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New Zealand vs Pakistan - 3rd T20I

Series: Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 2018
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date & Time: 28 January 2018

New Zealand 163/6 (20 Ovs) CRR: 8.15 | Pakistan won by 18 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptill c Fakhar Zaman & b Shadab Khanc Fakhar Zaman & b Shadab Khan594324
Kane Williamson c Babar Azam & b Faheem Ashrafc Babar Azam & b Faheem Ashraf91410
Anaru Kitchen stumped Shadab Khanstumped Shadab Khan161920
Tom Bruce bowled Raeesbowled Raees221521
Colin de Grandhomme bowled Aamer Yaminbowled Aamer Yamin1200
Ross Taylor c Sarfraz & b Amirc Sarfraz & b Amir251103
Tom Blundell Not OutNot Out3500
Mitchell Santner Not OutNot Out241231
Tim Southee dnbdnb0000
Ish Sodhi dnbdnb0000
Trent Boult dnbdnb0000
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 0, w 3, nb 1)
Total 163 (6 Wkts, 20 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Aamer Yamin4 0 25 1 6.25
Rumman Raees4 0 41 1 10.25
Mohammad Amir4 0 23 1 5.75
Faheem Ashraf4 0 55 1 13.75
Shadab Khan4 0 19 2 4.75
Fakhar Zaman0 0 0 0 0
Ahmed Shehzad0 0 0 0 0
Babar Azam0 0 0 0 0
Sarfraz Ahmed0 0 0 0 0
Umar Amin0 0 0 0 0
Haris Sohail0 0 0 0 0


Pakistan needed six games to arrive on tour but they did so with a bang and will now leave with some silverware. Brilliant comeback after losing the first game of the 3-match series. The series win also takes them to the pinnacle of the T20I rankings. A good reward for them considering their recent form - W W W W W W L W W L W W W W L W W (today) - this is since the 2016 T20 WC. That's all from us today. This is Akshay Maanay signing off on behalf of my co-commentator, Rishi Roy(@_rrroy) and scorer Siva. Goodbye!

Sarfraz: Credit goes to my boys. The way we came back from 6-0, credit to everyone. We just told the guys to play your natural game. Zaman, Shehzad and all the bowlers performed. If you have wickets in hand, our lower order can capitalize. Once again the credit goes to my boys (for achieving the No.1 ranking). Thanks for the crowd for supporting us.

Williamson, New Zealand Captain: Credit to Pakistan, they were outstanding. We weren't at our best. It was the pressure that they put us under. They batted very well and had an above-par score on the board. They were disciplined on the field and that, I think, was the difference. There are a couple of things we would look to do differently, but credit to Pakistan again, they were really good. (About Pakistan scoring 110 runs in the last 10) Its about coming to the ground and making sure you adapt to the surface because every venue throws a different challenge at you. There is the breeze factor at these grounds and you want to be at the right end too. All in all, the bowling performance was an improvement. With the bat it is always a challenge when you see the run-rate grow. Taylor and Bruce gave us momentum when the run-rate was soaring but it is a pity we didn't get closer than we did. We were rusty on the field and we need to do better in that area in the future, especially in the tri-series coming up. However, more than that, the fielding reflects our on-field attitude and we'd like to improve on that going into the future.

Mohammad Amir, Man of the Series: At the start, it was a tough tour for us. We lost the ODIs. T20s is different and we are now the No.1 side. The credit goes to the team managment. I was doing what I was practising. I did not do well in the ODIs, but bowled a lot better in T20Is.

Shadab Khan, Man of the Match: I enjoyed playing in New Zealand. I played in the Big Bash and carried that experience forward. I like bowling in T20s. Our top order scored runs in T20Is as supposed to ODIs. I am looking forward to the PSL.

22:20 Local Time, 09:20 GMT, 14:50 IST: Pakistan were simply outstanding once again. They outbatted, outbowled and even outfielded New Zealand in this game. Chasing 181 against Pakistan's bowling unit was never easy. Williamson and Guptill were tied down by some disciplined bowling. The latter kept the scoreboard ticking with a fifty but had no support from the other end as Kitchen struggled with his timing. A cow-corner-loving Ross Taylor provided New Zealand some hope with a few meaty blows, but the asking rate was a bit too much for him. Amir and Raees were brilliant at the death, while Shadab bossed the middle overs. Overall a complete team performance from Pakistan takes them to the number one spot in T20I rankings.

Faheem Ashraf to Santner, no run, Pakistan win by 18 runs. Look at Sarfraz go. He is yelling and shouting. He's ecstatic. "Looks like he wants to punch someone," quips Waqar Younis. Pakistan form a huddle and Sarfraz has a few words with them. Ashraf pings the yorker and Santner can only dig it back down the wicket
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, FOUR, slower delivery outside off, Santner throws the kitchen sink at that and the outside edge flies over short third man, races away to the fence
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, SIX, Santner playing some golf now. Back of a length slanted across off, Santner stands deep in the crease and mows the pull over cow corner fence. Nice clean strike of the ball
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, no run, slanted across on a yorker length, Santner can't jam it out
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, 2 runs, dropped! That's the first bit of sloppy work from Pakistan today. Short of length delivery angled across off, Santner whips it towards long-on. Zaman does the hard work of reaching there, but the ball pops out as he slides across
Faheem Ashraf to Santner, 2 runs, back of a length on off, Santner swats it wide of long-on and settles with a couple

Free-hit coming up

Faheem Ashraf to Tom Blundell, no ball, 1 run, high full toss above the waist and Blundell picks out the fielder at deep backward square with a heave, Raees claims the catch and then realises that the umpire has his arm up, fires in a flat throw to Sarfraz

Faheem Ashraf [3.0-0-39-1] is back into the attack

Amir to Santner, no run, high-fives between Sarfraz and Amir. Top class stuff from the pacer. The slower short of length delivery, Santner is ages early into the pull and the ball balloons over the top-edge. Amir finishes a brilliant spell, 4-0-23-1
Amir to Tom Blundell, 1 run, slower delivery outside off, Blundell chips the loft to sweeper cover
Amir to Tom Blundell, no run, Amir is toying with Blundell. The off-cutter outside off, Blundell was waiting to play the lap and the ball breaks away to leave him in no man's land. Appreciation from Sarfraz
Amir to Tom Blundell, wide, sprays it down leg, Blundell shuffles across and misses the scoop. Called a wide and Amir is not happy with the decision, Sarfraz tells him to calm down
Amir to Tom Blundell, no run, wide yorker outside off, Blundell can't meet with the steer to third man
Amir to Santner, 1 run, short of length and on off, Santner lifts it to long-on
Amir to Santner, FOUR, mid-off inside the ring and Amir bowls a delicious full delivery outside off, Santner plays the perfect lofted off-drive over the fielder. One bounce and over the rope. Held the pose there for the cameras did Santner
Raees to Santner, 1 run, full and at the batsman, Santner squirts it off the inner half of the bat to short fine leg
Raees to Santner, wide, slower bouncer which is well over Santner and is called a wide
Raees to Santner, FOUR, brilliant timing. Just a flick of the wrists and the ball rocketed to the fence. Full and on the stumps, missed the yorker length did Raees, Santner whips it wide of long-on and picks up a boundary
Raees to Santner, no run, that was a gamble from Sarfraz. The yorker around off, Santner clears his front leg to drive it through cover, no contact made and Sarfraz was up in an appeal. There were a couple of spikes on the RTS but none when the ball past the bat

Mitchell Santner, left handed bat, comes to the crease

Pakistan review: This time Sarfraz goes against his bowler. Raees not confident but Sarfraz wants to gamble with the caught behind. Legal delivery. Did the bat hit the ground? Few spikes on the RTS. But not when the ball passes bat. Not Out!

Raees to Tom Bruce, out Bowled!! Hits timber and just stands his ground does Raees. Swag! Good riposte from him. It was another low full toss and Bruce decided to charge down the wicket to this one, missed the drive and the ball hits the base of off-stump. Pakistan running away with the game. Sarfraz is pumped and is celebrating each wicket like a victory. Tom Bruce b Raees 22(15) [4s-2 6s-1]

Raees to Tom Bruce, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Raees to Tom Bruce, FOUR, picked the right delivery to play the lap - full toss on middle and leg, Bruce shuffles to off and scoops it very fine, almost went the distance, one bounce four
Raees to Tom Bruce, no run, right in the blockhole, Bruce jams it back to Raees, starts with a dot
Amir to Tom Bruce, 1 run, full and on leg-stump, Bruce chips the flick on the bounce to deep mid-wicket
Amir to Tom Bruce, no run, yorker length outside off, Bruce can't squeeze it out, past his blade
Amir to Tom Blundell, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Blundell moves across and flicks it to deep backward square

Tom Blundell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Amir to Ross Taylor, out Caught by Sarfraz!! Superb review from Amir. Taylor can't believe it. He walks back with a smile on his face. Huge wicket for Pakistan as Taylor was looking murderous. "I didn't hit it," says Taylor to the gathered Pakistanis. But with the spike on RTS the decision was against him. Amir literally bullied Sarfraz into taking the review and what a move it was. Full and around leg, Taylor moved across and had to bring his bat across to jam it, very close to his front pad and there was no deviation. Sarfraz did not appeal and he was more concerned of running out Taylor, who was out of the crease. However, Amir had heard something and he made his skipper challenge the decision. RTS supported his call and ruled it in his favour. Ross Taylor c Sarfraz b Amir 25(11) [6s-3]

Amir to Ross Taylor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Pakistan review: Amir was very confident that it was LBW. He forces Sarfraz into taking the review. Or was it for caught behind? Fair delivery. Yes, it is for caught behind. There is a spike when ball passes the bat. Pakistan might be onto something here. Third umpire having a few looks at that. Ruled in favour of Pakistan. OUT!

Amir to Ross Taylor, no run, cross-seam delivery which is an inch short from yorker length, Taylor jams it to the left of Amir. Not much he could have done there, that was bowled at 145kmph
Amir to Tom Bruce, 1 run, over the wicket and speared full outside off, Bruce makes room and had to reach out, crouches low and squeezes it to sweeper cover

Mohammad Amir [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

55 from 24. It is gettable. But Pakistan have some excellent bowlers up their sleeve. Heading towards a tight finish this..

Raees to Ross Taylor, 2 runs, another full toss and Taylor has missed out, again. A bit high but not high enough to be called a no-ball, Taylor was deep in the crease to nail it into the cow corner fence, got it high on the bat and luckily for him it landed safely in front of long-on, 17 off the over
Raees to Tom Bruce, 1 run, full and at the stumps, flicked along the ground to deep backward square
Raees to Tom Bruce, SIX, Bruce joins the party. New Zealand need him to. Taylor can't do it alone. The slower delivery and Bruce spotted it early, lined up for the mow and connected neatly to slot it into the crowd at deep mid-wicket
Raees to Ross Taylor, 1 run, missed out there. Juicy full toss and Taylor heaves it along the ground to deep mid-wicket. Gutted with himself and bangs the bat onto the pad
Raees to Ross Taylor, SIX, third six for Taylor. Full and on the stumps, Taylor walks down and across, picks it up nonchalantly over the deep square leg fence. The timing on this one was superb, just a flick of the risk and off she went


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