Pakistan in New Zealand, 3 T20I Series, 2020-21

New Zealand vs Pakistan - 2nd T20I

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton

Date & Time: 20 December 2020

New Zealand 164/1

RR: 8.48 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

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Right then, that is it from game 2 of the T20I series between these two. New Zealand have won the series 2-0 and we have only one more game coming up in this series. It will be a dead rubber, but for Pakistan, not so, as they will be playing for honour. The last game happens on Tuesday, 22 December 2020, at 1900 Local (0600 GMT). We do hope to have your company for the same. Until then, cheers and take care!

Tim Seifert is up for a chat with the on-air commentators. Says that it was nice to be alongside Kane. Adds that he was dictating to the bowlers, with the way he was trying to bat. Feels that it could have been finished off earlier, but is happy to finish it, nonetheless. Adds that Southee was rested in the last game and to come back and do what he did, was amazing. States that halfway through the 2nd over, it started swinging. On franchise cricket's role in shaping him, Tim says that it is 'big'. Feels that it is awesome to be involved in franchise cricket. On how he would feel if he were 99 not out (alluding to Mohammad Hafeez's score earlier), Seifert says that the last ball 6 from Hafeez was really good. Reckons that Hafeez played well today. Tim says that he did not do as well as he would have liked though. States that he did not want to repeat the mistakes that he did in the West Indies series earlier. 

Kane Williamson, New Zealand's captain, jokingly adds that he has not had much sleep this week. States that he has had only a little bit of sleep. Adds that it is important to try and shift one's focus and play the role that the team requires. States that the Pakistani side are a fantastic side and reckons they can be very dangerous. Lauds Tim Seifert's knock and calls it 'fantastic'. Reckoned earlier that if the bowlers did well, they could go home, and that is what happened. Says that Pakistan have a very quality side, they did pull it back in between, for 5 overs or so. Looks forward to do well in the next game as well.

Shadab Khan, Pakistan's captain, admits that they did not get enough runs on the board. Adds that it is not about issues regarding technique and feels that his side's openers are young. They will learn over time and feels that conditions are not to be blamed. Hopes to take the positives from this game and looks to incorporate the same in the next game. Adds that he will do better in the next game as a senior player. Adds further that his side gets a big boost from the crowd. 

Tim Southee (4/21) is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He says that it is nice to get the job done tonight. Adds that he focused on bowling in the good areas and wanted to keep asking questions to the batters. States that it is good to bowl at Seddon Park. Adds that Pakistan are a quality side and would be disappointed that they lost this game, after taking it to the last over.

Stay tuned for the presentation ceremony as we hear from the two skippers and find out who our 'Man of the Match' is... 

Earlier in the day, after electing to bat, the Pakistan team were in trouble after Southee's opening spell. Hafeez though single handedly took the visitors to a total they could think of defending. It though proved to be an easy chase for the Kiwis courtesy a 129-run stand between Guptill and Seifert.

The Pakistan bowlers did not have a good outing with the ball! One can probably say they did not get the same amount of assistance the Kiwi bowlers got but still the lines and lengths were not that accurate. One can also say they were at least 15 runs short of the total they would have liked.

An easy win for the Kiwis! 164 was assumed to be a challenging total but the hosts have made a mockery of the run chase. The opening pair got them off to a decent start before Guptill fell. Williamson and Seifert then continued the good work. The two ensured there were no more wickets to fall and took their side home. Seifert was the mainstay and Williamson played as the perfect foil. An outstanding 100-plus run stand has given New Zealand a series win.

19.2
4
Faheem Ashraf to Kane Williamson, DROPPED AND FOUR! Kane finishes it. But not without a fright. Full and on the off pole line, Williamson swings it towards deep square leg. The fielder at deep mid-wicket runs to his right. It was a wonderful effort from Wahab Riaz, he gets his fingers on it but cannot hold on. The ball ends up going into the fence. THE KIWIS WIN BY 9 WICKETS AND SEAL THE T20I SERIES IN THEIR FAVOUR!
19.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Kane Williamson, Short and well outside off, Kane comes down the track and looks to hammer it. Misses. 4 runs from 5 balls now. Ohh....
18.6
0
Haris Rauf to Tim Seifert, Short and well outside off, Tim jumps and looks to hit it over covers but he ends up missing it. Just 4 runs needed now, from the last over.
18.5
1
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Outside off, dabbed to third man for a run.
18.4
1
Haris Rauf to Tim Seifert, Short and outside off, Seifert strokes it to Hafeez at cover, who stops well. Just the single.
18.3
1
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Full and outside off, Kane steers it to third man for a single.
18.2
1
Haris Rauf to Tim Seifert, Short ball, dragged down to long on for one. A mistimed pull shot there.
18.1
1
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Short and outside off, nudged behind square on the off side, down to third man, for a single.
17.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Ouch! Shortish and on the body, Tim swivels and looks to pull at that but he misses and gets hit on the body.
17.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Short and outside off, Seifert swings through the line but fails to connect there.
17.4
1
Faheem Ashraf to Kane Williamson, And he gets to his 50. Off 37 balls. Shortish and around off, the New Zealand skipper hops and taps this to the off side for a single. He though is frustrated with himself on not getting it earlier.
17.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Kane Williamson, 5 dots in a row for Kane Williamson now. Shortish and around off, KW jumps and drives but finds short cover there.
17.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Kane Williamson, Short and outside off, Williamson guides it straight to the man at point. Frustration for him.
17.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Full and outside off, lifted over the point region for a single.
16.6
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kane Williamson, Full and on off, Kane looked to whistle that over long on there but ends up mistiming it down to mid on. Ripples around the cricket world for a shot like that from Williamson.
16.5
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kane Williamson, Outside off, dabbed behind square on the off side.
16.4
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kane Williamson, Short ball, Kane Willaimson goes for the pull shot but the ball bounces over his flashing blade.
16.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, Full and just outside off, pushed down to mid on for a quick single. The fielder there also fumbles in the first attempt and that made the single even more easier.
16.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Pace of Shaheen there. Also, the pace of the outfield. Very full and outside off, Tim Seifert digs it out well. It goes to the right of third man, just a few feet away from him, but the pace on the ball ends up taking it to the fence there.
16.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, WIDE! A bit too harsh though, one would reckon. Seifert moves to the off side and looks to guide this very full ball down the leg side, down towards fine leg. He though misses and the ball just about goes past the leg pole, the keeper collects it. Wided straightaway though.
16.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, FOUR! CLUBBED! Tim has been in front of the Pakistan bowlers. Full and around off, Seifert powers it through mid off, wide of the man there, and the ball runs away to the boundary.
15.6
4
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Wasim is not happy at all with that! Shorter and outside off, Williamson backs away and cuts this through cover-point. Riaz, at deep point, runs to his right and should have stopped it easily. But he fumbles and ends up conceding a boundary, in the end.
15.5
1
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, On the shorter side around off, stroked down to long off for a single.
15.4
0
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, On off, stabbed behind square on the off side for a dot.
15.3
0
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, Flatter and around off, Tim backs away and strokes it but finds cover there.
15.2
1
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, This is worked to the off side for a single.
15.1
1
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, Outside off, punched to deep point for one.
14.6
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kane Williamson, FOUR! THE 100-RUN PARTNERSHIP IS UP AS WELL. What poise from Kane here! Short ball, Williamson pulls it through the square leg region ferociously for a boundary.
14.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, Outside off, stroked to deep cover for a single.
14.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kane Williamson, Nearly pulled off a blinder there. The Pakistani skipper it was. Shortish and outside off, Kane strokes this uppishly. It goes dipping towards mid off. Shadab is well deep but he lunges and puts in a fantastic dive. The ball drops short eventually but still what an effort. A single though.
14.3
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kane Williamson, FOUR! Whipped away. Whippage, they call that. Fractionally short, Williamson has an opportunity and he does not miss out. Whips it to the deep square leg region. Deep backward square leg gets to his left but cannot stop that one.
14.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Kane Williamson, Shortish and just outside off, Kane lets it be.
14.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, Full and just outside off, driven to cover for one.

Shaheen Shah Afridi is back. Can he do something here? His numbers so far are 2-0-17-0.

13.6
1
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Tossed up outside off, nudged through the carpet, down to long off. One run taken.
13.5
0
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Floated around off, driven to cover.
13.4
0
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Flatter and on middle and leg, pushed back to the bowler.
13.3
1
Shadab Khan to Kane Williamson, Around off, tapped to the on side for a single.
13.2
0
Shadab Khan to Kane Williamson, Flat and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
13.1
1
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, This is worked to the on side for a single.
12.6
4
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, FOUR! Full and outside off, Kane expertly guides this wide of the keeper and the third man fielder and gets a boundary there.
12.5
6
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, SIX! That shot impressed Babar in the dugout all right. Outside off, short, Willaimson hangs back and ramps it over the keeper's head, well wide and... it goes all the way and over the third man boundary.
12.4
4
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, FOUR! That is not the best fielding. It did deserve four though. It was a good shot. Shortish and outside off, Kane Williamson hops and strokes it nicely. Shaheen runs to his left from deep cover but ends up overrunning there. Gets a hand to the ball but cannot stop it. The ball trickles into the fence.
12.3
0
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Good length ball around off, defended back to the bowler.
12.3
0
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, WIDE! Haris goes for a short ball but ends up overcooking it. Williamson ducks under it. Wide called.
12.2
2
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Smart batting. Full and outside off, Kane stays deep in his crease, uses soft hands and guides it through backward point. Third man has to run to his right a lot, which he does, a couple taken in the while.
12.1
1
Haris Rauf to Tim Seifert, Full and around off, bunted down to long on for a single.

Haris Rauf is back to bowl now. 2-0-17-0 are his figures so far. Shown good pace in his 1st spell.

11.6
1
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Flat and just outside off, Tim strikes it through cover-point for a single.
11.5
0
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, On off, defended back to the bowler.
11.4
1
Shadab Khan to Kane Williamson, Tossed up around off, pushed wide of the bowler for a single.
11.3
1
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Tossed up outside off, stroked down to long off for a single.
11.2
1
Shadab Khan to Kane Williamson, Flighted on off and middle, tapped through mid-wicket for a single.
11.1
1
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Floated on off and middle, Tim prods forward and pushes it down to mid-wicket for a single. 100 up for the New Zealanders as well.
10.6
2
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, Kane strokes this to the right of sweeper cover. Calls for two after getting a single, and gets it.
10.5
1
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, Outside off, punched to deep point for a run.
10.4
2
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, Flat and outside off, stroked through the covers for two runs.
10.3
1
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, Outside off, punched to deep point for a single.
10.2
1
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, Slower through the air and outside off, Tim sits down and looks to go for the slog sweep but ends up mistiming it through the carpet to deep mid-wicket. Just the solitary single there.
10.1
1
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, Outside off, stroked to deep point for one.
9.6
2
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Misfield and a couple. Slower in the air and just outside off, TS works it through mid-wicket for a single. Haris Rauf in the deep misfields there and allows another single to be taken. 2 runs in total.
9.5
1
Shadab Khan to Kane Williamson, Loopy ball around off, bunted down to mid on for one.
9.4
1
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Outside off, punched to the right of deep point for a single.
9.3
0
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, On the pads, Seifert looks to work it to the leg side but gets a safe leading edge, through the carpet, to mid off.
9.2
4
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Shadab this time. Swung away. Loopy ball around off, Seifert gets down and nails the sweep through mid-wicket for a boundary. The 50-run partnership is up as well.
9.1
2
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Floated around off, Tim gets across and taps it through mid-wicket. Takes two. And that is a half ton for Tim Seifert. Back-to-back ones for him.
8.6
1
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, Outside off, punched to deep point for a single.
8.5
4
Imad Wasim to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Seifert gets away there. Flat and around off, Seifert swings for the heavens but ends up getting a top edge. It flies over short third man though and runs away to the third man fence.
8.4
1
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, This is worked to mid-wicket for a single.
8.3
4
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, FOUR! This is a good shot from Williamson. Flatter and outside off, Kane Williamson rocks back and cuts it through point. Sweeper cover runs to his left but cannot cut it off.
8.2
0
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, Outside off, punched to point. No run.
8.1
0
Imad Wasim to Kane Williamson, Flatter and around off, Kane goes back and strokes but finds cover there.

Imad Wasim is into the attack now.

7.6
0
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Flatter and around off, driven to cover. Can't get it past the infield this time.
7.5
0
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Outside off, dabbed behind square on the off side for a dot.
7.4
4
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, FOUR! One bounce four. Flighted outside off, Seifert backs away and lofts it over the covers region. Deep point runs to his right but the ball was stroked well wide of him and runs into the boundary.
7.3
0
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Tossed up on off, blocked to point.
7.2
1
Shadab Khan to Kane Williamson, Floated outside off, Kane this time, drives it through cover-point for a single.
7.1
1
Shadab Khan to Tim Seifert, Outside off, punched to point for a single.

Shadab Khan to bowl now.

6.6
1
Wahab Riaz to Tim Seifert, Shortish on middle, swung away to fine leg for a run.
6.5
6
Wahab Riaz to Tim Seifert, SIX! Tim Seifert again! Same result. Fullish and around off, Tim swings it away well over the deep square leg boundary.
6.4
0
Wahab Riaz to Tim Seifert, Shortish and outside off, tapped to point. A loud 'no' follows to his skipper, on a run.
6.3
6
Wahab Riaz to Tim Seifert, SIX! Forget off side, on side. How about straight down the ground! Full and around off, Tim Seifert backs away and deposits it straight over the bowler's head, for a maximum. 
6.2
6
Wahab Riaz to Tim Seifert, SIX! He has got enough. That has been flat-lined into the fence. Short ball, Seifert swivels inside his crease, going a little deeper and pulls it with all his might. It goes over the fine leg fence.
6.1
0
Wahab Riaz to Tim Seifert, Short ball, Tim goes for the pull but misses on account of the bounce there. Good bounce there.

Wahab Raiz is on!

5.6
1
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Full and outside off, the New Zealand keeper stands his ground and drives it down to wide mid off for one.
5.5
1
Faheem Ashraf to Kane Williamson, Sneaky single. Good length ball around off, Willy jumps and defends it behind the stumps with soft hands. Sneaks in a quick single.
5.4
1
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Short ball, TS clubs this through the carpet to deep square leg. A single.
5.3
4
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Tim Seifert tries to be in front of the opposition here. It is actually an easy shot. Full and on off and middle, Tim gets across and scoops it wide of the keeper and down to the fine leg boundary.
5.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Now he backs away and looks to cut this good length ball, but misses. The ball goes over the top of his stumps and into the keeper's gloves.
5.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, On a length and around off, it pitches and comes back into the batsman. Tim looks to play at it but ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads. No space at all for Seifert to hit that on the off side.
4.6
0
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, On a length outside off, daddy Kane looks to run it down to third man but to no avail.
4.5
0
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Short and outside off, KW dabs this behind square on the off side.
4.4
0
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Outside off, defended to point.
4.3
0
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, BEATEN! This one is a beauty. Fullish and outside off, Kane Williamson hangs his bat out and looks to defend but the ball travels past his outside edge there.
4.2
4
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, FOUR! Ahh... edged, through, four. Rauf cannot believe it. Full and around off, the ball keeps straight, does not dart it. Williamson goes for the drive but a thick outside edge is generated. It goes in the gap between the keeper and the slip fielder and down to the third man fence.
4.1
0
Haris Rauf to Kane Williamson, Shortish and on the body, Kane jumps and manages to keep it out. It did cramp him for room though.
3.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Good length ball around off, defended.
3.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Around off, punched to cover.
3.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Tim Seifert, Short and outside off, Tim looked to launch it on the off side but misses out there.
3.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Martin Guptill, OUT! TAKEN! OH MY GOODNESS! Just when it was all going according to plan. Martin looking to swing one away. But he finds the man in the deep. Short ball on the body, Guptill goes for the pull shot. He looked to clear deep square leg and for a moment it looked successful. But the camera angles come down and oopsy... it goes straight down the throat of Haris at deep square leg.
3.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Martin Guptill, Good length ball around off, defended to point.
3.1
6
Faheem Ashraf to Martin Guptill, SIX! Ohh! That has been tonked with ease. Full and on off, Martin launches onto it and sends it well over wide long off.
2.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Martin Guptill, Fullish on middle, dabbed to the off side for another quick one. This is just smart batting.
2.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, Full and on off, flicked to short mid-wicket for a quick single.
2.4
2
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, Fullish and outside off, a full face of the bat from TS, he drives it through the covers for a couple.
2.3
4
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, FOUR! This one is swung away. Short and on the body, Tim Seifert swings it away to the fine leg boundary.
2.2
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, Full and swinging in around off, cuts Seiferts into half as he looks to play at it.
2.1
0
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, Short and outside off, Seifert has a go at it but misses out there.
1.6
0
Haris Rauf to Martin Guptill, Short, outside off, Guptill has a swipe at it but misses there.
1.5
1
Haris Rauf to Tim Seifert, On the pads, swung to deep square leg for a single.
1.4
0
Haris Rauf to Tim Seifert, Length delivery around off, pushed back to the bowler.
1.3
1
Haris Rauf to Martin Guptill, Direct Hit and Guppy would have been toast. Fullish and around off, Martin taps it to the off side, calls for a quick single. Haris gets to the ball, swivels and throws at the bowler's end but misses. Would have got him had he hit there.
1.2
6
Haris Rauf to Martin Guptill, SIX! Short run up from Rauf and Martin takes full toll of it. Full and on off, Martin backs away, skips down and launches this well over wide long off.
1.1
4
Haris Rauf to Martin Guptill, FOUR! Guptill gets one on the pads. Full and on the pads, MG flicks it. He flicked it nicely. Afridi ran to his left from deep backward square leg, does well, but not enough to stop it from touching the fence.

Who will bowl from the other end? Haris Rauf to start his 1st over from the Members' End.

0.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Martin Guptill, Full on off, Martin Guptill looks to push it on the off side. He though gets it off the inner half to mid on and pinches in a quick single.
0.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, On the pads, clipped to wide mid on for a run.
0.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Martin Guptill, Full and on off, Guptill looks to drive it on the off side but gets an inside edge. It goes to the leg side and a single is sneaked in.
0.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, On the pads, tucked to fine leg for a single.
0.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Cracking shot! Full and outside off, Tim drives it through the covers for a boundary.

We are back for the chase. The Pakistan players make their way out to the middle, followed by Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert. Shaheen Afridi to start with the ball for Pakistan. Here he comes...

0.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Martin Guptill, Misfield early on. Very full and outside off, Martin jams it out to cover-point. The fielder there fumbles, allowing New Zealand to take a single. And their run chase is away.