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New Zealand Vs Pakistan Live Score (ODI)

Date: Friday, 19 January, 2018 12:12 IST Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington Match Status: Match Ended

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 15 runs

271/7
Overs
50.0
R/R
5.42
Fours
23
Sixes
1
Extras
9
256/10
Overs
49.0
R/R
5.22
Fours
23
Sixes
4
Extras
23
  • They would be happy heading into the break and it could have been even better for them had Ashraf ran out Guptill when he was on 72. But they will fancy their chances of chasing this total down on a wicket which is good to bat. New Zealand on the other hand, will try and do what they have been doing throughout the series, that is bowl the away side out. Will we see Pakistan win their first game of the tour or will the Black Caps inflict a whitewash? Join us for the chase in a while.
  • Pakistan on the other hand, were quite flat at the start. Their pacers had no answers to the carnage by Munro. Though, after he departed they did manage to pull things back with their spinners Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz who were very economical in the middle overs. They managed to finish the innings off really well by chipping away at the wickets with Rumman Raees picking three and Fahim Ashraf picking two.
  • After the home side won the toss and elected to bat, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill got them off to a flier again. The two notched up another fifty-run stand before the former departed. Kane Williamson then walked in and he too stitched a decent stand with Guptill who finished with a ton. He was well supported by Taylor who brought up his 41st half ton in ODIs. The pair built a 112-run stand and while the two were batting the hosts were cruising. But once the centurion departed the Kiwis lost wickets in heaps and are atleast 30 runs short of where they would have wanted to be.
  • Excellent comeback by Pakistan! They have given only 66 runs in the last 10 overs which has not allowed New Zealand to run away with the game. The hosts though will be disappointed with their effort as at one stage they looked set to cross 300.
  • 49.6 NOT OUT! Another extra run given by Pakistan! They have been sloppy towards the end. Southee drives the ball down towards long on. They run one but come back for a second as it is the last ball. The fielder fires a throw to the bowler who seems to have failed to collect the ball as he tries to dislodge the bails. Meanwhile Colin de Grandhomme puts in a dive. The umpire goes upstairs and replays show that Yamin has dislodged the bails without the ball in his hands. Two runs added to the total and NEW ZEALAND FINISH ON 271 FOR 7!
  • Another run out appeal referred upstairs again Colin de Grandhomme at the non-striker's end. Seems to be a formality as the batsman seems to be in.
  • 49.5 In the air.. dropped! An excellent effort though by Amin! Southee lofts this low full toss on middle, uppishly towards deep mid-wicket. Umar in the deep runs to his left, dives but does not catch it. It would have been a sensational catch had he taken it. Nevertheless, he saves a boundary and the batsmen take two.
  • 49.4 Very full on off, driven down to long off for a run.
  • 49.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 49.2 A perfect yorker outside off, Southee does not connect.
  • 49.1 Sloppy from Pakistan! A full toss outside off, Colin throws the kitchen sink at it but only manages to get an outside edge down towards third man. They complete two. The throw is wayward and the keeper has no chance. There is nobody backing up and hence the batsmen take an overthrow.
  • Aamer Yamin to bowl the last over.
  • 48.6 FOUR! Up and over! A low full toss on middle. Southee flicks it over mid-wicket and one bounce into the fence. 262/7
  • 48.5 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 48.4 Fuller outside off, driven through covers for a run.
  • The bowler is hurt here. The physio is out with the magic spray. He now seems okay to bowl.
  • 48.3 Dropped, technically! Great work by Ashraf, he though must have hurt himself in the process. He bowls a full ball on off, Colin hits it hard back towards him. He does really well to get down low in an attempt to catch that. But the ball hits his left palm and rolls to the off side. A run taken. He saves a boundary but must have done some damage to his hand in the process.
  • 48.2 Very full on the stumps, Southee flicks it through the leg side for a run.
  • 48.1 Fuller on middle, Southee backs away and plays it towards long on for a couple.
  • 47.6 The batsman guides it to third man. Two runs added to the total. 252/7
  • 47.5 Slower ball outside off, de Grandhomme tries to heave it but only connects with thin air. A good comeback by Raees.
  • 47.4 FOUR! BRUTE! Full on middle, Grandhomme bludgeons it back past the bowler for a boundary, a much-needed one.
  • 47.3 Back of a length on off, defended it towards cover for a run.
  • 47.2 Shorter in length outside off, Tim tries to pull but misses.
  • 47.1 Fuller on the pads, Colin flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 46.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. Another brilliant over! Just 6 runs from the last two. 244/7
  • Tim Southee is the next man in.
  • 46.5 OUT! They are falling like a pack of cards here! Santner has been run out! Needless running. Santner pulls this short ball down towards wide long on. He completes one. Colin calls him for the second, Santner hesitates a bit but then continues running as his partner is going for it. He also runs wide and hence makes it more difficult for himself as he has to cover more area. The fielder, Nawaz, fires a throw to the keeper who whips the bails off and appeals. They go upstairs to check and replays show Santner is short. Two wickets in two balls for Pakistan and New Zealand are seven down now.
  • It is all happening out there! There is another appeal for a run out at the striker's end against Santner and they have gone upstairs. Looks to be short.
  • Mitchell Santner walks out at no. 8.
  • 46.4 OUT! There is a mark on Hot Spot! Latham is the man walking back now. This is excellent bowling by Pakistan Faheem gets his second. He bowls a full ball outside off, Latham first tries to paddle it but seeing the line he tries to guide it down to third man. The ball seems to have taken the edge as the keeper catches it and appeals. The umpire shakes his head though. Sarfraz is pretty sure about it as he reviews it straightaway. Replays roll in and they show there is a mark on Hot Spot. The on-field call has to be overturned.
  • Howzzat! A huge appeal for a caught behind but not given. Latham is the man in question. There is a huge sound as the ball passes the bat. Sarfraz is quite sure about it and hence opts for a review.
  • 46.3 Another short ball on off, Latham tries to pull but it goes off the inner half towards square leg for a brace.
  • 46.2 Shorter in length outside off, Latham tries to pull but misses.
  • 46.1 Very full again, Colin drives it down to mid on for a run. Pakistan won't mind singles here.
  • 45.6 Fuller on off, driven back to the bowler. An excellent over. 2 runs and a wicket. 240/5
  • 45.5 Shorter in length on off, Latham pushes it to covers.
  • 45.4 Almost a run out. De Grandhomme digs out the yorker next to the pitch and sets off for a run. Latham responds to the call. Raees gets there, collects the ball and underarms a throw at the striker's end but misses. Had he hit, it would have been curtains for Tom.
  • 45.3 Back of a length on off, Grandhomme defends it off the back foot.
  • Tom Latham strides out.
  • 45.2 OUT! Another one bites the dust! New Zealand are losing their way here! Nicholls can't make an impact this time as he falls to a very good catch by Zaman. Raees bowls it full on middle, Nicholls tries to thwack it but it goes off the inner half and uppishly towards mid-wicket. Zaman there runs to his right and takes a good catch. Rumman gets his third. Can they now keep New Zealand under 300?
  • 45.1 Very full delivery on middle, de Gradhomme flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 44.6 A single to finish! Full outside off, Colin guides it to point for a run. 238/4
  • 44.5 FOUR! This spoils the over! Ashraf serves a full toss on the pads. Colin just has to put bat on it. He does so and flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 44.4 Another short ball outside off, guided to third man for a run.
  • 44.3 Another dot! Three in a row! A short ball outside off, Nicholls tries to guide but does not connect.
  • Henry Nicholls walks in at no. 6.
  • 44.2 OUT! Knocks him over! Brilliant bowling! Another very full ball on off, Taylor tries to be cheeky, as he tries to play the paddle by moving across. The ball is too full to play that and he hence hits it onto the stumps. He departs after playing a supporting knock where he played second fiddle to Guptill. Another timely wicket for Pakistan and they are now trying to fight their way back into the game.
  • 44.1 Excellent start to the over! A yorker outside off, Taylor tries to dig it out but is beaten.
  • Faheem Ashraf is back on.
  • 43.6 A low full toss outside off, driven through covers for a brace. 232/3
  • 43.5 Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total.
  • 43.4 A yorker, the batsman keeps it out on the leg side for a run.
  • 43.3 Shorter in length, Colin cuts it to point.
  • 43.2 Fuller outside off, driven through covers for a run.
  • 43.1 Fuller on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 42.6 Full on the pads, Taylor misses the flick to get hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The ball in the meantime rolls towards fine leg and the batsmen take a leg bye. 225/3
  • 42.5 Fires it on the stumps, Taylor drives it down towards long on for a couple.
  • 42.4 Colin makes room but Nawaz follows him. He flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 42.3 Flatter on middle, Taylor works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 42.2 Tosses it up on middle, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 42.1 Works it with the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 41.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside. One run added to the total. End of a successful over by Raees. 218/3
  • 41.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 41.4 Yorker on middle, Taylor keeps it out on the off side for a run.
  • 41.3 50 for Taylor now, his 41st in ODIs! He cuts the ball through point for a brace to get there. He too will now look to go big.
  • Colin de Grandhomme strides out to the middle.
  • 41.2 OUT! Guptill holes out! He perishes just after reaching his 100 in the pursuit of quick runs. Raees bowls a full ball on middle, Guptill clears his front leg and tries to go big. He does not time it and it goes straight towards long on where Hafeez takes a couple of steps ahead and catches it. Pakistan will be happy to see the back of the right-hander as he could be very dangerous towards the end. However, an excellent innings by Guptill comes to an end and he has set a perfect platform for the batsmen to follow. What's more, the 112-run stand has been broken.
  • 41.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • Rumman Raees is back on.
  • 40.6 100 for Guptill, his 13th in ODIs. It has been an uncharacteristic knock from him but a very useful one for New Zealand. He began slowly but accelerated towards the end. He pulls the ball through mid-wicket for a brace to get there. He takes his helmet off and acknowledges the applause from the crowd. He would now look to accelerate. 212/2
  • 40.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 40.4 NOT OUT! Guptill is onto 98! He pulls the short ball towards mid-wicket. They complete one and go for the second. The fielder fires a throw to the bowler who collects and whips the bails off. The players appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show that Taylor has made his crease.
  • There is an appeal for a run out at the non-striker's end. Taylor is the man in question, he seems to be in though.
  • 40.3 Comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 40.2 Short on middle, pulled it through square leg for a run. Guptill is not happy as he knows he should have hit that in the gap.
  • 40.1 Tosses it up on off, paddle sweeps it fine for a run.
  • Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Time for some boom boom now. Pakistan though can keep 5 outside the circle now. Also Mohammad Nawaz comes back to bowl.
  • 39.6 It's been driven superbly through the covers. 205/2
  • 39.5 Five runs away now! Yameen bangs it short on middle, Guptill pulls it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 39.4 FOUR! Into the 90s! Back-to-back boundaries for the right-hander! A full toss this time, a gift for Guptill. He makes full use of it and times it through covers.
  • 39.3 FOUR! That is smashed! Slower bouncer on middle, sat up to be hit. Guptill waited for it and pulls it with disdain through mid-wicket to move onto 89.
  • 39.2 Very full on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 39.1 Shorter in length outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • 38.6 Gives it a nice loop on middle, Guptill drives it down to the bowler. 194/2
  • 38.5 Fuller on middle, eased down to mid on for a run.
  • 38.4 Tosses it up on middle, Ross works it through mid-wicket. He calls two and gets two.
  • 38.3 A low full toss on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 38.2 Slower this time outside off, Guptill guides it towards short fine leg. Hafeez there does well to dive to his left and make a good stop. He can't stop the single though.
  • 38.1 Flatter outside off, Guptill once again can't find the gap as he cuts it to backward point.
  • 37.6 Beautiful bowling! He bowls another yorker on middle, Guptill digs it out towards point for a quick run. 188/2
  • 37.5 Another yorker Guptill jams it out.
  • 37.4 Back to a fuller length ball on off, Taylor drives it towards mid off and sets off for a run. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • 37.3 Good change in length. He bangs it short on middle, Taylor tries to pull but does not connect.
  • 37.2 A yorker on off, Guptill jams it out on the off side to change strike.
  • 37.1 Full and wide outside off, Taylor slashes at it and it goes down to third man for a run.
  • 36.6 Quicker outside off, Guptill cuts but fails to find the gap, as the ball goes to point. 184/2
  • 36.5 Slower through the air on off, driven down to long off for a run.
  • 36.4 Drags his length back but bowls it quicker. Guptill pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 36.3 Tosses it up on off, driven to covers.
  • 36.2 Nicely bowled! He gives it air on middle, Taylor drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 36.1 Flatter outside off, cut to point.
  • Shadab Khan is back to bowl. He has been really good today. He does not have a wicket to his name but has kept it tight.
  • 35.6 The batsman charges down the wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single. 181/2
  • 35.5 Good length on middle, defended solidly.
  • 35.4 FOUR! Glorious! How many runs has he scored in that region over the years? Short and wide outside off, width offered. Taylor loves it there, he cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 35.3 Shortens his length outside off, Guptill cuts it through covers for a run.
  • 35.2 Fuller on off, driven to covers.
  • 35.1 Good length outside off, Taylor guides it down to third man for a run. Ahmed really likes it as he says this is the line the bowler should be bowling.
  • Aamer Yamin replaces Faheem Ashraf.
  • Drinks!
  • 34.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. These two are on the charge here. 9 from this over and 17 from the last two. 174/2
  • 34.5 Fuller on off, driven down to long on for a single.
  • 34.4 FOUR! The boundaries have started to flow now! Short ball on middle, Taylor rocks back and pulls it through square leg. Fourth boundary in the last 10 balls, second of this over.
  • 34.3 Fuller on off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 34.2 FOUR! Very clever by Taylor! Taylor knew he would bowl it on a length and hence walked across. Raees bowls a length ball and Taylor paddles it through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 34.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 33.6 FOUR! Second boundary off the over! This is off the front foot. He comes down the track and hits it straight back past the bowler for a boundary. An over where the bowler should have ran Guptill out but instead concedes 8 runs to him, comes to an end. 165/2
  • 33.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 33.4 On the pads, another scoring opportunity. Guptill just had to beat the man at short fine leg but flicks it straight to him.
  • 33.3 FOUR! Enough of being cautious says Guptill. He comes down the track and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
  • 33.2 Fuller in length on middle, angling in. Guptill tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 33.1 Comedy of errors here! Sarfraz though does not see the funny side. Faheem lands it on a length around off, Guptill taps it besides the pitch and sets off for a run. He is sent back as the bowler is quick to the ball. Guptill slips as he tries to turn and falls down. The bowler collects the ball and has all the time in the world to run him out and he has a shy but misses, to Guptill's delight. The ball goes to short fine leg and in the meantime Guptill makes his way back. Sarfraz's expression is priceless as he has his hands on his hips and has a frustrated look on his face. Nevertheless, a let off for Guptill.
  • 32.6 Changes the angle and goes back to over the wicket. He lands it on off, Guptill drives it to mid off to keep strike. 157/2
  • 32.5 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 32.4 Comes around the wicket and angles it on the pads, Taylor misses the flick to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg for a leg bye.
  • 32.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 32.2 A cross-seam delivery on middle, it comes slow off the surface. Guptill tries to pull but misses and the ball hits him near the box.
  • 32.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Rumman Raees comes back to bowl.
  • 31.6 Just ahead of a length on off, driven towards mid off for a quick single. 154/2
  • 31.5 Another length ball on off, Guptill lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 31.4 On a length around off, Guptill defends it to point.
  • 31.3 Full on the stumps, Taylor flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 31.2 A good length outside off, Taylor who is predominantly an on side player, tries to heave it through mid-wicket but does not connect.
  • 31.1 Taylor is using his feet quite often and to good effect. He flicks this through backward square leg for a couple. Also, his helmet comes off as he ran for the second. You do see bats falling out of the batsman's hand but helmet is a rarity. 50-run stand up between the two.
  • 30.6 Shorter in length on middle, pulled to mid-wicket for a run. 150 up for New Zealand. 150/2
  • 30.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 30.4 PEACH! That was classic leg spin delivery! Shadab tosses it up on off, he gets it to drift it in and then it turns away sharply. Taylor is beaten as he tries to defend. The keeper collects and whips the bails off but Taylor does really well to keep his balance and not lift his back foot.
  • 30.3 Floats it up on middle, Taylor defends it.
  • 30.2 Another tossed up delivery on middle, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 30.1 Very full on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 29.6 Back of a length on off, Guptill pushes it through covers for a run. 7 runs from the over. 148/2
  • 29.5 Again uses his feet to come down the track. He flicks it through the leg side for a run.
  • 29.4 Length ball angling into the batsman. He works it through square leg for a run.
  • 29.3 He enjoys pace on the ball! Faheem lands it on a length around off, Guptill times it nicely through covers for a brace.
  • 29.2 On a length around off, Taylor taps it with soft hands on the off side for a run.
  • 29.1 Back of a length on off, Guptill pushes it towards covers for a run.
  • Faheem Ashraf is back into the attack.
  • 28.6 Shorter in length on the stumps. Guptill does not time the pull shot well but enough to get a single towards mid-wicket. 141/2
  • 28.5 Make that 52! Tossed up ball, driven to covers.
  • 28.4 Flatter outside off, cut to point. 51 dot balls for Guptill in his innings.
  • 28.3 Tosses it up on middle, turning away. Guptill lunges forward and defends it.
  • 28.2 Gives it air on off, driven down to long on for a run.
  • 28.1 Drags his length back on middle, Guptill pushes it down to long on to rotate strike.
  • 27.6 Again comes down the track and flicks it uppishly but well short of the fielder at mid-wicket. 138/2
  • 27.5 Flatter on off, Ross defends it.
  • 27.4 Good batting! A boundary, followed by a single. He eases this down to long on for a run.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Poor by Nawaz he is releasing all the pressure created by Shadab. Another poor delivery as he fires it on the pads. Guptill once again sweeps it uppishly but in the gap through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 27.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 27.1 Taylor is doing well to rotate the strike here! He once again uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through mid on for a run.
  • 26.6 Brilliant over, just one of it! Guptill too is not taking any risks against the leg spinner. Shadab gives it air outside off, the batsman drives it to covers. 132/2
  • 26.5 Another dot! Quicker on off, cut to point.
  • 26.4 Excellent bowling! Shadab is really bowling it tight here. He floats it on off, Guptill defends it.
  • 26.3 Flatter on middle, Guptill tries to pull but mistimes it towards short fine leg.
  • 26.2 Tosses it up outside off, Guptill lets it be.
  • 26.1 Again dances down the track and pushes it uppishly towards mid on for a single.
  • 25.6 Comes down the track and drives it down to long on for a run. 131/2
  • 25.5 Worked with the angle on the leg side for a run.
  • 25.4 FOUR! That should release all the pressure Nawaz built in this over! A poor line by him. He bowls it down the leg side on a fuller length. He got away with one earlier in the over but this time Guptill goes down on one knee and sweeps it past the diving short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Sarfraz is not happy with the fielder but to be honest he had no chance there.
  • 25.3 Tosses it up on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 25.2 Flatter around off, Guptill cuts it to point.
  • 25.1 Shorter in length down the leg side, Guptill pulls it straight to short fine leg. He will be disappointed he did not put that away.
  • 24.6 Taylor stays back and defends it with a straight bat. 125/2
  • 24.5 Driven through the covers by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 24.4 This is played through the cover region for one.
  • 24.3 This is floated on off, driven to covers.
  • 24.2 Fuller in length on the stumps, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 24.1 Short in length, cut away to backward point.
  • 23.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 123/2
  • 23.5 This is worked through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 23.4 Good fielding there. Taylor slinks down the track and whips it away. The fielder at mid-wicket quickly gets to his left and prevents a run.
  • 23.3 Flatter on the stumps, kept out towards mid-wicket.
  • 23.2 Sees the flight on offer, Taylor comes down and blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 23.1 Floated around off, defended off the front foot.
  • Mohammad Nawaz back on.
  • 22.6 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground. 122/2
  • 22.5 Ross has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total.
  • 22.4 34th ODI fifty for Martin Guptill! Not the most authoritative ways to get there but he'll take it. He looks to go inside out to this floated delivery but gets an outside edge. The ball runs towards third man. Before it is retrieved, three runs are taken. He has played well especially after the dismissal of Munro and then Williamson. Needs to carry on and get a big one.
  • 22.3 Eased through the cover region for a single.
  • 22.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.1 Floated full around off, driven to covers.
  • 21.6 Fuller well outside off, Guptill looks to drive it away from the line but gets beaten. 117/2
  • 21.5 Taylor looks to work this to the leg side yet again but gets a leading edge through point for one.
  • 21.4 Fuller in length, driven back to the bowler.
  • 21.3 This one is outside off, Ross wants to work it away to the on side but fails to beat mid-wicket.
  • 21.2 This delivery is defended back towards the bowler.
  • 21.1 Angling in on a fuller length, Taylor plays it across the line to mid-wicket. Cheers from the wicketkeeper as this is what he wants the batter to do and become an LBW candidate.
  • 20.6 Flatter on off, back foot punch to covers. 116/2
  • 20.5 This is pushed back defensively to the bowler.
  • 20.4 A touch shorter in length, Taylor goes back and punches it down to long on to rotate strike.
  • 20.3 Guptill knocks it down the ground to long on for one. He moves to 47 now.
  • 20.2 This one is patted through covers for one.
  • Short fine leg in place.
  • 20.1 Taylor gets down early and paddles this away fine. Gets a couple before the mopping up is done on the fine leg fence.
  • 19.6 MG has played it to the point region. 111/2
  • 19.5 Length ball outside off, Guptill looks to play this to covers but gets an inside edge onto his front pad.
  • 19.4 Punched off the back foot to covers.
  • 19.3 What a comeback from Amin here! On a length around off, it just holds the line. Guptill plays down the wrong line and almost edges it to Sarfraz.
  • 19.2 FOUR! Easy peasy! Angling in on the pads, Guptill just helps it away with a flick. Fine leg was inside the ring and the ball easily went past him and raced away to the fence.
  • 19.1 On the pads, flicked away round the corner for one.
  • Umar Amin is introduced into the attack now.
  • 18.6 This is outside off, left alone. 106/2
  • 18.5 In the air but just over the fielder at backward point. Guptill cuts this flatter ball outside off, Zaman dives there but the ball goes over him. A couple is the result.
  • 18.4 MG stonewalls it with a straight bat.
  • 18.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.2 Guptill is hitting his own partners when he is batting! He has an issue with his current and former captains, jokes the on-air commentator. This was flatter in trajectory, Guptill goes back and slaps it down the ground. There's no time for Taylor to react, who tries to get out of the way but the ball hits his pads and stops there. Pakistan may thank Rosco here.
  • 18.1 Taylor gets going with a drive down the ground past the bowler.
  • 17.6 Full and outside off, driven through covers nicely for a couple. Three runs and a wicket in this over. 103/2
  • 17.5 It's been driven superbly through the covers.
  • 17.4 This one is slanted in, picks out mid on with the drive.
  • 17.3 Length ball outside off, punched off the back foot to covers.
  • Ross Taylor is the next man in.
  • 17.2 OUT! Catches don't come simpler than these! What was Williamson thinking here? This is so unlike him. Yamin slants it in on a length. Williamson looks to go to the on side and chooses the aerial route for the same. That's the mistake that he has done as he has picked out Umar Amin in the deep to perfection with the front foot pull-cum-heave. Kane knew it straightaway and put his head down in disgust. The flourishing 49-run stand is now cut off. Good time to strike for the visitors.
  • 17.1 Length ball slanting in of off, cut away through backward point for one.
  • Time for drinks.
  • 16.6 Martin punches it down to long on off the back foot for a single. 100/1
  • 16.5 Floated full around off, Kane plays it through covers for a single.
  • 16.4 Wrong 'un on the stumps, flicked through square leg for one.
  • 16.3 Eased through mid off for a single.
  • 16.2 This is played straight to covers.
  • 16.1 Driven through mid on but the ball goes to mid off for a run. Confused? Have a read. Shadab tosses this outside off, Guptill takes it on the full and smashes it down the ground. Williamson is backing up well but has to take his bat out of the way. Doesn't have time to do so and the ball strikes his bat and rolls to mid off. The impact was such that the bat flew out of Kane's hand and fell to his right. One run taken.
  • Shadab Khan is brought into the attack now. With him, he brought a flurry of wickets in the previous game. Can he strike today?
  • 15.6 Cut away through point for one. 95/1
  • 15.5 Guptill stays in the crease and blocks.
  • 15.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.3 FOUR! You know whether a player is in form or not just by the quality of strokes that he plays and this one shows Guptill in good stead. This is on a length outside off, Guptill doesn't try to hit it hard. Just lets the ball come on and gives it direction through backward point and helps himself to a boundary.
  • 15.2 Williamson goes through the same region again but just gets one this time.
  • 15.1 Full and outside off, driven through covers for two.
  • Aamer Yamin is back into the attack.
  • 14.6 Back to defense, off the front foot to the off side. 87/1
  • 14.5 FOUR! Bad ball, punished. Nawaz drags his length back thinking Guptill will come down the track. But the opener picks up the length early, goes back deep in the crease and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 14.4 Guptill gets forward and blocks.
  • 14.3 This is punched off the back foot to covers.
  • 14.2 Williamson chips this one nicely over covers. Gets it much squarer than he would have liked and hence only one run is the outcome.
  • 14.1 Floated around off, Williamson gets down the track but blocks it to covers.
  • 13.6 Outside off, punched to sweeper for one. 82/1
  • 13.5 Guptill guides this length ball to third man for one.
  • 13.4 Kane manages to play this through the on side this time to rotate strike.
  • 13.3 Length ball around off, Williamson gets across and manages to block it back down the track. He is gutted with himself as there are vast acres of land on the on side and he wanted to get this there but fails.
  • 13.2 Nicely played and even well fielded. Hurled on a length outside off, punched nicely through covers. Azam in the deep does well to keep it down to two.
  • 13.1 Full outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 12.6 Solidly defended off the front foot. This stand is worth 24 off 43 balls. Shows how the game has slowed down after Munro's departure. 76/1
  • 12.5 This ball is eased down to long off for a single.
  • 12.4 Floated around off and middle, defended with a lunge forward.
  • 12.3 Flicked away through square leg for a single.
  • 12.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 12.1 Williamson goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 11.6 This one is worked away to mid-wicket for one. 72/1
  • 11.5 Closer to the stumps on a length, Kane blocks it off the inner half to the bowler.
  • 11.4 Beaten! The line is the same - around the fifth and sixth stump line. Williamson is caught in two minds on this occasion, whether to play it or not. Ends up poking at it but misses the edge not by much.
  • 11.3 On a length outside off, Kane taps it towards backward point.
  • 11.2 Similar ball, Williamson lets it come on before defending it towards point.
  • 11.1 Length ball just outside off, Guptill taps it in front of point and gets to the other end.
  • 10.6 Kane comes down the track and blocks. 70/1
  • 10.5 Cut away to the right of point for one.
  • 10.4 Martin defends this off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 10.3 Punched off the back foot by Williamson. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 10.2 Similar delivery, cut away to the man at point. There is a slight misfield there but no harm done.
  • 10.1 Flatter outside off, cut away past point for a brace.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Now a maximum of four fielders can be kept outside the circle till the 40th over.
  • 9.6 Full in length, in line of the stumps. Hit back towards the bowler. 66/1
  • 9.5 This ball is driven to the fielder at mid off.
  • 9.4 How did this miss the outside edge as well as the stumps? On a length outside off, slanting in. The ball seams away after pitching. Guptill looks to play the initial angle but is beaten on the outside. Lovely stuff.
  • 9.3 Kane punches this towards mid off and gets to the other end.
  • 9.2 On a length around off, punched towards mid off off the back foot.
  • 9.1 Full and angling in, driven towards wide mid on for one.
  • Faheem Ashraf is brought into the attack now.
  • 8.6 Floated on the stumps, Guptill looks to sweep but gets a top edge over square leg for one. 64/1
  • 8.5 This one is blocked off the back foot.
  • 8.4 Flatter and quicker on the pads, Guptill gets it off the inside edge towards short fine leg. Thinks about the run but seeing the ball go quickly to the fielder there, decides against it.
  • 8.3 Fired in around off, Martin lets it come on and blocks it.
  • 8.2 This time Kane finds the gap through covers and picks up three runs.
  • 8.1 Flatter outside off, Williamson punches it towards cover. There is a slight misfield there but nothing results.
  • 7.6 Williamson gets off the mark with a glide through backward point. Another quiet over after Munro's departure. 60/1
  • 7.5 On a length outside off, Guptill stands tall and punches it through point. The fielder chasing it does well to save a run for his side.
  • 7.4 Punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 7.3 This ball is defended from the crease.
  • 7.2 Martin stands tall and pushes it uppishly back towards the bowler.
  • 7.1 Raees continues round the wicket and lands it on a length outside off, Guptill stays on the back foot and blocks it towards point.
  • 6.6 Blocked from the front foot onto the ground. Decent start from the spinner. 56/1
  • 6.5 Kane has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.4 Four Leg byes! Not the ideal line from Nawaz. He bowls it flatter and on the pads, Williamson goes back to flick. Misses his shot and the ball brushes his pad and goes past the keeper. It has enough legs to eventually trickle away to the fence.
  • 6.3 Floated around off, Williamson goes back and presents a straight bat to block.
  • 6.2 This one is worked towards mid on from the crease.
  • 6.1 Begins with a flat and straight one on the stumps, defended by Kane.
  • Mohammad Nawaz to have bowl with the 3-over old ball. He should be fairly confident after pulling off a decent catch.
  • 5.6 Raees comes round the wicket and bowls it outside off, Guptill drives it towards covers. 52/1
  • Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper, gets out to the middle next.
  • 5.5 OUT! A wicket against the run of play here. Raees bowls a length ball just outside off, Munro plays one shot too many. Looks to go downtown with a big hit. Ends up mistiming it and the ball goes high in the air. Mid off and mid on both backtrack and it seems there might be some confusion regarding the calling. But Nawaz calls it well and takes it after getting there from the former position. On another look, it seemed that the ball bounced a touch more from that length and that proved to be the southpaw's undoing. Pakistan would be relieved with this breakthrough and would now look to bring things under control.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Short ball angling down leg, Munro stands tall and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary. That's a nice way to bring up the 50-run stand between the two. Once again the Kiwis are off to a nice start here.
  • The umpires are not happy with Raees' followthrough. He seems to be treading on the danger area.
  • 5.3 Length ball outside off, guided through backward point. Yamin is slow to get to the ball and hence a double results. The skipper and the bowler aren't happy with this effort. To find faults here, Sarfraz wasn't up to the stumps and had he been there, a run out chance could have been there.
  • 5.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 5.1 On a length outside off, Guptill slaps it through covers. The ball beats the fielder diving there. It, however, trickles away towards the fence, before which three runs are taken. The batters think about the fourth but decide against it seeing the throw coming in.
  • 4.6 This ball is kept out towards mid-wicket. 5 runs off this over, the best over in terms of runs conceded after the first over. 43/0
  • 4.5 Full in length, driven straight to mid on.
  • 4.4 Length ball outside off, cut straight to backward point.
  • 4.3 This is a slower delivery bowled at 112.1 kph. Martin just taps it besides the pitch on the off side and gets to the other end.
  • 4.2 Driven towards the mid on region.
  • 4.1 FOUR! Ho, ho, ho, it's a beauty! The straight drives are lovely to watch in the sport. Overpitched in line of the stumps, Guptill just times his drive down the ground to perfection. No fielder can cut that off and a boundary results.
  • 3.6 This one is defended from the crease with a straight bat. 10 runs off this over. 38/0
  • 3.5 Tapped in front of point and a quick run taken.
  • 3.4 Full on off, driven towards mid off. Nawaz does well to get to his left and put a dive to restrict them to one.
  • 3.3 FOUR! This is authoritative from Munro. Moves to 27 in no time here. Wide outside off but not too short. Colin cuts and cuts hard and manages to get it just over the leaping backward point fielder for a boundary. The Kiwis are off to a flier here.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Edged but runs! Full and outside off, Munro goes at it with all his might. Gets a thick outside edge past the lone slip fielder who is standing a bit wide and the ball races away to the third man fence.
  • 3.1 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 2.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 28/0
  • 2.5 SIX! What a shot! Was Guptill batting all the while before coming out here? Because this shot is one of a man in form and well set, but ironically, Martin gets off the mark with this. Full in line of the stumps, Guptill clears his front foot and hits it straight as an arrow. Gets half a dozen for that. Mind-boggling stuff.
  • 2.4 Colin has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 2.3 FOUR! Yamin changes angle but no change in the effect here. Comes round the wicket and hurls it on a length outside off. Munro stands tall and punches it through the cover region for another boundary. The bowler earned the skipper's disapproval as soon as the shot was played.
  • 2.2 Full outside off, Munro looks to smoke it through covers but misses.
  • 2.1 FOUR! Bang goes Munro. He uses his feet to get down the track but fails to get to the pitch of the ball. Still goes on with the hoick that he had planned and gets it off the inner half of his bat. That is enough contact made as the ball beats square leg and races away to the fence. Munro has already moved to 14 here.
  • 1.6 Full around off, driven to covers. Costly start for Rumman. 13/0
  • 1.5 This one is driven back towards the bowler.
  • 1.5 WIDE! Length ball but down the leg side, Guptill looks to flick but misses.
  • 1.4 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 1.3 This one is played through the point region for a single.
  • 1.2 FOUR! Another one now. Munro's moods seem clear and perilous for Pakistan. This is bowled on a length outside off, the width that he offered is a mistake. Munro cuts it over point and helps himself to yet another boundary. Back-to-back ones for Colin.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Runs straightaway off Raees' bowling. He bowls this full and outside off, Munro absolutely crashes it through covers to earn himself a boundary. This is the first of the game and should get the southpaw going.
  • The second new ball is in the hands of Rumman Raees. One slip in place.
  • 0.6 This one is kept out towards mid off with a drive. Nice start for both the sides. 3/0
  • 0.5 Munro looks to guide it towards third man but gets it off the outer edge to the same region to get off the mark.
  • 0.4 Much better. Hurled on a fullish length just outside off, it swings away as well. Munro looks to play it on the up but misses due to the movement away. This is what Yamin should be bowling more.
  • 0.3 This ball is cut away to backward point.
  • 0.2 Length ball around off, punched away towards covers for nothing.
  • 0.1 On a length around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 0.1 WIDE! Not the right line to start off for Yamin. Bowls it in line of the stumps and it swings down the leg side. Guptill watches it go towards the keeper. Ahmed dives to his left but fails to collect it and parries it further to his left. A bye also results. The Kiwis are off straightaway.
  • It's time for us to get underway. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro walk out with the bat. They'll hope to get the side off to a flier yet again. For Pakistan, Aamer Yamin to make use of the first new ball. Here we go...
  • TOSS - New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson calls it right at the toss and NEW ZEALAND WILL BAT FIRST. They make one change to their side, Matt Henry comes in for Trent Boult. There are three changes for Pakistan - Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir make way for Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz and Aamer Yamin. While Malik (head) and Ali (groin) are out due to injuries, Amir has been rested.
  • When the Asian side was scheduled to tour this nation, they'd put a better show than Windies in the preceding series was the general perception. Sadly for all, that hasn't been the case and now a whitewash in favour of the Kiwis looms. Shoaib Malik is out of this match after he got hit on the head in the previous ODI and who among Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq gets a go will be interesting to see. For the hosts, Trent Boult won't participate in this game. Will it be 5-0 New Zealand or do we have a final flourish from Pakistan? Stay with us as we get you the teams and the toss in a while.
  • Often, things associated with life move in circles. This has been the same with Basin Reserve in Wellington. It played host to the first match of this ODI series and now here we are at the same venue to draw curtains to the 50-over contest. This is the fifth and the last ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan. We are glad to have you with us for our coverage. The previous game at this venue was a rain-affected one and we'd hope for the weather to stay clear, although it is a bit cloudy at the moment.
  • Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, says that the feeling of blanking an opposition 5-0 is great. Opines that the opponents gave tough fights and none of the wins were easy. About the wickets, he says they were on the slower side and that's where the Pakistan bowlers made life difficult for them. Lauds his slow bowlers for adapting to these conditions. States that it was frustrating today to not shut the game off (after having Pakistan 57/5). States that Matt Henry was raring to go and he has done well to have made the opportunity count. Mentions that he is looking forward to the T20s as he opines it could be more competitive.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, credits the opposition for their performance. Rues his side's batting failures for the final outcome. Sounds optimistic about their bowling, stating that they have often got them in good positions in the game. Reckons that the youngsters will step up in the upcoming T20s. He is visibly disappointed with his team's performance as he walks away with a sulky face.
  • Martin Guptill is also the Player of the Series. Says he was confident as he was coming on the back of a reasonable form in spite of returning from injury. States that they had to graft hard with the bat and that's what got them to good totals. Reckons that the opposition bowlers made it tough for them to get quick runs and tall scores.
  • Time for the presentation. First up is Martin Guptill, who has been adjudged the Man of the Match. He says that the new ball was skidding on and along with Colin Munro, they got off to a flying start. He hopes to continue having good partnerships with the southpaw, who plays an attacking brand of cricket. Adds that once the ball got older, it was tough to stroke it away. Insists his shoulder is alright.
  • Earlier in the match, Martin Guptill stroked his way to a magnificent hundred. It wasn't one of those innings where he gets after the bowlers and gives them a bashing, although it began with a huge hit from his blade. He stitched together a 112-run stand with Ross Taylor to give a good platform for the rest to capitalize on. But Pakistan's bowler's never let the final flourish come in as they picked up 66/5 in the last 10 overs. Rumman Raees and Faheem Ashraf picked up 5 among them to put brakes on the high-flying Kiwis.
  • The final outcome wouldn't have been possible if not for Matt Henry's crucial strikes early in the innings. He ended up with four wickets, thereby missing his fifer by not much. He was well supported by Mitchell Santner, who used his flight and guile to fox the batsmen.
  • However, what was on show from that position was something that is worth learning from for the others. Haris Sohail and Shadab Khan strung together a 105-run stand that came off 122 balls. If anything, this partnership gave the tourists an outside chance at having a shot at the target. Aamer Yamin, Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Nawaz chipped in with useful contribution till the very end. But lack of wickets towards the end stymied their chances of getting a win on the tour. Picture this - the last five wickets added 199 for them and yet they ended 15 runs short of where they should have been at the end of the game.
  • Pakistan's bowlers restricted the New Zealand which seemed to be a surmountable score. But their batters made a hash of the run chase. As seen throughout the series, the base of chasing any total that is par or above is a good opening stand. The visitors have failed at stringing just that and that shows in the final outcome. None of the top order bats looked to stay out there and that shows in them slipping down to 57/5.
  • Wow! What a game we had in the end. It became to close for comfort in the end for New Zealand. Remember, sport is won on the field and not on paper or propositions. If only the top order batsmen had turned up... If only they hadn't been reckless in playing their shots... If only... Ifs and buts count for nothing. The better side won in the end, not before enthralling the sparse crowd in Wellington with some exciting brand of cricket.
  • 48.6 OUT! That's all! Raees gets a short ball in the line of the stumps, he looks to pull it away over deep mid-wicket. Ends up mistiming it and hitting it in the air. Ferguson runs to his right from long on and takes that one with ease. Never took his eyes off that. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 15 RUNS AND TAKE THE SERIES 5-0!
  • 48.5 Back of a length ball on the body, Raees backs away and looks to pull. The ball goes off his shoulder to the keeper. The crowd go up thinking it to be a wicket but it is not.
  • 48.4 This one is pulled away through mid-wicket for one. No chance for the batters to take the second here. 16 off 8 away.
  • 48.3 Length ball outside off, Aamer guides it through backward point. He hares back for the second run and beats the throw from the deep as he dives in, in desperation. He knows how important it is for him to get on strike.
  • 48.2 Short ball, Yamin misses the pull.
  • 48.1 FOUR! How many runs towards the end of this innings have come off the inside edge? We'll let you figure that out. Add this one to that list as Yamin squeezes this yorker off the inside edge to the fine leg fence. 19 required of 11.
  • Matt Henry to bowl out now. 23 required off the last two.
  • 47.6 Another yorker on the stumps, dug out for nothing. 249/9
  • 47.5 FOUR! Runs are all that matter for Pakistan and Raees will be happy that he is still unbeaten at the crease. Southee nails a yorker on point, Raees' bat comes down in time. The ball goes off the inner edge past the leg stick, beats Latham on the dive and goes to the fine leg fence. 23 more required for the visitors.
  • 47.4 Another yorker, dug out through square leg for one.
  • 47.3 Full ball on the pads, Yamin fails to get bat to that and gets it off his pads. A couple of leg byes result.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Southee misses his yorker by not much but pays a big price for that. It turns out to be an overpitched delivery. Yamin makes room and smacks it down the ground for a boundary. Long off can only retrieve it from the fence.
  • 47.1 Yorker on the stumps, dug out towards mid on.
  • Tim Southee to bowl out. 34 runs are required off the last three overs. The Kiwis need to knock just one over.
  • 46.6 Shorter in length and slower in pace. Raees looks to pull but is early into the shot. Ends up getting it off the bottom of the blade towards square leg for nothing. 238/9
  • 46.5 Fuller outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 46.5 WIDE! Another bouncer, ducked under. The umpire signals a wide and also says that it is the second one for the over.
  • 46.4 Slower one outside off, Yamin looks to heave it out of New Zealand but only makes contact with thin air.
  • 46.3 Length ball angling down leg, nudged down to fine leg for one. Raees opens his account now.
  • Rumman Raees strides out to bat as the last batsman for Pakistan.
  • 46.2 OUT! Knocked him over! Length ball in line of the stumps at 148.9 kph, Nawaz sees the length and looks to play the big shot. He's caught off guard with the pace on that and ends up getting his stumps shattered. Perhaps, Ferguson vented his frustration at being wided on the previous ball with this high-paced stuff. The hosts are just one wicket away from 5-0 win now.
  • 46.2 WIDE! Slower bouncer in line of the stumps, Nawaz gets beaten by the lack of pace on that one. The umpire then decides to stretch his arms belatedly that surprises the Kiwis.
  • 46.1 Slower ball outside off on a fuller length. Nawaz fails to get it away and it is a dot ball.
  • 45.6 The ball has taken the inside edge of the bat and goes down the leg side. They pick up a single. 38 runs required off the last 4 overs now. 234/8
  • 45.5 FOUR! Short in length, pulled away with disdain. Area - over the man at short fine leg. Crucial runs.
  • 45.4 This is pulled away through square leg for one.
  • Interesting! The batters got together in the middle and exchanged their bats. This is just like the practise done in gully cricket.
  • 45.3 Nawaz works it through square leg for a single.
  • 45.2 Another yorker around off, dug out towards cover-point for one.
  • 45.1 Excellently bowled. Southee runs in and nails in a yorker in line of the stumps. Yamin does well to get his bat down on time.
  • Tim Southee is back on.
  • 44.6 FOUR! This is full just outside off, Nawaz makes room and just plants his open-faced bat down in on time. Guides the ball to the third man fence for a boundary. 16 runs have come off this over. 226/8
  • 44.5 Short in length, Nawaz goes for the pull. Top edges it towards mid-wicket. It lands in the no man's land and a couple taken.
  • 44.4 FOUR! If the previous ball has power in it, this one has classical timing. Overpitched in line of the stumps, Nawaz drives it down the ground. His timing is such that Williamson at mid off doesn't stand a chance of cutting that off.
  • 44.3 SIX! Boom! Short in length, Nawaz makes room and pulls it with aplomb. He has made more-than-decent connection as the ball goes all the way over the fence.
  • 44.2 Banged short on the stumps, ducked under.
  • 44.1 Short ball, pulled straight to mid-wicket.
  • Lockie Ferguson back into the attack.
  • 43.6 SIX! Yamin says, even I can weild my willow here. Gets down and slogs this high over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum. It has gone 85m over the fence. Santner bowls out and his figures read 10-0-40-3. 210/8
  • 43.5 Nawaz guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
  • 43.4 This is a bit short in length, cut away by Aamer for one.
  • 43.3 Yamin charges down the track and defends.
  • 43.2 Floated in line of the stumps, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • Mohammad Nawaz is the next batsman in.
  • 43.1 OUT! The batsman who have got their eyes in are intent on gifting away their wickets to Santner. After Sohail and Shadab, add Ashraf to the list. Sees this ball flighted, he gets down to slog sweep it over mid-wicket. Ends up skying it high. Southee gets to his right from mid-wicket and runs backwards towards mid on and takes it nicely. These are not easy catches, mind you, but Tim has done really well. Pakistan slip further, they require 70 more off 41 balls, while the hosts just 2 wickets away.
  • 42.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 13 runs have come off this over. 70 more required off 42 balls now. 202/7
  • 42.5 SIX! This is a top edge, make no mistake. Yet it sails over the fence for a biggie. Bowled short in line of the stumps, it is slanting away from Ashraf. He gives it his all and goes for the pull. Gets a thick top edge that helps the ball sail over the fine leg fence for half a dozen.
  • 42.4 Bouncer in line of the stumps, FA ducks.
  • 42.3 FOUR! This guy can bat, he really can. Length delivery outside off, Faheem stands deep in the crease and guides it to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 42.2 Turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 42.1 FOUR! Edged but runs! At the moment, for Pakistan, it doesn't matter how runs come as far as they keep coming. Length delivery well outside off, Yamin first makes room, but then reaches out to this delivery that is well away. Ends up getting a cue end just past the keeper for a boundary. Simon Doull on air says that Latham at least should have dived and given a try there.
  • Matt Henry comes back for another burst. He has a couple of overs left. Can he get a fifer here? 86 required off the last 8 overs.
  • 41.6 This is eased down to long on for a single. 186/7
  • 41.5 Nudged down to fine leg for one.
  • 41.4 Nicely played. Ashraf goes deep inside the crease and guides it through backward point for a brace. There is a slight misfield in the deep but the couple was always on.
  • 41.3 Flat outside off, cut away for one.
  • 41.2 Punched off the backfoot by the batsman.
  • 41.1 Loopy ball wide outside off Yamin looks to fetch the slog but misses.
  • 40.6 SIX! Bazoooka! What a shot this! It came out of nowhere. De Grandhomme bowls a slower one on a shorter length in line of the stumps. Ashraf is on the front foot but transfers his weight back nicely and heaves it over deep square leg for half a dozen. That traveled 88 metres in spite of it coming off the inner half. 9 runs off this over, 91 more needed. 181/7
  • 40.5 This one is pulled through square leg for a single.
  • 40.4 Fuller in line, eased towards mid-wicket.
  • 40.3 A short delivery which has been pulled away. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 40.2 This one is pulled away towards square leg.
  • 40.1 Lucky runs. Shorter in length, Yamin looks to pull but gets a top edge towards third man for one.
  • The last Powerplay is in progress now. A maximum of 5 fielders can be outside the inner ring till the end of the innings. Colin de Grandhomme is into the attack now. 100 required for Pakistan in the last 10 overs while the Black Caps require 3 wickets.
  • 39.6 Sohail looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 172/7
  • 39.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 39.4 Yamin gets going straightaway with a drive through covers.
  • Aamer Yamin walks in next.
  • 39.3 OUT! Mitchell Santner is making the right noises in this spell. He has picked up two wickets in two overs. What's more, he has got both the set batters out of here. Tosses it up well outside off, Shadab now cannot resist the temptation of coming down the track. Does so and looks to go inside out. Ends up getting a thick outside edge straight to short third man where Nicholls accepts a dolly. Another set batsman departs and now the end is nigh for Pakistan.
  • 39.2 Floated on the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 39.1 The carrom ball bowled on the pads, Ashraf nudges it to short fine leg for a single.
  • 38.6 Faheem plays it to point for one. 170/6
  • 38.6 Five Wides! Poor delivery but Latham should have done better. Ferguson sprays this down the leg side at 145.7 kph, Ashraf misses the flick. Latham is late in putting the dive to his right and fails to get a hand to that. The ball speeds away to the fence in no time. NZ need to be careful here.
  • 38.5 Hurled around off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 38.4 Fuller in length, driven through mid off for one.
  • 38.3 Fuller in length, Shadab keeps it out towards covers.
  • 38.2 This is outside off, played towards point.
  • 38.1 Bumper on the stumps, Khan gets away from the line of the ball.
  • 37.6 Khan taps it in front of covers and gets to the other end. 163/6
  • 37.5 Khan keeps it out from the crease.
  • 37.4 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 37.3 Floated on off, driven towards covers.
  • Fahim Ashraf is the next man in. Remember, he came out to open the innings in the previous game and here he is today, in at no.8.
  • 37.2 OUT! Is this the striking blow served on Pakistan? Is this the scalp that helps New Zealand shut the game off? Santner, with his guile, ekes out a big scalp. He tosses it up brilliantly and asks Sohail to go big down the ground. The batter is so well set, that he thinks he can easily clear long on and get a maximum. Fails to counter for the lack of pace on this one and doesn't get to the pitch of the ball even after dancing down the track. Gets more height than distance and the ball travels straight to Henry stationed at long on. A very good innings from the southpaw comes to an end, the Kiwis are just 4 wickets away from a win here. The men in green require 110 more in 76 balls.
  • 37.1 Fuller on the pads, placed towards mid-wicket.
  • Mitchell Santner back for a bowl.
  • 36.6 Banged short in line of the stumps, Khan evades it. 162/5
  • 36.5 Sohail plays it to long off and gets to the other end.
  • 36.4 This is punched off the back foot towards covers for one.
  • 36.3 FOUR! Take a bow, Shadab Khan! Gets to his 3rd ODI fifty in style, it is his second in this series. Gets a back of a length ball around off, he arches back and just helps it through the vacant slip cordon for a boundary to bring up his milestone. Gets down and pays respect to the Almighty as he celebrates. Also, this partnership reaches triple figure now. This stand has kept their side in the game still.
  • 36.2 Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 36.1 On a length around off, defended from the crease.
  • Lockie Ferguson is back into the attack.
  • 35.6 This drive finds the cover fielder to perfection. 156/5
  • 35.5 FOUR! Gets the desired boundary this time. Fuller and straighter in line of the stumps, Sohail hits it straight down the ground for a boundary. 10 runs already off this over.
  • 35.4 Well saved! Length ball, a touch short, Sohail goes back and hits it over mid on. He hasn't timed it too well but clears the fielder there. He chases it and does well to keep them to two.
  • 35.3 FOUR! Clever and deft. Length ball angling away, Sohail stands tall and just opens the face of the bat at the last moment. The ball races to the third man for a boundary.
  • 35.2 This is full, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 35.1 Punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 34.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 146/5
  • 34.5 Sohail nudges it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 34.4 This one is pulled away through square leg for one.
  • Latham stands up to the stumps.
  • 34.3 FOUR! Khan is looking confident in the company of Sohail here. Gets a delivery that is short in length, he flat-bats it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Gets to 46 with that.
  • 34.2 This one is driven through the cover region for one.
  • 34.1 9th ODI fifty for Haris Sohail. He has held fort well here, even when all seemed lost for Pakistan. What's more, he has largely looked untroubled and has batted at a good pace. He drives the full ball that he gets here down the ground for a couple to get to the mark. Consecutive fifties for the southpaw.
  • 33.6 Guided to third man for a single that takes him to 48. 137/5
  • 33.5 Banged short in the line of the stumps, Sohail loses his balance as he sways away from the line.
  • 33.4 Short ball, seems to be a knuckle delivery. Khan pulls it to square leg for one.
  • 33.3 This ball is outside off, played through point for one.
  • 33.2 This is bowled outside off, cut away to deep backward point for one.
  • There is a small chat with Kyle Mills, the Kiwi bowling coach, on air. He has been asked about Matt Henry's return today after he played a game on the Boxing Day last year. The coach replies that he has an exceptional bouncer and has been disciplined with the ball today. Says that he himself shouldn't be harsh on him and should perform freely.
  • 33.1 On the pads, clipped away through square leg for one.
  • Drinks are on the field now. 17 overs left in the game and Pakistan are still 140 runs away from their destination. They have only 5 wickets left. They have done well to have Ashraf, the all-rounder, back in the dug out still. Can they sneak home from here or will the screenplay pan as per the script?
  • 32.6 FOUR! Just evades short third man. Hurled fuller in length outside off, Khan looks to go over cover. Gets a thick outside edge that flies just over a leaping Nicholls and races away to the third man fence. 132/5
  • 32.5 Quick run. Sohail pats this delivery around off towards mid off and sets off for a run. Williamson there is on his heels and hence allows the single in spite of the wild shy at the bowler's end.
  • 32.4 Short and wide, Khan hangs back and slaps it through the cover region for one.
  • 32.3 Bowled in line of the stumps, punched back to the bowler.
  • 32.2 Length ball on the pads, flicked away through backward square leg for one. This stand is worth 69 now.
  • Tom Latham comes up to the stumps.
  • 32.1 Fuller and on the pads, kept down to mid-wicket.
  • Colin de Grandhomme comes back into the attack.
  • 31.6 Haris plays it through point to retain strike. 125/5
  • 31.5 Another length ball outside off, Shadab throws his hands at that and gets it off the outer half to third man for one.
  • 31.4 This one is defended off the front foot.
  • 31.3 Length ball on the pads, nudged away to fine leg for one.
  • 31.2 This one is flicked off the pads to square leg for nothing.
  • 31.1 Length ball outside off, Shadab slaps it through the cover region for one.
  • Matt Henry, with figures of 5-1-11-3, comes back into the attack. Pakistan require 151 more runs in 114 balls. In the era of T20s, this is a gettable task but with not much batting left in the banks, the task is a difficult one.
  • 30.6 Short and wide, cut away to deep backward point to retain strike. 121/5
  • 30.5 This ball is bunted towards covers.
  • 30.4 Angling in on a length, Shadab gets beaten for pace and gets hit high on the back leg. An appeal follows from the fielding team but the umpire doesn't give the nod.
  • 30.4 WIDE! Banged short but going down leg, Shadab ducks. Wide signaled.
  • 30.4 WIDE! Full and angling down leg, Khan misses the flick and it is wided by the umpire.
  • 30.3 Blocked from the crease with a straight bat.
  • 30.2 This one is angling away from Sohail, he stays back and guides it to third man for one.
  • 30.1 On a length outside off, played towards point.
  • 29.6 This one is hit back straight to the bowler. 117/5
  • 29.5 FOUR! That's not a good ball from Mitch. Bowls a half-tracker, Khan has enough time to go back and pull it over mid-wicket for a boundary. The stand moves to 60, while the margin for victory comes down to 156.
  • 29.4 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 29.3 Wow. Mitchell tosses it up outside off, Khan goes inside out over covers for one.
  • 29.2 Shadab gets behind the ball and blocks it down.
  • 29.1 Floated up around leg, driven back a tad uppishly past the bowler for one. On another look it is seen that it is the carrom ball. The on-air commentator Ian Smith feels proud that he picked that up from a distance on the first go.
  • 28.6 Banged short on the stumps, Khan sways away from the line to let it be. 110/5
  • 28.5 On the pads, nudged away through backward square leg for one.
  • 28.4 Short and wide outside off, Sohail looks to play at that but misses.
  • 28.3 Now, sees this ball on a length outside off and guides it to third man for one.
  • 28.2 Khan brings down a nice straight bat to block this out.
  • 28.1 Length ball outside off, a touch fuller. Driven nicely to sweeper for one.
  • Lockie Ferguson back for a burst.
  • 27.6 Defended off the back foot by SK. 107/5
  • 27.5 Khan gets down to sweep but get hit on the right shoulder.
  • 27.4 Sohail eases this down to long on to rotate strike. This brings up the 50-run stand between Sohail and Khan. This is turning out to be a good association. Pakistan would be thinking, if only some of the top order batsmen displayed what these two have done.....
  • 27.3 Carrom ball gone wrong! Santner tries the variation but it doesn't come off well. Ends up being a short one and Shadab goes back and cuts it through cover-point for one.
  • 27.2 Some more air given to this one around middle and leg, Khan lunges forward and defends.
  • 27.1 Nicely floated around off and middle, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 26.6 Khan stays back to this length ball and cuts it past backward point for one. 105/5
  • 26.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 26.4 Sohail once again stands tall and opens the face of the bat to guide it to third man for one.
  • 26.3 Full and outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 26.2 Hurled on a length around off, Sohail guides it through backward point for one.
  • 26.1 Bowled in line of the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 25.6 Angled in and floated nicely, Shadab gets down and sweeps it over square leg for a brace. 101/5
  • 25.5 Loopy ball around off, driven through covers for one.
  • 25.4 Lovely bowling from Santner. He is using the width of the crease nicely here. Goes wide and tosses it up nicely around leg. Khan looks to make room and play it inside out. Ends up missing the ball, which goes off his back thigh over the stumps, past the keeper for one. Leg bye signaled by the umpire. Shadab is lucky to be out there still.
  • 25.3 Knocked through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 25.2 Floated full outside off, driven straight to the man at covers.
  • 25.1 Flighted ball around off and middle, driven through mid off for one.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is back on the field.
  • 24.6 Haris pushes it defensively back towards the bowler. 95/5
  • 24.5 Short ball, a tennis-like pull shot played towards square leg for one.
  • 24.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is also off the field.
  • 24.3 Outside off, defended towards point.
  • 24.2 This one is nicely flicked away through mid-wicket. Gets two for the shot.
  • 24.1 On a length around off, defended off the back foot.
  • Tim Southee back on.
  • 23.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 92/5
  • Martin Guptill has gone out of the field. After the effort on the previous ball, he looked to be in some discomfort and has rightly walked off the field. New Zealand will hope that he hasn't done some serious damage to himself.
  • 23.5 Served on off, eased past mid off. Guptill gets there, puts in a dive but fails to stop that. Immediately is unhappy with something and is seen clutching his right shoulder in pain.
  • 23.4 This one is blocked off the front foot.
  • 23.3 Tossed up outside off, Shadab lofts it inside out over covers for a couple.
  • 23.2 This ball is kept out towards covers.
  • 23.1 Floated up nicely in line of the stumps, Shadab comes forward and guides it towards backward point.
  • 22.6 HS defends it from within the crease. 89/5
  • 22.5 Khan goes back and works this through mid-wicket to get to the other end.
  • 22.4 This is flicked off the pads through square leg for one.
  • 22.3 This one is guided to the fielder at point.
  • 22.2 This full ball is driven down the ground. Mid off gets to his left and cuts it off.
  • 22.1 Full around middle, driven to mid on.
  • 21.6 Khan goes back and blocks it with a straight bat. 87/5
  • 21.5 Santner continues round the wicket and delivers this on the pads. Haris works it away round the corner for one.
  • 21.4 Shadab eases this through mid off to rotate strike.
  • 21.3 Flatter and shorter outside off, Khan goes back and cuts it through backward point for a brace.
  • 21.2 This one is defended towards point.
  • 21.1 Floated on the stumps, turned through square leg for one.
  • 20.6 Almost played on! Length ball just outside off, Khan looks to guide it to third man and get to the other end. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his back boot. Thankfully for him, he doesn't play this on. 82/5
  • 20.5 FOUR! Timing. That's all that was there on this one. Full and angling in, Khan just drives it through wide mid on. The fielder there gets to his left, puts in the dive but fails to have any impact on that. A boundary results.
  • 20.4 Guided to third man for a single from the crease.
  • 20.3 This ball is driven towards mid off for a quick run even as Kane does well to stop it with a dive. 195 more needed off 178 balls for the visitors.
  • 20.1 Fuller on off, pushed defensively back towards the bowler.
  • 19.6 Guided to the point region off the front foot for a single. 76/5
  • 19.5 Shadab prods forward and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • Look at the eagerness. Visuals of Santner's carrom ball to dismiss Fakhar Zaman in the previous game are rolled in and the commentators on air are eager to see that dream delivery yet again. So much so that they are seen indulging in predicting every other ball to be a carrom ball.
  • 19.4 Nicely tossed up, Khan plays with the turn to backward point.
  • 19.3 Floated around leg, Khan lunges forward and defends.
  • 19.2 A touch shorter in length, it allows Sohail to go back and punch it down the ground for one.
  • 19.1 Floated around off, defended with a straight bat face.
  • Mitchell Santner is introduced at the bowling crease.
  • 18.6 Haris stays back and guides it to third man to rotate strike. 74/5
  • 18.6 WIDE! Full and down the leg side, Sohail misses the flick. The umpire has to stretch his arms.
  • 18.5 Bowled in line of the stumps, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 18.4 Length ball outside off, patted towards point for one.
  • 18.3 This ball is similar to the previous one, punched off the back foot to covers.
  • 18.2 On a length around off and middle, Khan goes back and presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 18.1 Full on the pads, flicked away to fine leg for a couple.
  • 17.6 The batsman guides it to third man. They pick up a single. 69/5
  • 17.5 On the pads, flicked through square leg for a run.
  • 17.4 Fuller in length, pushed to covers.
  • 17.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 17.2 FOUR! Haris is looking really comfortable out there. Ferguson bowls it on the pads. Sohail flicks it through mid-wicket and the ball races away.
  • 17.2 WIDE! Another one down the leg side and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 17.2 FIVE WIDES! That must have slipped! Ferguson bowls it way down the leg side. Latham behind the stumps, dives to his right but he had no chance. The ball beats him and goes down to the fence and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 17.1 Back of a length on off, defended solidly.
  • Shadab Khan walks out to the middle.
  • 16.6 OUT! Oh, oh, oh! What a catch, Ross! New Zealand can do nothing wrong here. Colin de Grandhomme gets his first. He lands it on a length around middle, Sarfraz Ahmed comes down the track and tries to go over mid-wicket. It goes off the inner half towards Taylor there, who times his jump to perfection, sticks his right hand out and takes an excellent catch. Half the side is back in the hut for Pakistan. They need another 215 more and a miracle from here if they are to win. 57/5
  • 16.5 On a length on middle, driven to mid on.
  • 16.4 On the pads, flicked through square leg for a run.
  • 16.3 The batsman has driven that ball straight back.
  • 16.2 On a length around off, defended solidly.
  • 16.1 Fuller on middle, Ahmed works it to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 15.6 Bouncer on middle, Sohail defends it. 55/4
  • 15.5 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 15.4 Back of a length on off, defended.
  • 15.3 Back of a length on off, guided down to third man for a run.
  • 15.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 15.1 Almost chops it on! Ferguson bowls it shorter in length outside off, Sarfraz tries to guide it down to third man away from his body. The ball takes the inside edge and onto his shoes and rolls besides the stumps.
  • 14.6 Back of a length on off, defended solidly. 54/4
  • 14.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 14.3 Works it with the angle towards mid-wicket. The fielder comes running in towards the ball but misfields as he takes his eyes off it, no extra run conceded though as mid on was backing up.
  • 14.2 Fuller on off, driven to covers.
  • 14.1 Back of a length on off, pushed towards cover for a run.
  • Drinks! Sarfraz Ahmed, the skipper, walks out to the middle.
  • 13.6 OUT! Munro takes it this time and he is delighted, pleased to hang on to one! Ferguson bangs it short outside off, Hafeez, who was happy to block most of the balls he faced, tries to slap this one over covers. He does not get the desired elevation and Munro there leaps and takes it by stretching both his hands and throws it up in joy. Just as a partnership was starting to build New Zealand strike. The Kiwis are six wickets away now from inflicting a whitewash. 52/4
  • 13.5 Back of a length on off, Hafeez defends it.
  • 13.4 Back of a length on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 13.3 Full and wide outside off, the sucker ball. Hafeez was sucked into the shot but gets beaten.
  • 13.2 Back of a length on off, pushed to covers.
  • 13.1 FOUR! Lovely timing! Perfect example of using the pace. Ferguson bowls it fuller at 142 Kph! Hafeez leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 12.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 48/3
  • 12.5 Angles it on the pads, Hafeez misses the flick and is hit on the pads. The ball rolls on the leg side for a leg bye.
  • 12.4 Shorter in length outside off, Haris tries to force it through the off side off the back foot. He gets an inside edge, between his legs for a run.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Brilliant shot! The on drive is one of the hardest shots to play and Haris made it look very simple there. Colin bowls it full on middle, Sohail eases it through mid on for boundary.
  • 12.2 On a length outside off, driven on the up to point.
  • 12.1 Fullish ball outside off, Sohail leaves it.
  • 11.6 A bouncer at 141 kph! Hafeez is hurried as he tries to pull. He mistimes it to square leg. 42/3
  • 11.5 Shorter on middle, Haris works it towards mid on for a quick run.
  • 11.4 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 11.3 FOUR! Much-needed! Full on off, driven through mid off and the ball races away.
  • 11.2 Back of a length on off, pushed to point.
  • 11.1 Back of a length on off, guided to point for a run. The fielder there makes a good stop but can't stop the single.
  • 11.1 Bowls a bouncer but down the leg side. The umpire calls it a wide.
  • Lockie Ferguson into the attack.
  • 10.6 A single to finish! Full on off, driven towards mid off for a run. 35/3
  • 10.5 Full on off, eased to mid off.
  • 10.4 Bowls it outside off, Hafeez uses his wrists to flick it to mid-wicket for no runs.
  • 10.3 On the middle stump, cliped to mid-wicket.
  • 10.2 Fullish outside off, driven to covers.
  • 10.1 On the pads, Hafeez fails to put it away as he flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now 4 fielders can be placed outside the circle till the 40th over. Also, Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack.
  • 9.6 Sloppy from New Zealand! You normally don't see them being poor in the field. Henry bowls it just behind a length. Haris guides it towards point. The fielder there misfields and concedes two. 34/3
  • 9.5 Fuller in length on off, driven to mid off.
  • 9.4 Another dot! This is what wickets do, they stop you from scoring. Henry bowls it back of a length, Sohail pushes it to covers.
  • 9.3 Bowls a bumper on middle, Sohail ducks.
  • 9.2 Another length ball around off, Haris is solid in defense.
  • 9.1 Back of a length on off, Haris guides it towards point.
  • 8.6 Fullish ball on off, driven to mid off. 32/3
  • 8.5 Shorter in length outside off, Hafeez goes to pull but is beaten.
  • 8.4 On a length, Hafeez defends it.
  • 8.3 Another edge but this time it is a run. Sohail goes after a ball outside off, it takes the edge and goes down to third man for a single.
  • 8.2 Back of a length on off, Haris defends it to point.
  • 8.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.6 Back of a length on off, Hafeez defends it onto the ground. 31/3
  • 7.5 A length ball which rises off the surface. Hafeez does well to evade it.
  • Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in.
  • 7.4 OUT! Henry gets his third and Azam is walking back. Does that now end the hopes of Pakistan chasing this total? Henry bowls it on a length around off, it shapes away a touch. Azam presses forward to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes into the hands of Guptill at second slip who takes it. The line was such that he HAD TO play at it. Excellent bowling by the pacer. The Kiwis are ecstatic and Azam's poor form continues. Pakistan are three down now and they are staring down the barrel.
  • 7.3 Bouncer! Azam ducks under it.
  • 7.2 Full on off, Sohail drives it towards mid off. He sets of for a run. The fielder there fails to collect it and hence a run completed.
  • 7.1 Length ball outside off, Sohail leaves it.
  • 6.6 Full on off, driven to mid off. 30/2
  • 6.6 Bowls it way outside off, the umpire signals a wide.
  • 6.5 Fullish ball on middle, eased to mid on.
  • 6.4 Fuller in length outside off, driven through covers. Santner gives it a chase and saves a run for his side.
  • 6.3 Shorter outside off, cut down to third man for a run.
  • 6.2 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 6.1 Length outside off, Azam lets it be.
  • 5.6 The batsman guides it to third man. They pick up a single. 25/2
  • 5.5 Fuller in length on middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 5.4 Good length on off, defended solidly.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Exquisite! This guy is some talent. Not a bad delivery by Henry. He bowls it on a length around middle, Azam uses his wrists and works it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Length ball outside off, guided down to third man to get off the mark.
  • Haris Sohail strides out.
  • 5.1 OUT! SOFT DISMISSAL! The catch has been taken this time. Henry lands it on a length around off. Zaman moves his front leg out of the way and tries to hit it on the up over mid off. He does not time it and it lobs to Kane Williamson who takes an easy catch. Henry gets his second and he is breathing fire. Zaman could not make a lot of the reprieve he got. Replays show that, the way Zaman was positioning himself, he looked like he was expecting a shorter one and hence could not adjust to the fuller ball. Maybe the blow on his head was playing on his mind. Now Pakistan are in big trouble. They need another 253 in 269.
  • 4.6 Length ball on off, defends it solidly. 19/1
  • 4.5 Back of a length on off, Azam guides it to point.
  • 4.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 4.3 FOUR! Southee has not got it right today! He errs in line and bowls it on the pads. Azam loves it there as he flicks it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 4.2 Back of a length on off, Azam defends it.
  • 4.1 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 3.6 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads. One run added to the total. Leg byes given by the umpire. 15/1
  • 3.5 Again! Henry beats the outside edge two balls in a row. He bowls it around off, shapes away. Azam tries to defend but is beaten again.
  • 3.4 BEATEN! Brilliant bowling! Henry is playing an international game after boxing day and he is right on money. He lands it on a length around off, it angles in and then straightens. Azam tries to defend but is beaten.
  • 3.3 On a length around off, defended.
  • Babar Azam walks out to the middle.
  • 3.2 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Henry draws first blood! He had Zaman dropped in his first over but this time he gets his partner. He bowls a full ball outside off, inviting the batsman to drive. Amin does so, he goes after it with his feet rooted in the crease. It takes the edge and goes low to Taylor who seems to have taken it. The umpire goes upstairs to check whether it has carried and replays show it clearly has. Amin has been given his marching orders. Pakistan have lost one early, not the start they would have wanted.
  • 3.1 Fuller on leg stump, swinging in. Amin tries to flick but tries to get an inside edge onto his pads. There is a muted appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 2.6 Fuller in length on middle, driven to mid on. 11 runs from the over. 14/0
  • 2.5 FOUR! Pulled with disdain! Southee may not be bowling as quick as Henry and hence Zaman is feeling comfortable pulling him. Southee once again bowls it short on middle, Zaman pulls it away, through mid-wicket for another boundary. Second of the over and this is turning out to be an expensive one.
  • 2.4 Another short ball on middle, Amin tucks it around the corner for a run.
  • 2.3 On the pads, worked on the leg side for a run.
  • 2.2 FOUR! Zaman will continue playing his shots! Southee bowls it short this time. Zaman gets into position and pulls it over square leg for a boundary.
  • 2.1 Back of a length on off, Amin taps it towards cover for a run.
  • 1.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 3/0
  • 1.5 DROPPED! Munro drops a relatively easy catch. How costly will that prove to be? It cost India the Champions Trophy when they gave Zaman a chance. Henry again bowls it short, it skids off the surface and also gets big on the batsman. Zaman tries to pull but mistimes it towards Munro who is standing in front of square. He runs to his right, stretches his hands out but fails to cling on. The batsmen take two and Zaman will now look to make most of this life.
  • 1.4 WOAH! Straight on the badge! That was quick from Henry. He bowls a bouncer, a well-directed one. Before Zaman could react the ball hits him on his helmet. The New Zealand players go up to him to ask him whether he is fine. Good gesture from the Kiwis.
  • 1.3 Back of a length on off, cut to point.
  • 1.2 On a length around off, pushed to covers.
  • 1.1 Swing! A fuller length ball on middle, it swings into the batsman. Zaman misses the flick to get hit on the pads.
  • Matt Henry will bowl with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 Enough, says Zaman! He steps down the track and tries to flick the ball on leg stump. The ball goes off the inner half and down to fine leg for a run. Just a single of the first over. 1/0
  • 0.5 Another fuller length ball on off, Zaman drives it to mid off.
  • 0.4 Shortens his length outside off, Zaman watches it through to the keeper.
  • 0.3 Another fullish ball outside off, trying to get it to shape back in. There is no swing though and Zaman square drives it to point.
  • 0.2 Fuller in length outside off, Zaman drives it to covers.
  • Zaman is not happy with something behind the bowler's arm. Don't know what the problem exactly is but it has now been solved and we are ready to go.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a full ball on middle, swings back in a touch. Zaman drives it to mid on.
  • We are back for the chase. 272 is what Pakistan need. Fakhar Zaman and Umar Amin will open the batting for them. They will look to give Pakistan a good start. Tim Southee will open the bowling for New Zealand. He has two slips in place.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114