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Pakistan vs New Zealand - 2nd T20I

Series: Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 T20I Series, 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date: 02 November 2018

Pakistan 154/4 (19.4 Ovs) RR: 7.83 | Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

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Right then, Pakistan have taken an unassailable lead in the series by registering yet another convincing win. We have one more T20I game left in the series and it's on the 4th of November in Dubai. Do join us at 2000 local (1600 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!

Pakistan's captain, Sarfraz Ahmed says that he's pleased with the victory and credits his boys for all the effort. Adds that he was very confident of overhauling the target. Admits that it got a bit close but the experience of Hafeez and Malik came in handy. States that he has the power in his batting to chase down any total. Also says that his boys are aware of where to field and bowl and to their good luck everything is falling in place. He is delighted with the form of Mohammad Hafeez and reckons that Babar Azam is improving with every game. Believes that Asif Ali has the talent and he is backing him to do well up the order.

New Zealand's skipper, Kane Williamson praises Pakistan for playing well and executing their plans. Feels that they batted well and put a good score on the board but they need to be a bit better with their all-round game. On their bowling, Kane replies that they always look for wickets and also try to squeeze the scoring rate. Mentions that they need to make small adjustments and keep improving.

Man of the Match award is won by Shaheen Afridi for his brilliant bowling performance! Says that he wants to continue with the good work and keep doing best for Pakistan. Thanks the support staff for all the help and feels that he's bowling well at the death with his variations. Adds that he works on the weakness of the batsmen. Wants to play well and long for Pakistan.

Surprisingly, the bowling did not stand up for New Zealand tonight. Colin de Grandhomme produced his MOST ECONOMICAL SPELL in a completed lot of 4 overs while Tim Southee managed to keep things tight upfront but lack of wickets hurt the Black Caps and the rest could not quite contribute. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

New Zealand had slipped from 50/1 to 67/3 by the halfway mark. Pakistan progressed from 50/1 to 75/1. Partnerships are always the key while chasing and the hosts produced those. Babar Azam held forte initially, with a 56-run stand with Asif Ali and then, when both fell in quick succession, the senior pros - Malik and Hafeez ensured that the home side did not throw it away.

The start of the chase was similar to how the Kiwis started off with the bat earlier in the evening. Fakhar Zaman played the role of Munro and 50 came up in the Powerplay. Then, just like the visitors lost a wicket towards the end of the field restriction, Pakistan lost Zaman. But then, here came the main difference.

Not many would have anticipated this at the start. Before tonight, Pakistan had never successfully chased a 150-plus total in T20Is in the Middle East. Also, given the way, the series against Australia had shaped up and how the first match against New Zealand had unfolded, the general feeling was that the Kiwis had got enough with 153 on the board.

Fantastic. Outstanding. Choose any word which you want. But consistency? At one point of time, consistency's second meaning was Australia. Now, hold your breath... it is Pakistan. Their 11th successive T20I series win. 8th victory on the trot in this format. 11th consecutive win while chasing. Wow. Simply wow.

19.4
4
A Milne to M Hafeez, FOUR! Hafeez finishes it with a calm head! Receives a full length delivery around off and just lifts it over extra cover to seal the series. PAKISTAN WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Smiles all around, their 11th consecutive series win. Take a bow, Pakistan.
19.3
2
A Milne to M Hafeez, Full toss again, it's lofted down to long on for a couple of runs. Great running by the Pakistan skipper. But a better throw to the keeper would have made things interesting.

Sarfraz Ahmed walks in next but won't be on strike.

19.2
0
A Milne to S Malik, OUT! Malik holes out! Another rank full toss fetching a wicket. It's angling into the batsman, Malik stays back and tries to power it over mid-wicket. Fails to make proper connection and Phillips in the deep mid-wicket region makes no mistake. Is there any twist in the tale? 6 needed off 4 balls.
19.1
1
A Milne to M Hafeez, Risky! Fullish and on middle, Hafeez drives it to mid off and scampers to the other end as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end. Direct hit would have been curtains for Hafeez.

7 needed off the last over. Adam Milne to bowl. Can he do something extraordinary?

18.6
1
Tim Southee to M Hafeez, Full length delivery outside off, Hafeez shuffles across the stumps and works it through square leg for a run.
18.5
0
Tim Southee to M Hafeez, Throws it full and wide outside off, Hafeez chases it away from his body and pushes it straight to covers.
18.4
1
Tim Southee to S Malik, A length ball outside off, Malik stays back and punches it to wide long off for one.
18.3
1
Tim Southee to M Hafeez, Fuller and outside off, stroked by Hafeez this time through covers. A single taken.
18.2
1
Tim Southee to S Malik, Very full and outside off, Malik forces it down to long on for a run.
18.2
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Another wide! Southee seems to be struggling. He is attempting to bowl full but wide outside off. So far he has failed to keep it inside the tramline.
18.2
0
Tim Southee to S Malik, Wide! Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Malik makes a leave and it's wided.
18.1
1
Tim Southee to M Hafeez, Full and outside off, Hafeez pushes it out to covers for a quick run.

Tim Southee is back on.

17.6
1
C Munro to M Hafeez, A length ball on off, Hafeez eases it down to long off for a run. 14 needed off 12 balls. Pakistan's game to lose!
17.5
0
C Munro to M Hafeez, Angles in a full ball on off, Hafeez drives it back to the bowler.
17.4
1
C Munro to S Malik, Fullish and on middle, forced down to long on for a run.
17.3
6
C Munro to S Malik, SIX! The new daddy has dismissed this from his sight! Fuller length ball on middle, Malik gets forward with a big stride and launches it over cow corner for a biggie. Cruise mode now for Pakistan.
17.2
0
C Munro to S Malik, An off cutter, moving back in from around off, Malik stays back to play it on the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
17.1
1
C Munro to M Hafeez, Attempts to play the reverse sweep but fails to middle it properly. It rolls in front of short third man and they cross.
16.6
1
Ish Sodhi to M Hafeez, 17 from the over! Sodhi continues to be short and it's cut away to deep cover for a run. Ish is done for the night, a very ordinary outing, 4-0-39-0!
16.5
1
Ish Sodhi to S Malik, Turning away from the batsman, again on the shorter side, Malik hits it square of the wicket on the off side. The cover-point fielder dives to make the stop and they cross after an early hesitation.
16.4
1
Ish Sodhi to M Hafeez, Short and pulled over mid-wicket for a run.
16.3
6
Ish Sodhi to M Hafeez, SIX! Hafeez is turning on the heat. Professor giving lecture to the bowler. Telling Sodhi that you cannot bowl there to him. He shimmies down the track and dismisses it over long on for a biggie. Second from the over, 14 already.
16.2
2
Ish Sodhi to M Hafeez, Sodhi goes short this time, outside off, Hafeez cuts it through point for a brace.
16.1
6
Ish Sodhi to M Hafeez, SIX! Hafeez has decided to change gears. Gets a full ball in his half and absolutely smokes it over mid-wicket. Bye bye ball. The crowd loves it.

Shoaib Malik is in next.

15.6
0
C Munro to A Ali, OUT! LBW off a rank full toss. Wow. Sometimes bowlers get lucky with absolutely poor delivery. Munro switches to 'round the wicket and serves it in line of the stumps again. Ali stands back to swing it over the leg side but fails to put bat on ball. The ball dips in to strike him on the back thigh pad, they appeal and the finger goes up. Sarfraz ain't impressed. 40 needed off 24 balls.
15.5
6
C Munro to A Ali, SIX! Asif has sent it out of Dubai! What connection! Boom... Ali lines up Munro here. Expects another slower delivery and gives the charge to a length ball in the line of the stumps. Swings his bat across the line and dumps it over long on for a maximum.
15.4
1
C Munro to M Hafeez, Short and outside off, cut through point for one.
15.3
1
C Munro to A Ali, Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
15.2
1
C Munro to M Hafeez, Slower again, fuller and in line of the stumps, Hafeez clears his front leg and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket. The fielder comes charging in but the ball falls safely in front. They pick up a single.
15.1
1
C Munro to A Ali, Slower shorter ball on middle, pulled behind square leg for a run.
14.6
2
Ish Sodhi to M Hafeez, This time Hafeez dances down the track and chops his square cut through cover-point for a couple of runs.
14.5
1
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Walks down the track and mistimes his lofted shot towards deep cover. The fielder runs in but it drops in front of him. A single added to the total.
14.4
0
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Shortish and outside off, spinning further away, Ali leaves it alone thinking it will be wided. It wasn't as the ball was well within the tramline.
14.3
1
Ish Sodhi to M Hafeez, Slow loopy ball on off, spinning away, Hafeez goes for the reverse sweep but fails to middle it properly. It clips his gloves and goes behind the keeper. Asif calls him for a single as Hafeez was ball-watching.
14.2
1
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Jumps out of the crease to a full ball and hammers it straight down the ground to long on. A single to bring 100 for Pakistan!
14.1
0
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Shorter and on off, cut with the spin but straight to point.

Ish Sodhi is back on.

13.6
1
C Munro to A Ali, Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
13.5
1
C Munro to M Hafeez, Finds the gap through mid off and takes a single.
13.4
0
C Munro to M Hafeez, Fuller in length outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.
13.3
1
C Munro to A Ali, Taps it on the off side and pinches a single.
13.2
0
C Munro to A Ali, Another slower one, Ali pushes it to mid on.
13.1
0
C Munro to A Ali, Slower delivery, around off, Ali plays it towards mid-wicket.

Colin Munro into the attack. He is similar to de Grandhomme and Williamson is taking a punt on him as his regular spinners have not done the job efficiently.

Mohammad Hafeez is the new batsman.

12.6
0
Tim Southee to B Azam, OUT! Maybe that little stop in play hampered Babar's momentum. He tries to invent a shot over mid off but fails to get the desired elevation to go over the fielder inside the ring. Ferguson (sub) takes an easy catch to break the 56-run stand. New Zealand would like to build on this now. 58 runs needed more in 42 balls!
12.5
0
Tim Southee to B Azam, The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
12.4
0
Tim Southee to A Ali, Appeal for an lbw! Not given! Southee delivers a length ball on middle, Asif tries hitting it to the leg side but misses. He is rapped on the pads, the bowler appeals as the batsmen cross. Given as a leg bye. Maybe going down leg and it was a little too high as well.

Play halted. Physio is in the middle. Asif Ali seems to have pulled his hamstring. Getting some stretching currently. He is now back on his feet and we are ready to resume...

12.3
6
Tim Southee to A Ali, SIX! High and handsome! A solid connection to bring the 50-run stand. Southee delivers a slower ball, fuller in length around off and it's picked quite early by the batsman. Asif gives it the full whack of his bat and swings it mightily over mid-wicket. 59 needed off 45 balls!
12.2
1
Tim Southee to B Azam, Gets one on bat this time and cracks this shortish delivery to deep mid-wicket for a run.
12.1
0
Tim Southee to B Azam, Tries the slower one but it goes down the leg side. Babar tries slogging it over the leg side but misses. It clips his pads and rolls behind to the keeper.

Tim Southee is back into the attack. 66 needed off 48 balls.

11.6
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Width on offer outside off, Babar rocks back and cracks it through cover-point for one. Colin has done a decent job in the middle overs. He has bowled out now, 4-0-21-0!
11.5
0
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Shortish and outside off, it's tapped down in front of backward point.
11.4
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Serves a length ball on the pads, it's nudged down to fine leg for a run.
11.3
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
11.2
0
de Grandhomme to B Azam, And again. Another delivery down the leg side, this time it takes the pads of Azam and rolls behind. Once again the keeper saves some runs.
11.2
0
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Wide! Slips one down the leg side, Azam lets it be and Seifert does well to collect it.
11.1
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Angling into the batsman, Ali gets behind the line and lofts it over mid on for a run.
10.6
2
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Shortish and outside off, Azam cuts it past the diving point fielder for a couple of runs. Sloppy effort.
10.5
4
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, FOUR! This will release some pressure. Sodhi drags his length short and bowls it wide outside off. Babar attacks it and powers it over covers for a boundary.
10.5
0
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Wide! Bowls it way wide outside off, Azam allows it through.
10.4
0
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Quicker and on middle, punched from the back foot to covers.
10.3
0
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Flatter on off, defended off the back foot.
10.2
0
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Not out! Shortish and on off, Babar cuts it to point and wants a run. He comes running down the track but Asif sends him back at the last moment. The throw comes to the keeper who takes the bails off and appeals. The umpire goes upstairs and the replays find Babar safe.

Run out appeal. It has been referred upstairs...

10.1
1
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, DROPPED! Colin de Grandhomme is the culprit here. A short delivery on middle, Asif mistimes his pull shot in the air and de Grandhomme reacts quickly from long on. But he slips a bit in the process and has to dive forward to attempt for the catch. Fails to hold on the ball and they take a run.
9.6
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Mishit! A length delivery outside off, Babar dances down the track and drags his shot over mid on. A single to end the over. 79 needed off 60 balls.
9.5
0
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Full and angling into the batsman, Ali flicks it on the leg side but finds mid-wicket.
9.4
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Takes the pace off the delivery and bowls it short around off. Babar moves back and punches it through cover-point for a single.
9.3
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Darts in a short ball again and Asif this time pulls it in front of square leg for one.
9.2
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Colin drags his length short on middle and it has been pulled through square leg for a single.
9.1
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Length ball on middle, Asif goes on the back foot and strokes it to long on for a run.
8.6
1
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Once again Sodhi is on the shorter side with his length and Ali punches it through covers for a single. A very ordinary first over by Ish!
8.5
1
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Dances down the track to a full ball and drags his shot from the inner half of the bat to long on for one.
8.4
1
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Short again, this time wide outside off, Asif cuts it through cover-point and takes a single.
8.3
1
Ish Sodhi to B Azam, Shortish and pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
8.2
1
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, Flatter and outside off, punched through covers for a run.
8.1
4
Ish Sodhi to A Ali, FOUR! Welcomes the leggie into the attack with a boundary. A long hop on middle, Asif rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.

Ish Sodhi is introduced into the attack.

7.6
0
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Another slower one, this time the length is too full and Babar defends it by getting forward. Looks to steal a run but the bowler quickly gets to the ball. 4 from this over.
7.5
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Slower length ball on middle, Asif punches it down to long on for another easy run.
7.4
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Straighter in line, Azam uses his wrists to flick it through square leg for a single.
7.3
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it through mid on for one.
7.2
0
de Grandhomme to A Ali, A length ball on middle, flicked on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket.
7.1
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Drifting down the leg side, worked towards short fine leg for one.
6.6
1
A Patel to B Azam, Slower delivery, full and on off, Azam plays it with soft hands to covers and retains strike with a single.
6.5
1
A Patel to A Ali, Hangs back to a short ball and punches it down to long on for a run.
6.4
1
A Patel to B Azam, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
6.3
1
A Patel to A Ali, Shortish on middle, eased down to long on for a single.
6.2
1
A Patel to B Azam, Gets forward and drives it through covers for a run.
6.2
0
A Patel to B Azam, Wide! Fires one down the leg side, Azam fails to put bat on ball.
6.1
1
A Patel to A Ali, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
5.6
1
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Gently works it off his pads to short fine leg for one. 50/1 in the Powerplay, this is exactly what the Kiwis got at this stage!
5.5
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total.
5.4
0
de Grandhomme to A Ali, Sliding down the leg side, Ali fails to flick and it goes off his pads. They take a leg bye.
5.3
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Another run out chance! This time Babar nudges it off his pads to short fine leg and wants a run. Asif responds and makes it safely as Ajaz fails to score a direct hit at the striker's end.
5.2
0
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Chance of a run out! Azam works it off his pads to the leg side and Asif wants a run. He is sent back and makes it in just in time as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
5.1
4
de Grandhomme to B Azam, FOUR! Poor length at such pace! Short and outside off, Babar rocks back and smacks it through extra cover for a cracking boundary. A great start to the over.

Colin de Grandhomme into the attack.

4.6
1
A Milne to B Azam, Width on offer outside off, Azam glides it down to third man for a run. 7 runs and a wicket from the over!
4.5
1
A Milne to A Ali, On the pads and Ali works it behind square leg for a run.

Asif Ali is the number 3 batsman.

4.4
0
A Milne to F Zaman, OUT! Kane Williamson has pulled out an absolute stunner! You won't see many catches like this too often but with New Zealand in the field, you can expect it! The Flying Kiwi! A delight to watch! Milne delivers it on a length around off, at 147 kph, Zaman tries to pump it over mid off but fails to get the desired connection. It loops in the air towards mid off where Williamson flies to his left and takes one-handed ripper. They needed something special to dismiss Fakhar who was looking in scintillating form.
4.3
0
A Milne to F Zaman, An off pace delivery, shortish and in line of the stumps, Fakhar hops back to make space on the off side but cuts it straight towards the point fielder.
4.2
1
A Milne to B Azam, Drifting down the leg side, it's helped through square leg for a run.
4.1
4
A Milne to B Azam, FOUR! Crashed! Milne serves a length delivery outside off, there is width on offer and Babar crashes it off his back foot through covers.
3.6
1
Tim Southee to B Azam, Babar opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. They pick up a single. A much-better over for the Kiwis, just 2 runs coming off it!
3.5
0
Tim Southee to B Azam, Short on off, punched to covers.
3.4
0
Tim Southee to B Azam, A touch short and on off, angling in, Azam pushes it towards mid on.
3.3
0
Tim Southee to B Azam, DROPPED! A slower delivery by Southee, on the shorter side outside off, Azam gets across a bit to hit it on the leg side but under edges it behind. It's dying in front of the keeper who goes down low, gets is gloves under it but fails to pouch it. They need to take these half chances.
3.2
0
Tim Southee to B Azam, Stays on the back foot and punches it to the off side, finds the cover fielder.
3.1
1
Tim Southee to F Zaman, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
2.6
1
A Milne to F Zaman, Makes space to hit through the line on the off side but Milne senses that and hurls in a yorker on off. Zaman digs it out off the inner half of his blade and it goes past his stumps to the right of Seifert. They take a single. 11 from the over again, 33 from 3!
2.5
1
A Milne to B Azam, Straighter in line, Azam this time flicks it behind square leg for a run.
2.4
2
A Milne to B Azam, Angling into the batsman, Babar closes the face of the bat and works it wide of short fine leg. Sodhi gives the chase and slides to pull it back. He jars his knee on the turf in the process but thankfully no harm done. Two runs added to the total.
2.3
1
A Milne to F Zaman, Fuller length this time, on off, Zaman drives it to mid off for a single.
2.2
6
A Milne to F Zaman, SIX! Out of here! Zaman fights fire with fire. Milne bangs in a sharp delivery, shorter in length around middle, Zaman turns inside the crease and towers it over square leg for a biggie.
2.1
0
A Milne to F Zaman, Too full in length on off, it's driven off the front foot but straight to the cover fielder.

Bowling change. Adam Milne replaces Ajaz Patel.

1.6
1
Tim Southee to F Zaman, Slower one outside off, Zaman taps it down on the off side and retains strike with a single.
1.5
4
Tim Southee to F Zaman, FOUR! With Fakhar in the middle, runs will flow! Southee angles it across the batsman, it's outside off, too much room for Zaman to free his arms and he just blasts it through cover-point.
1.4
0
Tim Southee to F Zaman, Beaten! Southee digs in a short delivery around off, Zaman stands back to play the ramp shot but misses.
1.3
1
Tim Southee to B Azam, Walks across the stumps to a length ball and works it in front of square leg for a run.
1.2
4
Tim Southee to B Azam, LUCKY FOUR! Southee offers width outside off seeing which Babar tries to slap it through the line. But it takes the inside edge and speeds past the stumps to fine leg for a boundary.
1.1
0
Tim Southee to F Zaman, Good length delivery angling down the leg side, Fakhar tries flicking but misses and it goes off his pads to square leg for a leg bye.

Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
A Patel to B Azam, Flatter delivery around off, Babar hits it back to the bowler. End of the over, a good start for Pakistan.
0.5
1
A Patel to F Zaman, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
0.4
1
A Patel to B Azam, This is how Babar bats. He builds his knock with singles. Take a run by easing a full ball to long on.
0.3
1
A Patel to F Zaman, Jumps out of the crease to a full ball and forces it down through mid off for a run.
0.2
4
A Patel to F Zaman, FOUR! Another boundary, just like the other one. Once again Ajaz drags his length short and Zaman cracks it square of the wicket on the off side. The backward point fielder dives across to his right but to no avail.
0.1
4
A Patel to F Zaman, FOUR! Great beginning! Flatter and shorter outside off, Fakhar rocks back and smashes it through the gap between short third man and backward point. Pakistan too start their innings with a boundary. The Kiwis got a biggie.

We're back for the run chase. Babar Azam has got his usual partner back in Fakhar Zaman. Target is 154 in 120 legal balls. Ajaz Patel to kickoff proceedings...