.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 11.6 Goes for the bumper, Guptill moves inside the line to leave that one alone. Just one from the over, excellent from Hasan Ali. 43/1
  • 11.5 A bit short and angling in, swiped across the line towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 11.4 Fuller in length and outside off, at 123.3 kph. Eases it towards the man at extra cover for nothing.
  • 11.3 Good length just outside off, Kane at first looks to drive but the ball bounces a touch more and as a result, he gets it from the high portion of the bat. The ball rolls towards mid off. The Kiwi skipper looks frustrated.
  • 11.2 Gets this one to nip back in a shade, Kane looks to work it away but gets it off the inner half towards short mid-wicket.
  • 11.1 Angles it in from around off, Williamson stays back footed and eases the punch towards the man at mid off.
  • 10.6 Pitches it up outside off, driven on the up but finds the man at extra cover. 42/1
  • 10.5 Gets across to this length delivery and clips it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 10.4 Length delivery outside off, slapped squarer on the off side where Shadab Khan makes a diving stop at backward point to his left.
  • 10.3 Almost... Back of a length delivery, angling away outside off. Williamson walks across the sticks and tries to push it away but there is a bit of extra bounce this time which nearly takes the outside edge.
  • 10.2 Changes the pace does Rumman! Slants it away outside off, Kane has a poke at it but is undone by the lack of pace on it.
  • 10.1 FOUR! Wonderful! Raees hurls a length delivery on middle and leg, Williamson shimmies down a touch and lofts it cleanly over mid on for a boundary.
  • Time for Powerplay 2! Maximum of four fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
  • 9.6 Good game awareness! Good length ball outside off, Kane dabs it towards wide mid off and calls his partner through for a swift single. 37/1
  • 9.5 Fullish delivery, pushed off the inner half of the bat to mid on.
  • 9.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.3 In the air... but safe! Signs of the pitch being two-paced or a case of the batsman going too hard? Ali hits the deck hard and generates good bounce. Guptill goes for the big pull but ends up mistiming it. Has enough on it to clear the man running back from mid-wicket. Three runs taken.
  • 9.2 Back of a length ball on this occasion, pushed off the back foot past the bowler.
  • 9.1 Fullish around off, driven sweetly off the front foot to mid off.
  • Double bowling change. Hasan Ali to have a bowl now.
  • 8.6 Well played! Shortish delivery, pulled through square leg. Ashraf in the deep is squarer and that allows the batsmen to take a couple. 33/1
  • 8.5 Williamson is getting a bit impatient! Accurate bowling is the reason for that. Good length ball on off, Williamson tries to flick it across but gets a soft leading edge back down the track.
  • 8.4 On a length around off, kept out watchfully.
  • 8.3 Fuller in length, shaping away. Williamson shuffles across and tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 8.2 Hangs back to the length ball and defends it nicely.
  • 8.1 Ouch... that must have hurt! Back of a length on middle, takes off after pitching. Williamson goes for the pull but is surprised by the bounce and gets hit near the box region. He moves away and takes a breather.
  • Rumman Raees comes into the attack.
  • 7.6 Good length ball outside off, defended from within the crease. 31/1
  • 7.5 A chirpy appeal for an LBW is turned down! Ashraf goes wider of the crease and angles in a good length delivery. Guptill aims to clip it away but misses to get hit above the knee roll. The Pakistanis are confident but the umpire doesn't budge. Height might be the factor again. Hawk Eye confirms that it would have gone over the leg stump.
  • 7.4 Short of a length outside off, punched firmly to the off side.
  • The captain has a chat with the bowler. A bit of drizzle seems to be in the air. The wind is heavy now. Fine leg comes up inside the circle.
  • 7.3 Another false stroke! On a length outside off, Guptill skates down the track and goes for a booming drive down the ground but mistimes it back to the bowler. Trying to hit the ball too hard.
  • 7.2 Defended off the back foot by Guptill.
  • 7.1 A rare mistimed shot from Guptill! Short and there to be hit, Guptill goes for a full-fledged cut but mistimes it to the point fielder.
  • 6.6 Back of a length ball, defended off the back foot. 31/1
  • 6.5 On a length outside off, Kane comes forward confidently and defends it nicely. Waqar Younis on air reckons that Amir is bowling too wide from the crease. Wants him to come closer to the stumps and bring the LBW into play.
  • 6.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.3 Good pace and bounce! Good length ball on middle, shoots off the deck. Guptill does well to ride the bounce and dead bats it.
  • 6.2 Good length ball around off, Guptill answers it with a straight bat.
  • Fine leg comes up and square leg goes back.
  • 6.1 Amir induces an inside edge this time! Full delivery around off, Kane comes forward to flick it but gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 5.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 29/1
  • 5.5 In the zone of apprehension, angling in. Guptill covers his stumps and makes an assured leave.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Bread and butter stuff for a man who is in prime form! On a length and width on offer, Guptill flays it through point for a rocketing boundary. Ashraf is bowling into a stiff breeze, not easy.
  • 5.3 Good fielding! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Guptill comes forward and drives it with good timing towards covers where Azam dives and stops certain runs for his side.
  • 5.2 Fullish in length, driven crisply to mid off.
  • 5.1 Short of a length outside off, cut away to the point region.
  • 4.6 Testing stuff from Amir. He switches angle and comes from around the wicket. Bowls it on a good length outside off, Williamson plays it from the back foot but gets an outside edge that rolls towards the slip cordon. The key was to play with soft hands. 25/1
  • 4.5 That will release the pressure! Overpitched outside off, Williamson leans into it and strokes it through covers to pick up a brace.
  • 4.4 Well bowled! Back of a length on off, swings in this time to keep Williamson guessing. He hops and does well to dead bat it. The skipper has played 10 deliveries and is yet to get off the mark.
  • 4.3 On a length outside off, Kane moves across his sticks and taps it with an open bat face towards backward point.
  • 4.2 Fullish ball outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 4.1 Another shout denied! Back of a length ball around leg stump, Williamson hops and tries to play it across but is hit high on the pads. A vociferous appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. The replays show it pitched outside leg and it was also missing the stumps.
  • 3.6 Back of a length outside off, defended solidly off the back foot. 23/1
  • 3.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 3.4 A huge shout for an LBW is turned down! Good length delivery around off, seaming in after pitching. Guptill leans ahead and tries to keep it out but seems to have missed it as the ball pings him on the pads. It carries through to Sarfraz who appeals along with his teammates. The umpire stays unmoved. The replays show that it would have gone over the stumps. Looked high to the naked eye as well.
  • 3.3 Good shot! Short of a length and room on offer, punched sweetly through covers. Hafeez chases it and keeps the batsmen down to a couple.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Stand and deliver! Short ball, sits up nicely for Guptill. He pulls it with aplomb over mid-wicket for a one-bounce boundary. This track seems to be conducive for strokeplay.
  • 3.1 Back of a length ball outside off, Guptill taps it to the left side of the bowler.
  • 2.6 Good length ball on off, Williamson remains circumspect in approach and answers it with a straight bat. Tight over from Amir. 15/1
  • There seems to be an issue with Williamson's bat. Meanwhile, the wind has picked up pace and it has become pretty gloomy. Let's hope that the rain stays away.
  • 2.5 Probing away on that off stump channel, Williamson strides forward and defends it nicely towards point.
  • 2.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 2.3 Back of a length ball, Kane makes good use of the depth of the crease to block it.
  • 2.2 Peach! Perfect line and length from Amir. On a length on off, seaming away after pitching. Williamson comes forward gingerly in attempt to block it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 2.1 Fullish delivery around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 1.6 Fullish in length, swinging in nicely. Guptill prods forward and defends it calmly. Probing stuff from Ashraf. 15/1
  • 1.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Kane Williamson is the new man in. He has been in really good form and will be eager to make it count.
  • 1.4 OUT! A reckless shot from Munro leads to his downfall! Pakistan are jubilant, Ashraf with the breakthrough. Bowls a good length ball around off, shaping away after pitching. Munro shuffles across and goes for a wild hoick across the line. However, he is no position to play that and ends up getting a top edge. The ball swirls in the air behind and Sarfraz Ahmed calls for it. He settles under it and is safe as a house. The star of the Kiwis in recent times fails to make an impact once again.
  • 1.3 Nicely played! Back of a length ball, punched firmly past extra cover for a brace.
  • 1.2 SIX! Streaky way to open his account! Shortish delivery, slanting away from Munro. He throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge that flies towards third man. However, the man stationed near the ropes can only watch it sail over his head. The southpaw was dismissed in a similar manner in the previous game. He needs to be careful.
  • 1.1 On a length in line of the stumps, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • Faheem Ashraf to bowl with the second new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 Hangs back to the good length ball and defends it stoutly. Good start for New Zealand. 7/0
  • 0.5 SIX! What a hit! That will give Guptill a lot of confidence. Fullish ball on middle and leg, Guptill stays well-balanced and clips it nonchalantly over mid-wicket. It is going, going and easily sails into the stands. Wow! It has been taken by a man, that too one-handed. His mates congratulate him. He has won a 50 grands we have been informed. A moment to cherish for a lifetime.
  • 0.4 Probing channel. Back of a length, slanting away sharply from Guptill. He stands tall and allows it through.
  • 0.3 Nice shape on that! Similar length ball on middle and leg, tucked with a closed bat face to mid-wicket.
  • 0.2 Good length delivery, angling across the right-hander. He waits and taps it nicely towards point.
  • 0.2 Wide! Amir loses his radar and slips this one down the leg side. Martin aims to tickle it fine but misses.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a length ball on middle, a bit of inward movement. Guptill hangs back and defends it with a straight bat.
  • The players and the umpires make their way out to the middle. There is a thick grey cloud cover looming over one side of the ground at the moment. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill to open the batting for New Zealand. Mohammad Amir to start off the proceedings with the first new ball. Two slips in place. Here we go...
  • TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and opt to bat. The hosts name an unchanged eleven while there is one change for Pakistan. FAKHAR ZAMAN comes in for Imam-ul-Haq.
  • Pakistan, on the other hand, are on a downward spiral after going through a period of peak success. Their batsmen have failed to come to terms with the bounce and sideways movement. However, Dunedin offers one of the slowest tracks in New Zealand and that might give the Asian team the best shot at victory. Fakhar Zaman is fit now and is likely to make a comeback in place of Imam-ul-Haq. Will the Pakistanis bounce back in style to keep the series alive? Or will the Black Caps rule the roost in home conditions once again? Toss and teams to come up in a while...
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of the 3rd ODI. Bright skies welcome us in Dunedin and we can expect an exciting contest. The hosts are flying high at the moment, controlling proceedings with ease. It is difficult to pinpoint a weakness in their camp. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill's brilliant form with the bat augers really well for them. In the bowling department, the duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee has been at their belligerent best. De Grandhomme has returned from bereavement but there is a feeling that the Kiwis will give him time to settle down and name an unchanged eleven.
  • That's all we have from this game. It's going all downhill for the Asian side and it would require something spectacular from them if they are to win at least a game on this series. New Zealand now can test their bench strength since they have already got the hands on the trophy. Will we see Pakistan managing a win or will the plot remain the same in Hamilton? Join us on 16th January, 2018 at 1400 Local (0100 GMT) to catch all the action. Till then, goodbye and cheers!
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson is elated with the show. Feels the surface was a bit tricky but still wasn't that bad to bat on. Adds Trent Boult has been fabulous throughout the series. At the halfway break they had a talk that they have good amount of runs in the bank, it's all about bowling and exceuting the plans. Is happy that his batters spent time in the middle and stitched valuable partnerships. Hopes to carry on the good show and informs their focus to win each and every game.
  • Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed is really disappointed with the loss. Adds this is a tough loss for them to gulp. Admits his bowlers did a fine job but their batting flopped again. Hopes to sort out the issue with the new ball and not loss too many wickets in the first ten overs.
  • Man of the Match, Trent Boult is really delighted with his performance but feels it was a collective effort on their part to win the game. Feels it was quite windy out there and he let it go aggressively as he could. Adds they wanted to seal the series today and knew that 250 was always good to seal the fate.
  • Trent Boult was breathing fire with the way he made the new ball talk. He ran havoc at the top and then came back to pick up a 5-wicket haul. Tim Southee from the other end was very disciplined too while the rest just came and continued to chip away at the wickets to choke completely visitors. The fact that no. 11 is the highest scorer in the second innings should tell you how poor the batting was from the Asian side. If it wasn't for Amir and Raees' fun in the middle, their side would have faced even more embarrassing. Stay with us as we bring you the presentation...
  • A shambolic batting performance by Pakistan or deadly bowling display from the Kiwis? It's for you all to think that. Yes, agreed that 258 was tough on this kind of a wicket but getting bundled out for a paltry 74 is not acceptable at all. Their batsmen never really came to the party and as a result they surrendered meekly to give New Zealand the series. The chase got over inside the first 10 overs when Pakistan were reduced to 9/3.
  • 27.2 OUT! And fittingly the one who started the rampage, ends it too. Trent Boult picks up his fourth 5-fer to end the Pakistan innings. A perfect yorker at a good pace which is too good for the no. 11. Raees misses and hears the death rattle. NZ WIN BY 183 RUNS.
  • 27.1 FOUR! Fuller delivery on the stumps, Raees clears his front leg and thwacks it over mid on for another boundary. He's having some fun in the middle. Pakistan avoid the lowest ODI score in New Zealand now.
  • 26.6 Good shot! Full toss on middle, punched down the ground past Southee who fails to stop it with his right boot in the followthrough. The man from long on dives to his left to cut it off, they take only a single. 70/9
  • 26.5 The batsman guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • 26.5 Wide! Short and miles over the head of the Pakistan skipper. Left alone.
  • 26.4 Indipping full toss on the pads, Raees looks to flick but gets it off the inner half through backward square leg for a single.
  • 26.3 FOUR! That's off the meat! What a powerful stroke! Touch short on middle, it sits up at a good height. Raees clears his front leg and murders the swipe across the line over mid-wicket.
  • 26.2 Bowls a leg cutter, at 104.7 kph, it comes back in as Raees pokes it out somehow.
  • 26.1 Shortish delivery on middle, RR makes room and steers it by hopping in the crease towards point. Looks for the single but it is not on.
  • 25.6 Fuller and on the pads, flicked neatly through backward square leg. Southee from fine leg does well to keep them down to two which means Raees will be on strike in the next over. 62/9
  • 25.6 Wide! Bangs in a short one on middle and leg, it bounces way too much as Ahmed lets his opposite number collect it.
  • 25.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.4 Goes over the wicket and hurls a cutter on middle, Raees pushes it away to cover and Sarfraz calls him through for a single.
  • 25.3 That wasn't away from the off pole! Fuller on the stumps, Raees clears his front leg to send it out of Dunedin but only manages to connect with thin air.
  • 25.2 Length delivery outside off, dabbed with an angled bat to point.
  • 25.1 Boult comes from around the wicket and angles in a fuller ball on the stumps, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 24.6 Short stuff again from Southee, RR manages to steer it behind point to keep strike. 58/9
  • 24.5 FOUR! Slashes and slashes hard! Short and outside off, Rumman Raees makes room to slap it but gets a top edge which flies over a leaping Latham for a boundary.
  • 24.4 That's off the helmet! A bouncer on middle and off, it kicks off the surface to beat the attempted pull of Raees. He gets a blow on the helmet as the ball lobs in the air towards the off side. Looks fine though.
  • 24.3 Shortish delivery outside off, glided down towards third man for a single.
  • 24.2 Back of a length delivery on middle, tucked off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
  • 24.1 Shortish on middle, swatted towards mid-wicket.
  • Rumman Raees is the last man in. Tim Southee is back on as well. Can he wrap things up in this over?
  • 23.6 OUT! 4-fer for Trent Boult! He goes a touch wider of the crease and drops it on a length on middle. Seemed like Amir was expecting a bouncer and hence he stayed leg side of the ball. At the last moment he tries to defend it with a straight bat but gets an outside edge which disturbs the stumps. 52/9
  • 23.5 FOUR! That's some way to go past the 50-run mark! Fuller ball on the stumps, Mohammad Amir clears his front leg and goes bang over Boult's head for a boundary.
  • 23.4 Very full but the line is on the leg stump, MA digs it out towards short mid-wicket.
  • 23.3 Hits the deck hard, but this one is at a comfortable height for Amir to keep it out towards cover.
  • 23.2 Uses the pace and runs it down towards third man for a single.
  • 23.1 Slants it away from over the wicket, slapped hard but finds the point fielder.
  • Here he comes, the wrecker-in-chief, Trent Boult back into the attack.
  • 22.6 On middle and leg, worked towards short mid-wicket. 47/8
  • 22.5 Slower one, at 102.3 kph, Amir looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. No appeal made as it was sliding down leg.
  • 22.4 Angling in on a length from outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 22.3 Shortish and angling in on middle and off, Amir hangs back and pushes it back to Munro.
  • 22.2 Slower delivery on the pads, flicked towards backward square leg for a single.
  • 22.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards extra cover.
  • 21.6 FOUR! Flayed it through cover! Gets a fuller ball outside off, Amir drills it on the up. No need to run. Pakistan avoid their lowest ever total in the ODIs. 46/8
  • 21.5 Shortish and angling away outside off, Amir takes his eyes off the ball to let it sail over him to Latham.
  • 21.4 Another short ball on middle and off, MA hops to defend it down.
  • 21.3 Shortish and slanting away outside off, tapped towards point.
  • 21.2 Back of a length outside off, Sarfraz steers it down to third man for a single.
  • 21.1 Very full on middle and off, Amir jams it out towards mid off. Williamson from extra cover moves across to his left but slips while attacking the ball. They take the single by then.
  • 20.6 Short of a length ball outside off, Sarfraz hangs back and keeps it out. 40/8
  • 20.5 Surprise delivery from Munro. A bouncer with the keeper standing up and Ahmed ducks under it.
  • 20.4 Overpitched outside off, Amir goes for a drive but outside edges it towards third man for a run.
  • 20.3 Full length ball on middle and leg, driven nicely through mid on for a run.
  • 20.2 Fullish delivery around off, Sarfraz crouches and tucks it with a closed bat face to mid-wicket.
  • 20.1 Angling in substantially, clipped to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 19.6 Stays rooted to the crease and plays this one defensively to mid-wicket. 38/8
  • 19.5 Full length ball on leg stump, chipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.4 FOUR! So close to getting another wicket! Back of a length ball, slanting across Amir. He pushes at it tentatively and gets a thick outside edge past the stumps. Goes past the keeper and through to the fine leg fence.
  • 19.4 Wide! Ferguson bends his back and bangs this one hard. It is outside off which allows Amir to make an easy leave. Wide signaled for height.
  • 19.3 Short of a length ball around off, pushed off the back foot to the off side.
  • 19.2 Overpitched on off, Amir presses forward and eases it to covers.
  • 19.1 Short of a length on middle, tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 18.6 Fuller in length, driven crisply off the front foot to the off side. 32/8
  • 18.5 On a length outside off, pushed with an open bat face to point.
  • 18.4 Sits deep in the crease and punches this one to covers.
  • 18.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.2 On a length, angling in, Amir keeps it out gingerly.
  • Mohammad Amir walks out to the middle.
  • 18.1 OUT! Was that a bird? Was that a plane? No, it was the Kiwi skipper. What an amazing catch. No matter how many times you see the replays, you will always stand up and admire. Shortish ball on off, Ali pulls it towards short mid-wicket but mistimes it a bit. Williamson stationed there is really alert. Lines it up and dives full length to his right to grab a one-handed stunner. He managed to hang onto that with his fingertips. He is down on the ground and has a big smile on his face. Munro runs across to him and lifts him in his arms. Jubilation for New Zealand while dejection for Pakistan.
  • 17.6 On a length outside off, Hasan goes hard at it and edges it towards third man for a single. 32/7
  • 17.6 Wide! Another short ball but this one is too high. Ali sits under it.
  • 17.5 Short delivery, Ali sits under it.
  • Hasan Ali is the new man in.
  • 17.4 OUT! Ferguson joins the party as well! A case of another batsman throwing his wicket away. Short delivery on off, angling across Ashraf. He goes for a full-fledged pull, aiming to pull it on the roof once again but this time his head position is nowhere. Ends up getting a top edge that skies towards fine leg. Todd Astle is cool as a cucumber and takes a fine reverse cup catch. The way Pakistan are playing, there is a strong feeling that they will get bundled out under 50.
  • 17.3 Fraction straight this time and fullish in length, Faheem clips it nicely to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 17.2 Pitched right up there on off, Ashraf leans ahead and pats it to mid off.
  • 17.1 Back of a length outside off, Ahmed places it through point for an easy run.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 16.6 Slower in pace, Sarfraz knocks it down to the same region for a single. 27/6
  • 16.5 In the arc for Ashraf. He hits it hard to long on to rotate strike.
  • 16.4 Fullish ball outside off, swinging in, defended down the track.
  • 16.3 Fuller in length outside off, played with an open bat face towards point.
  • 16.2 On a length again, blocked solidly.
  • 16.1 Hangs back to the length ball and blocks it.
  • 15.6 Very full outside off, jammed out. 25/6
  • 15.5 The batsman plays the pull shot. One run added to the total.
  • Since the drizzle is picking up, the commentators on air reckon that Kane Williamson should bring Santner into the attack and get through the 20 overs quickly...
  • 15.4 SIX! That came right off the screws! Short delivery, sits up nicely for Ashraf. He pulls it with aplomb over fine leg for a massive maximum. That went over the grand stand.
  • 15.3 Short of a length ball, angling away, fended towards the point region.
  • 15.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.2 Two Wides! Down the leg side, Ahmed misses the flick and the ball goes towards the keeper who fumbles. Two wides given but the replays show that the ball deflected off the pads.
  • 15.1 Short of a length ball, takes off after pitching. Ahmed drops his wrists to let it through.
  • 14.6 Fullish delivery, kept out watchfully. 16/6
  • Faheem Ashraf comes out to bat. It is also drizzling at the moment. Things are very gloomy for the visitors as well.
  • 14.5 OUT! Bowled 'em! The visitors are committing suicide. With the side in deep trouble, it is difficult to fathom that kind of a shot. Reckless! Fullish delivery on off, Shadab Khan goes for an agricultural slog across the line but misses it completely to get the furniture shattered. This has been a dismal batting performance so far.
  • 14.4 Good length ball, accurate line again. Khan hangs back and punches it to mid-wicket where it is nicely stopped.
  • 14.3 Fuller in length, Khan presses forward and keeps it out.
  • 14.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 14.1 Coming in with the angle, worked around the corner for a run.
  • 13.6 So close! Follows up the bouncer with a length ball outside off, nipping in substantially. Khan pushes at it and is beaten all ends up. The ball just misses the off pole. A wicket and a run from the over. 15/5
  • 13.5 Greets Khan with a sharp bouncer on off. He sways away to evade it.
  • Shadab Khan strides out to bat.
  • 13.4 OUT! This has become a procession now for the visitors! The trend to lose wickets continues. Good length delivery outside off, skids after pitching. Malik throws his bat at it but gets a thick outside edge. The ball travels at a fast pace towards Taylor at first slip. He gets his hands to it but the ball pops out. Has the alertness to keep his eyes on it and takes it nicely before tumbling down. Taylor has been sharp as a hawk in the slip region today. He plucks his third catch of the game.
  • 13.3 Good length ball around off, pushed off the front foot towards covers. Wants a run but is rightly sent back by his skipper.
  • 13.2 On a length outside off, played with an open bat face to point.
  • 13.1 Back of a length ball on middle, worked around the corner for a run.
  • 12.6 Short of a length on middle, punched off the back foot to the off side for a single. 14/4
  • 12.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 12.4 Fullish ball, defended off the front foot to mid on.
  • 12.3 Good length ball, kept out watchfully.
  • 12.2 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed comes out to bat. A captain's knock is the need of the hour. Can he bail his side out of trouble?
  • 12.1 OUT! New Zealand continue to dominate the proceedings! They have kept the pressure on Pakistan and are reaping the dividends as a result. Back of a length ball outside off, Azam places it through point and takes off. They run hard between the wickets and Babar calls Malik through for the second run. It is risky as Santner has got a good arm. Fires in a flat and accurate throw to the keeper as Azam tries to rush back in. The bails are whipped off and it seems that the batsman is struggling. Munro has already taken off. Time for the replays. Well, Azam's bat got stuck on the ground and he fails to make it in. Brilliant piece of fielding. Pakistan keep on sloping downhill.
  • Most likely, New Zealand have got another one. They are already celebrating. Brilliant work from Santner which seems to have caught Azam short of his crease.
  • 11.6 Ooh... tentative! Good length ball, shaping in appreciably. Azam looks to keep it out but gets an inside edge past the leg stump. A run taken. 12/3
  • 11.5 Length delivery outside off, Azam covers the line and keeps it out.
  • 11.4 Shaping in towards Azam who shuffles across and clips it to square leg.
  • 11.3 Well-timed shot but Azam fails to pick up the gap again! Short and room on offer, Azam punches it sweetly but straight to the man at point.
  • 11.2 Fuller in length, Babar comes forward and pushes it defensively to covers.
  • 11.1 Length ball on off, nipping in. Azam hangs back and defends it stoutly.
  • Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack.
  • 10.6 Back of a length outside off, dabbed neatly towards short third man. Malik wants a run but is rightly sent back. The pressure continues to be on the visitors, only 2 from it. 11/3
  • 10.5 Overpitched around off, driven sweetly through mid on for a single.
  • 10.4 Good length ball outside off, placed past point to rotate strike. Pakistan need to do this on a consistent basis if they are to stay in the game.
  • 10.3 Angling in substantially, tucked with a closed bat face to mid-wicket. Three dots in a row.
  • 10.2 Fuller in length around off, pushed off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 10.1 Starts off with a shortish delivery outside off, Malik cuts it but finds the point fielder.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Also, the first change as Colin Munro comes into the attack. Latham is standing up to the stumps.
  • 9.6 Good running! Good length delivery on middle and off, Shoaib taps besides the pitch. Azam calls for the single and they complete it easily in the end. End of the Powerplay, Pakistan 9/3. 9/3
  • 9.5 Goes fuller again, trying out the sucker ball. Blocked firmly off the front foot towards cover.
  • 9.4 Bowls a well-directed bouncer on middle and leg, Malik realizes it early and quickly sways away from the fire line. Good take from Latham too.
  • 9.3 Pitches it right up there, Malik leans forward and defends it with his bat and pad close together.
  • 9.2 Ahead of a length on middle and off, defended off the front foot to the cover fielder.
  • 9.1 This one shapes away a bit too much to make Malik fall for the bait.
  • 8.6 This one stayed a bit low. Fuller in length and on the stumps, Babar Azam blocks it out back on the pitch. Maiden again. I am out of superlatives to describe the opening spells from the Kiwi pacers. 8/3
  • 8.5 Pushes this fuller ball towards the man at mid on.
  • 8.4 Brings it back into the batsman who is up to the task.. Babar shuffles a touch and defends it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 8.3 Walks across the sticks to another full ball and shows a solid front foot defense.
  • 8.2 Once again Azam walks across the sticks to negotiate to inswing and keeps it out.
  • 8.1 Fuller ball, curling back in a touch, defended firmly off the front foot.
  • 7.6 Touch short and outside off, placed square of the wicket on the off side for a single. Another over with just 1 run off it. 8/3
  • 7.5 BA has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.4 Beaten! Good length delivery, angling away again. Azam swivels to pull but the ball skids off the deck and sneaks under his bat to the keeper. The runs have dried up completely and you can sense the pressure when Azam played this kind of shot.
  • 7.3 He's mixing it up really well! Now bangs in a short one, climbing off the deck, Azam arches back to evade it.
  • 7.2 Bowls a cross-seam delivery on middle and leg, wristed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 7.1 Slants it away on a good length outside off, Babar Azam doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 6.6 Drags his length on the shorter side, Malik rises on his toes to defend it back to the bowler. A maiden for Southee. Impressive from the Kiwi quicks. 7/3
  • 6.5 Changes the pace and delivers it fuller outside off, dabbed away towards the point fielder.
  • 6.4 Malik defends it from within the crease.
  • 6.3 This one straightens just a touch from a good length area, it's defended towards point.
  • 6.2 Fuller and nipping back in from outside off, Malik comes froward and with his bat and pad together he pushes it towards mid on.
  • 6.1 Good length delivery outside off, SM looks to cut but gets a bottom edge towards point.
  • 5.6 Very full outside off, sliced off the outer half to third man for a single. Another spectacular over from Boult, just 1 off it. 7/3
  • 5.5 Angles it again wider outside off, this time the batsman resists.
  • 5.4 This isn't impressive from Malik! Boult dishes out a fuller delivery, very wide outside off, asking Malik to go after it. Shoaib obliges as he leans with a stride forward to go after it only to get beaten. Not a good shot to go after when the ball is moving.
  • 5.3 Back of a length, kicking off the deck, Malik hops and fends it towards point in an awkward manner.
  • 5.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 5.1 Good length delivery, angling across, Shoaib Malik leaves it alone.
  • 4.6 FOUR! First one of the innings and that should get Azam going! Southee errs in line and drifts one on the pads, Babar flicks it through backward square leg to get off the mark. 6/3
  • 4.5 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Azam rises on the toes to defend.
  • 4.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 4.3 Good stop from Santner! Good length delivery outside off, punched hard but Santner at cover moves quickly to his right to make a stop. NZ giving nothing away.
  • 4.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 4.1 Fuller and angling in from outside off, Azam shoulders his arms.
  • 3.6 Keeps it on a length and this one skids to ping Malik on the pads. Pitching outside leg, maybe! Anyway, A DOUBLE WICKET MAIDEN for Boult. 2/3
  • One experienced player is replaced by another as Shoaib Malik strides in next.
  • 3.5 OUT! Pakistan have been Boult-ed here! Terrific, absolutely terrific from Trent! He is up and running. A dream start for the Kiwis! He once again steams in and pitches it on a length around middle and off. This one shapes away with some nice zip off the surface. Hafeez can't get away from it. Has a tentative poke at it only to edge it behind to Ross Taylor who catches another one at first slip. Almost a replica of Azhar Ali's wicket. Pakistan in tatters!
  • 3.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. Tight stuff from Trent!
  • 3.3 On a length and this one curls back in from outside off, Hafeez shoulders his arms.
  • 3.2 Good length delivery, angling away, Hafeez rides the bounce and pushes it to cover.
  • The Professor, Mohammad Hafeez walks in next. He stroked a classy fifty in the previous game. He has a job to do again. Will he make his experience count?
  • 3.1 OUT! Chops it on this time! The reason why I have written this time is because he got off the mark in a similar fashion. Then it evaded the stumps but not this time. Pakistan lose both their openers and have been rocked early. Back of a length delivery, just outside the off stump line. Fakhar Zaman stands tall to cut this but maybe, the slowness on the surface gets the better of him. He ends up dragging it back on the stumps.
  • 2.6 Straight to the man! Fuller and served wider outside off, Babar Azam leans ahead and drives it off the meat but fails to pierce the gap. 2/1
  • 2.5 Angles it in on middle and leg, defended with a solid bat towards mid-wicket.
  • 2.4 Reads the slower full ball and then wrists it wide of the man at mid on for a single.
  • 2.3 Covers the line to this length delivery and defends it safely back to the bowler.
  • 2.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 2.1 Fuller and veering on the pads, whipped on the bounce to short mid-wicket.
  • Babar Azam is the next man in.
  • 1.6 OUT! Induced an edge and Azhar Ali walks back for a duck! Brilliant delivery from Boult, this. He lands it on a length on middle and off. This one kicks off the deck with some appreciable away movement. Ali is put into a tangle as he gets squared up completely. Looks to poke at it and it takes the outside edge towards first slip where Ross Taylor takes an excellent catch. New Zealand draw first blood. So, Santner will be a relieved man as the dropped chance hasn't cost anything. 1/1
  • 1.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 1.4 In the air... spilled! Santner gives a reprieve to Ali. Fuller and sprayed wider outside off, Ali leans ahead and goes for an expansive drive. Plays it uppishly and it travels quickly to Santner at extra cover who dives to take it but the ball doesn't stick.
  • 1.3 Length delivery on middle and leg, clipped towards square leg.
  • 1.2 Nearly chops it on! On the back of a length, just outside off, Fakhar Zaman looks to force it through the off side but gets a thick inside edge which just bounces over the leg stump. Latham dives to his right and gets some glove on it. Pakistan take a single to get going.
  • 1.1 Boult angles it in on middle and leg from over the wicket, Zaman moves inside the line to whip it away but there is a tinge of inward movement and as a result, he wears this one on the pads.
  • Trent Boult to operate from the other end with the second new ball. Two slips for him.
  • 0.6 Once again delivers in the corridor of uncertainty, double A has got nothing to do with it. A tidy start for Southee, a maiden to begin with. 0/0
  • 0.5 Good probing line from Tim. In the channel outside off, Azhar plants his front foot across to make back-to-back leaves.
  • 0.4 Southee goes wider of the crease and lands it on a back of a length outside off. It curls back in but Ali has it covered as he makes a watchful leave.
  • 0.3 Good length delivery, angling in from outside off, punched nicely off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 0.2 Fuller and arrowing in on off, Ali taps it towards point off the front foot.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a back of a length delivery from over the wicket, Azhar Ali gets behind the line and punches it off the back foot to mid on.
  • We are back for the run chase. Is 257 enough? New Zealand will love to believe in the affirmative. Pakistan's batting has to come to the fore today if they are to keep the series alive. Out walk the two openers - Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman. Tim Southee to kickoff proceedings for the hosts. A slip for him. 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 New Zealand 6650 117
4 England 6483 116
5 Australia 6077 113
6 Pakistan 4875 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