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New Zealand Vs Pakistan Live Score (T20)

Date: Thursday, 25 January, 2018 14:02 IST Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Match Status: Match Ended

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 48 runs

  • The touring skipper fell in pursuit of some more quick runs and then it seemed that we might see them fall short of 200. But Azam had different ideas and he helped them cross that mark, bringing up his 3rd fifty in T20Is. Generally when the opposition scores so much, there is hardly anything to be written about the bowlers. Ben Wheeler is the only one who picked up a couple. Trent Boult began well but then lost his radar, as he gave away 25 off his last two overs.
  • So! Finally, the Pakistan batsmen decided to come to party. They were helped first up by a 94-run partnership for the opening wicket. Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad looked altogether different batters today. The former notched up his maiden T20I fifty while the latter missed his by 6. Even after these two departed, there was no respite for the Kiwis as Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed stitched together another catalytic 91-run stand.
  • Here's what Ish Sodhi has to say after the innings ends. Reckons that it is tough to chase this target down, though he backs his side to do it. Admits it is hard to bowl spin when the opposition has wickets in hand. States that it doesn't matter if a couple of balls go over the fence in this format, but it is important to not lose your cool. Ends feeling confident of his batters hunting this down.
  • 19.6 FOUR! Perfect finish to the innings! Short in length, pulled over mid-wicket for a one-bounce boundary. Gets Azam to his 3rd T20I fifty and also raises the 200 for Pakistan! They end on 201/4!
  • 19.5 Ali pats it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end. The throw is returned to the bowler. But the ball bounces on the edge of the pitch and bounces over the bowler towards covers. Thankfully there is a man there and no extra run results.
  • 19.4 Short in length, Ali misses the pull and gets hit on the shoulders.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Length ball just outside off, Ali looks to hit it over the bowler's head. Gets a thick outside edge over the keeper's head for a boundary. Runs don't matter how they come as long as they do.
  • 19.2 Sliced aerially towards third man for a single.
  • 19.1 Ali gets off the mark by playing it through mid-wicket.
  • Trent Boult to bowl the last over.
  • 18.6 In the air... dropped! Tough to call it so, though. Good effort. This short ball is pulled away towards deep backward square leg. Rance rushes there from fine leg, puts in a dive and gets his left hand to it but fails to take that. Two runs taken. 190/4
  • Hasan Ali is the next batter in.
  • 18.5 OUT! Two wickets in the over! Wheeler lands it on a length around off, Ashraf looks to heave it over mid-wicket. Is in no position to do so and gets it high on the bat. The ball goes in the air and Santner rushes to his left and catches it at square leg. However, the on-field umpire wants to ensure that the bowler's landing is right. Takes a look at the replays and confirms that all's good for Faheem to depart on a duck.
  • Gone? Ashraf is caught at square leg but the umpires are taking their time to check for the front foot no ball.
  • 18.4 Azam gets to the other end by working it through mid-wicket.
  • Faheem Ashraf walks in next.
  • 18.3 OUT! Wheeler gets his revenge next ball. Short in length, Ahmed looks to slog it to the on side yet again. Fails to make decent contact this time and the ball takes the top edge and goes straight up. Munro runs to his right from mid-wicket and catches that one easily. End of the skipper's cameo now.
  • 18.2 SIX! Length ball on the stumps, Ahmed slogs it high and handsome over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
  • 18.1 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
  • Ben Wheeler back for his last over, the penultimate one of the innings.
  • 17.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 181/2
  • 17.5 DROPPED! Santner, the culprit. We've seen this chap do it in the ODI series as well. Short in length, slower delivery. Ahmed looks to slog it but is early into the shot. Hits it straight to Santner there and he lets the ball go through his hands. A run taken as the ball rolls towards long on.
  • 17.4 Azam gets an outside edge towards third man yet again for one.
  • 17.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. The umpire has signalled a wide.
  • 17.3 SIX! Bad ball, put away! Rance delivers a juicy full toss on off, Azam clears his front foot and smashes it over long off for a biggie. The stand moves to 82 now.
  • 17.3 WIDE! Another one. Rance is losing his control here. Bowls it full and outside the tramline, BA has nothing to do with it. Wide given.
  • 17.2 Around off, pushed through covers for one.
  • 17.1 Full outside off, Babar gets a thick outside off towards third man for one.
  • 17.1 WIDE! Full and well outside off, Azam lets it be. The umpire has to stretch his arms out.
  • Seth Rance back for a burst.
  • 16.6 Azam retains strike by patting it towards point. 168/2
  • 16.5 Ahmed plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
  • 16.5 WIDE! Well outside off, SA lets it be. Too wide.
  • 16.4 SIX! Not allowed, Ish! He bowls it short in line of the stumps, Ahmed goes back and pulls it over deep mid-wicket for half a dozen.
  • 16.3 FOUR! Where was this Sarfraz all this while on the tour? Tossed up just outside off, Ahmed makes room and hits it inside out over covers for a boundary.
  • 16.2 OUCH! That must have hurt! Full around off, Azam gets down and belts it back. Not sure if Sodhi intended to get his hand to that or was late in getting it out of the way. The ball hits his left hand and lobs behind him. A run taken. Also, a DROPPED CHANCE!
  • 16.1 FOUR! Not to the pitch of the ball, but the result is good for Azam. Floats up around off, Babar uses his feet to get down and hits it over the bowler's head. The ball has enough to go to the long off fence.
  • 15.6 Azam taps it next to the pitch on the leg side for a run, which brings up 150 for Pakistan. 150/2
  • 15.5 FOUR! T20s have place for classical shots to be played. This is a proof of that. Full in length around off, Azam just push-drives it down the ground. The timing is such that it beats the man from mid off who puts in a dive. Nice way to bring up the 50-run partnership between these two.
  • 15.4 Short again, pulled through square leg for one.
  • 15.4 WIDE! Boult comes over the wicket and bangs this short on the stumps. Ahmed bails out of the pull shot early. It is wide as it passes over the head of the batter.
  • 15.3 Short in length, pulled straight to mid-wicket.
  • 15.2 Full and outside off, Ahmed looks to flay it through the off side but misses.
  • 15.1 SIX! Did I say 'just'? Perhaps Ahmed read that and said, take that! Boult lands it on a fuller length just outside off from round the wicket. It was bowled cross seam. Sarfraz goes back and smashes it straight over the bowler's head for half a dozen. Wonderful shot.
  • Trent Boult back for his third over. He's gone for just 13 runs so far.
  • 14.6 Flatter outside off, guided through backward point for one. 137/2
  • 14.5 On the pads, flicked away to rotate strike.
  • 14.4 Tossed up full outside off, Azam drives it through covers for a brace.
  • 14.3 Short in length, pulled away through square leg for one.
  • 14.2 Floated on a length in line of the stumps, Azam gets down and nudges it towards mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 14.1 Flatter just outside off, Ahmed stays deep in the crease and guides it towards short third man for one.
  • Ish Sodhi comes back on.
  • 13.6 FOUR! Fine shot! Dropped in short, on middle, Azam pulls it over square leg for a boundary! 130/2
  • 13.5 A bouncer now, on middle, Azam lets that go. It is high but no wide signalled. One bouncer called for the over.
  • 13.4 A short ball on middle, pulled straight to backward square leg in the deep for a run.
  • 13.4 WIDE. Angles this far from the batsman, left alone.
  • 13.3 Outside off, gets across and works it through square leg, does Babar, for a single.
  • 13.2 Outside off, dabbed past the diving keeper to third man for a run.
  • 13.1 On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • Ben Wheeler comes back on.
  • 12.6 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. 121/2
  • 12.5 Full and another one outside leg, flicked through square leg for another single.
  • 12.4 Down the leg side, flicked away for one.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Fine shot. Full and outside off, Azam just lofts it over mid off. There is a man in the deep but he cannot get there!
  • 12.2 Down the leg side, flicked fine for a run.
  • 12.2 WIDE. There comes the retort, paddle that if you can! Dug in short furiously but it is way over the batsman's head!
  • 12.1 FOUR! Cheeky Sarfraz. De Grandhomme is by no means a trundler but Sarfraz does not care. Gets down on a knee and paddles it through fine leg for a boundary. No medium pacer or fast bowler will like that. Let us wait for the retort.
  • 11.6 Full and outside off, pushed through the off side for a run more. 108/2
  • 11.5 Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.4 Another short ball, pulled down to long on for another single.
  • 11.3 Full on middle, punched down to long on for one.
  • 11.3 ANOTHER WIDE. This time on the off side. Landed outside off, Babar watches it spin past the guideline.
  • 11.3 WIDE. Sees Azam jump out of the crease and fires it down the leg side. Azam smartly gets back before the keeper can even collect.
  • 11.2 Dropped short, Sarfraz rocks back and drags a pull to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 11.1 Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a single.
  • Mitchell Santner is back on.
  • 10.6 Pushes this towards long on for a run to bring up the Pakistan 100. 100/2
  • 10.5 A short ball, pulled between long on and mid-wicket for a well-run couple.
  • 10.4 Full on middle, pushed down the ground for a single.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed in now.
  • 10.3 OUT! Back-to-back wickets for New Zealand. A short ball on middle, for once, Zaman does not play a pull shot with conviction. He tries to do something between a place and a pull and ends up mistiming the ball. It goes high in the air but not long enough. Ish Sodhi gets to the ball from fine leg to his right and takes it calmly.
  • 10.2 Full on off, pushed down to long on for a run to get off the mark.
  • 10.1 Down the leg side, worked through square leg for a single. Leg bye signalled though.
  • Colin de Grandhomme into the attack as well.
  • Babar Azam walks in at number 3, replacing Shehzad.
  • 9.6 OUT! Stop the press. The Black Caps have taken a wicket. A length ball on middle, Shehzad backs away to the leg side and lofts it cleanly down the line, just as on the previous ball but this time, finds the fielder Colin de Grandhomme to perfection at long on. The 94-run opening stand is broken. 94/1
  • 9.5 SIX! Not too much power, just placement. A length ball on leg stump, Shehzad moves to the leg side and just lofts it over long on. There is a fielder in the deep but cannot get there!
  • 9.4 FIFTY FOR ZAMAN! His first in this format. Reaches there with a pull through mid-wicket.
  • 9.3 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 9.2 DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE HAD ZAMAN. A length ball outside off, Shehzad cuts it in front of point. He takes a couple of steps and Zaman responds from the other end. Martin Guptill gets to the ball and now Shehzad coolly withdraws his intent, going back in his crease. Fakhar has come a bit too far and has to turn around. By that time, Guptill has already released his throw and the ball just misses the stumps at the bowler's end. Zaman was a yard short.
  • 9.1 A length ball outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Seth Rance comes back for his third over. 26 off the first 2.
  • 8.6 Outside off, the googly, Fakhar looks to punch but mistimes it aerially, almost towards extra cover. Top over from Sodhi - just 3 singles from it. 86/0
  • 8.5 Almost a yorker, on off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 8.4 Better shot, pushing the ball with soft hands through the off side for a run.
  • Direct hit! Is Zaman gone? Third umpire in question...
  • 8.3 NOT OUT! Outside off, AS cuts it in front of backward point and sets off for a single. But Kane Williamson dives to his right and stops the ball, which makes Zaman send Shehzad back.
  • 8.2 Full on off, Ahmed comes down the track but is not to the pitch of the ball. Ends up prodding it back.
  • 8.1 Landed outside off, comes back in, Shehzad goes back and punches it towards backward point.
  • 7.6 SIX! Bigggiieeeeeeeeee! How much of them will we see tonight? Full and outside off, Zaman gets down and mows it over mid-wicket! 22 from the over! 83/0
  • 7.5 Ahhh.... comes down the track again, is now not to the pitch of the ball and still goes hard. Gets a thick outside edge which flies past the keeper towards third man. Two runs taken.
  • 7.4 SIX! CRACK! Now he moves into the 40s! Full on leg stump, Zaman comes down the track and swings it over mid-wicket!
  • 7.3 SIX! Fine shot! Zaman goes past Shehzad! There is still some time for the F1 season to begin but there is already a race going on here. Full on middle, Zaman comes down the track and sends it sailing onto the sightscreen!
  • 7.2 Outside off, punched through covers for a run.
  • 7.1 Full and outside off, there comes the sweep again, for a single.
  • Mitchell Santner into the attack as well. Spin from both ends.
  • 6.6 Full and outside off, nicely swept through mid-wicket for another single. This is a very good shot in Zaman's arsenal. He sets down to play the slog sweep, drags the ball from well outside off, but does not hit it aerially at all. He always looks in total control while playing this shot which is never easy to do. Did look in total control on this occasion as well. 61/0
  • 6.5 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for one.
  • 6.4 That is a beauty. Pitched up to the batsman outside off, Shehzad looks to drive but is beaten by the away turn.
  • 6.3 On middle and leg, turned through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 6.2 The googly now, pushed past the bowler towards long on for a single.
  • 6.1 Full and around off, watchfully pushed back.
  • Spin is in. Ish Sodhi into the attack. For the first time really, in this entire tour, New Zealand under some sort of pressure.
  • 5.6 Full and outside off, hit hard but straight to cover. 13 from the over, 27 off the last 2! Terrific finish to the Powerplay - 57/0! 57/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! Wheeler continues bowling short and Zaman just pulls it past short fine leg for a boundary!
  • 5.4 On middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 5.3 FOUR! 50-run stand! Do not remember too many half century partnerships for Pakistan in this entire tour, for any wicket, let alone the first! What a way to bring it as well. Full and outside off, Shehzad bashes it over mid off and gets a boundary! Moves to 30 from 19 balls.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Poor bowling, short and down the leg side, Shehzad just uses the pace of the bowler and pull-places it behind square leg. The man at the boundary on the leg side is in front of square and cannot get there!
  • 5.1 A short ball on middle, Shehzad pulls it away but straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 4.6 FOUR! 14 from the over! A short ball outside off, Zaman just crashes it over point for the third boundary of the over! Change of ends does not work too differently for Rance. 12 from the first over, 14 from the second. 44/0
  • 4.5 Full and outside off, driven towards mid off for a run.
  • 4.4 Full on middle, driven beautifully again but straight to mid on.
  • 4.3 FOUR! Fine shot. Both batsmen are trying to outdo each other. Full on middle, Shehzad lofts this without much power and the ball nearly carries all the way to the ropes. Bounces just in front of the long on boundary. Shehzad wins the race to reach the 20s.
  • 4.2 Landed outside off, steered to third man for a single.
  • 4.1 FOUR! CLOUT! Partner-killer. Full and outside off, Zaman clobbers it back towards Shehzad who just ducks in time. Kane Williamson from mid off has no chance.
  • Another change. Seth Rance is swung around.
  • 3.6 Full on middle, flicked with the inswing towards short mid-wicket. Good comeback from Wheeler after going for a boundary on his first ball. 30/0
  • 3.5 Full on middle, swinging in again, Shehzad gets his left leg out of the way and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 3.4 Full on middle, swinging in, defended solidly.
  • 3.3 Wild swing. FZ comes down the track and blindly swings across the line. Luckily for him, the ball goes off the inside edge. just past the stumps to short fine leg. A single taken.
  • 3.2 Outside off, this is indeed short, outside off, Fakhar has a tame poke and is beaten.
  • 3.1 FOUR! Another boundary! 5th of the innings in 19 balls, which means they are making the ball cross the ropes once in every 4 deliveries! Not all that short, in fact it is on a length outside off, Zaman punches it in front of point and gets a boundary!
  • First change of the evening. Ben Wheeler into the attack.
  • 2.6 Banged in short, pulled terrifically to deep mid-wicket for a run. 25/0
  • 2.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 2.4 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • 2.3 Very full outside off, swinging in, Ahmed misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Is a dead duck and a prime LBW candidate. But he escapes being dismissed because it becomes BBW - Bat before wicket. Inside edge, in short.
  • 2.2 FOUR! He is in the mood tonight. Landed outside off, fractionally short of a half volley, Shehzad punches it over point for another boundary! He has moved to 16, of which 12 have come from boundaries!
  • 2.1 Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
  • 1.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 12 runs from the over. 18/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Oh yes, happy birthday. Fine leg is up and the bowler bowls a short ball down the leg side, Shehzad pulls it past short fine leg for a boundary!
  • 1.4 Outside off, dabbed to third man to get the boundary-scorer on strike.
  • 1.3 Good shot again! Not a dissimilar ball to the previous one, so Shehzad also does not change his shot by much. However, this time the timing is not the greatest and the fielders get to the ball. Three runs taken.
  • 1.2 FOUR! Nice-looking shot. A length ball outside off, Shehzad gets on top of the bounce and punches it through cover-point for a boundary!
  • 1.1 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • Seth Rance to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Full and wide outside off, Shehzad reaches out and squeezes it behind point for a run. 6/0
  • 0.5 Outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 0.4 On middle and leg, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 0.3 FOUR! First boundary of the innings! Hard to use the adjective beautiful when Zaman is batting but this was somewhere close to being beautiful. Full and outside off, Zaman reaches out to it, does not bother moving his feet, connects bat with ball and then gets it in the gap between cover and mid off.
  • 0.2 Ahhh... this is banged in short, Fakhar looks to pull but mistimes it to mid on. Nearly carried.
  • 0.1 Outside off, Zaman feels for it but misses.
  • The players make their way out to the middle. Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad stride out to open for Pakistan. Here comes the new ball maestro - Trent Boult. Shehzad to face first up. Here we go...
  • TOSS - Sarfraz Ahmed calls it right and PAKISTAN WILL BAT. As expected, Ahmed Shehzad comes in for them at the cost of Mohammad Nawaz. For the Kiwis, there are a few changes. Kane Williamson comes in for Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler is in for Anaru Kitchen and Tim Southee's rest makes way for Trent Boult.
  • The tourists' batting is doing them no good for the talks to shift to their bowling. That was the case in the one dayers and the first game of the shortest version had a similar tale to tell. Remember, they cannot settle with anything less than a win to keep the series alive. For the hosts, the players coming in as replacements are stepping up and doing well. Kane Williamson is back to lead the side for this game. Tim Southee and Ross Taylor will be rested. More of the team news and the toss in a bit. Stay with us.
  • The four-letter word that Pakistan are facing on this tour so far is LOSS. They were whitewashed in the ODI series and now, at 0-1 down, the T20I series seems to be slipping away from their hands. A glance at the other team and there's sunshine there. Almost every move is paying off for New Zealand, every player they pick is delivering the goods for them. We are glad to have you with us for this second T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan, to be played at Eden Park in Auckland.
  • This win augurs well for Pakistan as well as from the series' perspective. Now the scoreline reads 1-1 with a game to go. The decider i.e. the third and the final T20I of the series will be played at Mount Maunganui on the 28th of January, 2017. It begins at 1900 local time (0600 GMT). We would love to have your company for that game, too, as we did today. Thanks for joining us. See ya then. Till the next time, ta-ta, take care. Meanwhile, for more cricket action - Test cricket - switch tabs and keep an eye on the South Africa - India game that is going through an attritional phase.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed, the happy Pakistan captain, thanks the almighty first, before crediting Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad for the start that they provided. States that he told his batters to start well in the Powerplay. More credits flow for Babar Azam and Shehzad for their efforts with the bat. Lauds his bowlers' efforts for doing well on a small ground. Mentions being unsure of defending this total at the halfway stage and hence is elated to have done so.
  • Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper, states that the opposition were excellent in all the departments tonight. Opines that although his side didn't play to their potential, there is still belief in the camp. States that it isn't easy to bowl on small grounds. Is happy with his bowlers' efforts. Reckons that with wickets in hand, any score can be chased in the country. Asserts that they have to move on and play well in the following game. Says that T20 is a fickle format and they will get back to the drawing board and see the areas of improvement.
  • Fakhar Zaman is the Man of the Match. He is happy as his side have managed to notch up their first win on this tour. Reckons that the wicket was much better than the previous game. States that they (the openers) tried to take their time initially and then went for their strokes. Ends saying that he is happy with his current form and would want to carry on in the next game as well.
  • Kane Williamson was out first ball, the second time in his T20I career and on both occasions, against the same occasion. A piece of brilliance on the field from Haris Sohail ended Tom Bruce's stay in the middle and the tourists never looked back from there. Picture this - while chasing a score, partnerships are the order of the day and New Zealand got one only for the 7th wicket, a 54-run stand. Only Mitchell Santner and Ben Wheeler scored over 30 for them. Thus, one has to admit that the side in green outplayed the men in black on all counts. Let's find out what the presentation has in store for us.
  • Finally, Pakistan get all the aspects of the game right and end up on the right side of the result. The target that they had set was a big one indeed and their bowlers ensured that it continues to be so. They started on the right note by making crucial strikes at the start, picking up three wickets inside the Powerplay. Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers picking up three wickets. The fall of the Kiwis was started by Amir, who trapped Munro early to set the tone for the chase.
  • 18.3 OUT! That's it! PAKISTAN WIN BY 48 RUNS TO KEEP THE SERIES ALIVE! Banged short on the stumps, Sodhi goes for the pull. Gets a top edge towards fine leg. Azam runs backwards from short fine leg to take it comfortably and spark off celebrations for his side.
  • 18.2 Sodhi looks to pull it but fails to do so.
  • Trent Boult is the last man in.
  • 18.1 OUT! The end is near! Length ball angling in, Rance chips it straight down long on's throat. Zaman, stationed there, gets one of the most easiest catches you will ever do in the sport. Takes it with ease to end Rance's stay. The on-air commentators joke that if that would have sailed over, he would have wanted the ground to be taken out of the sport.
  • 17.6 Guided to third man for one to get going. 153/8
  • Seth Rance walks in at no.10.
  • 17.5 OUT! Final nail in the coffin? Back of a length ball at 143.9 kph. Santner backs away and looks to heave it to the on side but is undone by the quick pace. Gets a thick outside edge to Ahmed who does the rest. Pleasantries exchanges between the bowler and the batter.
  • 17.4 Length ball on the stumps, Santner has a hoick but misses.
  • 17.3 NOT OUT! Santner flicks it through mid-wicket and wants two immediately. He rushes back for the second even as a good flat throw over the stumps reaches the keeper. He whips the bails of and asks the question. The third umpire is called for. Replays show that he has made it in.
  • A run out appeal against Santner is referred upstairs. Seems to be safe...
  • 17.2 Full on off, driven to long off for one.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Let the bowler change, Sodhi's approach will be the same. Hurled on a shorter length, Ish backs away and pulls it aerially towards wide long on. The ball bounces just in front of the ropes before going over. 53 more needed in 17 balls.
  • Mohammad Amir back for his last over.
  • 16.6 Outside off, pushed through the cover region for one. 145/7
  • 16.5 How did that miss the inside edge as well as the leg stick? Full and spearing in, Ish backs away and looks to smash it. Misses it completely.
  • 16.4 SIX! Bang! Ish returns what he got when he had the ball in hand. A full toss on off, Sodhi clears his front leg and smashes it high and handsomely over long on for a maximum.
  • 16.3 Short ball, pulled through backward square leg for one.
  • 16.2 Glided past point for one.
  • 16.1 Full on middle, driven through mid on for one.
  • 15.6 Santner retains strike by pushing it towards covers. 135/7
  • 15.5 FOUR! Streaky! Full on the stumps, Santner backs away to play this through the off side. Gets a thick inside edge past the leg sticks for a boundary. 68 off 25 needed.
  • 15.4 Sodhi clips it through square leg to rotate strike.
  • 15.3 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • 15.2 Eased towards extra cover to rotate strike.
  • 15.1 FOUR! Shot! Length ball outside off, Santner makes room and smashes it over mid off for a boundary.
  • Rumman Raees is back for his 3rd over.
  • 14.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single. 124/7
  • 14.5 Flicked away round the corner for one.
  • 14.4 Four Leg byes! Length ball on the pads, Sodhi fails to get bat to that. The ball goes off his pads to the fine leg fence even as the visitors are seen appealing.
  • Ish Sodhi is the next man in.
  • 14.3 OUT! Knocked him over! Hasan Ali extracts his revenge off the very next delivery. Spears it full and straight in line of the stumps, Wheeler looks to whip it over mid-wicket. Never play across the line and he pays the price for that. Gets an inside edge and the ball crashes on to the stumps. Pakistan just 3 wickets away from leveling the series.
  • 14.2 FOUR! Full and outside off, Wheeler goes over covers and collects a boundary. The skipper is in Ali's ears soon after the shot is played, even as Hasan seems to ignore him.
  • 14.1 Back of a length on the stumps, Ben arches back to ramp it but misses.
  • Hasan Ali gets his ends changed.
  • 13.6 Hurled in line of the stumps, Wheeler gets it off the inside edge towards fine leg for one. Raises the 50-run partnership between these two. 114/6
  • 13.5 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 13.4 Kept out towards point from the crease.
  • 13.3 Outside off, steered through point for a couple.
  • 13.2 SIX! We had a discussion as to whether Wheeler was a tail-ender or an all-rounder and this shot seals it in Ben's favour. Gets a length ball from Amir, he absolutely smites it with disdain over the bowler's head for a humongous hit.
  • 13.1 Angling in from over the wicket, Santner tucks it away to the on side for one.
  • Mohammad Amir back for a burst.
  • 12.6 Played to the point region by Mitch for a single. 104/6
  • 12.5 Patted towards covers for one.
  • 12.4 SIX! Tripe! A half-tracker on middle, Wheeler goes back and pulls it over long on for a huge hit.
  • 12.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 12.2 FOUR! There are the stokes and hence the runs you'll get when the required rate is above 10. Floated outside off, Santner looks to go big over the off side. Gets a thick outside edge that beats the diving short third man fielder for a boundary.
  • 12.1 Fuller in length, pushed through mid on for one.
  • 12.1 WIDE! The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. The umpire signals a wide.
  • 12.1 WIDE! Shadab bowls it well wide of off, the ball spins away further. The batter lets it be and gets it wided.
  • 11.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 88/6
  • 11.5 Santner drives it towards wide long on for a brace.
  • 11.4 Flicked away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 11.3 Ohhh, what a drop! Yes, you read that right. We don't often say this but here, it stands true. Ali comes round the wicket and bowls it full, angling in. Santner clears his front foot and smashes it towards long on. My colleague here signals a six but he fails to see what's to follow. The fielder there, Mohammad Nawaz, the substitute, leaps full length and catches it. Is about to lose his balance and fall over and hence keeps the ball in play. Only a run taken. He is given high fives by all his mates as if a wicket has fallen. Even the skipper runs all the way to him to laud him for the effort. Excellent stuff.
  • 11.2 FOUR! Wow! That short delivery is flat-batted over mid-wicket. The ball has enough on it to trickle away to the fence. Didn't hit it with power but did well there, Santner.
  • 11.1 Short in length, pulled away to mid-wicket.
  • Hasan Ali back on.
  • 10.6 Served around off and middle, knocked down to long off to retain strike. 80/6
  • 10.5 Floated full outside off, eased through covers for one.
  • 10.4 Outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 10.3 This one is blocked with a prod forward.
  • 10.2 Good work in the deep by Zaman. Santner punches this shortish ball outside off through covers and looks to pick up a boundary. Fakhar runs to his right, puts in the dive and saves a run for his side.
  • 10.1 Bowled on the stumps, worked away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 9.6 This one is tapped towards point for one. At the halfway mark, Pakistan require 4 wickets for a win while Kiwis, another 128 runs. 74/6
  • 9.5 Full ball, drilled straight to covers.
  • Azhar Mahmood, the Pakistan bowling coach is caught on the sidelines. He seems pretty confident of his boys defending the target from this stage. However, with the experience that he has, he is cautious enough to state that his side cannot take it lightly from this stage as well.
  • 9.4 FOUR! This is what you'll get with lower order present in the middle. Full and outside off, Wheeler goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge past slip for a boundary.
  • 9.3 Another risky run. The Black caps are losing it in this game. Santner taps it in front of covers and takes the fielder on. He is clearly struggling to make it in but the throw is a wild one and a run results.
  • 9.2 Punched nicely through covers. The fielder in the deep does well to save two runs for his side.
  • 9.1 Length ball outside off, MS tries to punch it through off but misses.
  • 8.6 Santner turns it through mid-wicket for a run. 66/6
  • 8.5 Defended from the crease with a straight bat.
  • 8.4 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 8.3 Knocked through mid-wicket for one to get going.
  • Ben Wheeler strides out next.
  • 8.2 OUT! Pakistan are ecstatic to see the back of their potential tormentor. Nicely tossed up outside off, Colin dances down to go big but misses the ball completely. Sarfraz does the rest, by whipping the bails off in a flash. The TV umpire is referred to and another look seals the deal. The Kiwis are crumbling soon here. They are still 138 away, while the tourists are 4 wickets away.
  • De Grandhomme seems to be a goner. A stumping appeal against him is taken upstairs.
  • 8.1 SIX! What a shot! Floated up outside off, Colin makes room and smashes it inside out over covers for half a dozen.
  • 7.6 Defended from the crease with a straight bat. 58/5
  • Mitchell Santner is the next batter in.
  • 7.5 OUT! Another one bites the dust. Shortish in length, Phillips looks to pull it off the front foot over mid-wicket. Fails to get the elevation and finds Sohail there. He gets a simple catch and is busy on the field tonight. Half the side back in the hut now.
  • 7.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 7.3 NOT OUT! Although Phillips has made it in, the method is not the right one. He plays it through backward point and wants two immediately. Goes for it and there's a direct hit at the keeper's end as he tries to make it in. The ball deflects towards fine leg and de Grandhomme is halfway down in search of the third but denied by his partner. The umpire now goes upstairs for the run out appeal. Replays show that Glenn has made it in but he didn't drag is bat in and jumped in directly to make it.
  • Another direct hit, this time at the striker's end. Phillips is the man trying to make it in, seems in though.
  • 7.2 Glenn stays in the crease and presents a straight bat in keeping it out.
  • 7.1 This one is defended from the crease.
  • Faheem Ashraf back on.
  • 6.6 FOUR! This is what the burly all-rounder can do. Reads the googly well and bashes it over covers to get off the mark with a boundary. 56/4
  • Colin de Grandhomme walks in next. He has the ability to change the look of the game in no time and we saw it in the ODI series.
  • 6.5 OUT! Can you ever keep Shadab Khan out of the wickets' column? He bowls this flatter outside off, Guptill goes back to just cut it through point. Ends up doing so with hard hands and finds Amin at short third man to perfection. The Kiwis are still 50 more than 100 runs away from their final destination.
  • 6.4 GP rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 6.3 Martin goes back and works it towards third man for a single.
  • 6.2 Punched through covers for one.
  • 6.1 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side.
  • Shadab Khan comes into the attack now.
  • 5.6 Risky run, completed with ease in the end. Phillips taps it towards mid on and scurries to the other end. Raees from that position loses his balance and ends up hurling a wild throw at the bowler's end. 49/3
  • 5.5 The batsman has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
  • Glenn Phillips is next in.
  • 5.4 OUT! Often brilliances on the field changes the course of the game and this could well be the case here. Bruce pulls this towards mid-wicket and sets across for a run immediately. Sohail there, first fields it cleanly, then nails the stumps at the bowler's end to catch Tom short. The umpire wants to be completely sure and hence goes upstairs even as the visitors jump in joy. The replay just confirms Bruce's fate and New Zealand are three down within the first 6.
  • Direct hit! These are always interesting. Sohail hits the bull's eye at the bowler's end and Bruce seems to be short of the crease. Referred upstairs just for confirmation.
  • 5.3 Glided towards third man for a single.
  • 5.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 5.1 Outside off, Guptill has a play and a miss.
  • Hasan Ali to bowl the final over of the Powerplay.
  • 4.6 Four Byes! These will go down in the keeper's account but it is a tough one. Length ball outside off, Bruce looks to pull but misses. The ball takes off from there and goes over the keeper's leap and rolls to the fence behind. 16 runs off this over. 46/2
  • 4.5 Short ball angling in, Tom backs away but fails to get bat to that.
  • 4.4 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 4.3 SIX! Poor, poor effort from Raees at third man. He has DROPPED this one and the ball has gone the distance. Back of a length ball outside off, Bruce looks to cut it but ends up slicing it straight to third man. Raees runs to his left, gets both hands to it but fails to hold on. Sarfraz isn't happy with what he has seen and instructs his fielder to stay at the ropes and not inside them. How costly will this be for the men in green?
  • 4.2 FOUR! Edged but safe! Length ball on the shorter side, Bruce makes room and looks to go big over the off side. Gets a top edge and the ball flies over the keeper and into the fence.
  • 4.1 Short ball, pulled in front of square on the leg side for one.
  • 4.1 WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side, Martin misses the flick.
  • Faheem Ashraf is brought into the attack now.
  • 3.6 Well done, Ahmed! Pakistan's intent today shows that they don't want to let this go without a fight. On a length on the pads, Tom works it fine down the leg side. The keeper dives full stretch to his left to prevent a run. Good over, 5 runs and a wicket. 30/2
  • 3.5 Length ball on the pads, tucked away through square leg for a single.
  • 3.4 Bruce gets going with a flick through mid-wicket.
  • Tom Bruce comes in next.
  • 3.3 OUT! Another one gone! If my partner can strike, even I can, says Raees. Lands it on a length around middle and leg, Williamson moves across a touch and hops to work it away to the on side. Ends up getting a leading edge towards mid-wicket. Sohail there dives full stretch to his left and takes it inches over the ground. New Zealand need 174 more off 99 balls.
  • 3.2 Martin punches this through covers and gets to the other end.
  • 3.1 Length ball on the pads, nudged down the leg side for a brace.
  • Kane Williamson is in next.
  • 2.6 OUT! Amir draws first blood! Pakistan are happy to see the back of Munro early in the game. Full and straight on off and middle, Munro does the cardinal sin of playing across the line. Misses the ball and is caught right in front of the stumps. There is great jubilation on the visitors' faces and there is no doubt why. Early strike for them. 25/1
  • 2.5 Played through point from the crease for one.
  • 2.4 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 2.3 SIX! Humongous! The ball is similar to 2.1, the shot is similar to 2.1 but the result is different. Short ball slanting away from Guptill, he backs away and smashes it over backward point. This time the ball goes all the way and the person in the crowd catches it after a few fumbles.
  • 2.2 This ball is kept out from the crease.
  • 2.1 Aerial but safe! Short ball angling away, Guptill has had enough of playing it safe. Backs away and looks to go over point but gets a top edge over the region for a couple.
  • 1.6 Martin has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 16/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Full toll of the free hit taken. Full in length around leg, Guptill clears his front leg and squeezed it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 1.5 NO BALL! Fuller in length, played off the inner half towards deep mid-wicket for one. There is a slight misfield but no extra run given. Raees has overstepped and hence it is a no ball. Free hit coming up...
  • 1.4 On a length on the pads, nudged through backward square leg for one.
  • 1.4 WIDE! Bumper on the stumps, Martin doesn't bother doing anything with that. Wide signaled.
  • 1.3 In line of the stumps, defended towards mid-wicket.
  • 1.2 Short in length, pulled off the front foot to deep mid-wicket. Amin does the mopping up but cannot prevent the brace.
  • 1.1 On a length in line of the stumps, defended back towards the bowler.
  • From the other end, Rumman Raees will run in.
  • 0.6 Guptill opens the face of the bat and guides it over first slip for a run. 5/0
  • 0.5 Length delivery on the pads, defended from the crease towards off.
  • 0.4 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 0.3 Length ball outside off, kept out towards point for no run.
  • 0.2 Pushed towards covers for nothing.
  • 0.1 FOUR! Signaled as leg byes, though. Length ball on the pads, Guptill hops and looks to tuck it away. Does so, and the ball rolls past the keeper for a boundary. However, the umpire signals it as leg byes. Martin will feel hard done by on this occasion. It went off the gloves shows the replay. Positive start for the Kiwis.
  • Welcome back for the chase. The Pakistan side is in a huddle, before jogging their way out to the middle. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro stride out with the WMD in hands. The new ball is in the hands of Mohammad Amir. The right-hander will face first up, with a slip 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