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Pakistan vs New Zealand - 1st ODI

Series: Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 ODI Series, 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: 07 November 2018

Pakistan 219/10 (47.2 Ovs) RR: 4.62 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 47 runs

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Right, then! After suffering a defeat in the T20I series, New Zealand bounce back and start off on a winning note in the 50-over format. Pakistan's unfavourable record against the Kiwis continue, but they would like to change that soon, preferably in the next game itself. The 2nd ODI takes place at this same venue, on 9th November, at 1500 local (1100 GMT). Do join in for that. Take care!

New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson says all the games they have played so far have been difficult but they adapted to the conditions better this time which did the trick. States that they had some really good partnerships going and obviously Trent Boult's hat-trick played a big part. Reckons that the tail did well otherwise they were looking at a total below 230. Is happy with the overall performance and wants to take the momentum forward into the next game.

Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed says they started well with the ball and kept the Kiwis to 210/7, but then they couldn't capitalize and that hurt them. Adds that he brought Hasan Ali into the attack because of the reverse swing but the plans weren't executed properly in the death overs. When asked about their poor record against the Black Caps in ODIs, he feels that New Zealand's new ball bowlers are too good and they do a lot of damage. Stresses that they have to work on not losing wickets early otherwise that will be a real problem going forward. Further adds that it's difficult to come back after losing three early wickets, but they will try to do their best in the next game.

Man of the Match, Trent Boult says it's nice to be back out on the field and play with his teammates again. Reckons that the new ball was key and he knew if he could get it to move around, he could do some damage. On his hat-trick ball, mentions he just wanted to make the batsman play and take it from there. States that their summer pretty much starts here and wants to do well as there's a lot of cricket to be bowled. On his last ball six, he chuckles and says he was hoping someone would ask him about that as he was quite pleased he middled it so well.

All in all, a good outing for the Kiwis. This is their 12th successive win in ODIs over Pakistan. Earlier in the day, Taylor and Latham contributed with a century partnership of their own and with some assistance from the tail, catapulted their side past 260, more or less nullifying Shadab's and Afridi's 4-fer. Then, their bowling later came to the fore and got the job done. The presentation will be coming up shortly...

The Black Caps will be happy with their display in the field. Yes, it might have dragged on longer than they'd have liked to, but they got the win eventually. Boult got things going early in the 3rd over with a hat-trick and pegged the home side back. After that, there was some resistance, but the task was too big. Everybody else played their part, but Ferguson and de Grandhomme stood out as they got crucial wickets at the right moment to break whatever momentum Pakistan had gathered.

A rather comfortable victory for New Zealand in the end as they lead the 3-match series 1-0. The only time they were ever in trouble, or at least seemed like they were, was when Sarfraz and Imad (who scored fifties each) were going along without any trouble. But once their century stand was brought to an end, the writing was more or less on the wall. Malik and Imam before them provided some resistance, but that ended a bit prematurely as well. They were in real trouble when their top order was rocked early, so the task was always going to be a big difficult to be honest.

47.2
0
L Ferguson to S Afridi, OUT! Bowled! Ferguson wraps things up as he ends with a 3-fer. Comes from around the wicket and spears in a yorker on the stumps, Shaheen Afridi backs away and looks to smash it, but misses and the stumps are shattered. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 47 RUNS!

Junaid Khan is the last man in for Pakistan.

47.1
0
L Ferguson to H Ali, OUT! Second of the night for Lockie Ferguson. Cleverly disguises the slower delivery as he bowls it full and wide outside off, Hasan Ali tries to go big downtown. Can only manage to loft it high towards long on where Trent Boult takes it well by settling under it.
46.6
0
Tim Southee to S Afridi, Afridi drives this full length delivery to the cover region.

Shaheen Afridi comes out to bat.

46.5
0
Tim Southee to I Wasim, OUT! Southee strikes. Imad departs after scoring a fifty. Full toss from around the wicket, on the stumps, Imad brings out the reverse paddle. Connects well, but there are two fielders stationed there. Colin de Grandhomme at backward point moves to his right and takes a one-handed catch diving to his right. Superb stuff. The end is nigh for Pakistan now.
46.4
1
Tim Southee to H Ali, Hits this down towards mid off and jogs across to the other end.
46.3
1
Tim Southee to I Wasim, 4th ODI fifty for Imad Wasim! A good knock from him, despite the situation. High full toss on the body, Imad lofts it over the bowler's head and gets to the other end.
46.2
2
Tim Southee to I Wasim, Too full in length, driven hard straight back down the ground for a single.
46.1
1
Tim Southee to H Ali, On the fuller side of the length, drilled through mid off. A run is taken.

Tim Southee returns.

45.6
2
T Boult to I Wasim, Wasim slogs it through the mid-wicket for a brace.
45.5
1
T Boult to H Ali, Once again, it's in the air but fallen safely. Hasan Ali mistimes the loft which falls short of Williamson at mid off. Single to the total.
45.4
0
T Boult to H Ali, The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
45.3
2
T Boult to H Ali, Low full toss on off, driven square through point. The man in the deep moves to his left and stops the ball with a slide. Two more result.
45.2
2
T Boult to H Ali, Trent goes full again, Ali makes a little room and lofts it over covers. It falls safely and the batsmen take two.
45.1
1
T Boult to I Wasim, Full delivery swinging back in on middle and leg, Imad slogs it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.
44.6
0
L Ferguson to H Ali, Full toss outside off, Hasan gets an edge which goes behind to Latham on the bounce.
44.5
0
L Ferguson to I Wasim, Shaping into Wasim, it goes off his thigh pad and rolls away on the leg side. A leg bye is taken.
44.5
0
L Ferguson to I Wasim, Wide! Hits the deck hard and pounds it short, Imad backs away and evades the bumper. Wide called though.
44.4
0
L Ferguson to I Wasim, Tries the scoop shot but fails to connect. Fuller and outside off, Wasim moves a long way across, in vain though.
44.3
1
L Ferguson to H Ali, In the air but safe! Lockie takes the pace off this and bowls it full outside off, Ali doesn't pick it up and goes into the loft shot too early. Luckily for him, it falls well short of long on. Single taken.
44.2
0
L Ferguson to H Ali, Full in length this time, around off, pushed back down towards mid off.
44.1
0
L Ferguson to H Ali, Length delivery in the channel outside off, Ali looks to put bat on ball but fails.

Lockie Ferguson is back.

43.6
1
T Boult to H Ali, Flicked away into the leg side and a single is collected.
43.5
4
T Boult to H Ali, FOUR! Edged and away! Low full outside off, Hasan Ali gets a thick outside edge which runs down to third man. Munro in the deep moves to his left but can't stop it.
43.4
1
T Boult to I Wasim, Worked away in front of square on the leg side. One run to the total.
43.3
1
T Boult to H Ali, Boult takes the pace off this as he pitches this full around off, Hasan gets an inside edge onto his pads. The batsmen cross over as the ball falls on the off side.
43.2
1
T Boult to I Wasim, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
43.2
0
T Boult to I Wasim, Wide! Hurled well outside off, too far out. It goes across the tramline and a wide is signalled.
43.1
0
T Boult to I Wasim, Arrows a full delivery on the stumps, Imad backs a long way away and hits it straight to mid off.
42.6
1
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Slogged from within the crease to deep mid-wicket for a single.
42.5
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Low full toss on the stumps, it goes off the inner half to short mid-wicket.
42.4
1
de Grandhomme to H Ali, Over the wicket now, it's a full ball on off, Ali drives it through mid off and changes ends.
42.3
1
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Switches to around the wicket, full on off, hit down to long off for a run.
42.2
0
de Grandhomme to H Ali, Full and angling in, goes off the batsman's pads on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
42.1
0
de Grandhomme to H Ali, Not out! Clipping leg. Colin de Grandhomme fires it full on leg stump, Hasan Ali looks to put bat on ball but is rapped on the front pad instead. Loud shout goes up but the umpire remains unmoved. The Kiwis opt for the review immediately and it's taken upstairs. Replays show the ball to be clipping leg stump. Ali survives, but New Zealand don't lose the review.

Review time. New Zealand have opted for the DRS for an lbw decision against Hasan Ali.

41.6
0
T Boult to I Wasim, Goes for the yorker but ends up dishing out a low full toss, Imad plays it off the inner half in front of square leg. 77 required in 48 balls.
41.5
1
T Boult to H Ali, Goes full, aims the base of the off stick, Ali taps it in front of cover and completes the run quickly.
41.4
0
T Boult to H Ali, Good length ball on off stump, Ali gets an inside edge back onto his pads.
41.3
0
T Boult to H Ali, Touch fuller in length, outside off, blocked from inside the crease.
41.2
0
T Boult to H Ali, Beaten! Good length delivery on off, shaping away late, beaten Hasan Ali who gets squared up while trying to defend.
41.1
1
T Boult to I Wasim, Room on offer outside off, Imad steps out of the crease and hits it through the gap on the off side for a single.

Hasan Ali is the new batsman in. Also, Trent Boult is back into the attack.

40.6
0
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, OUT! BOWLED! The stumps are a mess and Pakistan's chances suddenly go down a slope with that wicket. De Grandhomme gets the breakthrough. Full and outside off, Sarfraz looks to jab it down to third man but is slightly early. The ball is a slower one, comes a bit late than the skipper's expectation, takes the inside edge and destroys the stumps! Sarfraz is furious with himself. Nearly got Pakistan within a chance of winning. He departs for a well-made 64 and the fighting 103-run stand has been broken.
40.5
4
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, FOUR! SPANKED! A short ball, outside off, Sarfraz pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary! 79 more needed from 55 balls now! The 100-RUN STAND IS UP TOO!
40.4
1
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, On middle and leg, Imad tucks it through square leg and Sarfraz hares across, shouting, 'AAJA! AAJA! AAJA! AAJA! AAJA!' He is ready for the second but Imad immediately sends him back. There was a run out on offer had Sarfraz' call been followed.
40.3
1
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, A touch short, outside off, helped through mid-wicket for a run.
40.2
1
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, On middle, helped through mid-wicket for a single.
40.1
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.

POWERPLAY 3 has been signalled. 5 fielders now allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end. Colin de Grandhomme returns as well. 8-0-30-1 so far.

39.6
4
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, EDGED, FOUR! Pakistan will take that. Full and outside off, Sarfraz looks to open the face of the bat and guide it towards third man but the extra pace makes the ball come on quicker, take the outside edge and go finer than expected towards the fence!
39.5
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
39.4
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Excellent delivery, a searing yorker, dug out back to the bowler.
39.3
1
L Ferguson to I Wasim, On middle and leg, Imad misses his flick and the ball goes off the inner half towards square leg. A run taken.
39.3
0
L Ferguson to I Wasim, WIDE. One more delivery down the leg side, misdirected. Flick shot missed.
39.2
2
L Ferguson to I Wasim, On the pads again, flicked away for a couple. The stand is now worth 90 from 103 balls.
39.2
0
L Ferguson to I Wasim, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
39.1
0
L Ferguson to I Wasim, Outside off, Wasim looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which goes on the bounce to the keeper.
38.6
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 10 from that over.
38.5
4
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, FOUR! Oh dear. Poor delivery. Very poor delivery. Sarfraz is standing way outside his stumps and Sodhi bowls it well outside leg. Pulled down to the fine leg fence.
38.4
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Short and outside off, Ahmed looks to cut but gets a bottom edge which rolls away past the keeper.
38.3
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 99 more needed now, from 69 balls.
38.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Dropped short, pulled away for a single.
38.1
4
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, FOUR! HALF CENTURY FOR THE SKIPPER! It has been after ages. His 9th ODI 50. His previous half century was also against New Zealand, in Hamilton, in January this year. Gets to the landmark with a powerful sweep shot through square leg.
37.6
1
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Full and around off, Ahmed looks to flick but the ball moves away and goes off the leading edge, past cover for a run.
37.5
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, A full toss outside off, swinging away, Sarfraz looks to push it through the off side but is beaten by pace.
37.4
1
L Ferguson to I Wasim, Outside off, played through the covers for a single.
37.3
0
L Ferguson to I Wasim, Backs a long way down the leg side and Ferguson follows him. Fires it outside leg, goes past Wasim's bat as he looks to flick and hits the pads.
37.2
1
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Sarfraz follows suit, just directing the pacy ball towards third man for a run.
37.1
1
L Ferguson to I Wasim, Landed outside off, a touch short, played behind point for a single.

Lockie Ferguson is back on. 6-0-21-1 so far.

36.6
4
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, FOUR! Short and outside off, cut through point for a boundary! He is very good square of the wicket on the off side. The timing was exquisite. 109 more needed from 78 balls.
36.5
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Short and outside off, slapped through covers for a run.
36.4
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, The batsman has swept that one through the leg side. One run added to the total.
36.3
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Full and down the leg side, Imad looks to sweep but gets a top edge. Luckily for him, it does not carry to fine leg. A run taken.
36.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Outside off, played through point for a single.
36.1
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, The googly again, Sarfraz gets a long way across to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. There is an LBW appeal but the impact was outside off.
35.6
0
Tim Southee to I Wasim, A high full toss, outside off, Imad misses out, bunting it straight to cover.
35.5
0
Tim Southee to I Wasim, Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
35.4
1
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. One run added to the total. 150 UP FOR PAKISTAN! More 117 needed from 86 balls.
35.3
1
Tim Southee to I Wasim, Waits for the ball to come to him and steers it to third man for a run.
35.2
1
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, Dropped short, pulled away through mid-wicket for a single.
35.1
0
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, On a length outside off, cutting in, Sarfraz misses his flick and is hit on the pads. The Kiwis appeal for LBW but the umpire stays calm. Too high.
34.6
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Outside off, punched through mid on for a run. 16 from the over - is this the one which shifts the momentum back to Pakistan?
34.5
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, On middle and leg, flicked away for a single.
34.4
6
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, SIX! A biggie off the Free Hit too! The googly, around off, Wasim picks the length, jumps out once again and lofts it over cover for a maximum! A bit of breathing space for Pakistan now...

FREE HIT TIME!

34.4
6
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, SIX AND A NO BALL! Normally, it should be a no ball and then a six. But here it is the opposite. Tell you why. Superb observation from Imad. First let us describe the action. Wasim straightaway jumps out of his crease and sends it sailing over long on. Immediately, after playing that shot he rushes towards the square leg umpire and points out that there are only 4 people inside the ring, when there should be 5. His point is noted and the umpire signals a no ball! Simon Doull on air reckons that it was Lockie Ferguson who was outside the circle. Naughty lad... Meanwhile, the 50-RUN STAND IS UP.
34.3
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Plays that very, very late. On middle, at the last possible moment, the skipper gets his bat down to jam it towards short third man for a single.
34.2
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, IN THE AIR... SAFE! Another wrong 'un, Ahmed looks to drive through the off side but the ball spins in, takes the inner half of the bat and lobs in the air... but does not carry to short mid-wicket.
34.1
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, The googly, pitched around middle and leg, Sarfraz backs a long way down the leg side and punches it towards short mid-wicket.
33.6
0
Tim Southee to I Wasim, A length ball outside off, a slash and a miss.
33.5
1
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
33.4
1
Tim Southee to I Wasim, Steers this towards third man and gets to the other end.
33.3
0
Tim Southee to I Wasim, Another dot. Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
33.2
0
Tim Southee to I Wasim, On a length, around middle, coming in, Wasim looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit on the pads. He is struggling big time. Not even able to get the singles away.
33.1
1
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, A length ball, around middle, punched down to long on for a single.
32.6
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Short and outside off, cut to point but straight to the fielder.
32.5
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Landed around off, spinning in, pushed towards cover.
32.4
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Fuller on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
32.3
2
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Another wrong 'un, beautifully paddled over the keeper for a couple.
32.2
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Comes down the track and bunts it back to the bowler. Nice googly.
32.1
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Gets a big stride forward and sweeps it through fine leg for a single.
31.6
1
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
31.5
0
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
31.4
1
Tim Southee to I Wasim, Outside off, bunted towards mid off for a single.
31.3
1
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, On middle and leg, helped towards mid-wicket for one more.
31.2
0
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, Outside off, steered towards short third man.
31.1
0
Tim Southee to S Ahmed, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.

Tim Southee returns. 5-1-17-0 so far.

30.6
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, OUT! BOWLED! But Sarfraz is not out. Why? Read to follow... Short and outside off, Sarfraz goes back and punches it through the covers. When he plays that shot, we see the bails fall. But we don't see any excitement from the Kiwi players. Time for the replays. We see that when Sarfraz played that shot, at the same time, Latham removed the bails with his gloves. A single taken.
30.5
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
30.4
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Fuller and around middle, watchfully defended.
30.3
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Comes down the track this time and pushes it back to Sodhi.
30.2
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Around middle and leg, spinning in, Imad looks to flick but the ball goes off the inner half towards square leg.
30.1
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Floated around middle, pushed towards mid-wicket.

DRINKS BREAK. 20 overs left. 147 needed. Possible. Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Junaid Khan to come. Then probably, 5 percent chances of that happening. New Zealand will still like to clean it up quickly and get a clinical win. Sarfraz is desperately trying to hang in there but he is running short of partners.

29.6
4
T Boult to S Ahmed, EDGED, FOUR! A length ball outside off, Sarfraz pushes at it but gets a thick outside edge past gully to third man. 147 more needed to win from 120 balls.
29.5
2
T Boult to S Ahmed, Landed outside off, played behind point for a couple.
29.4
1
T Boult to I Wasim, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.
29.3
0
T Boult to I Wasim, A short ball, pulled towards mid-wicket.
29.2
1
T Boult to S Ahmed, Landed outside off, dabbed to short third man for a single.
29.1
0
T Boult to S Ahmed, Outside off, punched off the back foot.
28.6
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Full and around off, swept through square leg for a run.
28.5
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, The batsman has worked it off his pads behind square. The batsmen have run through for a single.
28.4
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Fuller on middle, pushed down the ground again for one more.
28.3
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Pushes it down the ground for a run.
28.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Full and outside off, swept through square leg for a single.
28.1
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Landed outside off, dabbed to short third man.
27.6
1
T Boult to S Ahmed, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
27.5
0
T Boult to S Ahmed, Outside off, left alone.
27.4
2
T Boult to S Ahmed, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
27.3
1
T Boult to I Wasim, Full on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
27.2
1
T Boult to S Ahmed, On middle and leg, helped through square leg for a run.
27.1
1
T Boult to I Wasim, A short ball on return, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.

Trent Boult is back into the bowling attack.

26.6
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Works this 'round the corner and keeps strike for the next over.
26.5
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, The wrong 'un, turning back in, Ahmed backs away to cut but is almost done in. Gets cramped for room and it goes off the inner half past the off stump for a single.
26.4
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, A lot of flight on this one, attacking the stumps, driven back down the ground for a run.
26.3
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. No run taken.
26.2
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Swept away through backward square leg for a run.
26.2
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Wide! Bowls the googly down the leg side, it spins as Imad looks to sweep. Misses and it goes past the keeper. Wide signalled and an extra run is taken.
26.1
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Turning away on leg stump, Sarfraz goes back and turns it away to square leg for a run.
25.6
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Pakistan need 173 to win in 144 balls.
25.5
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Imad gives the charge, gets close to the ball and blocks it out.
25.4
1
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, Too straight in line, flicked in front of square leg for a single.
25.3
0
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
25.2
0
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, Hangs on the back foot and blocks it out.
25.1
4
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, FOUR! Shot. Too full and outside off, Sarfraz nicely leans into the shot and drives it through the covers for a boundary.
24.6
1
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Inside edge saves him there. Ahmed doesn't pick up the googly as he presses forward to defend. It takes the edge and goes behind on the leg side. One run collected.
24.5
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Uses the depth of the crease to go back and punch it on the off side.
24.4
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Quicker through the air, on the stumps, Sarfraz backs away and punches it to the cover area.
24.3
0
Ish Sodhi to S Ahmed, Loopy and full just outside off, driven straight to covers.
24.2
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Tossed up leg break on off, spinning in, wristed down to long on for a run.
24.1
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, The googly from around off, going away, Imad forces it to the cover fielder.
23.6
1
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Too straight in line, clipped down to fine leg for one.
23.5
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Full and straight, attacking the stumps, driven back in the bowler's direction.
23.4
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Short of a length outside off, defended from within the crease.
23.3
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
23.2
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, De Grandhomme throws this fuller ball outside off, Wasim looks to bash this through the covers but misses.
23.1
0
de Grandhomme to I Wasim, Back of a length delivery around off, kept out off the back foot.
22.6
1
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Full, straight and flat, Imad flicks it through to deep mid-wicket for a single.
22.5
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Goes with the spin and turns it to the man at square leg.
22.4
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Punches this flatter ball straight to the man at cover.
22.3
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Touch quicker through the air, close to off, Imad goes back and keeps it out.
22.2
0
Ish Sodhi to I Wasim, Short and turning in from outside off, Imad goes back and forces it on the off side.

Imad Wasim is next in.

22.1
0
Ish Sodhi to S Khan, OUT! Sodhi strikes first ball. Talk about impact! But, wait... oh! That actually hasn't taken the edge. Shadab will feel unfortunate. Tossed up leg break around off, Shadab Khan looks to push away from his body and Latham appeals as soon as he collects. The finger goes up too. Shadab is disappointed and replays show why too. The sound was of the bat hitting the ground. No review left to save him either.

Time for some spin. Ish Sodhi is into the attack.

21.6
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Shaping back in on middle and leg, catches the batsman on the thigh pad and falls on the leg side. A leg bye is taken.
21.5
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Played to the point region by the batsman. Won't get any run for it.
21.4
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Flicked away once more, to Taylor at mid-wicket. Doesn't let it through this time.
21.3
2
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Shadab flicks this off his pads works it to mid-wicket, where Taylor lets it through. A couple of runs result.
21.2
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Full in length, swinging away from off stump, it's driven back in the bowler's direction.
21.1
1
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, Cutting back in on middle and leg, helped in front of square leg for a run.
20.6
0
L Ferguson to S Khan, Mishit again. Short and outside off, once again he gets a bottom edge on his attempted cut shot.
20.5
0
L Ferguson to S Khan, Banged in short, Shadab looks to play the upper cut but fails to connect. No wide signalled, but the umpire signals one for the over.
20.4
0
L Ferguson to S Khan, Shortish delivery outside off, Shadab looks to cut this over point but gets a bottom edge inside which falls besides him.
20.3
1
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Angling across on a bit of a shorter length, played to point. Single taken.
20.2
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Back of a length on middle and off, Sarfraz rises on his toes and blocks it right under his nose.
20.1
3
L Ferguson to S Khan, Back of a length on middle stump, pulled hard through mid-wicket by Shadab. Won't go all the way, but it's enough to fetch him three good runs.
19.6
0
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, Straightening up a shade from outside off, Sarfraz steers it to point where the diving fielder makes a decent stop to his left.
19.5
0
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, Stays right behind the line of the delivery and blocks it back down the track.
19.4
1
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Shadab places this just wide of mid on and gets to the other end.
19.4
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Wide! Down the leg side, wide signalled by the umpire.
19.3
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Third dot in a row. Length ball on middle, pushed away tamely towards mid on.
19.2
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Tad straight in line, wristed in front of square leg. No run taken.
19.1
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Just behind a good length, quite close to the off stump, Shadab defends from inside the crease.
18.6
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. End of the over.
18.5
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Short one, the batsman gets up on his toes to play that one.
18.4
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Ooofff! Another one. Venomous bouncer from Ferguson, on middle and off, Sarfraz barely manages to block it down.
18.3
1
L Ferguson to S Khan, Almost! That wasn't far away at all. Lockie Ferguson creating all sorts of problems with his pace. Bangs it short and it's angling away, Shadab awkwardly tries to fend it away and gets a thick edge. It flies inches wide of the man at gully and rolls down to third man. One run to the total.
18.2
1
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Sarfraz uses the angle well and runs it down to third man as it's going away from him. Single to the total.
18.1
0
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Banged in short from around the wicket, Sarfraz rises, moves inside the line and defends it on the leg side.
17.6
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, On the fuller side of things, kept out rather safely. A successful over comes to an end.
17.5
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
17.4
0
de Grandhomme to S Khan, Fuller length ball around off, blocked.

Shadab Khan is the next man in to bat. He was heroic with the ball, can he produce something similar with the bat?

17.3
0
de Grandhomme to S Malik, OUT! GOT 'EM! This is a big, big wicket for Colin de Grandhomme and New Zealand. Pakistan have lost their go-to man and that too at such a crucial juncture. Rather soft dismissal too if you look at it. Malik gives the charge to this fuller length ball and tries to clear mid off. He doesn't get under it cleanly and ends up handing a simple catch to Kane Williamson at mid off. He stands there disappointed. Can't believe what's just happened. Has to walk back though. Pakistan have lost half their side.
17.2
0
de Grandhomme to S Malik, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
17.1
1
de Grandhomme to S Ahmed, Too straight in line, turned away to the leg side for a single.
16.6
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Short delivery once again, defended from within the crease on the off side.
16.5
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Short of a good length in line of the stumps, Malik rises and defends it to covers.
16.4
1
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, Sarfraz is off the mark. Ferguson angles across a shortish ball from around the wicket, the Pakistan captain just opens the face and runs it down to third man for a single.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed walks out next to bat.

16.3
0
L Ferguson to Imam, OUT! The pace of Lockie Ferguson does Imam in. A timely breakthrough for the Black Caps as they have broken this budding stand of 63. On a back of a length outside off, Imam goes back and looks to go big across the line. He gets it off the toe end of the bat and hands a simple catch to de Grandhomme at mid-wicket who runs in and takes it well.
16.2
0
L Ferguson to Imam, Back of a length just around off, the left-hander leaps and defends it down in front of cover.
16.1
1
L Ferguson to S Malik, Darts it on the pads, Shoaib easily clips it in front of square leg and changes ends.
15.6
0
de Grandhomme to Imam, Shaping away, looks to cut but misses it completely.
15.5
4
de Grandhomme to Imam, FOUR! The keeper has been kept up to prevent Imam from coming down the track, but the southpaw still does that and gets the desired result. Gives the charge and smacks it over wide mid on for a boundary.
15.4
0
de Grandhomme to Imam, Slaps the cut square on the off side but straight to the man at point.
15.3
0
de Grandhomme to Imam, Angling across the left-hander, on a length outside off, Imam looks to force it on the off side but misses.
15.2
1
de Grandhomme to S Malik, The keeper goes back now. It's on middle and leg, Malik flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
15.1
1
de Grandhomme to Imam, With the keeper right up to the stumps, de Grandhomme bowls it full on the stumps, Imam flicks it away on the leg side for a single.

Drinks break. Pakistan have recovered well since Boult rocked their world. Imam and Malik have played well as they have made a 50-run partnership so far. They would like to double that at the very least. The spin attack for the Kiwis will be coming soon, so it will be interesting to see how this pair deals with that threat.

14.6
1
L Ferguson to Imam, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
14.5
1
L Ferguson to S Malik, Ferguson comes from around the wicket and pounds it in short on leg, Malik moves inside the line and fends it away on the leg side. One run added to the total.

Leg slip in place now for Malik.

14.4
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Shaping away from around off, dabbed to point with an open face. No run taken.
14.3
4
L Ferguson to S Malik, FOUR! He didn't intend to play that actually, but runs all the same. Short ball down the leg side, Malik tries to move out of the way by getting inside the line but the ball goes off his gloves and runs across the fine leg fence.
14.2
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Switches to over the wicket, it's a fuller length ball around off, driven to covers.
14.1
1
L Ferguson to Imam, The 50-run stand is up. Nicely done by these two. Rebuilding the innings well. Imam rises on his toes as Ferguson bowls a short ball into him from around the wicket and works it behind square leg for a single.
13.6
1
de Grandhomme to Imam, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
13.5
1
de Grandhomme to S Malik, Leans ahead and knocks this full ball wide of mid on for a run.
13.4
1
de Grandhomme to Imam, Run down to third man and a comfortable single is collected.
13.3
4
de Grandhomme to Imam, FOUR! From around the wicket, it's angling in on the pads, Imam flicks it fine down the leg side and sends it across the boundary line.
13.2
1
de Grandhomme to S Malik, Full in length and attacking the stumps, driven towards mid on for one.
13.1
1
de Grandhomme to Imam, Comes down the track to this length ball and smacks it through covers for a single.
12.6
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Pounds in a short ball and it's angling in on leg, Malik looks to work it away but gets beaten by the pace. It goes through his hands and thuds into the keeper's gloves.

That last ball was almost close. Ferguson is generating some good pace. Seems he could have a big say in this game.

12.5
2
L Ferguson to S Malik, Full ball angling in on leg, Malik picks it off his pads and flicks it to deep mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
12.4
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Beaten! That was close. Good pace from Lockie Ferguson. Coming in at first but then straightens up a shade. Squares up Shoaib Malik who fails to defend from within the crease.
12.3
1
L Ferguson to Imam, Targets the top of the off stick, it's dabbed just wide of point for a single.
12.2
0
L Ferguson to Imam, Hits the deck hard once more, similar kind of delivery. Imam works it away to the mid-wicket fielder.
12.1
0
L Ferguson to Imam, Comes from around the wicket and angles in a back of a length delivery on middle and off, Imam rises on his toes and blocks it down on the leg side.
11.6
0
de Grandhomme to S Malik, Close to the off stump, defended down on the off side.
11.5
0
de Grandhomme to S Malik, Comes half-forward to this fuller length ball and offers a defensive bat in response.
11.4
1
de Grandhomme to Imam, The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
11.3
1
de Grandhomme to S Malik, Too straight in line as Colin strays on the pads, nudged to fine leg for one.
11.2
0
de Grandhomme to S Malik, Shortish delivery outside off, dabbed to point with an open face.
11.1
1
de Grandhomme to Imam, Good length ball in the channel outside off, Imam opens the face of the bat and steers it to third man once more. One more to the total.

Colin de Grandhomme brought into the attack.

10.6
1
L Ferguson to Imam, Runs this to the third man region with an open face and gets a single for it.
10.5
1
L Ferguson to S Malik, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
10.4
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, That was hit hard but straight to the fielder. Length delivery wide outside off, Malik flays this away. Unfortunately for him, he finds Henry Nicholls stationed at point.
10.3
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Angling back in on middle and leg, Malik moves inside the line and works it to mid-wicket.
10.2
0
L Ferguson to S Malik, Good length delivery close to off, blocked from within the crease.
10.1
1
L Ferguson to Imam, Short of a good length just outside off, Imam opens the face, gets on top of the bounce and guides it down to third man for a single.

Powerplay 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Here is Lockie Ferguson.

9.6
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 39/3 in Powerplay 1 for Pakistan. This is a very good recovery after being 8/3.
9.5
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, DROPPED! That should have been taken. Full and outside off, Malik leans and drives it uppishly towards Ross Taylor at short extra cover. He gets down to take the catch but drops it. Will this hurt New Zealand?
9.4
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

GoaRocks - 'Hey, wasn't that Usman Khan Shinwari who came out with the towel for Malik? Why aren't Pakistan playing him? He is such a lovely bowler. Still remember how he demolished Sri Lanka in the Middle East' @GoaRocks - Hmmm... fair point but the bowling resources of Pakistan are so strong that it is very difficult to break in. Imagine you are waiting at a railway station in Mumbai for a local train. And it comes jam-packed. Would you get into that over-crowded locomotive or let it pass and wait for the next?

9.3
2
Tim Southee to S Malik, Full and outside off, driven wide of mid off for a couple.
9.2
1
Tim Southee to Imam, Landed outside off, dabbed to third man for a single.
9.1
0
Tim Southee to Imam, Full and wide outside off, Imam slashes but misses.
8.6
0
T Boult to S Malik, Another length ball, steep bounce again, Shoaib hops and fends it to the leg side.
8.5
0
T Boult to S Malik, On a length outside off, Malik rises with the bounce and punches it towards cover.
8.5
0
T Boult to S Malik, WIDE. Way down the leg side, flick shot missed.
8.4
0
T Boult to S Malik, A length ball outside off, watchfully kept out.
8.3
1
T Boult to Imam, A short ball, around middle, nicely pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
8.2
0
T Boult to Imam, Outside off, pushed towards cover.

We have a bit of a pause, but not sure why. Okay... someone needs a change of bats. It is Imam. Let's get going then...

8.1
0
T Boult to Imam, Full and around off, swinging in, watchfully defended towards mid on.
7.6
3
Tim Southee to Imam, Full on middle and leg, Imam flicks it through mid-wicket and returns for the third.
7.5
1
Tim Southee to S Malik, A bit too straight, flicked through square leg for a single.
7.4
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Tighter line, around off, watchfully defended.
7.3
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, An invitation to go for a drive on a Wednesday evening, politely refused by Mr. Malik. Got a job at hand, I guess... outside off, shouldered arms to.
7.2
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
7.1
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
6.6
0
T Boult to Imam, Around off, solidly defended. 9 from the over, a bit of a relief for Pakistan.
6.5
0
T Boult to Imam, Full and outside off, driven sweetly but straight to cover.
6.4
2
T Boult to Imam, Down the leg side, helped through square leg for another brace. Imam now moves to 10 from 18 balls.
6.3
2
T Boult to Imam, Short and outside off, Imam gets on top of the bounce and cuts it behind point for a couple. 239 more needed from 261 balls. The stand is now worth 20 from 23 deliveries.
6.3
0
T Boult to Imam, ANOTHER WIDE. One more delivery down the leg side, probably aiming for the curler from outside leg, but does not get it. Flick shot missed again.
6.3
0
T Boult to Imam, WIDE. Bowls it down the leg side, flick shot missed.
6.2
1
T Boult to S Malik, That swung in a long way, Malik was a touch late in getting his bat down. The ball went off the inner edge, hit him on the pads and then deflected towards fine leg. A single taken.
6.1
2
T Boult to S Malik, Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
5.6
3
Tim Southee to S Malik, Nicely played as well. Not timed well enough to get a boundary but a decent stroke. A length ball, around middle, Shoaib tucks it through mid-wicket for three runs. Moves to 11 from 13 balls.
5.5
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Landed outside off, left alone. That was a touch wide.

A bit of grip issues for Mr. Malik. He adjusts it and then signals a thumbs up towards Southee. Let's resume.

5.4
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Fuller around middle, pushed towards mid on.
5.3
4
Tim Southee to S Malik, FOUR! A rare bad ball. Full and down the leg side, easy pickings for Malik who just tickles it towards the fine leg fence. 249 more to win from 267 balls. The stand is now worth 10 from 17 deliveries.
5.2
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Fuller on middle and off, watchfully defended.
5.1
1
Tim Southee to Imam, Fuller and around off, pushed towards mid on for a single.
4.6
0
T Boult to S Malik, A length ball around off, swinging in, SM looks to flick but misses and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
4.5
0
T Boult to S Malik, A length ball on middle, played towards short mid-wicket.
4.5
0
T Boult to S Malik, WIDE. Down the leg side, Shoaib misses his flick. The keeper dives to his left and stops.
4.4
4
T Boult to S Malik, FOUR! Just the second boundary of the run chase. Nice way to break the shackles. On a length outside off, Malik gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers for a boundary.
4.3
0
T Boult to S Malik, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket again.
4.2
0
T Boult to S Malik, On middle and leg, played towards mid-wicket.
4.1
0
T Boult to S Malik, On a length outside off, pushed towards cover.
3.6
0
Tim Southee to Imam, Lovely shot but superb fielding. Full and outside off, Imam drives it through the covers but the fielder dives to his right and makes a terrific stop. A MAIDEN to follow the mind-blowing previous over.
3.5
0
Tim Southee to Imam, Stays back in his crease and pushes it to the off side.
3.4
0
Tim Southee to Imam, On a length outside off, driven beautifully but straight to cover.
3.3
0
Tim Southee to Imam, Fuller again, pushed towards mid off.
3.2
0
Tim Southee to Imam, Fuller and wider outside off, the southpaw looks to drive but misses. The Kiwis go up for the caught-behind appeal but nothing from the umpire. No review taken either.
3.1
0
Tim Southee to Imam, Full and outside off, Imam defends it towards cover.
2.6
0
T Boult to S Malik, The batsman defends it from within the crease. What an over - 1LB, W, W, W, 0, 0.
2.5
0
T Boult to S Malik, Cannot get 4 in 4. A length ball, around off, Malik defends watchfully.

Shoaib Malik comes in now. Pakistan in tatters...

2.4
0
T Boult to M Hafeez, OUT! LBW! The decision stays as it is! Boult becomes the third Kiwi to take a one-day hat-trick! Superb, superb piece of bowling and this is the best ball he has bowled. On a length, swinging in, Hafeez looks to flick but misses and is rapped on the pads. A massive LBW shout goes up, the umpire thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Hafeez walks across angrily towards Imam, has a brief chat and then signals the 'T'. No use. Hawk Eye shows that to be dead plumb. Danny Morrison vs India in Napier in 1994 and Shane Bond vs Australia in Hobart in 2007 were the other New Zealand bowlers to get 3 wickets in as many balls. Welcome back, Trent Boult.

Mohammad Hafeez comes in at number 4, replacing Azam. Time for some lecture. First, the hat-trick ball. Can he see it off? NO!!!! IT IS A HAT-TRICK! Hafeez has been adjudged LBW! But hang on, he has taken a review...

2.3
0
T Boult to B Azam, OUT! The catch is legal! Two in two for Boult and he has not even started bowling well. Another not-so-great delivery and another poor shot. Full and wide outside off, could have been left alone, but given the form Babar has been in, he does not want to let it go. Reaches out, to try and steer it to third man but the ball goes straight to Ross Taylor at wide first slip who fumbles but then takes it in the second attempt. The Kiwis appeal for the catch but Babar stands his ground. He is not sure whether the ball carried. The umpires confer, then signal it upstairs with the soft signal as OUT. Oh dear... time for the replays. One look is clear - bat hitting the ground and the ball hitting the outside edge. Big, big, blow.

Babar Azam walks in at number 3, replacing Zaman. HAS HE GONE FIRST BALL? New Zealand are celebrating. The umpires are not sure. They have referred it upstairs and the SOFT SIGNAL IS.... OUT. Let's see... big moment in the game.

2.2
0
T Boult to F Zaman, OUT! Cleaned up! Poor choice of a stroke. Not the best of balls from Boult, in fact he looks rusty. But he will take this wicket. It is a length delivery, around middle and leg, angling down, but Zaman does not move his feet at all. Just looks to flick the ball but misses. The ball goes off his pads and then deflects onto the stumps. Another flop show from Fakhar.
2.1
0
T Boult to Imam, Huge shout for LBW, turned down. It is bowled around middle, angling down, Imam misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Clearly going down leg. A leg bye taken.
1.6
1
Tim Southee to Imam, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
1.5
0
Tim Southee to Imam, Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
1.4
1
Tim Southee to F Zaman, Full and outside off, swinging away, Zaman looks to flick but gets an outside edge towards third man. A single taken.
1.3
0
Tim Southee to F Zaman, Outside off, played towards point.
1.2
0
Tim Southee to F Zaman, On middle, pushed towards mid on.
1.1
0
Tim Southee to F Zaman, A terrific inswinger to start, but the line is around middle and leg. Zaman falls over in his flick and misses the ball, getting hit on the pads.

Tim Southee to bowl with the second new ball. He played a decent cameo with the bat.

0.6
0
T Boult to Imam, On a length just outside off, Imam feels for it but the ball moves away late, beating the outside edge. Boult shares a few words with the batsman.
0.5
0
T Boult to Imam, Outside off, punched towards cover.
0.5
0
T Boult to Imam, WIDE. Full and down the leg side, flick shot missed.
0.4
0
T Boult to Imam, Tighter from Trent, well defended.
0.3
4
T Boult to Imam, FOUR! ELEGANT! Fine way to begin the innings. Boult goes full, looking for some swing but Imam is equal to it. Comes forward and meets it with the full face of the bat, pushing it past mid off.
0.2
0
T Boult to Imam, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
0.1
0
T Boult to Imam, Good start. On a length, just around off, solidly defended.

Welcome back for the run chase. The players are all ready to play. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq are the openers for Pakistan. Newly-become father, Trent Boult, to start off proceedings to Imam. Here we go...