Mar 22, 2016 23:03(IST)
Afridi saying the game against Australia might be his last game for Pakistan. He looked totally disappointed.
That's all from the action today.
New Zealand are first to reach the semi-finals. Stay with us for all the World T20 action 23:01(IST) "Every game's ben extremely tough, but the way guys have adjusted to different surface is brilliant" - Kane Williamson
"We keep repeating our mistakes, it's not good for our team. I've got to play the last game of my career" - Afridi 22:52(IST) Martin Guptill is named the Man of the Match.
"Kane and I decided to be more aggresive. We had set targets and we were lucky enough to hit them." - Guptill
New Zealand win by 22 runs and have qualified for the semi-finals with three wins in three games. Pakistan slump to their second straight defeat. Afridi's face tells the story, he looks thoroughly disappointed. It was for Pakistan's taking after the rocket-start by Sharjeel. Afridi's cameo too pumped in hope. But after that it was all downhill. Pakistan was paralysed by New Zealand's slow bowling. And in the end Black Caps won it quite comfortably.
Pakistan's future in this competition is now in doldrums
This is why Pakistan is losing 22:44(IST) After 19 overs,Pakistan 151/5 ( Shoaib Malik 12 , Sarfraz Ahmed (W) 7)
It's all but over for Pakistan. 30 now needed off the last over. A tough task even if Guptill and Afridi were batting together. Disppointing from Pakistan, especialy after the superb start provided by Sharjeel.
22:40(IST) After 18 overs,Pakistan 142/5 ( Shoaib Malik 9 , Sarfraz Ahmed (W) 1)
Just 5 off that over and a wicket. 39 runs needed off the last two overs. Either Malik or Sarfraz need to attack. One big 20-run over required. But it looks unlikely. New Zealand have been clinical.
OUT! Akmal departs after fighting for long. He made 24 of 26. Guptill again takes a catch at long on, he's had a good day. 22:35(IST) After 17 overs,Pakistan 137/4 ( Umar Akmal 22 , Shoaib Malik 7)
Pakistan needs over 14 runs an over now, but they only got 8 off this one. Stifled. No boundaries are flowing. Akmal and Malik only managing singles and doubles. This is now getting tougher and tougher for Pakistan. That Afridi's dismissal was crucial.
Ish Sodhi completes a good speel, 4 overs, 1 for 25. 22:28(IST) After 16 overs,Pakistan 123/3 ( Umar Akmal 17 , Shoaib Malik 4)
Shoaib Malik is in. A brilliant over from Sodhi, the all important wicket of Afridi and just 6 runs off it. 52 now required from 24 balls, a big ask, especially without someone like Afridi. Required RR has climbed to 13. Pakistan need a miracle now.
OUT! Afridi departs after his bom boom. He picks up Sodhi and drives him high but Anderson takes a brilliant catch at long-off. Anderson makes it look very easy. It wasn't. 22:22(IST) After 15 overs,Pakistan 123/3 ( Umar Akmal 15 , Shahid Afridi (C) 19)
McClenaghan comes back into the attack to quell the Afridi threat. New Zealand knows how dangerous he can be. Eight runs form that over. Afridi hammers a full toss wide off mid-off.
22:20(IST) After 14 overs,Pakistan 115/2 ( Shahid Afridi 14 , Umar Akmal 12)
Afridi has decided he'll be Afridi tonight. He pulls Sodhi to a huge six over mid wicket. The pressure is still there on Pakistan but Afridi has provided a shoulder. Superb stuff. This match is on its way to be a thriller. 66 runs more from 36 balls.
22:15(IST) After 13 overs,Pakistan 104/2 ( Shahid Afridi 6 , Umar Akmal 9)
Afridi comes in and responds to the piling pressure. comes down the pitch and sends the ball through the covers for four.
OUT! Shehzad's laboured innings come to an end. He was under tremendous pressure. No boundaries for over 5 overs. His pull drops to Guptill at mid-wicket. 22:11(IST) After 12 overs,Pakistan 96/2 ( Ahmed Shehzad 30 , Umar Akmal 8)
Now it's going downhill for Pakistan, Just five runs form that over by Sodhi. The slower bowlers have slowed down Pakistan. It's getting tough out there for Shehzad and Akmal to tick the runs scoreboard.
22:09(IST) After 11 overs,Pakistan 91/2 ( Ahmed Shehzad 27 , Umar Akmal 6)
Another tight over from NZ, just 2 off it. Good from Santner. Since the powerplay and Sharjeel dismissal, Pakistan has slumped and NZ has mounted pressure.
22:06(IST) After 10 overs,Pakistan 89/2 ( Ahmed Shehzad 26 , Umar Akmal 5)
End of 10 overs, Pakistan are 89/2. 92 more runs required now from 60 balls, and the required RR has climbed to 9.2. Just 6 off the 10th over from Elliot
22:01(IST) After 9 overs,Pakistan 83/2 ( Ahmed Shehzad 24 , Umar Akmal 1) OUT! Latif walks. He looked like he was struggling out there and slogs one to Elliot at long on. He just made 3 off 7 balls.
New Zealand have struck back. Just 4 runs off that over from Santner. Umar Akmal comes in to bat. After a fine start Pakistan are now hurting after two quick wickets and slowed run rate.
21:58(IST) After 8 overs,Pakistan 79/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 22 , Khalid Latif 3)
Grant Elliot and Ish Sodhi brought in. Pakistan has slowed down after Sharjeel's dismissal. Just 13 off last 2 overs
Sharjeel looked like he would've actually finished in in 15 overs. 21:50(IST) After 6 overs,Pakistan 66/1 ( Ahmed Shehzad 12 , Khalid Latif 0)
OUT! Sharjeel is finally out! Milne is the man. After being pulled over mid-on for a blistering four, Milne strikes back. Sharjeel looks to punish him again on a full and wide ball and skies his drive which lands safely in Guptill's hands. Khalid Latif is the new man in. No Afridi. New Zealand will now look to stifle Pakistan. 21:46(IST) After 5 overs,Pakistan 61/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 43 , Ahmed Shehzad 11)
10 off that over. Four leg byes and and edged one to third man. Nothing is going New Zealand's way now.
Runs off last four overs: 15, 9, 9,18 21:41(IST) After 4 overs,Pakistan 51/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 42 , Ahmed Shehzad 6)
It's McClenaghan's turn to face the music. ANother expensive over and Williamson is now scratching his head. What a superb start it has been from Pakistan and Sharjeel. Sensational. Pakistan has reached fifty in just 4 overs!
3 FOURS AND A SIX! First a smashing pull to square leg, then a tonk over mid-wicket, then eases a bounder drifting towards leg to fine-leg, and then the big one: picks a full one to square leg for maximum! 18 runs from the over. Sharjeel has raced to 42 out of Pakistan's 50 runs 21:36(IST) After 3 overs,Pakistan 33/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 24 , Ahmed Shehzad 6)
Another good over for Pakistan. Milne is brought into the attack but to no avail. Sharjeel is bringing on the heat to New Zealand. he hits two fours off the first 2 balls. Flicks the first to deep square leg and then pulls one to mid-wicket. This has become a four-fest!
21:31(IST) After 1 overs,Pakistan 24/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 15 , Ahmed Shehzad 6)
Now Shehzad joins the hitting contest. Bad start from Anderson who strays down leg and Shehzad flicks it to fine leg. Nine runs off the over. It's just the start Pakistan needed.
21:25(IST) After 1 overs,Pakistan 15/0 ( Sharjeel Khan 14 , Ahmed Shehzad 0)
Great start by Pakistan, 15 off the over. Sharjeel starts going for the boundaries right from the first ball. He hammers a full toss over to mid-on to kick off Pakistan's innings. Then a slog sweep that landed just beyond Guptill's stretched hand near the ropes for four, and then an exquisite and gentle loft over mid-off. Three fours. Pakistan have come out with intent to win this one.
Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan come out to open for Pakistan. Can they give Pakistan a flying start to help them chase down 181. Mitchell Santner to bowl the first over. New Zealand banking on spinners from the first over in.
21:04(IST) After 20 overs,New Zealand 180/5 ( Ross Taylor 36 , Grant Elliott 1)
Mohammad Amir, first ball up, he's been smacked around a bit today and hasn't got a wicket, SIX! Taylor picks up a full one and sends it over long-on. Taylor then gets lucky as he gets an edge on the fifth ball and the ball races to third man boundary. 16 of the last over, it takes New Zealand to 180. Amir will be disappointed with his effort.
Amir's figures from 4 overs: 40/0
New Zealand end up at 180/5, it could've been more had Guptill carried on. NZ slowed down a bit after his departure, but Ross Taylor's 36 off 23 helped them to a good total. It's up to the Pakistani batsmen now. 181 won't be an easy task for them. Let's see if they can lift up their heads after a dismal performance against India. Also bear in mind, no Mohammad Hafeez today.
One last over for New Zealand to post a big total. 20:58(IST) After 19 overs,New Zealand 164/5 ( Ross Taylor 21 , )
OUT! Ronchi walks. He walks down, makes room and slices a low ful toss, but is excellently caught out by Malik at point. Good over this from Sami, nippy and fast and found the right yorkers. Just 4 runs from the penultimate over and a wicket
Misfield from Afridi. Oh dear! 20:53(IST) After 18 overs,New Zealand 160/4 ( Ross Taylor 18 , Luke Ronchi (W) 10)
Ronchi hit a beautiful six off Irfan, sweetly driving it over long-off. Very easy on the eye. 14 runs off the over. 2 overs more to go with New Zealand on 160
150 up for New Zealand from 17.3 overs. 20:48(IST)
A feather in Afridi's cap 20:47(IST) After 17 overs,New Zealand 146/4 ( Ross Taylor 12 , Luke Ronchi (W) 2)
It has not been a good day for Mohammad Amir. Very uncharacteristic from him. Taylor greets him back with a four, a deft paddle sweep to fine leg. Eleven off the over. Just three more overs to go.
20:43(IST) After 16 overs,New Zealand 135/4 ( Ross Taylor 2 , Luke Ronchi (W) 1) OUT! Anderson drives it high, straight into the hands of Malik. He mis-timed that googly from Afridi. Ronchi now in. The Pakistan skipper ends his spell of 40/2 in four overs. Got Munro and Anderson but went for 10 runs an over.
Four more overs for New Zealand to notch up a nig total.
20:39(IST) After 15 overs,New Zealand 127/3 ( Corey Anderson 17 , Ross Taylor 0)
One big hitter departs, another arrives, Ross Taylor, ladies and gentlemen. Sami makes a goo comeback after wayward spell today. Gets danger-man Guptill. Just 4 off that over.
OUT! GUPTILL is human after all. Sami, back into the attack, after a string of bad deliveries where he was whacked through covers for four and he bowled down leg, bowls out Guptill 20:32(IST) After 14 overs,New Zealand 123/2 ( Martin Guptill 76 , Corey Anderson 17)
Afridi comes back, and proves to be a disapoointment. It's not been Lala's day. It's not been Pakistan's day actually. New Zealand have stormed to 123/2 and there are six overs to go with Guptill and Anderson at the crease. This is going towards a grim end for Pakistan. Guptill sweeps Afridi to fine-leg on his first ball up and then cuts him to point for another one. Two fours. 13 runs of the over.
20:29(IST) After 13 overs,New Zealand 110/2 ( Martin Guptill 63 , Corey Anderson 17)
Irfan comes back into the attack after being mistreated in his first over, but he gets no reprieve. This time it's Anderson, who hammers a lenght ball over mid-off for four, after he had edged one to the third man boundary earlier. 10 runs off the over.
100 comes up New Zealand! Guptill responsible for more than half of it. 20:23(IST) After 12 overs,New Zealand 100/2 ( Martin Guptill 62 , Corey Anderson 8)
A regulation over from Wasim, just seven off it. Probably because Corey Anderson hogged the strike. Wasim finishes up his four overs without any success.
Wasim bowling in his last over 20:20(IST) After 11 overs,New Zealand 93/2 ( Martin Guptill 61 , Corey Anderson 2)
Guptill reaches his fifty off 33 balls! What a brilliant innings it has been from him. He has decimated Pakistani bowlers. He hits a couple more fours off Afridi. Both of them powerfully swept to the mid-wicket fence. He moves to 61 off 37, with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
20:18(IST) After 10 overs,New Zealand 81/2 ( Martin Guptill 49 , Corey Anderson 2)
The slow bowlers and the two wickets have taken New Zealand's foot up the pedal a bit. Just five off last over from Imad. New Zealand have had a good first 10 overs.
20:14(IST) After 9 overs,New Zealand 76/2 ( Martin Guptill 46 , Corey Anderson 0)
New Zealand have lost two wickets, but the Guptill machine is marching on. Another big hitter Corey Anderson joins him on the ground.
OUT! Munro! Shahid Afridi into the attack. And he strikes! The new man in slog sweeps Afridi but doesn't come close to clearing the rope, Sharjeel takes a comfortable catch. 20:08(IST) After 8 overs,New Zealand 69/1 ( Martin Guptill 44 , Colin Munro 2)
Irfan finally gets the breakthrough. Williamson is out, but Guptill is still out there. And he continues to play as he has up till now.
OUT! Williamson departs. Irfan breaks the partnership. Williamson drives straight into the hands of Afridi 20:03(IST) After 7 overs,New Zealand 60/0 ( Martin Guptill 39 , Kane Williamson (C) 15)
Imad Wasim in, but still no success
20:00(IST) 19:59(IST) After 6 overs,New Zealand 55/0 ( Martin Guptill 38 , Kane Williamson (C) 11)
Sami in. But Guptill is unperturbed. He continues bradishing his willow. How good is he with those straight down the ground sweet connection sixes? Pretty damn good. IPL teams sitting and cursing themselves for not selecting Guptill. Another huge straight six from the over, followed by a four pulled to mid-wicket. Somebody stop him! Williamson is having a rest.
19:55(IST) After 5 overs,New Zealand 44/0 ( Martin Guptill 28 , Kane Williamson (C) 10)
Spinner brought in to derail the Guptill-Williamson train. But no success. Guptill hits a typical humongous straight six on his last ball to send him off.
19:53(IST) After 4 overs,New Zealand 35/0 ( Martin Guptill 21 , Kane Williamson (C) 8)
Mohammad Sami comes into the attack. But despite being nippy, he is consistently inconsistent with his line, often straying towards the leg-side. No boundaries off the bat in this over, just a leg bye that went ot the ropes. 8 off the over.
They are like brothers out there! 19:45(IST) After 3 overs,New Zealand 27/0 ( Martin Guptill 20 , Kane Williamson (C) 6)
Guptill is such a destructive force when he gets going. Often he is not rated high enough among high-hitting openers. But ask Mohammad Amir. He'll say different. After Amir's brilliant first over, Guptill assaults him in his second. First ball in, Guptill lofts it over mid-on for four. Then he cuts the highly rated bowler to backward point, and then an edge that carries to the third man boundary. One time lucky after two brave attempts. Amir's figures have taken a turn.
19:41(IST) After 2 overs,New Zealand 14/0 ( Martin Guptill 8 , Kane Williamson (C) 6)
And the Martill Guptill road-show is on its way. Irfan runs in tall and strong, bowls a decent delivery, Guptill comes down the track and tonks it to the stratosphere. The balls stays up for 10 seconds in the sly before falling beyond the straight boundary for six. After Guptill's typical display of brutality, it was the turn to witness Willliamson's class. He cuts a mildly short one from Irfan, his shot rips through three off-side fielders and races to the point boundary. 13 off the over.
19:34(IST) After 1 overs,New Zealand 1/0 ( Martin Guptill 1 , Kane Williamson (C) 0)
Good start from Amir. The pacer kept tempting Guptill on his off stump region. Guptill drove a couple of times but missed the ball. Amir keeping the line and length very tight. Little space for New Zealand batsmen to express anything. Just the one run from the first over.
Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill are out to open batting for New Zealand. Mohammad Amir will bowl the first over. Can he scalp one in his first? 19:17(IST) 19:13(IST)
Pakistan XI: Shehzad, Sharjeel, Latif, Akmal, Malik, Sarfraz, Afridi (c), Imad, Amir, Sami, Irfan (Two changes from the game against India) 19:12(IST)
New Zealand XI: Guptill, Williamson (c), Munro, Anderson, Taylor, Elliott, Santner, Ronchi, Milne, McClenaghan, Sodhi (No changes from last time around) 19:11(IST) 19:11(IST)
No Mohammad Hafeez either for Pakistan 19:05(IST)
Wahab Riaz has been rested for the game. 19:04(IST) The Toss Kane Williamson has won the toss and has decided to bat first.
This match is also important for India 19:01(IST) 18:59(IST) 18:58(IST)
Pakistan. Under pressure, under fire, and with heavy expectations resting on their shoulders, Shahid Afridi's team have experienced the highs and lows in a matter of 2 matches in this World T20 already. A thumping win against Bangladesh where the top order finally fired peaked their fans' hopes. A subsequent humbling defeat to arch-rivals and bitter neighbors India brought down that peak to a trough. The team was criticised, reports of Afridi losing his job surfaced. This is how cricket can be in the subcontinent — incredibly emotional.
New Zealand. They started off their World T20 campaign by beating 'favourites' India. Then they went on to defeat Australia. Now they've snatched the favourites tag from India. They are now the team to beat. Going into the tournament, many were unsure about the Black Caps. With their talismanic captain Brendan McCullum retired, many believed they'd have a tough time. Instead they've looked like they are having fun. And Kane Williamson has taken to captaincy like a hand to a glove. His decisions and team choices have impressed everyone and bore fruits for his team.
Today at Mohali, the teams clash. Pakistan would be looking to pick up pieces after the India loss, New Zealand would be looking to all but book their place for the semi-finals. Hello and welcome to the live blog for
New Zealand vs Pakistan. Stay with us for all updates on the game.
Instead the lanes criss-crossing the enormous stretch of asphalt are filled with dozens of teenage boys clad in bright colours, playing cricket with tennis balls wrapped in tape and stumps erected at all points of the compass.
The chaos of the battlefield leaves onlookers baffled -- but each of the fielding teenagers knows exactly where his ball is flying and how he needs to catch it.
These boys are devoted to the game in cricket-obsessed
Pakistan, whose national team have won both 50-over and Twenty20 World Cups.
The current team, however, stands on the brink of elimination from this year's World T20 facing a crucial match against New Zealand in Mohali on Tuesday night after defeat to arch-rivals and hosts India at the weekend.
There is a glaring hole in their line-up: not one of their 15-man squad is from Balochistan,
Pakistan's biggest and most under-developed province, of which Quetta is the capital.
Around 100 metres from the car park, at the western end of the Nawab Akbar Bugti cricket stadium, professional cricketers clad optimistically in national colours practise on the rough, uneven ground scattered with stones.
Pakistan will look to disrupt New Zealand's run. AFP
"I could not get a permanent place in
Pakistan's national team because nobody patronises Balochistan players like they patronise cricketers from other provinces," says opening batsman Shoaib Khan.
He is the only cricketer from Balochistan to represent
Pakistan at the international level in recent history, playing four T20 matches during a tour to Canada in 2008 where he was second-highest scorer with 99 runs.
Domestically, he has scored 3,695 runs in 121 innings of 65 first-class matches, with the help of seven centuries and 13 fifties -- but has not been tapped again for the national side.
Not one other player from the province has played an international Twenty20, ODI or Test match since Khan.
Unaffordable profession Pakistan was riveted last month by its first franchise-based Twenty20 league, with fans gathering in a charged atmosphere to watch the Quetta Gladiators against Islamabad United in the final.
Quetta lost, but their nail-biting run to the
Pakistan Super League (PSL) final reignited calls in some quarters for national selectors to give players from Balochistan -- such as the Gladiator's Bismillah Khan -- a proper chance.
"Our players have the best fitness when compared to players from other parts of the country but they don't have proper grounds, pitches, kits, and gym facilities," he told AFP, adding that if they did "nobody could beat players from Balochistan".
Security issues complicate matters, he said, with the PCB refusing to hold even Grade II matches in restive Quetta.
Balochistan is one of
Pakistan's most unstable provinces and has been dogged for over a decade by a bloody separatist insurgency.
Then there is the issue of pay for players trying to make a living in a province facing grinding poverty where, Khan said, the fee for a Grade II match is just 4,000 rupees ($40).
"Our boys can't afford to be playing for the whole day," he said, adding that he had to defy his own parents who wanted him to take on "any other profession" that would net him a decent pay day.
Wasim Bari, a former Test cricketer who has also served as national chief selector, says Baloch players need special attention to become polished international stars.
"Balochistan players have immense passion ... but lack facilities and opportunities. Since the national team is always selected on merit, there is dire need that PCB provide them special grooming," he said.
Shoaib Khan agrees, saying there was "no sport culture in Balochistan".
"There are no grounds, academies are not being promoted and no major tournaments are organised."
"We don't ask that you should include us in the national team at the beginning," said Gohar Faiz, a talented fast bowler from Quetta -- just that players should be given a chance.
Going beyond boundaries
Khair Muhammad, the recently elected chairman of the Balochistan Cricket Association, agrees that both provincial and federal cricket authorities have neglected the province.
"We will establish cricket academies and provide players with grounds and resources," he promised.
To achieve this, he has sought help from Socio
Pakistan, an NGO working on public welfare projects in Quetta, to establish cricket academies and provide proper kits to players in the province.
"We have focused on 37 clubs in the region and will provide them nets, rollers, kits and all other basic necessities," said Amanullah Kakar, chief executive officer for Socio
Sayed Muhammad Sufi, sports editor of country's top private news channel Geo, said that despite the lack of resources things were improving, citing players such as PSL star Bismillah Khan.
As for Bismillah Khan himself, like the players at the stadium in Quetta, he remains hopeful that he may yet officially don
"I am pretty satisfied with my performance at the moment and hope to be selected for the national team after the World T20 or by latest at the end of the year," he said.