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.
Super Over? Nooooo. Ask again. Think again. Super Over? Probably yes!!! A biggie???? Go for it, Rosco! Or will Shaheen pull it off?
Has Ashraf touched the ropes? It will be an outstanding effort if he has not. They have gone upstairs to check.
Tim Southee strides out to the middle.
Tim Seifert walks in at number 7, replacing Anderson.
A run out appeal at the bowler's end is taken upstairs. Anderson once again is the man in question but he seems relaxed.
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.
Shaheen Afridi is back on.
Shadab Khan is back on.
Hasan Ali is back on.
Corey Anderson is the new man in.
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.
Ross Taylor is in next.
Imad Wasim is back on.
Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.
Shadab Khan is into the attack now.
Kane Williamson is in next. Mohammad Hafeez into the attack as well.
Hasan Ali comes into the attack.
Faheem Ashraf to bowl from the other end.
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...