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Pakistan vs New Zealand - 1st T20I

Series: Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 T20I Series, 2018
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date: 31 October 2018

New Zealand 146/6 (20.0 Ovs) RR: 7.3 | Pakistan beat New Zealand by 2 runs

commentary

So that is it from this game. Pakistan continue to impress in the shorter format and have now taken the lead in the series. New Zealand on the other hand, played really well and their performance here will surely give them confidence heading into the next game. It will be played on the 2nd of November in Dubai at 2000 local (1600 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye.

Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed, credits the way their bowlers bowled. Mentions 150 was the score they wanted on board. States he wanted Asif Ali to spend more time in the middle and hence he was promoted. He feels good about himself scoring runs tonight. Reckons they played well in the middle overs and appreciates the way Afridi and Hasan Ali bowled. Ends by saying, there was dew tonight and it may play a part in the games further.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says there are a lot of positives to take out of this game. Mentions he knows how clinical Pakistan are here. Credits the way they played. He reckons the wicket got slower as the game progressed. Adds further, they could not capitalize despite getting off to a good start. Ends by saying the fielding effort was exceptional and that is very important in a T20I game.

Man of the Match, Mohammad Hafeez, says he is happy with his contribution in the win. Admits he does have problems with his modified action but he keeps working on it. Mentions he tries to play according to the situation. Ends by saying is happy with how the team is playing.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan set a decent target, courtesy Hafeez' excellent knock and cameos from the lower-order batsmen. A strong finish saw them reach close to 150 which in the end proved to be enough.

The Pakistan bowlers were once again at their best. Their record of never losing a T20I in the Middle East after setting a target above 130 continues. Yes, they did take a pounding in the first six but came back strongly after that. Hasan Ali was the star for them as he picked up 3. Shadab once again impressed as he was economical and got the big wicket of Munro. He was supported well by all the spinners. Shaheen Afridi, the youngster, also showed nerves of steel and ensured the home side take a 1-0 lead.

Taylor and Anderson then built a partnership but not at the rate they would have wanted. They maybe planned to take it deep but when the time to go big arrived, the southpaw holed out. Taylor then had a lot to do and with minimum support from the other end, he failed to take the away side over the line.

Once the spinners were brought on, the runs started to dry up. The older ball was tough to score on and the run rate needed kept on creeping up. Munro then decided to cut loose. He hit a few boundaries and got to his fifty but then perished. That wicket began the downfall of the Kiwis as they then lost two quick wickets of Colin and Williamson.

Pakistan have once again managed to defend a total here. How good are they at doing this? New Zealand got off to a terrific start in the Powerplay, courtesy Munro. He was hitting the new ball really well and the visitors were 50 for 1 after the first 6. However, they failed to capitalize on the start they got and then began to lose their way.

19.6
4
S Afridi to R Taylor, FOUR! Shaheen has done it. Taylor does not hit it over the ropes. A high full toss but the timing is not there. Taylor hits it over mid off for a boundary. All smiles in the Pakistan camp as THEY WIN BY 2 RUNS!

Super Over? Nooooo. Ask again. Think again. Super Over? Probably yes!!! A biggie???? Go for it, Rosco! Or will Shaheen pull it off?

19.5
2
S Afridi to R Taylor, No boundary but New Zealand can still take this game to a Super Over. Taylor flicks it through mid-wicket and takes two. 7 needed from the last ball.
19.4
2
S Afridi to R Taylor, A couple now! A yorker on middle, Taylor jams it out towards deep mid-wicket for a brace. A boundary needed on the next ball.
19.3
1
S Afridi to Tim Southee, Southee misses out! Another high full toss by Afridi. Southee swings, he gets an outside edge down to third man for a run. 11 from 3.
19.2
4
S Afridi to Tim Southee, FOUR! He has but a brilliant effort from him. Southee shuffles across and tries to flick. He gets it off the inner half through backward square leg. Hasan Ali from short fine leg hares after it. Faheem in the deep makes good ground to his right, dives and tries to push it back in. Hasan Ali does the mopping up job. The umpire though wants to have a check and replays show that, the ball has touched the marked line as the boundary cushion was pushed behind. A boundary is signalled. 12 needed from 4.

Has Ashraf touched the ropes? It will be an outstanding effort if he has not. They have gone upstairs to check.

19.1
1
S Afridi to R Taylor, Excellent delivery to begin the last! Full and on off, Taylor hits it down to long off for just a run.

Tim Southee strides out to the middle.

18.6
0
H Ali to Tim Seifert, OUT! Clean bowled! Hasan is pumped up. Cannot really fault the batsman. He had to go for the big hit and he swung hard. But unluckily for him, the 147 kph ball was too quick for him. Timber. Hasan finishes with a 3-fer - 4-0-35-3.
18.5
1
H Ali to R Taylor, Low full toss outside off, bunted towards cover for a run.
18.4
2
H Ali to R Taylor, Two more. Works it wide of long on and charges back for the second. Could have had Seifert with a better throw.
18.3
2
H Ali to R Taylor, Short and outside off, Rosco pulls it through mid-wicket where Hafeez does a wonderful job near the boundary. Two runs taken.
18.2
4
H Ali to R Taylor, TOP EDGE, FOUR! That will help New Zealand! A short ball, around middle, Taylor looks to pull but is hurried by the pace. Gets a top edge which flies over the leaping keeper to the fine leg fence.

Tim Seifert walks in at number 7, replacing Anderson.

18.1
0
H Ali to C Anderson, OUT! Hasan gets Corey! This wicket will do a world of good for Pakistan. A fuller length ball, around middle, Anderson goes deep in his crease and tries to heave it over long on, aiming to get underneath the ball. However, he is not quite able to generate enough power. Skies it miles in the air only to see it taken by Shoaib Malik at the ropes after it completes its parabolic path. Now... that equation changes big time. 26 needed from 11.
17.6
1
S Afridi to C Anderson, A high full toss, Anderson misses out as he only hits down to long off for a run. However, a good over for New Zealand as 11 came from it.
17.5
1
S Afridi to R Taylor, A huge appeal but not given! A yorker on off, Taylor tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball goes down to third man for a run.
17.4
4
S Afridi to R Taylor, FOUR! Much-needed boundary! This has been crunched! Short and it sits up to be hit. Taylor pulls it with a lot of force through square leg. It is in the gap and a boundary results. 28 more needed.
17.3
2
S Afridi to R Taylor, SAFE! And that is why Corey was relaxed. Also, Shaheen had dislodged the stumps with his hands. A low full toss outside off, Taylor hits it towards sweeper cover. They take the first one and go for the second. Asif Ali there collects the ball and throws it to the bowler. Afridi whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire goes upstairs. Replays show that CA is in.

A run out appeal at the bowler's end is taken upstairs. Anderson once again is the man in question but he seems relaxed.

17.2
0
S Afridi to C Anderson, NOT OUT! Umpire's call and Pakistan do not lose a review. A slower ball on middle, Anderson goes for the swing but misses as the ball does not bounce as much as he expected it to. It hits him high on the thigh pad. Rolls towards short third man. The batters run a leg bye as the bowler appeals. The umpire shakes his head and Sarfraz wants it to be reviewed. Replays roll in and they show the ball to be clipping the bails.

Review time! A huge appeal for an LBW has not been given. Sarfraz signals the 'T' straightaway. Anderson is the man in question. Height can be an issue here.

17.1
1
S Afridi to R Taylor, On the bounce to the fielder! Full and on the pads, Taylor hits it uppishly but on the bounce to the man at deep square leg for a run.
17.1
0
S Afridi to R Taylor, Starts off with a wide down the leg side, Taylor lets it be. Wide called.

Shaheen Afridi is back on.

16.6
1
H Ali to R Taylor, A single to end! 9 from the over but a good one for Pakistan according to the situation. It is a length ball, Taylor flat-bats it towards mid off and sets off for a run. A wild throw by the fielder means, they complete it easily.
16.5
1
H Ali to C Anderson, Another low full toss, not a lot you can do with that. Anderson hits it down to long on for a run.
16.4
1
H Ali to R Taylor, Good bowling! Full and outside off, Taylor hits it to mid off for a run.
16.3
2
H Ali to R Taylor, Another couple! 6 from the first three. Short and outside off, Taylor cuts it through backward point. Farhan at third man, runs to his right, collects the ball, then realizes he is too close to the ropes to throw it back in. The onfield umpire quickly got it checked upstairs.
16.2
2
H Ali to R Taylor, Well fielded! Full and outside off, Taylor jams it out towards point. Shadab there dives to his right, gets a hand to it. It goes to the fielder in the deep, two taken.
16.1
2
H Ali to R Taylor, Length ball around off, Taylor swats it down towards long off. The fielder from long on runs to his left and keeps it down to two.
15.6
2
S Khan to C Anderson, Another sweep but still no boundary. The fielder at deep square leg runs to his left and makes a diving stop. Two taken. 46 in 24 needed.
15.5
1
S Khan to R Taylor, Flatter outside off, Taylor cuts it through point for a run.
15.4
1
S Khan to C Anderson, The googly and it is shorter in length, Anderson flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 100 up, 49 more needed.
15.3
2
S Khan to C Anderson, Plays the sweep again but it goes off the inner half through square leg for a couple.
15.2
0
S Khan to C Anderson, The googly and it is bowled full and wide outside off. Anderson goes for the sweep but misses.
15.1
1
S Khan to R Taylor, A single to start as Taylor works it down to long on. Time to go big now.

Shadab Khan is back on.

14.6
1
H Ali to R Taylor, Slower ball around off, Taylor guides it towards the keeper for a quick run. Required run rate now is above 10.
14.5
1
H Ali to C Anderson, Now a single! Pakistan won't mind this at all. On middle, worked towards mid-wicket for a run.
14.4
0
H Ali to C Anderson, Slower ball on off, Anderson is completely foxed. He first tries to go hard but then bails out of the shot. It hits his bat and goes towards mid-wicket. Another dot, pressure building.
14.3
0
H Ali to C Anderson, A dot! On middle, Anderson keeps it out.
14.2
1
H Ali to R Taylor, On a length and around off, the batsman pushes it down to long on for a run.
14.1
2
H Ali to R Taylor, Works it with the angle through square leg and some good running, helps them take two.

Hasan Ali is back on.

13.6
1
S Afridi to R Taylor, Good length again around the off pole. The batsman taps it towards cover-point and sets off for a run. Shadab once again has a shy but misses. Would not have mattered if he would have hit. 58 now needed in the last 6.
13.5
1
S Afridi to C Anderson, Back of a length around off, Anderson guides it through point for a run.

Corey Anderson is the new man in.

13.4
0
S Afridi to R Taylor, OUT! Direct hit and Colin is now out of here. New Zealand have completely lost their way. Taylor taps it towards point and he wants a run. De Grandhomme responds but Shadab picks the ball up, hurrying across from backward point, takes aim and hits the bull's eye, right at the base of the stumps. Colin is well short and Pakistan are ecstatic at the moment.
13.3
0
S Afridi to R Taylor, Shortish around middle, Taylor hops and tries to flick but misses to get hit on the body.
13.2
1
S Afridi to de Grandhomme, On the pads, it is worked through the leg side for a run.
13.1
2
S Afridi to de Grandhomme, Starts off with a slower ball, Colin chips it over the mid-wicket fielder. They run the first one hard, seeing the fielder getting to the ball slowly, they go for the second and complete it.

Meanwhile, Shaheen Afridi is finally introduced into the attack.

Danny Morrison is taking an interview of Azhar Mahmood. The latter is proud of the way Pakistan's youngsters are executing the plans discussed in the dressing room. Adds that after every game, the players come and discuss with him about what went right and wrong in the match. Feels proud on being given so much respect and is even prouder that the kids are listening to him. Stresses that tonight, the spinners bowled well after the Powerplay, getting the wickets of Williamson and Munro and it is now upto the seamers to drive home the advantage. Needless to say, he is confident that Pakistan can pull off a win here.

12.6
0
I Wasim to de Grandhomme, Fires it on the pads as Colin dances down. He misses the flick and the ball goes towards square leg. The batsmen take a leg bye.
12.5
1
I Wasim to R Taylor, Uses his feet and tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball rolls onto the off side for a run.

Ross Taylor is in next.

12.4
0
I Wasim to K Williamson, OUT! Caught and bowled! Another one bites the dust and it is Williamson, the guy who would have probably anchored the run chase. A soft dismissal this. Imad slows it up through the air and lands it around middle, it turns away a touch. Kane tries to work it on the leg side but the ball just does not arrive. He fails to close the face of the bat in time and ends up chipping it towards Wasim who takes it with ease. New Zealand in a spot of bother here.
12.3
0
I Wasim to K Williamson, That one stays a touch low! Kane tries to force it through the off side but it hits the bottom and goes to covers.
12.2
1
I Wasim to de Grandhomme, Flatter and on middle, Colin hits it down to long on for another single.
12.1
1
I Wasim to K Williamson, Eased down to long off fora run.

Imad Wasim is back on.

11.6
2
S Khan to de Grandhomme, Goes for the big thwack but gets it off the inner half through square leg for a brace. So 8 does come from the over but the all-important wicket of Munro also.
11.5
0
S Khan to de Grandhomme, The googly on off, kept out.
11.4
1
S Khan to K Williamson, Works it through the leg side, Williamson takes one and has to be happy with a single.

Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.

11.3
0
S Khan to C Munro, OUT! MUNRO HOLES OUT! He has thrown it away one can say. Having got a boundary on the last ball, this was not needed. Pakistan won't care though as they have got the wicket they would have wanted at this time. Shadab has the courage to toss it up around middle and leg, it turns slightly into the batsman. Munro tries to clear long on but does not get the desired distance. It goes to Asif Ali who does not make any mistake. The set batsman is out of here and it is game on in Abu Dhabi. 70 needed in 51 balls.
11.2
4
S Khan to C Munro, FOUR! In the gap! Munro once again plays the reverse sweep to great effect. It is in the gap between backward point and short third man for a boundary.
11.1
1
S Khan to K Williamson, A misfield and a run! Can't give away such easy runs at the moment. It is driven towards Azam at covers. He misfields and a run is taken.
10.6
4
M Hafeez to C Munro, FOUR! Spoils what was a brilliant over till then. Innovation from Munro and that should release some pressure. Brings over the reverse sweep and hits it over point for a boundary.
10.5
0
M Hafeez to C Munro, Munro makes room and Hafeez continues to bowl the stump-to-stump line. Munro once again slaps it to covers.
10.4
2
M Hafeez to C Munro, A couple now and it brings up Munro's 8th T20I fifty. He made full use of the Powerplay and now is happy to work it around. A very sensible knock by him till now but he needs to hang around. Makes room and cuts it through point, takes two.
10.3
0
M Hafeez to C Munro, Dot ball! Fires it on off, Munro finds covers.
10.2
1
M Hafeez to K Williamson, Another single! Slightly shorter and around middle, Kane pulls it towards deep mid-wickte for a run.
10.1
1
M Hafeez to C Munro, Flatter and on off, Munro slaps it down to long off for a run.
9.6
1
S Khan to C Munro, A touch short and on off, Munro goes back and taps it down towards cover-point for a brisk run.
9.5
0
S Khan to C Munro, Flighted and full on middle, Munro drives it off his front foot but finds the cover fielder.
9.4
1
S Khan to K Williamson, A touch short and on off, Kane drags his pull shot down towards fine leg for a run.
9.3
2
S Khan to K Williamson, Uppish but through the gap! Short and on off, spinning away, Kane rocks back and cuts it through cover-point. A couple taken.
9.2
0
S Khan to K Williamson, Extra flight on this one. Full and on off, Kane inside edges his drive back towards the bowler.
9.1
1
S Khan to C Munro, Very full and on middle, Munro drives it down to long off for a single.
8.6
0
M Hafeez to K Williamson, Allows the ball to spin back in and then pushes it back with a straight bat. Hafeez reacts quickly to his right and dives to stop the ball. Another tidy over by Hafeez, only 4 from it.
8.5
0
M Hafeez to K Williamson, Turning back into the batsman from around off, Kane helps it on the leg side but the mid-wicket fielder quickly gets to the ball.
8.4
2
M Hafeez to K Williamson, Shorter and on off, Williamson moves back to make room and punches it through extra cover for a brace.
8.3
0
M Hafeez to K Williamson, Loopy and full on off, Williamson prefers staying back and flicking it to mid-wicket. Not in the gap this time.
8.2
1
M Hafeez to C Munro, Flatter and shorter in line of the stumps, Munro makes room and mistimes his punch shot in the gap at covers. A single taken.
8.1
1
M Hafeez to K Williamson, Slower off spinner on off, Kane works it through mid-wicket for a run.
7.6
4
S Khan to C Munro, EDGED, FOUR! Munro is riding his luck. Short and outside off, Munro looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge as it is a googly. It flies past short third man and bats him.
7.5
0
S Khan to C Munro, Similar ball, pushed towards cover once more.
7.4
0
S Khan to C Munro, Full and straight, blocked towards cover.
7.3
1
S Khan to K Williamson, Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
7.2
0
S Khan to K Williamson, Outside off, cut straight to backward point.
7.1
1
S Khan to C Munro, Tossed up on middle, helped through mid-wicket for a single. Munro moves to 40 from 28 balls.

Shadab Khan is into the attack now.

6.6
1
M Hafeez to C Munro, Edged! Shorter delivery on off, Munro rocks back to cut it through the line but gets a fat outside edge past the keeper. It rolls to short third man and they cross. Tidy first over by Professor!
6.5
0
M Hafeez to C Munro, Would have been a run out! Flatter and on middle, Colin rocks back and punches it in the direction of the bowler. Hafeez dives full length to his left to stop the ball. The non-striker was outside his crease but Hafeez maybe didn't realize and Kane plants his bat inside the line.
6.4
0
M Hafeez to C Munro, Terrific stop! Tossed up ball around leg, Munro plays a cute paddle sweep and it races through. Shaheen at short fine leg dives full length to his right to save a certain boundary.
6.3
0
M Hafeez to C Munro, Flighted and around leg, Munro makes room and drives it to covers, dot ball.
6.2
0
M Hafeez to C Munro, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
6.1
0
M Hafeez to C Munro, Quicker and on middle, Munro plays it off his pads to the leg side.

Kane Williamson is in next. Mohammad Hafeez into the attack as well.

5.6
0
H Ali to G Phillips, OUT! Drags it on! Hasan Ali provides the first breakthrough and does his trademark celebration. A slower one, on the shorter side outside off and shapes away a shade, Phillips stays back to force the issue on the off side but gets a thick inside edge onto the stumps. End of a 50-run partnership and the Powerplay as well. 99 needed off 84 balls.
5.5
0
H Ali to G Phillips, A low full toss on off, Phillips reaches out for it and drills it towards point. The fielder there makes a good stop.
5.4
1
H Ali to C Munro, Length ball on off, punched with great power to mid off for a run.
5.3
4
H Ali to C Munro, FOUR! Hasan overdoes his line and length. Bowls it full and on the pads, Munro picks it up and whips it past short fine leg. Shaheen Afridi dives there but it's hit ferociously and goes past him in the blink of an eye. No stopping this over.
5.2
6
H Ali to C Munro, SIX! Looked like a mishit but that has gone for a biggie! A good length delivery in line of the stumps, Munro swings his big bat across the line, doesn't find the middle of his willow and towers it in the air. It keeps on going over long on flies over the fence. Munro in the mood now.
5.1
1
H Ali to G Phillips, Back of a length delivery on off, Phillips punches it in the direction of the cover fielder and rushes across to the other end for a run.

Hasan Ali comes into the attack.

4.6
4
I Wasim to C Munro, FOUR! Terrific batting! Full and outside leg, Munro brings out his reverse sweep now and beats backward point! 16 from the over, 26 from the last 2!
4.5
0
I Wasim to C Munro, Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
4.4
6
I Wasim to C Munro, SIX! Going, going, gone! Wasim is not being treated too politely by the Kiwis here. Full and around middle, Munro gets down on a knee and slogs it wayyy over long on!
4.3
0
I Wasim to C Munro, Again pitched outside leg, Colin looks to play the slog sweep again but misses and is hit on the pads.
4.2
0
I Wasim to C Munro, Full and down the leg side, Munro looks to sweep but misses. The ball hits him in front of the sticks but the pitching was the issue.
4.1
6
I Wasim to C Munro, SIX! HUMONGOUS! Full and outside off, Munro lofts it well over mid off and clears long off too!
3.6
0
F Ashraf to G Phillips, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
3.5
4
F Ashraf to G Phillips, FOUR! Terrific shot! Down the leg side, Phillips tickles it fine and finds the boundary!
3.4
1
F Ashraf to C Munro, Comes down the track but the bowler follows him. Munro pulls it with his eyes closed through mid-wicket, for a single.
3.3
4
F Ashraf to C Munro, FOUR! HAMMERED! A short ball, outside off, Munro pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary!
3.2
1
F Ashraf to G Phillips, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
3.1
0
F Ashraf to G Phillips, Around off, defended from the crease.
2.6
0
I Wasim to C Munro, Full and outside off, Munro looks to play the slog sweep but gets a bottom edge to the off side.
2.5
0
I Wasim to C Munro, Short again, outside off once more, punched straight to cover.
2.4
2
I Wasim to C Munro, Short and outside off, punched down to long on for a couple.
2.3
1
I Wasim to G Phillips, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
2.2
0
I Wasim to G Phillips, The arm ball, down the leg side, Phillips misses his flick and is hit on the pad.
2.1
1
I Wasim to C Munro, Full on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
1.6
0
F Ashraf to G Phillips, Shortish and on middle, angling in, Phillips tries swinging it over the leg side but misses to get hit on the thigh pad. 5 from the over!
1.5
4
F Ashraf to G Phillips, FOUR! Cracking shot! Ashraf drops it on a length and offers width outside off. Phillips latches onto it and hammers it over covers for a boundary.
1.4
1
F Ashraf to C Munro, Shortish and into the body of the batsman, Munro stays back and hits it firmly through square leg for a run.
1.3
0
F Ashraf to C Munro, Play and a miss! Short in length delivery outside off, Munro throws his bat at it but fails to connect.
1.2
0
F Ashraf to C Munro, Angling away from the batsman, Munro plays a good cover drive but finds the fielder.
1.1
0
F Ashraf to C Munro, Full length ball outside off, Munro tries to force it through the line but gets a bottom edge towards the point region.

Faheem Ashraf to bowl from the other end.

0.6
1
I Wasim to C Munro, Aerial but safe! Wasim fires in another delivery, full and on middle, Munro flicks it casually and in the air. No fielder inside the ring at mid on and it's an easy run.
0.5
1
I Wasim to G Phillips, Keeps it flat and on off, Phillips punches it down to long on for a run.
0.4
0
I Wasim to G Phillips, Appeal for an lbw, not given! An arm ball landing around off and skidding off the surface. Phillips gets forward to flick but misses and is hit on the back leg. They appeal but nothing from the umpire. Imad suggests to his skipper that it was heading over the stumps.
0.3
0
I Wasim to G Phillips, Quicker one, fired in on middle, Phillips defends it from the crease.
0.2
0
I Wasim to G Phillips, Flat again, a bit short on middle, Phillips hits it towards mid-wicket where Faheem Ashraf dives across to his left to make a brilliant stop.
0.1
1
I Wasim to C Munro, Flatter and shorter around off, Munro plays it late from the crease towards short third man and scampers across to the other end. A good diving stop there by the fielder.

Welcome back. The players are ready to take the field. Pakistan are in a huddle as the two Kiwi openers go past them. It's the pair of Colin Munro and Glenn Phillips. Imad Wasim to begin proceedings. Here we go...