ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

New Zealand vs Pakistan - Match 33

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Date & Time: 26 June 2019

Pakistan 241/4

RR: 4.90 | Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

commentary

Right then! Pakistan continue to be alive and kicking. Another team which will be aiming to take inspiration from Pakistan is West Indies, as they face India on Thursday in Match 34 at Old Trafford, Manchester at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed says that the crowd always support them and thanks them. Adds that fielding is a very important part and they have worked hard on it. Adds that whenever they are pushed in a corner, they perform the best. States that it's a complete team effort and praises his bowlers and then the partnership between Haris Sohail and Babar Azam. Terms the batting of Babar Azam as the best he has ever seen and lauds him for the way he handled the pressure. Mentions that it was a tricky target but he was confident of chasing it if they bat out the 50 overs. On comparison with the 1992 WC, Sarfaraz replies that they are not thinking much about it and taking one game at a time. Hopes to keep doing best.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says that in the last 3-4 games the pitch has offered something for the bowlers and credits Pakistan for outplaying them on a tough surface. Praises the opposition for bowling in the right areas and nipping a number of guys off but also credits Neesham and de Grandhomme to bring the Kiwis back into the game. Admits that his own team had a chance with two early wickets but then Pakistan's middle order fought hard. Agrees that 250 might have been a difficult score on this track. On taking Santner off when Sohail came on to bat, Williamson says that he was trying to save him for the end. Agrees that this loss is a blip and wants to forget this quickly and move on to the next match against a different opposition on a different pitch and hopes to perform better than today.

BABAR AZAM IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that this is indeed his best inning, that was required on a wicket which was slow and the track was turning a lot. Stresses that it was difficult to bat on it and hence he wanted to bat 50 overs. On being asked who was more of a threat - spinner (Santner) or seamer, Babar says that the initial plan was to see off the fast bowlers but on seeing the ball turn, Azam says that he and Hafeez thought of playing Santner out, trying to get 3-4 runs an over. Thanks the fans for turning out in numbers, even in Birmingham and adds that they always support Pakistan in England.

New Zealand would like to believe that this loss is just an aberration. They will be pleased with the way their batsmen fought after a poor beginning and will take the batting form of Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme as positives. On the bowling front, they weren't necessarily poor but didn't get much off the surface to trouble the Pakistani batsmen. Mitchell Santner was the best bowler for them but he was unlucky not to get any wicket to his name. Had he got a few, this match could have seen a close finish. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

It was a chase well-planned by Pakistan. They lost their in-form openers cheaply but that didn't affect them much. Babar Azam took it on himself to play the anchor role and first with Mohammad Hafeez and then with Haris Sohail, threaded match-winning partnerships. He went on to notch up his maiden World Cup century and stayed unbeaten to see his side over the line.

A thumping win for Pakistan and they have stopped New Zealand's winning juggernaut. Also, they have kept their campaign alive and their eye-catching resemblance to the 1992 World Cup edition is getting more and more interesting.

49.1
4
L Ferguson to S Ahmed, FOUR! PAKISTAN WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Full toss outside off, Sarfaraz gets bat on ball and puts it away through the gap between cover-point and point for the winning runs.
48.6
0
M Henry to B Azam, Angles in a length ball on off, Babar flicks but finds the mid-wicket. So we have the last over, folks. Just 1 more needed.
48.5
1
M Henry to S Ahmed, Scores are levelled! Shortish and on middle, Sarfaraz stands back and helps it in front of square leg for a run.
48.4
0
M Henry to S Ahmed, Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.

Sarfaraz Ahmed comes out for the finishing duties.

48.3
0
M Henry to B Azam, OUT! What an anti-climax! Haris Sohail is run out. A yorker on off, Babar digs it out near the stumps and looks at his partner who shows interest in a run. Azam stutters a bit but Sohail puts his head down and runs. Guptill, in the meantime, also charges to the ball, dives forward to pick it up and then disturbs the stumps. All in one motion. It's referred upstairs and Haris is found short. End of a fine knock nonetheless and his century stand with Babar completely spoiled New Zealand's chances of any comeback.

Is that a run out? Martin Guptill has literally flown in from point to hit the stumps! Has Sohail made it in time? Replays seem to indicate that Haris is short. Yes, he has to go.

48.2
1
M Henry to H Sohail, Fractionally short and on middle, Sohail turns it through backward square leg and crosses.
48.1
1
M Henry to B Azam, Short in length on off, Babar gets on top of the bounce and pulls it in front of square leg for a run.

Matt Henry to bowl...

47.6
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Swing and a miss! Shortish ball around leg, Sohail hops back and tries to pull but misses. Pakistan one hit away!
47.5
2
L Ferguson to H Sohail, A low full toss outside off, Sohail pumps it over the infield and gets a couple as the sweeper cover fielder cuts it off near the fence.
47.5
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Wide called for height! Lockie follows the batsman down towards leg with a short ball but it goes well over Haris. He tries his best to hook but misses.
47.4
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Shortish and on off, Haris tries working across the line but misses.
47.3
1
L Ferguson to B Azam, Hundred for Babar Azam, his 10th in ODIs, first in an ODI World Cup! What a batsman, what a terrific batsman! A real find for Pakistan. Becomes the first Pakistan batsman since 1987 to score a century without opening the innings. He reaches this milestone by slapping a short delivery to deep cover. Completes his single and then takes his helmet out. Raises his bat and acknowledges the crowd. Follows it up with a Sajda.

Get the chants out again...

47.2
1
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Fuller and on middle, Sohail goes deep inside the crease and drills it to mid off for a run. Babar on strike...
47.1
4
L Ferguson to H Sohail, FOUR! Beautiful timing and placement! Back of a length delivery outside off, Haris crunches it off his back foot and places it through backward point. The third man fielder tries to run across to make the stop but he slipped.
46.6
0
T Boult to B Azam, Fuller in length and outside off, Azam connects with his cover drive but finds the fielder. Stays on 99. Babar is feeling the heat here.
46.5
0
T Boult to B Azam, Beaten again. On a length around middle, Babar gets across to work it on the leg side but fails to middle. It hits him on the pads and rolls back.
46.4
0
T Boult to B Azam, Nerves! Azam is beaten on the drive. Fuller in length and outside off, Babar tries to stroke through the line but gets beaten.
46.3
0
T Boult to B Azam, A touch short in length and outside off, Babar mistimes his punch to point.

The crowd is going nuts. Babar Azam is on 99. 'BABAR! BABAR! BABAR!' is the chant.

46.2
1
T Boult to H Sohail, Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, Haris goes on his toes and glances it down to long leg for a run.
46.1
0
T Boult to H Sohail, Angles in a length ball on off, Sohail covers the line and defends it back.
45.6
4
L Ferguson to B Azam, FOUR! Moves to 99 with this boundary! Ferguson tries to test the right-hander with a short ball, Babar rides the bounce and plays a hammer-pull to deep mid-wicket. 9 from the over, Pakistan 14 away!
45.5
1
L Ferguson to H Sohail, The look away pull shot by Sohail. He receives the short ball targeted at him with closed eyes and still pulls it through square leg for one.
45.5
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Wide called for height! Ferguson bends his back to go short but it goes way over the batsman.
45.4
1
L Ferguson to B Azam, Digs in a short delivery outside off, Babar leans back and dabs it down to third man for one.
45.3
1
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Excellent yorker around leg, Sohail moves back to dig it out on the off side and calls his partner through for a run.
45.2
1
L Ferguson to B Azam, Very full in length outside off, Azam reaches out for it and squeezes it behind backward point for a run.
45.1
0
L Ferguson to B Azam, Slower delivery, on a length outside off, Babar tries to guide it late down to third man but he is too late and hence misses.

Lockie Ferguson is back on.

44.6
4
T Boult to H Sohail, FOUR! Easily done! A length delivery outside off, Haris knows that mid off is inside the circle and hence chips it over the head of the in-ring fielder for a boundary. 8 from the over, 23 more needed in the last 5 overs.
44.5
0
T Boult to H Sohail, Back of a length delivery on off, Haris leans back and sways away from the line.
44.4
2
T Boult to H Sohail, 100-run stand comes up! What a vital partnership... Angling down the leg side, Sohail eases it off his pads through backward square leg and scampers back for another brace. Pakistan cruising!
44.3
2
T Boult to H Sohail, Fifty for Haris Sohail, his 12th in ODIs and back-to-back in this World Cup. He was warming the bench before that and has grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Short in length and outside off, Sohail cracks it off his back foot through point. A good diving stop in the deep and the batsmen take two.
44.2
0
T Boult to H Sohail, Nearly guides it into the keeper's gloves. Width on offer outside off, Sohail tries to run it down to third man but misses.
44.1
0
T Boult to H Sohail, Beaten! Fractionally short in length just outside off, holding its line, Sohail pushes inside the line and misses.
43.6
0
M Santner to B Azam, Shortish and on off, punched back to the bowler. Babar is not happy with himself. 10-0-38-0, Santner has bowled out now.
43.5
0
M Santner to B Azam, Tries working it on the leg side but fails to middle his shot properly. Ends up defending it back.
43.4
2
M Santner to B Azam, Short ball on middle, Babar pulls it to the right of mid-wicket who dives but only manages to get his hand on the ball. It travels behind and the batsmen take a couple.
43.3
0
M Santner to B Azam, Quicker and fuller ball on middle, Babar pushes it with an angled bat to point.
43.2
1
M Santner to H Sohail, Goes deep inside the crease and plays it against the spin to cover-point for a quick single.
43.1
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Loopy delivery landing outside off and turning back in, Haris flicks it close to his body but finds square leg.

Mitchell Santner to bowl out...

42.6
0
T Boult to B Azam, Play and a miss! Boult sprays it wide outside off, Babar throws his bat at it but fails to connect. A good diving take by Latham.
42.5
0
T Boult to B Azam, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
42.4
0
T Boult to B Azam, Shortish and on middle, defended back to the bowler.
42.3
2
T Boult to B Azam, Superb fielding by Munro! A length ball outside off, Babar crashes it through covers and it speeds away towards the fence. Munro in the deep makes a fine diving stop to save two runs for his side.
42.2
1
T Boult to H Sohail, Very full in length on middle, Sohail works it off his pads behind square leg and crosses for a run.
42.1
0
T Boult to H Sohail, Good length ball on off, Sohail defends it back from the crease.
41.6
1
M Santner to H Sohail, Sharp spin back into the left-hander, Haris tucks it through mid-wicket for a run. 12 from the over, 37 needed more off 48 balls.
41.5
1
M Santner to B Azam, Santner fires in a shorter one outside off, Azam goes back and slaps it to deep cover for one. 200 comes up for Pakistan!
41.4
1
M Santner to H Sohail, Spinning back into the batsman from outside off, Haris goes back and steers it through point for a run.
41.3
1
M Santner to B Azam, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
41.2
4
M Santner to B Azam, FOUR! Babar wants to finish it in a hurry! Once again he kneels to a full ball and sweeps it against the spin. Gets it away from the middle of his blade and the ball screams away to the fence at mid-wicket.
41.1
4
M Santner to B Azam, FOUR! Fine shot! Santner delivers a full ball around off, Babar goes down on one knee and plays a well-timed slog sweep. Finds the gap and also finds the fence at mid-wicket.
40.6
4
T Boult to H Sohail, FOUR! Deft! Boult offers width outside off, Sohail spots that and deliberately delays his shot. He opens the face at the last moment and runs it fine down to third man for a boundary. Smooth sailing for Pakistan, under 50 required now.
40.5
0
T Boult to H Sohail, Slower one, on a length outside off, Sohail pushes at it with an angled bat but finds point.
40.4
1
T Boult to B Azam, The batsman plays the pull-shot. One run added to the total.
40.3
0
T Boult to B Azam, Cracking shot but not in the gap! Angling away from the batsman, Babar drives it firmly but finds the cover fielder.
40.2
0
T Boult to B Azam, Shortish and on off, angling away a bit, Babar stays back to defend and gets it away off the inside edge. It thuds him on the pads before deflecting to the off side.
40.1
1
T Boult to H Sohail, Back of a length delivery on off, Sohail punches it off his back foot through backward point for a run.

Powerplay 3 begins. 55 needed off 60 balls now. New Zealand now have the option of having a maximum of 5 fielders outside the ring. Trent Boult is back on as well...

39.6
0
M Santner to B Azam, Quicker and shorter on off, Azam punches it from the crease and this time Guptill makes no mistake at covers.
39.5
2
M Santner to B Azam, Floated one, landing full on middle, Babar drives it through the line. Guptill misfields at covers and it goes right through his legs to the deep. Two taken.
39.4
1
M Santner to H Sohail, Allows the ball to spin back in and then punches it through cover-point for a run.
39.3
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Vicious spin! Turning down the leg side after landing outside off, Sohail tries to flick but misses. Not given a wide.
39.2
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Works it with the spin to the leg side but finds mid-wicket.
39.1
1
M Santner to B Azam, Tossed up ball outside off, knocked down through mid off for a run.

Mitchell Santner is back on. He has been very tidy, has beaten the edge of the bat quite a few times but has nothing to show in the wicket's column.

38.6
4
K Williamson to H Sohail, FOUR! A good over till now gets spoiled. A flighted delivery on off, too full in length, Haris leans into the drive and thumps it through the gap at covers for a boundary. 34 in the last 4 overs!
38.5
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Full and floated on middle, Haris defends it back off his front foot.
38.4
1
K Williamson to B Azam, Fullish and on off, it's tickled through square leg and Babar runs the first run hard. Wants the second but it's not on.
38.3
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Flatter and shorter on middle, Haris gets back and helps it through mid-wicket for a single.
38.2
1
K Williamson to B Azam, A half-tracker on middle, Babar jumps on the back foot and pulls it to deep backward square leg for a run.
38.1
0
K Williamson to B Azam, Loopy and full on middle, swept across the line but straight to short fine leg.
37.6
0
T Boult to H Sohail, A bouncer at 137 kph, Sohail sways away from the line.
37.5
0
T Boult to H Sohail, Good length ball on off, angling in, Haris gets behind the line and blocks.
37.4
6
T Boult to H Sohail, SIX! Straight over the bowler's head, no respect whatsoever. Boult lands it on a fuller length outside off, Sohail stays leg side of this delivery and hammers it over Boult for a biggie.
37.3
0
T Boult to H Sohail, A back foot punch by Haris but he finds the cover fielder inside the ring.
37.2
1
T Boult to B Azam, Back of a length delivery on middle, angling in, Azam eases it behind square leg and crosses.
37.1
1
T Boult to H Sohail, Slower delivery to begin with, on a length and angling into the batsman, Sohail works it on the leg side for a run.

Trent Boult is back on. Make or break time for New Zealand, this. He was exceptional in his first spell but now needs to pick wickets to bring his team back into the match.

36.6
0
K Williamson to B Azam, Slower through the air, full and on off, Babar pushes it with gentle hands towards point and eyes a run. But the keeper quickly runs to it and Azam aborts. 10 from the over, 19 in the last two. This mostly will be Williamson's last over.
36.5
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Flatter and shorter on off, it's punched down off the back foot to long off for a run.
36.4
1
K Williamson to B Azam, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
36.3
4
K Williamson to B Azam, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries. Brilliant batting from Babar. Last shot prompted the bowler to go short. Azam picks it early, again uses his feet, this time to go deep inside the crease and then pulls it handsomely behind square leg. 50-run stand comes up as well and Pakistan are motoring in this run chase.
36.2
4
K Williamson to B Azam, FOUR! Wonderful shot by Babar. He takes the calculative risk of coming down the track and then lofts the fuller length ball over mid off. No one in the deep and it's a boundary.
36.1
0
K Williamson to B Azam, An off spinner on the shorter side, Babar pulls but finds Guptill at short mid-wicket.
35.6
1
C Munro to B Azam, Loopy and full outside off, Babar crunches his drive through covers and ends the over with a single. 9 from this one, a good one for Pakistan.
35.5
0
C Munro to B Azam, Fullish and on off, angling in, Azam is on the front foot as he drives it back to the bowler.
35.5
0
C Munro to B Azam, Wide! Munro tries to stay away from Babar's hitting zone but ends up bowling it too wide outside off.
35.4
1
C Munro to H Sohail, Too full in length on middle, knocked down the ground to long on for a single.
35.3
1
C Munro to B Azam, Again there is width on offer outside off, Azam this time runs it down to third man and crosses.
35.2
4
C Munro to B Azam, FOUR! Smashed away! Munro offers width outside off, it's full in length and Babar strides forward before drilling it through the gap between extra cover and mid off.
35.1
1
C Munro to H Sohail, Starts with a good length delivery on the pads, Sohail works it through square leg for an easy run. That's all they need to do, no need to take any risk at this stage.

Colin Munro is introduced into the attack in this chase. He bowls dibbly dobblies. Can bowl spin also but it seems he is sticking to what he mostly does. Runs in now...

34.6
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Short again, Haris this time punches it to long on and keeps the strike. The required run rate has now gone above 6.
34.5
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Short on off, Sohail stands tall and punches it to cover.
34.4
1
K Williamson to B Azam, Tossed up on off, Babar milks it to long on and gets to the other end.
34.3
0
K Williamson to B Azam, Short on off, Azam pulls it but to short mid-wicket.
34.2
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Short on off, Sohail punches it to long off and gets a single.
34.1
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Floated on off, Haris comes down the track and defends it.
33.6
0
L Ferguson to B Azam, Full on off, Babar defends it with a straight bat to see through the over. 96 needed off 96 now.
33.5
0
L Ferguson to B Azam, Bouncer! It is on middle, Babar sways away from it.
33.4
1
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Length delivery outside off, Haris runs it down to third man and gets to the other end.
33.3
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Sohail looks to cut too but unlike Azam he finds the man at point.
33.2
1
L Ferguson to B Azam, Outside off on a length, Azam cuts it towards point and gets a single.
33.1
1
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Good length ball outside off, Sohail guides it down to third man and gets a single.

Drinks break! 99 needed off 102. This match is evenly poised here. Babar Azam is looking good and Haris Sohail has played the spinners well. Pakistan need to accelerate now whereas New Zealand need wickets here.

32.6
0
K Williamson to B Azam, On middle and off, Babar flicks it to mid-wicket.
32.5
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Flighted on off, Sohail strokes it towards cover and gets a single.
32.4
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, On the stumps, Haris defends it off the front foot.
32.3
1
K Williamson to B Azam, Tossed up on off, Babar sweeps it towards square leg for a single.
32.2
0
K Williamson to B Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it to mid-wicket.
32.1
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, On the pads, Haris flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
31.6
0
L Ferguson to B Azam, Excellent stop. Full on off, Babar drives it towards cover. It looks like it will go past cover but Santner dives to his left and stops the ball fantastically. 102 needed off 108.
31.5
0
L Ferguson to B Azam, Good length ball on the stumps, Azam defends it off the front foot.
31.4
2
L Ferguson to B Azam, Back of a length ball on off, Babar pulls it through mid-wicket and get a couple. Babar drops his bat while taking the second but no damage done.
31.3
1
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Fuller on off, Haris nudges it wide of mid off and takes one.
31.2
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Outside off on a length, Haris looks to cut but misses.
31.2
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, WIDE! Has to reload that again. Ferguson bowls it down the leg side, Haris looks to flick but misses.
31.1
0
L Ferguson to H Sohail, Fuller on off, Sohail taps it back to the bowler.

Lockie Ferguson is back! 4-0-21-1 so far.

30.6
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, On the pads, Sohail flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
30.5
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Shorter outside off, Sohail looks to cut but misses.
30.4
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, On the stumps, Haris defends it off the front foot.
30.3
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Tossed up outside off, Haris looks to defend but gets beaten.
30.2
1
K Williamson to B Azam, Floated on off, Azam defends it with soft hands towards cover and gets a single.
30.2
0
K Williamson to B Azam, WIDE! Williamson sprays it down the leg side and it has been wided.
30.1
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Shorter outside off, Haris guides it with the spin towards short third man, The fielder there dives to his left and keeps it down to one.
29.6
0
M Santner to B Azam, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
29.5
1
M Santner to H Sohail, On middle and leg, worked towards square leg for a single.
29.4
6
M Santner to H Sohail, SIX! Up, up and away! That is the way to play a spinner. Full and outside off, Sohail comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and sends it sailing over long on!
29.3
1
M Santner to B Azam, More turn! Landed outside off, Babar reaches out to push but gets a thick inside edge which goes towards square leg. A single taken.
29.2
0
M Santner to B Azam, Around off, watchfully defended.

A helmet comes in. It is for Martin Guptill, who is standing at gully.

29.1
0
M Santner to B Azam, Full and around middle, spinning away, Azam looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and lands short of Martin Guptill at second slip!
28.6
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball - but fails.
28.5
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Full and outside off, Haris drives it through the covers where the fielder dives to his left and parries it to the bowler.
28.4
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Outside off, another play and a miss as the ball spins away past the outside edge.
28.3
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Full and outside off, Haris looks to push but misses as the ball turns away.
28.2
4
K Williamson to H Sohail, FOUR! Nicely played. With Williamson, a part-timer, you will get the odd drag-down. Short and outside off, Sohail goes back and runs it down past slip to third man!
28.1
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
27.6
1
M Santner to H Sohail, Single to end the over. It is on the pads, Sohail glances it down the leg side and gets a single.
27.5
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Haris pushes it to the cover region.
27.4
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Shorter on off, Sohail defends it off the back foot.
27.3
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Another beauty! Floated on off and middle, Sohail comes down the track and looks to defend. He misses and the ball goes through his bat and lobs behind to Taylor at first slip off his pad. He puts an appeal but once again it is turned down.
27.2
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Floated on the stumps, Sohail defends it off the front foot.
27.1
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Off spinner on middle and leg, Haris looks to defend but gets beaten by the spin. The ball hits him on his pad and goes to Ross Taylor at first slip. He puts in an appeal but the umpire turns it down.
26.6
0
K Williamson to B Azam, Floated on the pads, Azam looks to flick but misses.
26.5
0
K Williamson to B Azam, Short on off, Azam pulls it to the man at mid-wicket.
26.4
0
K Williamson to B Azam, Floated on the stumps, BA defends it off the front foot.
26.3
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Short on off, Haris punches it towards sweeper cover and gets a single.
26.2
1
K Williamson to B Azam, 50 for Babar Azam. His 15th one in One Day Internationals. He has been excellent but will now look to take his side home. He flicks it down to fine leg and gets a single to bring up his 3rd fifty in this World Cup.
26.1
1
K Williamson to H Sohail, Short on off, Sohail punches it with the spin towards point for a single.
25.6
0
M Santner to B Azam, Babar has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
25.5
0
M Santner to B Azam, Floated on the stumps, Azam defens it off the front foot.
25.4
1
M Santner to H Sohail, Tossed up on off, Haris comes down the track and milks it towards cover for one.
25.3
0
M Santner to H Sohail, Floated on the pads, Sohail looks to hit but misses.
25.2
1
M Santner to B Azam, In the air...but safe. Short on the pads, Babar looks to pull but gets a top edge. Luckily for Azam it falls in no man's land at square leg. The batsmen take one.
25.1
0
M Santner to B Azam, Floated on the stumps, Azam defends it off the front foot.
24.6
0
K Williamson to H Sohail, Comes 'round the wicket and bowls it full on off, Haris defends it towards mid on.

Haris Sohail is the next batsman in.

24.5
0
K Williamson to M Hafeez, OUT! New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson has done the job not with the bat but with the ball here. Williamson tosses it up on off, Hafeez gets tempted looking at the flight. He comes down the track and looks to heave it over the mid-wicket fence. He does not time it well as the ball spins in at the last moment. It goes off the inner half of his bat straight to Lockie Ferguson at deep mid-wicket. He makes no mistake and the budding partnership comes to an end.
24.4
0
K Williamson to M Hafeez, Tossed up outside off, Hafeez looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. There is a stifled appeal but it has been turned down. The impact looked to be the issue.
24.3
1
K Williamson to B Azam, Floated on off, BA drives it towards cover for a single.
24.2
3
K Williamson to M Hafeez, Excellent work this from Munro. Kane tosses it up around off, Hafeez drives it through point. Munro at sweeper cover runs to his left and stops the ball from going to the fence with a dive. The batsmen take three.
24.1
1
K Williamson to B Azam, Tossed up on off, Babar strokes it towards cover and gets a single.

Surprise, surprise. Skipper, Kane Williamson has brought himself into the attack.

23.6
0
M Santner to M Hafeez, Short on off, MH cuts it to the man at point.
23.5
1
M Santner to B Azam, Flighted on off, Babar strokes it to sweeper cover and gets a run.
23.4
0
M Santner to B Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it to the man at short mid-wicket.
23.3
0
M Santner to B Azam, Quicker and short on off, BA punches it straight back to the bowler.
23.2
0
M Santner to B Azam, Floated on the stumps, Babar defends it off the front foot.
23.1
0
M Santner to B Azam, Shorter on off, Babar punches it to cover.
22.6
4
J Neesham to M Hafeez, FOUR! End of an expensive Neesham over. 13 runs off the over. Fuller on off, Hafeez opens the face of the bat at the last moment and it goes fine down the third man region for a boundary.
22.5
1
J Neesham to B Azam, Follows it up with a single with a punch towards cover.
22.4
4
J Neesham to B Azam, FOUR! Pulled with venom! Back of a length ball on off. At Neesham's pace it is an easy picking for Babar. He pulls it with power through mid-wicket for a boundary.
22.4
0
J Neesham to B Azam, WIDE! Neesham bowls it down the leg side, Babar looks to flick but misses. It has been wided.
22.3
0
J Neesham to B Azam, Fuller on off, Babar drives it but straight to short cover.
22.2
2
J Neesham to B Azam, Full around off, Babar taps it wide of third man and gets a couple. 50-run stand comes up between the two with this brace.
22.1
1
J Neesham to M Hafeez, Good length ball on off, Hafeez cuts it towards point and gets a single.
21.6
0
M Santner to B Azam, Short on off, Azam punches it to cover.
21.5
0
M Santner to B Azam, DROPPED! Tough chance this but Latham should have grabbed it. Short outside off, Azam looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge. It goes to Latham who does not have a lot of time, he fails to grab it. The reaction on his face says it all.
21.4
0
M Santner to B Azam, Outside off, Azam leaves it alone.
21.3
0
M Santner to B Azam, Beauty! Slower through the air on off, it spins away after pitching. Azam looks to defend but gets beaten.
21.2
2
M Santner to B Azam, Short and spinning away, Babar plays it with the spin and looks to play it towards cover but gets a thick outside edge. It goes wide of first slip and towards the third man region for a couple.
21.1
0
M Santner to B Azam, Full on middle and leg, Babar defends it off the front foot.
20.6
1
J Neesham to B Azam, On the pads, Azam flicks it to fine leg and keeps the strike. 149 needed off 174 balls.
20.5
0
J Neesham to B Azam, Back of a length ball outside off, Babar pulls it but not off the middle. It goes to the right of short mid-wicket. Taylor dives and saves runs for his side. Good fielding like this will build pressure.
20.4
1
J Neesham to M Hafeez, On the pads, Hafeez glances it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
20.3
0
J Neesham to M Hafeez, On top of middle and off, Hafeez defends it towards mid off.
20.2
0
J Neesham to M Hafeez, Length ball outside off, Hafeez lets it carry to the keeper.
20.1
1
J Neesham to B Azam, Good length ball on off, Babar turns it to square leg for a single.
19.6
0
M Santner to M Hafeez, Away spinner outside off, Hafeez looks to cut but misses.
19.5
0
M Santner to M Hafeez, Floated on the stumps, Hafeez blocks it off the front foot.
19.4
0
M Santner to M Hafeez, Sharp leg spinner to the right-hander. Hafeez looks to defend but misses.
19.3
0
M Santner to M Hafeez, Short and quick around off, Hafeez looks to cut but gets a bottom edge on it.
19.2
0
M Santner to M Hafeez, Tossed up on the pads, Hafeez defends it back to the bowler.
19.1
2
M Santner to M Hafeez, Away spinner which is short on off, Hafeez cuts it through point and runs the first one quickly. He calls for the second and gets it with ease.
18.6
4
J Neesham to B Azam, FOUR! Poor end to an otherwise tight over. Neesham is guilty of giving width outside off, Babar pounces on it and cuts it wide of the diving point fielder for a boundary.
18.5
0
J Neesham to B Azam, 5 dots in a row for Neesham. Length ball on middle, Babar looks to flick but it goes off the edge towards mid on.
18.4
0
J Neesham to B Azam, Play and a miss! Good length ball outside off, Azam looks to cut in the last minute but misses.
18.3
0
J Neesham to B Azam, Fuller now on off, Azam defends it towards cover and calls a loud no to his partner.
18.2
0
J Neesham to B Azam, Length ball outside off, Babar cuts it but straight to the man at point.
18.1
0
J Neesham to B Azam, Starts with a good length ball on off, Babar taps it back to the bowler.

The man with the bat now has the ball in hand. Jimmy Neesham is introduced into the attack.

17.6
1
M Santner to B Azam, Floated on off, Azam looks to drive but it goes off the outside edge towards point and they take a run. 3 runs off Santner's first.
17.5
0
M Santner to B Azam, Sharp turn. Flighted outside off, Azam looks to drive but misses.
17.4
1
M Santner to M Hafeez, On the pads, Hafeez flicks it to the on side and gets to the other end.
17.3
0
M Santner to M Hafeez, Short again, Hafeez cuts it but finds point.
17.2
1
M Santner to B Azam, Short on off, Azam punches it to long off and gets a single. 3000 runs in ODI for Babar Azam comes up with that single. Becomes the second fastest behind Amla to get to this milestone.
17.1
0
M Santner to B Azam, Beauty to start with. Slower through the air on off, the ball spins away after pitching. Azam looks to defend but misses.

Spin time. New Zealand's only recognized spinner, Mitchell Santner is into the attack now.

16.6
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Good length ball on off, Hafeez defends it off the front foot.
16.5
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, EDGED BUT SHORT! Good length ball on off, Hafeez looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge. It falls short of Ross Taylor at first slip. Taylor dives to his right and stops the ball.
16.5
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, WIDE! Bouncer bounces too high. It goes over MH's head and it has been wided.
16.4
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Unplayable this. Good length ball outside off. The ball nips away just a tinge, Hafeez looks to defend but misses.
16.3
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Full on middle and leg, Hafeez drives it to mid on.
16.2
1
L Ferguson to B Azam, Follows it up with a single down to third man.
16.1
4
L Ferguson to B Azam, FOUR! This is all class! Good length ball outside off, Babar drives through point without any fuss for a boundary. Azam looks to be in the mood today.

DRINKS! Pakistan have lost two wickets but Hafeez and Babar are looking good out in the middle. Pakistan need another 167 off 34 overs. A solid partnership will take them through. New Zealand need to pick wickets here as that's the only way they can win this game.

15.6
4
de Grandhomme to M Hafeez, FOUR! Poor, poor ball this from de Grandhomme. Short and wide outside off, Hafeez cuts it wide of point and gets a well-deserved boundary.
15.5
0
de Grandhomme to M Hafeez, Hafeez has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
15.4
0
de Grandhomme to M Hafeez, On middle and leg, Hafeez flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
15.3
0
de Grandhomme to M Hafeez, On the stumps, Hafeez defends it off the front foot.
15.2
1
de Grandhomme to B Azam, On the pads, BA flicks it to the on side and gets a run.
15.1
2
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Nicely played. Length ball just outside off, Babar waits for the ball and then plays the late cut. The fielder from third man runs to his left and saves it from going to the fence. Two taken.
14.6
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Good length ball on off, Hafeez defends it to get through the over.
14.5
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, OUCH! That is a nasty blow. Bouncer right on the body, Hafeez looks to pull but misses. The ball hits him right on the helmet. The Kiwi players are checking on him.
14.4
4
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, FOUR! Calm and controlled pull! Short around the body, Hafeez keeps his pull down through square leg for a boundary.
14.3
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Yorker on off, Hafeez does well to get his bat down in time.
14.2
4
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, FOUR! Back of a length ball outside off. Hafeez was waiting for that ball. He stands tall and punches it through cover-point for a boundary.
14.1
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Play and a miss. Good length ball moving away from the right hander. Hafeez looks to defend but misses. He is doing it away from his body, the right thing would be to get the feet closer to the ball.
13.6
2
de Grandhomme to B Azam, This time flicks it away to the leg side and gets a couple. 5 runs off de Grandhomme's first.
13.5
2
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Outside off on a length, Azam punches it wide of sweeper cover. Neesham there runs to his right and stops the ball with a dive. Babar in the mean time comes back for the second.
13.4
0
de Grandhomme to B Azam, Good length ball on off, Babar defends it straight back to the bowler.
13.3
1
de Grandhomme to M Hafeez, The length is the same on off, Hafeez flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
13.2
0
de Grandhomme to M Hafeez, Full on off, Hafeez defends it off the front foot.
13.1
0
de Grandhomme to M Hafeez, Starts with a fuller ball on off, Hafeez pushes it to cover.

The second star with the bat is onto bowl now. Colin de Grandhomme is into the attack.

12.6
1
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Outside off on a length, Hafeez guides it down to third man and gets a single. He will keep the strike.
12.5
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Good length ball outside off, once again Hafeez looks to defend it away from the body and gets beaten.
12.4
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, On the off stump this time, Hafeez defends it off the back foot.
12.3
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Good comeback from Lockie. Full outside off, Hafeez looks to defend but misses.
12.2
4
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, FOUR! Smart and confident shot this! Back of a length ball on off, Hafeez sees there is no one in the deep at square leg so he goes with the pull and fetches himself a boundary. 50 also comes up for Pakistan with that boundary. 188 more runs needed.
12.1
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Good length ball outside off, Hafeez looks to defend away from the body but gets beaten.

There is a slight delay here. Seems like there is an issue with the sightscreen. Don't exactly know what's the cause of the problem. The groundsmen are taking off the cover which is kept on the sightscreen. The issue behind the sightscreen is the cloth has not covered the backside, making the stairs behind visible to the batter.

11.6
1
M Henry to M Hafeez, On the pads, Hafeez turns it behind square on the leg side and gets a single. The Professor will keep the strike.
11.5
0
M Henry to M Hafeez, Full on off, Hafeez looks to defend. He does so but uppishly. Henry dives in front but cannot take it.
11.4
0
M Henry to M Hafeez, Back of a length ball on off, Hafeez tucks it to mid on.
11.3
0
M Henry to M Hafeez, On the stumps, Hafeez defends it with a straight bat.
11.2
0
M Henry to M Hafeez, On middle and leg, Hafeez flicks it but to the fielder at short mid-wicket.
11.1
0
M Henry to M Hafeez, Fuller on off, MH drives it to the man at cover.
10.6
1
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Uppish but safe. Full on the pads, Hafeez flicks it uppishly towards square leg and gets a single.
10.5
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Good length ball outside off, Hafeez looks to cut but misses.
10.4
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, OHH! Another brilliant short ball. It is around the body, Hafeez looks to guide it down to third man but the ball hits him on the gloves.
10.3
0
L Ferguson to M Hafeez, Almost a disastrous run out. Full on middle and off, Hafeez flicks and looks for a quick single. Babar sends him back though. Jimmy gets to the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end but misses.

Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in.

10.2
0
L Ferguson to Imam, OUT! What a catch! Guptill is making up for his failure in the bat with some excellent fielding here. Ferguson hits the deck hard and bowls an effort ball. Imam hops and looks to keep it down but the ball rises onto him. It hits the top of his bat and lobs up towards the point region. Guptill runs in and takes a brilliant catch running forward. Second catch for Guptill in this game. Both the openers are back in the pavilion. Imam was also looking good but cannot make the most of it.
10.1
1
L Ferguson to B Azam, Starts with a length ball outside off, Babar guides it down towards third man and gets a single.

Powerplay 2 time! Now 4-fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Also, Lockie Ferguson is into the attack.

9.6
1
M Henry to B Azam, Full on middle and leg, Babar strokes it wide of mid on and gets a single. Pakistan are 43/1 at the end of Powerplay 1. New Zealand at this stage were 44/3.
9.5
0
M Henry to B Azam, Ohh! Good length ball on off, Babar looks to defend with a slant bat but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
9.4
0
M Henry to B Azam, Length ball outside off, Babar shoulders arms to it.
9.3
1
M Henry to Imam, On the pads, Imam flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
9.2
0
M Henry to Imam, Fuller on off, Imam looks to defend but ends up poking it uppishly. Luckily for him it is wide of mid off.
9.1
0
M Henry to Imam, Full on off, Imam plays a glorious cover drive but finds the man at cover.
8.6
0
T Boult to B Azam, Length ball around off, Azam punches it wide of cover.
8.5
4
T Boult to B Azam, FOUR! Crunched! Good length ball with width on off, Babar strides his front foot out and drives it once again through covers for a boundary. Second boundary of the over.
8.4
0
T Boult to B Azam, Outside off, left alone by Babar.
8.3
0
T Boult to B Azam, Good comeback from Boult! Good length ball outside off, it goes with the angle. Azam looks to defend but gets beaten.
8.2
4
T Boult to B Azam, FOUR! Glorious! The peach of a ball is followed by a handsome cover drive. Good length ball outside off, Babar drives it off the meat of the bat through covers for a boundary.
8.1
0
T Boult to B Azam, PEACH! Absolute peach! Good length delivery pitching on middle. The ball moves away after pitching. Babar looks to play it across the line but misses. The ball just about misses the off pole. Azam is a lucky man to survive that.
7.6
1
M Henry to B Azam, Just a single off the over. Back of a length ball on off, Babar pulls it away wide of mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
7.5
0
M Henry to B Azam, Henry hits the deck hard on off, Azam defends it towards point and calls a loud no.
7.4
0
M Henry to B Azam, Full on off, Azam drives it but once again finds cover.
7.3
0
M Henry to B Azam, Good length ball on off, Azam defends it with authority.
7.2
0
M Henry to B Azam, Full on off, Babar drives it to mid off.
7.1
0
M Henry to B Azam, Outside off, Babar punches it to cover.

Hmmm... interesting thoughts from Ian Smith on air. He informs that Kane Williamson is already under a suspension cloud after getting a warning for poor over-rate against West Indies. The Kiwis would not want to lose him for any game.

6.6
0
T Boult to Imam, Well played. Good length ball on off, Imam taps it back to the bowler with a straight bat.
6.5
0
T Boult to Imam, Fuller on off, Imam defends it off the front foot.
6.4
0
T Boult to Imam, This one is on off, Imam defends it with a straight bat.
6.3
0
T Boult to Imam, Around off and on a length, Imam defends it towards cover and shouts a loud no to his partner.
6.2
0
T Boult to Imam, Good length ball on off, Imam defends it off the inner half of his bat towards mid-wicket.
6.1
2
T Boult to Imam, Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple. Backward point slides to his left but misses.
5.6
0
M Henry to B Azam, Babar finds the man at cover with his punch.
5.5
1
M Henry to Imam, Good length ball on off, Imam punches it wide of cover and gets a single.
5.4
3
M Henry to B Azam, Glorious shot. Good length ball outside off, Babar drives it through covers. Santner gives it a chase and pulls it back before the ropes. He passes it back to Neesham who throws. The batsmen meanwhile come back for the third.
5.3
2
M Henry to B Azam, In the air...but safe. Short ball on off, Babar looks to pull but ends up getting a top edge. The ball goes high up in the air towards deep mid-wicket. There is no one there, de Grandhomme runs from mid on and puts in a dive to take the catch but cannot get there. Full marks for the effort.
5.2
0
M Henry to B Azam, Back of a length now, Babar defends it off the back foot.
5.1
0
M Henry to B Azam, Good length ball on off, Azam strokes it to cover.
4.6
0
T Boult to Imam, Good length ball on the stumps, Imam defends it to get through of the over.
4.5
0
T Boult to Imam, Full on middle and leg, Imam defends it off the front foot.
4.4
0
T Boult to Imam, Back of a length ball on off, Imam hops and looks to defend but the ball gets an inside edge. It goes onto stuck between his pad and leg. Imam then goes onto proceed and gives the ball. Boult puts an appeal but it is a joking appeal.
4.3
0
T Boult to Imam, Follows it up with a strong, confident defend towards mid on.
4.2
4
T Boult to Imam, EDGE AND FOUR! Once again this ball moves away from Imam. It is on a length and just outside off, Imam looks to run it down but the ball goes off the outside edge and wide of first slip for a boundary.
4.1
0
T Boult to Imam, Swing on this one from Boult. Fuller around off, Imam defends it with authority off the front foot.
3.6
0
M Henry to B Azam, Fuller this time on the pads, Babar flicks it but finds the fielder at short mid-wicket.
3.5
0
M Henry to B Azam, Good length ball on the stumps, Babar defends it off the front foot.
3.4
1
M Henry to Imam, Good running! Length ball on off, Imam plays it with soft hands towards cover and takes a quick single.
3.3
0
M Henry to Imam, Full on off, Imam drives it to the man at mid off.
3.2
0
M Henry to Imam, Outside off on a length, Imam leaves it alone.
3.1
0
M Henry to Imam, Good length ball on off, Imam punches it to cover.

Babar Azam walks out at number 3.

2.6
0
T Boult to F Zaman, OUT! The over started in Fakhar's favour but it ends in favour of Boult. Good length ball on the pads, it moves away from the batter. Fakhar looks to flick against the movement but ends up getting a big leading edge. The ball goes high in the air towards point. For a moment it looks like it will fall in no man's land but Guptill keeps his eye on the ball and takes a good catch running from second slip. Big blow this for Pakistan.
2.5
0
T Boult to F Zaman, Good length ball on off, Zaman pushes it to cover.
2.4
0
T Boult to F Zaman, Length ball on off, Zaman taps it back to the bowler.
2.3
0
T Boult to F Zaman, Beauty! This is much better from Boult. Good length ball just outside off, the ball comes in after hitting the deck. Zaman looks to defend but the ball dissects him in half and goes just away from the off pole.
2.2
0
T Boult to F Zaman, Another good looking flick but this time Fakhar finds the man at mid-wicket.
2.1
4
T Boult to F Zaman, FOUR! Creamed! Fuller on off, Fakhar picks it up early and drives it through covers for a masterful boundary.
1.6
2
M Henry to Imam, On the pads, Imam flicks it towards square leg and gets a couple to end the over. Pakistan are off to a good start here.
1.5
4
M Henry to Imam, FOUR! Beautiful shot! Overpitched on off, Imam gets his front foot to the pitch of the line and drives it handsomely straight down the ground to the long off fence for a boundary.
1.4
1
M Henry to F Zaman, Full on off, Zaman pushes it wide of mid off and gets to the other end.
1.3
0
M Henry to F Zaman, Full on middle and off, Fakhar flicks it but the bat turns in his hand and goes to the man at mid-wicket.
1.2
4
M Henry to F Zaman, FOUR! Fakhar is off the mark in style. Full toss around off, Fakhar says thank you very much and creams his drive through covers for a boundary.
1.1
0
M Henry to F Zaman, Starts with a full ball on off, Zaman pushes it to the fielder at mid off.

Matt Henry to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
4
T Boult to Imam, FOUR! The run chase is underway in style. Back of a length ball on off, Imam gets on his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket to get off the mark with a boundary.
0.5
0
T Boult to Imam, Fuller on off, Imam defends it off the front foot.
0.4
0
T Boult to Imam, Excellent fielding! Back of a length ball on off, Imam looks to guide it past second slip towards third man. Guptill at second slip dives to his right and saves run. Imam was out for a single but Fakhar says no. Guptill has a shy at the keeper's end but misses.
0.3
0
T Boult to Imam, Good length ball on off, Imam pushes it to the man at mid off.
0.2
0
T Boult to Imam, On the pads, Imam flicks it straight to the man at mid-wicket.
0.1
0
T Boult to Imam, Beauty to start off with. Full and swinging in to the southpaw. Imam looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

We are back for the chase. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq walk out to open the innings for Pakistan. Trent Boult to start the proceedings with the first new ball.