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New Zealand vs Pakistan PAK in NZ, 5 T20Is, 2024

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3rd T20I, University Oval, Dunedin, 17 Jan, 2024

New Zealand

NZ

224/7

(20.0) overs

Pakistan

PAK

179/7

(20.0) overs

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 45 runs

Player Of The Match

Finn Allen,
New Zealand
New Zealand
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New Zealand

Commentary

Right then, that is it from this game where New Zealand wrapped the series up and will have an eye on the whitewash now while Pakistan will hope to stop the hosts from doing so. The 4th T20I will be played on 19th January, Friday at 11.40 am IST (6.10 am GMT), but as you know, you can always join us early for all the build-up. Until then, cheers and goodbye!

Finn Allen is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his record-breaking ton.

Presentation Time...

Earlier in the game, New Zealand posted a massive total on the board courtesy of a record-breaking hundred from Finn Allen. He registered the highest individual score (137) for New Zealand in T20Is breaking the record of Brendon McCullum. In the process, he also equaled the record of the most sixes (16) in an innings in T20Is. Haris Rauf picked up a couple of wickets for Pakistan while every other bowler chipped in with one each but all of them were pretty expensive. While chasing, it was once again Babar Azam who tried his best but chasing a score of over 200 was never going to be easy, and that too without much support from the others.

New Zealand, on the other hand, will be pretty happy with their bowling effort. They had a lot of runs to play with, and their bowlers were pretty much on point right from the start. This is not an easy ground to bowl, but they stuck to their plans and kept picking up wickets at regular intervals which put more pressure on the visitors. They were shown some resistance again from Babar Azam, but once Ish Sodhi managed to get rid of him, the game was theirs. Tim Southee got a couple of wickets while the others chipped in with one each and sealed the win comfortably in the end.

Pakistan needed a quick start, but Saim Ayub was dismissed after hitting a few lusty blows. It was then the two experienced players Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam who steadied things for a bit with a 39-run stand before the former got out. There were some cameos in the middle order, but once again no one could convert their starts and failed to support Babar, who fought a lone battle, notching up his third fifty in a row. However, he too perished trying to take on the attack as the asking rate kept going up. Mohammad Nawaz played a quick-fire knock towards the end, but that was never going to be enough as they ultimately fell short by 45 runs.

NEW ZEALAND SEAL THE SERIES! Another dominating victory for them as they take an unassailable 3-0 lead here and completely outplayed the Men in Green. However, all the talking points will be about that swash-buckling century from Finn Allen which set up this victory for the BlackCaps. Pakistan are not having a great run in this format as they have won only once in their last 8 T20Is which is not a good sign with the T20 World Cup not so far away.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 179/7

M Wasim1 (3)

S Afridi16 (11)

T Southee4-0-29-2

19.61

Slower delivery, fuller and on the stumps. Mohammad Wasim knocks it towards the long on for a single. That's it, NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 45 RUNS!

19.50

Swing and a miss! Fuller delivery outside off, nipping away from the batter. Mohammad Wasim clears his front foot to swat it to his leg side but misses on the outer edge.

19.41lb

Fuller, wide outside off. Shaheen Afridi shuffles to scoop it, but the ball follows his footings and thumps his pads. The ball rolls towards the short fine region and they crossed for a leg bye.

19.32

Fuller delivery wide outside off. Shaheen Afridi shuffles to his off side opening his stance and heaves it towards the deep mid-wicket for a double.

19.21lb

Good-length delivery on middle and shaping in. Mohammad Wasim attempts to nudge it to his leg side but misses. The ball thuds his pad and rolls towards his right and a single is stolen. Leg byes called.

Mohammad Wasim comes out to the middle now.

19.1W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Tim Southee gets his second wicket! He takes pace off and lands this on a hard length, outside off, Mohammad Nawaz slashes hard at it but only manages to get a thin outside edge behind, Glenn Phillips dives forward to take a simple catch. Nawaz's little cameo comes to an end now!

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 174/6

M Nawaz28 (14)

S Afridi14 (9)

L Ferguson4-0-27-1

18.61

Finished off his spell pitching a fraction fuller outside the off stump line, Mohammad Nawaz cuts it to deep point for a single.

18.54

FOUR! Lockie Ferguson overpitches this one into the pads, Mohammad Nawaz stands bak and flicks it off his pads towards deep backward square leg fence for a boundary.

18.41

On a hard length just around the off stump line Shaheen Afridi tries to play across the line but gets an inside edge past the leg stump toward fine leg for a single.

18.30

Oh that's a sharp bouncer! Pitched this one short and into the pitch, over middle and off, Shaheen Afridi caught in two minds but eventually is beaten.

18.20

Quicker at 137.7 clicks this time on a hard length, angling away outside off, Shaheen Afridi tries to drive but gets beaten.

18.11

Comes from over the wicket and bowls a full toss at 109.7 clicks on middle and leg, Mohammad Nawaz takes a step back and cuts it to point for a single.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 167/6

S Afridi13 (6)

M Nawaz22 (11)

M Henry4-0-51-1

17.66

SIX! This one is from the middle! Back of a length, on the stumps. Shaheen Afridi pulls it from the middle of his bat and hoist it over the deep square leg fence for a maximum.

17.50

Slower one now, angling across the batter. Shaheen Afridi swings and misses the connection.

17.44

FOUR! Edged, but it will work for Shaheen Afridi! Short delivery with the same extra bounce around off. Shaheen Afridi tries to pull but gets the outer edge. The ball is high up in the sky but lands safe around deep third man region and bounces off towards the fence.

17.31

Short delivery again outside off. Mohammad Nawaz cuts a bit early towards the deep cover fielder for a single

17.20

Beaten! Short delivery outside off, with a bit of extra bounce. Mohammad Nawaz looks to cut it but the extra bounce beats the willow on the outer edge.

17.21wd

WIDE! Hard length, wide outside off. Mohammad Nawaz leaves it to the keeper.

17.16

SIX! 150 up for Pakistan! Short delivery on off. Mohammad Nawaz holds back and pulls it up and over the deep mid-wicket fence.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 149/6

M Nawaz15 (8)

S Afridi3 (3)

T Southee3-0-26-1

16.61

On a good length, angling into the stumps, Mohammad Nawaz makes room and dabs it to long off for a single.

16.56

SIX! That's a nice shot. Tim Southee pitches this one short and over middle and leg, Mohammad Nawaz stands tall and pulls it over square leg for a boundary.

16.41

A touch fuller this time and into the stumps, Shaheen Afridi goes for the big slog but miscues it aerially towards covers for a single.

Commentary

We are back for the chase! The umpires are on their way in the middle. Saim Ayub and Mohammad Rizwan to open for Pakistan. Tim Southee gets the job to start with the new ball. Here we go...

... THE RUN CHASE ...

New Zealand is undoubtedly elated at the conclusion of the first innings. Despite losing a couple of wickets, including the star performer Daryl Mitchell, after a fiery start, the onslaught by Finn Allen was unstoppable. Allen's spectacular innings of 137 runs off just 62 deliveries not only propelled New Zealand to the highest score ever at the venue but also set new records for the highest T20I score and the most individual sixes in an innings for the Kiwis, with 16 massive hits. With such a commanding performance, New Zealand find themselves in a dominant position and will now aim to secure victory and clinch the series as they come out to bowl. Can New Zealand finish off in style, or will Pakistan mount a comeback and put on a show in the chase? The stage is set for an intriguing second innings.

Finn Allen is up for a chat. He says, it is a competitive total for the boys and it's hard to cross the line. He continued saying they have kept it simple and it's the same game plan which worked. He also said about the conversation with Shaheen that they had a deal before that Shaheen wouldn't bowl bumper to him but he bowled any so they were having some banter with him. He also enjoyed having the partnership with Tim. He ends up saying they have to keep it simple in the second innings to get a positive result.

Despite winning the toss and opting to bowl, Pakistan's bowling performance seemed to lose its edge as they struggled to find the right lines and lengths. While Mohammad Wasim and Zaman Khan delivered notable spells, the duo of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf faced the brunt of Finn Allen and Tim Seifert's aggressive batting after the early dismissal of Devon Conway. The late breakthroughs, dismissing Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, and Mitchell Santner provided some relief for Pakistan, but the damage had already been done. As they prepare to chase, Pakistan's powerful batting lineup, yet to find its rhythm in the series will be eager to turn the tide in this crucial match.

The first innings has come to a close, and what a spectacle it has been so far. New Zealand end at 224/7. It was Finn Allen written all over for his extraordinary batting performance, which made batting look utterly effortless.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 224/7

I Sodhi3 (2)

M Henry1 (1)

S Afridi4-0-43-1

19.61

Only a single to end the innings then! Shaheen Afridi nails the yorker, outside off, Ish Sodhi jams it out towards point for one. New Zealand finishes on 224/7!

19.52

Fullish and around leg, Ish Sodhi flicks it away towards deep square leg, Saim Ayub from deep mid-wicket runs to his right and dives to make a good stop. Two runs taken.

Who will come up next? Ish Sodhi comes out to the middle.

19.4W

OUT! TAKEN! A brilliant catch in the deep! Shaheen Afridi lands this back of a length and around off, slower too, Glenn Phillips tries to pull it away but fails to get the elevation and mistimes it in the air, Saim Ayub from deep mid-wicket runs forward a long way, and takes a spectacular diving catch. Phillips goes after a decent little cameo!

19.31

On a length and on middle, Matt Henry forces it towards long on for a run.

19.21

Full again and on off, Glenn Phillips drives it towards long off for a run.

19.11W

OUT! RUN OUT! Shaheen Afridi serves this full and around off, Glenn Phillips drills it wide of long off, turns back for the second, Mohammad Wasim quickly collects the ball and makes a perfect throw at the bowler's end right beside the stumps as Shaheen Afridi collects and breaks the stumps with Santner putting in a dive. However, the replay shows that Santner is well short of his crease. Also, Matt Henry walks up into the ground next for New Zealand.

Shaheen Afridi to bowl the last over. Also, Pakistan are allowed only three fielders outside the circle due to slow over rate.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 218/5

M Santner4 (2)

G Phillips17 (12)

H Rauf4-0-60-2

18.60

Back of a length and on off, angling away, Mitchell Santner tries to play at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

18.54

FOUR! Mitchell Santner gets off the mark in fine fashion! This is on a good length and around leg, Mitchell Santner glances it nicely towards the fine leg fence for a boundary.

Who will walk up next? It's the skipper, Mitchell Santner in the middle now.

18.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Haris Rauf strikes again! He sees the batter shuffle across and fires this full, outside off, Mark Chapman tries to scoop it away, but tries to adjust at the last moment. However, he gets into an awkward position and the ball goes off the leading edge towards point where Mohammad Wasim takes an easy catch. New Zealand lose half their side now!

18.31

Much fuller on the stumps. Glenn Phillips nudges it towards the long on region without any footwork for a single.

18.22

In the blockhole again, outside off, Glenn Phillips jams it out towards long on and shows great commitment to get back for the second run. Good running!

18.10

Haris Rauf nails the wide yorker, outside off, Glenn Phillips fails to dig it out.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 211/4

G Phillips14 (9)

M Chapman1 (1)

Z Khan4-0-37-1

17.61

Back of a length and on off, Glenn Phillips punches it towards wide of cover-point for one.

17.56

SIX! BOOM! Zaman Khan misses his yorker again and bowls this in the slot, on middle, Glenn Phillips clears his front leg away and smacks it over the bowler's head for a biggie.

17.40

A fine yorker, on off, Glenn Phillips digs it back to the bowler.

17.31

A slower one now, full and on middle, Mark Chapman clips it towards mid-wicket for a single.

Mark Chapman is the next man in.

17.2W

OUT! DRAGGED ON! Oh..no! He fails to break that record here, but he has played a special knock. Zaman Khan takes pace off this time, on a length and on middle, Finn Allen goes for the big heaves across the line, but does so a bit early and gets an inside edge back onto the stumps. He looks disappointed, but walks out to a round of applause from everyone present at the ground.

17.16

SIX NUMBER 16! Allen equals the world record for most sixes in an innings in T20Is! Zaman Khan misses his yorker and serves a full toss, on middle, Finn Allen stays in his crease and tonks it over the bowler's head for another maximum.

Zaman Khan has the duty to bowl the 18th over,

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 197/3

G Phillips7 (6)

F Allen131 (60)

M Nawaz4-0-44-1

16.64

FOUR! SMASHED! Mohammad Nawaz bowls this quick and short, outside off, Glenn Phillips accepts the width on offer and crunches it well over point for a boundary.

Pakistan
New Zealand
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
S Ayub

c L Ferguson b T Southee

10 13 2 0 76.92
M Rizwan

c T Seifert b M Santner

24 20 0 2 120
B Azam

c G Phillips b I Sodhi

58 37 8 1 156.75
F Zaman

c M Santner b L Ferguson

19 10 2 1 190
A Khan

c G Phillips b M Henry

10 7 0 1 142.85
I Ahmed

run out (M Santner)

1 4 0 0 25
M Nawaz

c T Seifert b T Southee

28 15 2 2 186.66
S Afridi

not out

16 11 1 1 145.45
M Wasim

not out

1 3 0 0 33.33
Extras

(b 4,lb 4,w 4,nb 0,Penalty 0)

12
Total 20.0 (RR: 8.95)
179/7

Did not bat: H Rauf, Z Khan

Fall of wickets:

(S Ayub, 3.1 ov) (M Rizwan, 7.5 ov) (F Zaman, 10.5 ov) (A Khan, 13 ov) (I Ahmed, 14.1 ov) (B Azam, 15.5 ov) (M Nawaz, 19.1 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
T Southee
4 0 29 2 7.25
M Henry
4 0 51 1 12.75
L Ferguson
4 0 27 1 6.75
M Santner
4 0 26 1 6.50
I Sodhi
4 0 38 1 9.50
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
F Allen

b Z Khan

137 62 5 16 220.96
D Conway

c M Nawaz b H Rauf

7 8 1 0 87.50
T Seifert

c S Ayub b M Wasim

31 23 3 1 134.78
D Mitchell

c Z Khan b M Nawaz

8 5 1 0 160
G Phillips

c S Ayub b S Afridi

19 15 1 1 126.66
M Chapman

c M Wasim b H Rauf

1 2 0 0 50
M Santner

run out (M Wasim / S Afridi)

4 2 1 0 200
M Henry

not out

1 1 0 0 100
I Sodhi

not out

3 2 0 0 150
Extras

(b 0,lb 5,w 8,nb 0,Penalty 0)

13
Total 20.0 (RR: 11.20)
224/7

Did not bat: T Southee, L Ferguson

Fall of wickets:

(D Conway, 3.2 ov) (T Seifert, 13.3 ov) (D Mitchell, 14.5 ov) (F Allen, 17.2 ov) (M Chapman, 18.4 ov) (M Santner, 19.1 ov) (G Phillips, 19.4 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Afridi
4 0 43 1 10.75
Z Khan
4 0 37 1 9.25
H Rauf
4 0 60 2 15.00
M Nawaz
4 0 44 1 11.00
M Wasim
4 0 35 1 8.75
Pakistan
New Zealand

Commentary

Right then, that is it from this game where New Zealand wrapped the series up and will have an eye on the whitewash now while Pakistan will hope to stop the hosts from doing so. The 4th T20I will be played on 19th January, Friday at 11.40 am IST (6.10 am GMT), but as you know, you can always join us early for all the build-up. Until then, cheers and goodbye!

Finn Allen is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his record-breaking ton.

Presentation Time...

Earlier in the game, New Zealand posted a massive total on the board courtesy of a record-breaking hundred from Finn Allen. He registered the highest individual score (137) for New Zealand in T20Is breaking the record of Brendon McCullum. In the process, he also equaled the record of the most sixes (16) in an innings in T20Is. Haris Rauf picked up a couple of wickets for Pakistan while every other bowler chipped in with one each but all of them were pretty expensive. While chasing, it was once again Babar Azam who tried his best but chasing a score of over 200 was never going to be easy, and that too without much support from the others.

New Zealand, on the other hand, will be pretty happy with their bowling effort. They had a lot of runs to play with, and their bowlers were pretty much on point right from the start. This is not an easy ground to bowl, but they stuck to their plans and kept picking up wickets at regular intervals which put more pressure on the visitors. They were shown some resistance again from Babar Azam, but once Ish Sodhi managed to get rid of him, the game was theirs. Tim Southee got a couple of wickets while the others chipped in with one each and sealed the win comfortably in the end.

Pakistan needed a quick start, but Saim Ayub was dismissed after hitting a few lusty blows. It was then the two experienced players Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam who steadied things for a bit with a 39-run stand before the former got out. There were some cameos in the middle order, but once again no one could convert their starts and failed to support Babar, who fought a lone battle, notching up his third fifty in a row. However, he too perished trying to take on the attack as the asking rate kept going up. Mohammad Nawaz played a quick-fire knock towards the end, but that was never going to be enough as they ultimately fell short by 45 runs.

NEW ZEALAND SEAL THE SERIES! Another dominating victory for them as they take an unassailable 3-0 lead here and completely outplayed the Men in Green. However, all the talking points will be about that swash-buckling century from Finn Allen which set up this victory for the BlackCaps. Pakistan are not having a great run in this format as they have won only once in their last 8 T20Is which is not a good sign with the T20 World Cup not so far away.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 179/7

M Wasim1 (3)

S Afridi16 (11)

T Southee4-0-29-2

19.61

Slower delivery, fuller and on the stumps. Mohammad Wasim knocks it towards the long on for a single. That's it, NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 45 RUNS!

19.50

Swing and a miss! Fuller delivery outside off, nipping away from the batter. Mohammad Wasim clears his front foot to swat it to his leg side but misses on the outer edge.

19.41lb

Fuller, wide outside off. Shaheen Afridi shuffles to scoop it, but the ball follows his footings and thumps his pads. The ball rolls towards the short fine region and they crossed for a leg bye.

19.32

Fuller delivery wide outside off. Shaheen Afridi shuffles to his off side opening his stance and heaves it towards the deep mid-wicket for a double.

19.21lb

Good-length delivery on middle and shaping in. Mohammad Wasim attempts to nudge it to his leg side but misses. The ball thuds his pad and rolls towards his right and a single is stolen. Leg byes called.

Mohammad Wasim comes out to the middle now.

19.1W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Tim Southee gets his second wicket! He takes pace off and lands this on a hard length, outside off, Mohammad Nawaz slashes hard at it but only manages to get a thin outside edge behind, Glenn Phillips dives forward to take a simple catch. Nawaz's little cameo comes to an end now!

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 174/6

M Nawaz28 (14)

S Afridi14 (9)

L Ferguson4-0-27-1

18.61

Finished off his spell pitching a fraction fuller outside the off stump line, Mohammad Nawaz cuts it to deep point for a single.

18.54

FOUR! Lockie Ferguson overpitches this one into the pads, Mohammad Nawaz stands bak and flicks it off his pads towards deep backward square leg fence for a boundary.

18.41

On a hard length just around the off stump line Shaheen Afridi tries to play across the line but gets an inside edge past the leg stump toward fine leg for a single.

18.30

Oh that's a sharp bouncer! Pitched this one short and into the pitch, over middle and off, Shaheen Afridi caught in two minds but eventually is beaten.

18.20

Quicker at 137.7 clicks this time on a hard length, angling away outside off, Shaheen Afridi tries to drive but gets beaten.

18.11

Comes from over the wicket and bowls a full toss at 109.7 clicks on middle and leg, Mohammad Nawaz takes a step back and cuts it to point for a single.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 167/6

S Afridi13 (6)

M Nawaz22 (11)

M Henry4-0-51-1

17.66

SIX! This one is from the middle! Back of a length, on the stumps. Shaheen Afridi pulls it from the middle of his bat and hoist it over the deep square leg fence for a maximum.

17.50

Slower one now, angling across the batter. Shaheen Afridi swings and misses the connection.

17.44

FOUR! Edged, but it will work for Shaheen Afridi! Short delivery with the same extra bounce around off. Shaheen Afridi tries to pull but gets the outer edge. The ball is high up in the sky but lands safe around deep third man region and bounces off towards the fence.

17.31

Short delivery again outside off. Mohammad Nawaz cuts a bit early towards the deep cover fielder for a single

17.20

Beaten! Short delivery outside off, with a bit of extra bounce. Mohammad Nawaz looks to cut it but the extra bounce beats the willow on the outer edge.

17.21wd

WIDE! Hard length, wide outside off. Mohammad Nawaz leaves it to the keeper.

17.16

SIX! 150 up for Pakistan! Short delivery on off. Mohammad Nawaz holds back and pulls it up and over the deep mid-wicket fence.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 149/6

M Nawaz15 (8)

S Afridi3 (3)

T Southee3-0-26-1

16.61

On a good length, angling into the stumps, Mohammad Nawaz makes room and dabs it to long off for a single.

16.56

SIX! That's a nice shot. Tim Southee pitches this one short and over middle and leg, Mohammad Nawaz stands tall and pulls it over square leg for a boundary.

16.41

A touch fuller this time and into the stumps, Shaheen Afridi goes for the big slog but miscues it aerially towards covers for a single.

16.31

On a hard length, outside off this time, Mohammad Nawaz cuts it nicely to deep point for a single.

16.24

Comes from around the wicket this time and bangs it a fraction shorter, angling into the left-hander, around middle and leg, Mohammad Nawaz covers the line and flicks it to deep backward square leg. Devon Conway covers the ground and tries to keep the ball inside but topples over in the process touching the rope as the ball stays in contact with his thighs. A boundary for Mohammad Nawaz.

16.11

Comes from over the wicket and bowls this one on a good length around off, Shaheen Afridi taps it to covers and gets to the other end.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 135/6

S Afridi1 (1)

M Nawaz3 (4)

I Sodhi4-0-38-1

15.61

Googly yet again, outside off. Shaheen Afridi tries to work it across the line but the ball stays low after pitching. Shaheen Afridi gets a connection from the inner edge of his willow but it rolls towards the short thirdman and they crossed for a single.

Shaheen Afridi walks out to bat now.

15.5W

OUT! TAKEN IN THE DEEP! Another fantastic catch! A classy knock from Babar Azam comes to an end now. Ish Sodhi drags his length back this time, outside off, Babar Azam tries to heave it away but fails to get enough power on this one, the ball travels flat and in the air wide of deep mid-wicket, Glenn Phillips runs to his left and pouches it excellently tumbling over. Babar had to go big as the asking rate was creeping up!

15.44

FOUR! Streaky! Short and googly around off. Babar Azam skips down the track and swats it across the line towards the left of the deep mid-wicket fielder.

15.34

FOUR! This is beautiful from Babar Azam! Short delivery on off. Babar Azam crouches down and smacks it towards the sweeper cover region for a boundary.

15.20

Googly, outside off. Babar Azam tries to sweep it towards his leg side but the ball stays low after pitching. Babar Azam misses the hit.

15.11

Short on middle, a bit straighter. Mohammad Nawaz hangs back and pushes it towards the short cover region and sets off for a quick single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 125/5

M Nawaz2 (3)

B Azam50 (33)

L Ferguson3-0-20-1

14.61

Back of a length and on off, Mohammad Nawaz slashes at it but gets an outside edge towards third man. They cross.

14.51

FIFTY FOR BABAR! A third half-century in a row in this series and he continues to perform for his side. However, he is not very happy as this one once again could be in a losing cause. This is a fine yorker, outside off, Babar Azam squeezes it through backward point for one more.

14.41

Back of a length and on leg, Mohammad Nawaz nudges it through square leg for one.

14.30

Pitched up and on middle, Mohammad Nawaz drills it back to the bowler.

14.21

Short and on middle, Babar Azam pulls it towards deep square leg for a single and moves to 49.

Mohammad Nawaz walks into the middle with Pakistan in all sorts of trouble.

14.1W

OUT! RUN OUT! Another one bites the dust! It is the same old story for Pakistan as they are losing their way in the middle again. Lockie Ferguson serves this full and on off, Iftikhar Ahmed drives it wide of extra covers and sets off for the run very casually, Mitchell Santner moves to his left, picks up and hits bullseye at the bowler's end with Iftikhar Ahmed well short of his crease. He knows that and starts walking back as the replay confirms the same as well.

Lockie Ferguson is back into the attack.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 121/4

B Azam48 (31)

I Ahmed1 (3)

M Santner4-0-26-1

13.62

Another short delivery, on off, Babar Azam forces it wide of long off for a brace.

13.52

Shorter in length and on off, Babar Azam stays back and slaps it wide of long on where Daryl Mitchell makes a good stop. Two runs taken.

13.41

Short delivery wide outside off, spinning it away. Iftikhar Ahmed cuts it towards the deep cover point for a single.

13.30

Flighted, full and on middle, Iftikhar Ahmed pushes it back to the bowler again,

13.20

Floated, full and on off, Iftikhar Ahmed knocks it back to the bowler.

13.11

Short and around off, Babar Azam cuts it through point for a single.

Iftikhar Ahmed comes in at number 6 and joins Babar Azam.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 115/4

A Khan10 (7)

B Azam43 (28)

M Henry3-0-33-1

12.6W

OUT! TAKEN! Matt Henry gets a wicket now! A short stay for Azam Khan comes to an end. This is full and around middle, Azam Khan goes for the big slog, but gets more elevation than distance, the ball goes miles up in the air, Glenn Phillips at deep mid-wicket keeps his eyes on it, settles under it and does fantastically well to hold on to the catch in the end. Pakistan lose their fourth wicket now!

12.51

Back of a length and on off, Babar Azam punches it through covers for one.

12.46

SIX! WOW! Matt Henry lands this back of a length and on middle, Babar Azam picks up the length early, stays back and hammers it hard and flat over the deep square leg fence for a biggie. A bloke in the crowd tries to take the catch, but gets taken out by the sheer power of the ball. Azam has his hands on his head to show some genuine concern, but that guy is fine.

12.31

Overpitched and on off, Azam Khan drills it towards deep point for another run.

12.26

SIX! Incredible shot! Matt Henry lands this on a good length and on off, Azam Khan skips down the track and absolutely swats it over the long off fence for his first maximum in T20Is.

12.11

On a length and around off, Babar Azam runs it down to third man for a single.

Matt Henry is back into the attack.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 100/3

B Azam35 (25)

A Khan3 (4)

I Sodhi3-0-28-0

11.61

Another short delivery, on off, Babar Azam slaps it towards long off for one more. 100 up for Pakistan!

11.51

Quicker, full and around off, Azam Khan lofts it towards long off for one.

11.40

Flatter, short once more, outside off, Azam Khan leaves it alone thinking it is a wide. No signal from the umpire.

11.31

Short again and outside off, Babar Azam cuts it through cover-point for a run.

11.20

Short and around off, Babar Azam punches it towards covers.

11.11

Tossed up, full and on middle, Azam Khan works it off the inner half of the bat through square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 96/3

A Khan1 (1)

B Azam33 (22)

L Ferguson2-0-16-1

10.61

Back of a length and on off, Azam Khan dabs it through point for a single.

Azam Khan comes in at number 5 for Pakistan.

10.5W

OUT! TAKEN! Lockie Ferguson strikes! Another big wicket for New Zealand! This one is bit fuller, outside off, angling away, Fakhar Zaman tries to heave it to the leg side, but has to drag this one and his bat also turns in his hand. As a result, he slices it up in the air and Mitchell Santner at extra covers takes a fine catch. Pakistan three down now!

10.40

Lockie Ferguson sees the batter move across and bowls this on a good length, outside off, Fakhar Zaman goes for the scoop, tries to adjust again but misses it completely.

10.31

Full again and on middle, Babar Azam tucks it through mid-wicket for one.

10.24

FOUR! Nice shot! Lockie Ferguson serves this full and on off, Babar Azam steps across, opens the face of the bat slightly and lofts it over extra covers for a lovely boundary.

10.11

On a length and on off, Fakhar Zaman uses his feet and adjusts to steer it towards deep point for a single.

10.11wd

Lockie Ferguson bangs in a quick bouncer, on middle, Fakhar Zaman leaves it alone, it is a bit too high for the liking of the umpire. Wided.

Drinks! Pakistan have lost a couple of wickets, but they are not out of this game. Babar Azam is set and Fakhar Zaman is hitting the ball cleanly, but the thing is that these two need to bat at least for another 5-6 overs to have a chance of chasing this down. New Zealand know that they just need to do the basics right as the batters will need to take risks which will give them opportunities to get the breakthroughs. Lockie Ferguson is now back into the attack.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 88/2

B Azam28 (20)

F Zaman18 (7)

M Santner3-0-20-1

9.60

Bowls this one shorter and slower at 79.4 clicks outside off, Babar Azam tries to whip it across the line but gets beaten.

9.51

Fuller on a length outside off again, Fakhar Zaman heaves it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

9.51wd

WIDE! A shorter delivery, going wide of off.

9.44

FOUR! Powerful shot that. Mitchell Santner overpitches this one just outside off, Fakhar Zaman gets under the pitch of the ball and drills it over the bowler for a boundary.

9.31lb

LEG BYES! Santner darts this one quicker and into the pads, Babar Azam tries to flick it over short fine leg but fails to connect. The ball hits him high on the front pad and trickles down to short third for a single.

9.21

Tossed up outside off, spinning in off the deck, Fakhar Zaman cuts it square on the off for a single.

9.11

Floats this one fuller and into the stumps wait no pace, Babar Azam presses forward and nudges it to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 79/2

F Zaman12 (4)

B Azam27 (17)

I Sodhi2-0-24-0

8.64

FOUR! Beaty from Fakhar Zaman! He is starting it! Flighted, fuller outside off. Fakhar Zaman sits on one knee and heaves it across the line towards deep mid-wicket region. The ball is in air but into the gap and falls just short from the boundary.

8.51

Short and wide, Babar Azam extends his arms to reach the delivery and cuts it towards the point region for a single.

8.40

Beaten! Googly once more, outside off. Babar Azam shuffles a bit to play it o his off side but gets beaten under his inner edge.

8.34

FOUR! Beaty! Googly this time outside off. Babar Azam waits for the ball to arrive and cuts it through the point and gets a boundary.

8.21

IN AIR.. BUT SAFE! Fuller delivery on the stumps. Fakhar Zaman goes for a slog sweep but gets a thick top edge. The ball is high up in the air but lands safe to the right of short third man.

8.16

SIX! This is first one for Fakhar Zaman! Fuller delivery on leg. Fakhar Zaman stays on his crease and heaves it hard enough to loft it over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 63/2

F Zaman1 (1)

B Azam22 (14)

M Santner2-0-12-1

7.61

Finishes off the over with a short delivery outside off, Fakhar Zaman rocks back and taps it to mid-wicket and gets off the mark with a single.

Fakhar Zaman comes out to the middle now.

7.5W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Mitchell Santner gets his man anyway! No need of a review this time around. He bowls this one quicker, short and outside off, turns away a bit, Mohammad Rizwan stays back, opens the face of the bat to guide it away, but only manages to get a faint edge behind where Glenn Phillips moves to his right to take sharp catch behind the stumps. A huge wicket for New Zealand as the dangerous Mohammad Rizwan goes back to the hut now.

7.40

Pitches this one short and outside off just around the tramline, Mohammad Rizwan tries to cut it towards covers with no foot movement and gets beaten on the outside edge.

7.31

Tossed up and around leg, Babar Azam tucks it to square leg and gets a single.

7.21

Darted in fuller and into the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it to short fine leg for a single.

7.10

An appeal for caught behind, but turned down! This is tossed up, full and on leg, Mohammad Rizwan goes down to sweep it away but loses the grip of his bat, as the ball loops off the pads, Glenn Phillips steps forward and pouches it. Santner takes the review. UltraEdge shows a spike when the ball is close to the glove. but it is not holding the bat and therefore cannot be given out. Ball Tracking also goes in favour of Rizwan. New Zealand lose a review!

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 60/1

M Rizwan23 (16)

B Azam21 (13)

I Sodhi1-0-8-0

6.61

Fuller outside off. Mohammad Rizwan goes for a sweep but connects the inner part of his bat and the ball rolls towards the short fine. They crossed.

6.51

Tossed up, fuller around off, another google. Babar Azam hangs back and pulls it, but the missing the proper timing towards the deep mid-wicker

6.40

Googly, fuller outside off. Babar Azam falls for it as he tries to play it on his off side but misses it completely and gets beaten on the inner edge.

6.34

FOUR! Here we go again! Fuller delivery on the stumps. Babar Azam goes down and slaps the delivery across, straight down the ground of a boundary.

6.21

Short delivery just outside off. Mohammad Rizwan hangs back and guides it towards the short third man and sets off for a quick single.

6.11

Fuller delivery to begin the over, around off. Babar Azam strides out and drives it towards the deep cover point for a single.

Halt! It looks like Babar Azam has an issue with his groin. He is receiving some treatment from the physio and a lot of stretching is going on. We are all set to continue. Also, Ish Sodhi comes into the attack now.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 52/1

M Rizwan21 (14)

B Azam15 (9)

M Henry2-0-18-0

5.62

Pitched fuller this time and into the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and tucks it to mid-wicket. The batters steal a couple of runs. A direct hit at the striker's end could have had Mohammad Rizwan walking back.

5.51

Oh my, Mohammad Rizwan runs with no bat. A short run is claimed. A hard-length delivery just around off, Mohammad Rizwan shuffles across and tucks it towards deep mid-wicket. He loses his bat in the process but sprints for the run without the bat. He tries to stretch and touch the crease at the non-striker's end but falls inches short as he takes off for the second run. They get only one here.

5.42

Clipped away nicely. Matt Henry tries to go full and into the blackhole. Mohammad Rizwan just presses forward and converts this one to a low full toss. Rizwan flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

5.30

Jaffa! A great bouncer to Mohammad Rizwan. Matt Henry pitches this one short and hits the deck hard over middle and off. Mohammad Rizwan goes for a pull but gets beaten.

5.21

Pitches this one fuller and outside off, Babar Azam works it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

5.14

FOUR! Stand and deliver. Matt Henry comes from over the wicket and pitches this on the hard length around middle and off, Babar Azam stands tall and lofts it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Nice start to the final over of the Powerplay.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 42/1

M Rizwan16 (10)

B Azam10 (7)

M Santner1-0-9-0

4.66

SIX! BOOM! This is tossed up, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan gets down across and nails his slog-sweep over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

4.50

Slower through the air, short and on middle, turns away, Mohammad Rizwan winds up for the slog, but adjusts and blocks it out in the end.

4.51wd

Darts this one short, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan leaves it alone, this is close to the wide line and the umpire signals a wide. Santner is not happy with the decision.

4.41

Flatter, full and on middle, Babar Azam clips it through mid-wicket for a run.

4.30

Short once more, outside off, Babar Azam stabs it towards cover-point.

4.20

Short again and around off, Babar Azam cuts it towards point.

4.11

Mitchell Santner starts with a short delivery, on off, Mohammad Rizwan punches it towards long off for a single.

Mitchell Santner brings himself into the attack within the Powerplay.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 33/1

B Azam9 (4)

M Rizwan9 (7)

T Southee2-0-12-1

3.64

FOUR! Two in two! This is short again from Southee, down the leg this time, Babar Azam helps it uppishly but well wide of Ish Sodhi at short fine leg for another boundary.

3.54

FOUR! Babar Azam gets into the act now! Tim Southee lands this back of a length and on middle, Babar Azam gets on top of the bounce and pulls it well over mid-wicket for a boundary.

3.40

This is on a hard length and on middle, Babar Azam keeps it out to the leg side.

3.31

Fuller delivery, on middle, shaping in, Mohammad Rizwan tries to slog it away but gets an inside edge onto his pads as the ball rolls towards square leg, They cross. There is also an appeal for LBW, but turned down.

3.21

On a length and around leg, Babar Azam clips it through square leg for a single.

Babar Azam comes in at number 3 for Pakistan.

3.1W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Tim Southee draws first blood! The change of ends has worked for him and the Kiwis get a big wicket of Saim Ayub. This is the slower one, full and on off, anlging away, Saim Ayub goes for the hoick across the line, but only manages to get a top edge as the ball goes high in the air, Lockie Ferguson from short third man runs forward, and takes it inches above the ground. Pakistan suffers an early blow!

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 23/0

M Rizwan8 (6)

S Ayub10 (12)

L Ferguson1-0-8-0

2.66

SIX! BANG! Mohammad Rizwan goes big now! Lockie Ferguson goes full and on middle, angling in, Mohammad Rizwan stays there and uses the flick of the wrists to whip it away over the deep square leg fence for a biggie.

2.51

Overpitched and outside off, Saim Ayub slices it through backward point for a run.

2.40

Lockie Ferguson bangs in a sharp bouncer, on middle, Saim Ayub tries to pull but misses as Tim Seifert leaps up to collect it well.

2.34b

FOUR BYES!  Lockie Ferguson lands this on a good length and on off, angling away, Saim Ayub has a poke at it but misses, the ball dips a bit as Tim Seifert behind the stumps gets some gloves on it, but it goes through to the third man fence for a boundary.

2.20

Back of a length and on off, Saim Ayub dabs it towards point.

2.11

Lockie Ferguson starts with a fine inswinging yorker, on middle, swings in, Mohammad Rizwan almost falls over but clips it through mid-wicket for a single.

Lockie Ferguson is into the attack.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 11/0

S Ayub9 (8)

M Rizwan1 (4)

M Henry1-0-8-0

1.60

Good stop! This is back of length and on off, Saim Ayub guides it wide of short third man where the fielder dives to his right to make a fine stop.

1.50

Overpitched and on off, Saim Ayub drives it firmly but towards extra covers.

1.44

FOUR! Up and over! Matt Henry pitches it up again, on off, Saim Ayub once again stays back in his crease and easily lofts it over mid off for another boundary.

1.30

This is on a good length and around off, Saim Ayub tries to push it away but gets an outside edge on the bounce to short third man.

1.24

FOUR! Fine shot! Matt Henry bowls this full again, on off, Saim Ayub takes it on sitting deep in his crease, and lifts it well over mid off for a boundary.

1.10

Just short! Matt Henry begins with a full delivery, on off, Saim Ayub tries to loft it, but mistimes it badly as the ball lands in front of mid on.

Matt Henry to start from the other end for New Zealand.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 3/0

S Ayub1 (2)

M Rizwan1 (4)

T Southee1-0-2-0

0.61

Back of a length and on off, Saim Ayub steers it towards short third man, Ish Sodhi lets it through his legs but this will cost only a run.

0.51

Run out chance...missed! This is on a hard length and on off, Mohammad Rizwan tries to push it away but gets an inside edge onto his pads as the ball rolls in front of point, the batters have some hesitation but sets off for the run, Finn Allen runs forward, picks up and puts in a diving throw at the batter's end but misses with Ayub nowhere to be seen.

0.40

BEAUTY! Tim Southee lands this on a good length, on the fifth stump line, shaping away, Mohammad Rizwan stays back to play at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

0.30

Full again and around off, Mohammad Rizwan uses his feet and knocks it towards mid off.

0.20

Goes fuller this time, on off, Mohammad Rizwan drives it firmly but straight towards covers.

0.11lb

Pakistan are underway with extras! Tim Southee starts with a good-length delivery, on leg, Saim Ayub misses his flick as the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. A leg bye is taken.

Commentary

We are back for the chase! The umpires are on their way in the middle. Saim Ayub and Mohammad Rizwan to open for Pakistan. Tim Southee gets the job to start with the new ball. Here we go...

... THE RUN CHASE ...

New Zealand is undoubtedly elated at the conclusion of the first innings. Despite losing a couple of wickets, including the star performer Daryl Mitchell, after a fiery start, the onslaught by Finn Allen was unstoppable. Allen's spectacular innings of 137 runs off just 62 deliveries not only propelled New Zealand to the highest score ever at the venue but also set new records for the highest T20I score and the most individual sixes in an innings for the Kiwis, with 16 massive hits. With such a commanding performance, New Zealand find themselves in a dominant position and will now aim to secure victory and clinch the series as they come out to bowl. Can New Zealand finish off in style, or will Pakistan mount a comeback and put on a show in the chase? The stage is set for an intriguing second innings.

Finn Allen is up for a chat. He says, it is a competitive total for the boys and it's hard to cross the line. He continued saying they have kept it simple and it's the same game plan which worked. He also said about the conversation with Shaheen that they had a deal before that Shaheen wouldn't bowl bumper to him but he bowled any so they were having some banter with him. He also enjoyed having the partnership with Tim. He ends up saying they have to keep it simple in the second innings to get a positive result.

Despite winning the toss and opting to bowl, Pakistan's bowling performance seemed to lose its edge as they struggled to find the right lines and lengths. While Mohammad Wasim and Zaman Khan delivered notable spells, the duo of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf faced the brunt of Finn Allen and Tim Seifert's aggressive batting after the early dismissal of Devon Conway. The late breakthroughs, dismissing Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, and Mitchell Santner provided some relief for Pakistan, but the damage had already been done. As they prepare to chase, Pakistan's powerful batting lineup, yet to find its rhythm in the series will be eager to turn the tide in this crucial match.

The first innings has come to a close, and what a spectacle it has been so far. New Zealand end at 224/7. It was Finn Allen written all over for his extraordinary batting performance, which made batting look utterly effortless.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 224/7

I Sodhi3 (2)

M Henry1 (1)

S Afridi4-0-43-1

19.61

Only a single to end the innings then! Shaheen Afridi nails the yorker, outside off, Ish Sodhi jams it out towards point for one. New Zealand finishes on 224/7!

19.52

Fullish and around leg, Ish Sodhi flicks it away towards deep square leg, Saim Ayub from deep mid-wicket runs to his right and dives to make a good stop. Two runs taken.

Who will come up next? Ish Sodhi comes out to the middle.

19.4W

OUT! TAKEN! A brilliant catch in the deep! Shaheen Afridi lands this back of a length and around off, slower too, Glenn Phillips tries to pull it away but fails to get the elevation and mistimes it in the air, Saim Ayub from deep mid-wicket runs forward a long way, and takes a spectacular diving catch. Phillips goes after a decent little cameo!

19.31

On a length and on middle, Matt Henry forces it towards long on for a run.

19.21

Full again and on off, Glenn Phillips drives it towards long off for a run.

19.11W

OUT! RUN OUT! Shaheen Afridi serves this full and around off, Glenn Phillips drills it wide of long off, turns back for the second, Mohammad Wasim quickly collects the ball and makes a perfect throw at the bowler's end right beside the stumps as Shaheen Afridi collects and breaks the stumps with Santner putting in a dive. However, the replay shows that Santner is well short of his crease. Also, Matt Henry walks up into the ground next for New Zealand.

Shaheen Afridi to bowl the last over. Also, Pakistan are allowed only three fielders outside the circle due to slow over rate.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 218/5

M Santner4 (2)

G Phillips17 (12)

H Rauf4-0-60-2

18.60

Back of a length and on off, angling away, Mitchell Santner tries to play at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

18.54

FOUR! Mitchell Santner gets off the mark in fine fashion! This is on a good length and around leg, Mitchell Santner glances it nicely towards the fine leg fence for a boundary.

Who will walk up next? It's the skipper, Mitchell Santner in the middle now.

18.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Haris Rauf strikes again! He sees the batter shuffle across and fires this full, outside off, Mark Chapman tries to scoop it away, but tries to adjust at the last moment. However, he gets into an awkward position and the ball goes off the leading edge towards point where Mohammad Wasim takes an easy catch. New Zealand lose half their side now!

18.31

Much fuller on the stumps. Glenn Phillips nudges it towards the long on region without any footwork for a single.

18.22

In the blockhole again, outside off, Glenn Phillips jams it out towards long on and shows great commitment to get back for the second run. Good running!

18.10

Haris Rauf nails the wide yorker, outside off, Glenn Phillips fails to dig it out.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 211/4

G Phillips14 (9)

M Chapman1 (1)

Z Khan4-0-37-1

17.61

Back of a length and on off, Glenn Phillips punches it towards wide of cover-point for one.

17.56

SIX! BOOM! Zaman Khan misses his yorker again and bowls this in the slot, on middle, Glenn Phillips clears his front leg away and smacks it over the bowler's head for a biggie.

17.40

A fine yorker, on off, Glenn Phillips digs it back to the bowler.

17.31

A slower one now, full and on middle, Mark Chapman clips it towards mid-wicket for a single.

Mark Chapman is the next man in.

17.2W

OUT! DRAGGED ON! Oh..no! He fails to break that record here, but he has played a special knock. Zaman Khan takes pace off this time, on a length and on middle, Finn Allen goes for the big heaves across the line, but does so a bit early and gets an inside edge back onto the stumps. He looks disappointed, but walks out to a round of applause from everyone present at the ground.

17.16

SIX NUMBER 16! Allen equals the world record for most sixes in an innings in T20Is! Zaman Khan misses his yorker and serves a full toss, on middle, Finn Allen stays in his crease and tonks it over the bowler's head for another maximum.

Zaman Khan has the duty to bowl the 18th over,

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 197/3

G Phillips7 (6)

F Allen131 (60)

M Nawaz4-0-44-1

16.64

FOUR! SMASHED! Mohammad Nawaz bowls this quick and short, outside off, Glenn Phillips accepts the width on offer and crunches it well over point for a boundary.

16.51

Quicker, full and on middle, Finn Allen uses his feet to slog it away, but gets an inside edge wide of deep square leg for one.

16.41

Shortish and on middle, Glenn Phillips nudges it through mid-wicket for another run.

16.41wd

Flatter, short and outside off again, Glenn Phillips tries to cut it away but misses. It is called a wide.

16.31

Darts this one full, outside off, Finn Allen drills it towards long off for a run.

16.21

A bit short and on middle, Glenn Phillips punches it towards long on for a single.

16.10

Almost a disaster! This is short and around off, Glenn Phillips cuts it towards cover-point, Allen sets off for the single, but is sent back halfway through, the throw from the fielder is very wide which allows Allen to make his ground.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 188/3

F Allen129 (58)

G Phillips1 (2)

M Wasim4-0-35-1

15.60

Mohammad Wasim lands this on a good length, on off, shaping in, Finn Allen slashes at it but misses again.

15.50

Short of a length and around off, slower as well, Finn Allen goes through his pull very early and misses. He grunts in disappointment.

15.46

SIX MORE! He breaks the record of Brendon McCullum for the highest individual score for New Zealand in T20Is. Mohammad Wasim serves this full, on leg, Finn Allen picks it up and whips it over the deep square leg fence for another maximum.

15.36

SIX! Finn Allen clears the fence yet again! Mohammad Wasim rolls his fingers this time, but lands this short and down the leg side, Finn Allen waits for it and helps it on its way over the fine leg fence for a biggie.

15.21

Rigth in the blockhole, on off, Glenn Phillips jams it out towards mid off for a quick run.

15.11

Fuller one and angling into leg, Finn Allen heaves it towards deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 174/3

G Phillips0 (1)

F Allen116 (53)

M Nawaz3-0-35-1

14.60

Short one to finish the over, around off. Glenn Phillips camps back and knocks it towards the mid off fielder for no runs.

Glenn Phillips is the next man in.

14.5W

OUT! TAKEN! Mohammad Nawaz gets a wicket now! Daryl Mitchell goes back without making much impact here. This is flatter, short and around leg, Daryl Mitchell moves back and tries to paddle it away, but closes the face a bit too much, the ball goes off the top edge towards short fine leg where Zaman Khan takes a dolly. New Zealand three down but Allen is still out there!

14.41

Fuller around off. Finn Allen punches it towards his off side for a single.

14.36

SIX! No question about this one as it is miles from the ground! Short delivery on middle and leg. Finn Allen hangs back and swats it up and over the deep mid-wicket fence for another biggie.

14.26

SIX! Good effort at the deep but sailed just over the fielder! Short delivery outside off. Finn Allen comes down the track, extends his arm and slaps the delivery uppishly. The ball is in air and it just sails over the fielder at long off as he tried to leap backward for an attempt.

14.11

Short delivery down the leg, outside leg stump. Daryl Mitchell easily guides it towards the short fine fielder and sets off for a single.

Mohammad Nawaz replaces the skipper.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 160/2

D Mitchell7 (3)

F Allen103 (50)

M Wasim3-0-21-1

13.61

Short of a length, on middle and leg, Daryl Mitchell pulls it along the ground towards deep square leg for a single.

13.54

FOUR! Daryl Mitchell starting from where he had left it. Mohammad Wasim bowls this a touch short and around leg, Daryl Mitchell gets back and pulls it in the gap between square leg and mid-wicket for a boundary.

13.42

A fuller delivery, angling away and around the pads, Daryl Mitchell flicks it nicely to square of fine leg for a couple of runs.

Daryl Mitchell comes out to the middle now.

13.3W

OUT! TAKEN! Mohammad Wasim strikes now and Pakistan finally gets another breakthrough. This is short of a length and around off, slower too, Tim Seifert goes through his pull shot a bit too early, fails to get any power on that as the ball goes high in the air towards deep mid-wicket, Saim Ayub moves to his right and takes a good catch. Seifert goes after a sneaky little cameo!

13.22lb

That's a great ball. Mohammad Wasim darts in the yorker around leg, Tim Seifert shuffles across and gets a faint bottom edge sending the ball to fine leg. Zaman Khan does exceptionally well to keep the ball in and saving two runs.

13.11

Hurls from over the wicket and pitches this one on a length at 138.1 clicks, outside off and nipping back in a bit. Finn Allen tries to hit across the line but gets a thin inside edge onto the pads and towards point. The batters get a quick single.

Runs Scored 18 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 150/1

T Seifert31 (21)

F Allen102 (49)

S Afridi3-0-37-0

12.66

SIX! Tim Seifert is making his way now! Back of a length around off. Tim Seifert holds back his stance in his crease and swats it over the long off fence for a maximum.

12.51

Full toss on off. Finn Allen lofts it towards long off for one. This is now his highest individual score in T20Is.

12.44

FOUR! HUNDRED FOR ALLEN! What a way to bring up his century as well! This has been a punishing knock as he gets to the milestone in just 48 balls. Allen takes his helmet off and lifts his bat with joy! This one is fuller delivery on off. Finn Allen lunges out, crouches a bit and crunches it towards the sweeper cover region for a boundary.

12.30

Short delivery on off. Finn Allen cuts it but finds the cover fielder this time.

12.26

SIX! This guy his having his day! Fuller delivery around off, angling away. Finn Allen takes his front foot out and lofts it high enough to sail it over the deep cover fence for a single.

12.11

Low full toss, on off, missing the radar but not punished this time. Tim Seifert nudges it easily towards the mid-wicket for a single.

Shaheen Afridi brings himself back on. He has conceded 19 runs in his two overs.

Runs Scored 23 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 132/1

F Allen91 (45)

T Seifert24 (19)

H Rauf3-0-53-1

11.60

This one was in the slot but Finn Allen missed out. Haris Rauf pitches this full and into the stumps, Finn Allen tries to take his front foot away and heave it over the leg side but gets beaten. The ball thuds his pads and rolls over. 23 runs come off this over.

11.51

Bowls this one a fraction fuller at 121 clicks outside off, Tim Seifert nudges it to mid off and gets a single.

11.41

Bowls this one fuller into the pads, Finn Allen flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single.

11.36

SIX! That's outta here. Brings up the 10th six in an individual inning for Finn Allen along with the 100-runs partnership.  Haris Rauf overpitches this one on a length around middle and off, Finn Allen clubs it comfortably over deep mid-wicket for a six.

11.31wd

WIDE! Another wide outside off. Haris Rauf tries to bowl this one short with no pace but misses the line completely.

11.31wd

WIDE! Pitches this one short and wide of off. Left alone by Finn Allen

11.26

SIX! That's some batting by Finn Allen. Haris Rauf misses the radar again and bowls this one fuller and into middle and leg, Finn Allen wacks it from the crease over deep mid-wicket pocket for another six.

11.16

SIX! That's another big one from Finn Allen. 101 meter six! Haris Rauf hurls from over the wicket and bowls a half volley outside off, Finn Allen presses forward and heaves it over long off for a biggie!

11.11wd

WIDE! Trying for the yorker right but misses this time. The ball drifts down the leg side for another wide.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 109/1

F Allen72 (40)

T Seifert23 (18)

Z Khan3-0-23-0

10.61

Good-length delivery around off. Finn Allen stays back and punches it towards long off for one.

10.50

CLOSE! This one is fuller, on off, a bit slower that usual! Finn Allen looks to slog it across the line but he performs it too early and gets the connection from the bottom part of his willow. The ball rolls towards his off side.

10.41

Fuller delivery now, on pads. Tim Seifert glances it towards the fielder in deep fine leg for one.

10.31

Hard-length delivery on middle and leg. Finn Allen holds back and dabs it to te right of the bowler for a single.

10.21

Back of a length on off. Tim Seifert eases it down the ground and they crossed for a single.

10.21wd

WIDE! Short delivery, but wide outside off. Tim Seifert tries to upper cut it but misses.

10.11

Low full toss on stumps. Finn Allen nudges it towards the mid-wicket region and gets a single.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 103/1

T Seifert21 (16)

F Allen69 (36)

M Wasim2-0-13-0

9.64

FOUR! That brings up the 100 runs for New Zealand. Mohammad Wasim pitches this on a hard length outside off with pace, Tim Seifert tries to whip it straight but gets a thick outside edge flying past the right of the keeper through to the third man fence for a boundary.

Drinks! New Zealand are well on course for a huge total here as Finn Allen is smashing everything out of the park. He has brought up his fifty and does not look like stopping while Tim Seifert is providing good support from the other end. Pakistan knows that they need wickets and they need them quickly or else they could be chasing something well over 200 again. An exciting phase of cricket awaits us. Also, Zaman Khan to bowl after the break.

9.51

Much fuller outside off. Finn Allen digs it towards the deep cover point for a single.

9.40

Bowls this one fuller and outside off, Finn Allen digs it out to mid off for no run.

9.41wd

WIDE! Another one going down the same line. That's back-to-back wides.

9.41wd

WIDE! Fuller delivery drifting down the leg side.

9.30

Shorter this time, pitching into the deck and outside off with no pace, Finn Allen tries to play it across the line but gets beaten again.

9.20

Great delivery to come back. Bambozzled Finn Allen. A yorker angling a bit outside off, Finn Allen is beaten on the inside edge as he tries to dig it out to the off side.

9.14

FOUR! Put away. Mohammad Wasim serves a juicy low full toss on the pads asking to be hit. Finn Allen flicks it perfectly past the deep square leg fielder for a boundary.

Runs Scored 17 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 92/1

T Seifert17 (15)

F Allen64 (31)

M Nawaz2-0-21-0

8.62

Short one once again on middle. Tim Seifert nudges it towards the mid-wicket region and gets a brace.

8.51

Short delivery on leg. Finn Allen eases it towards long on for a single.

8.46

SIX! The second one in the over! Stand and deliver! Mohammad Nawaz bowls it fuller on middle and leg. Finn Allen lunges and heaves it across the line over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

8.31

Fuller delivery on middle and leg. Tim Seifert milks it towards the long on for a single.

8.21

Fuller now, on leg. Finn Allen flicks it towards the deep square leg and calls for two. But Tim Seifert slips on the striker's end and they end up getting one.

Halt! Finn Allen has sent another ball out of the park and out comes the briefcase again. The umpire picks up a new one which is in similar condition as the previous one and we are ready to go.

8.16

SIX! That's out of the ground! That's humongous! Short delivery on off. Finn Allen dances down the track and heaves it up and over the bowler's head. That's a107 meters maximum! Also, the 50-run partnership comes up between these two batters.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 75/1

F Allen50 (27)

T Seifert14 (13)

M Wasim1-0-2-0

7.61lb

In the blockhole! Bowls this one fuller and into the toes of Finn Allen. The ball trickles down the leg side off the shoes and the batters pinch another single.

7.51lb

That's a wild delivery by Mohammad Wasim. Misses out on the yorker and bowls a full toss on the pads but down the leg side. Tim Seifert sprints to the other end stealing a leg bye.

7.40

Bowls this short of a length and around off, Tim Seifert rides on the bounce and cuts it to point.

7.30

A fraction shorter, into the deck around off, Tim Seifert pulls it to Saim Ayub at short mid-wicket.

7.21

FIFTY for Finn Allen! A slower delivery outside off and Finn Allen cuts it to point and scampers through for the single to bring up his half-century in just 26 balls.

7.11

Starts off over the wicket and hurls it full and straight. Tim Seifert knocks it to long on for a single.

Change from both ends as Mohammad Wasim replaces Haris Rauf.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 71/1

T Seifert13 (9)

F Allen49 (25)

M Nawaz1-0-4-0

6.61

Short and on off. Tim Seifert stays back and punches it towards the front of the cover fielder for a single.

6.52

Fuller delivery on leg. Tim Seifert takes his front foot out and eases it towards the vacant mid-wicket region and pushes for a double.

6.41

Short delivery on leg. Finn Allen milks it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a single.

6.30

Short delivery now, on leg, angling in. Finn Allen looks to nudge it to the mid-wicket region but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

6.20

Fuller on leg, angling in. Finn Allen tries to flick but misses and the ball thumps the pads.

6.10

Beaten! What a great opener for Mohammad Nawaz! Short delivery around off. Finn Allen tries to heave it to his leg side clearing his front leg but gets beaten on the outer edge as the ball also just goes past the stumps.

We will see some spin now as Mohammad Nawaz comes into the attack now.

Runs Scored 28 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 67/1

F Allen48 (21)

T Seifert10 (7)

H Rauf2-0-30-1

5.61

A touch shorter of a length, outside off with no pace. Finn Allen doesn't time the whip well and ends up hitting the ball straight past the bowler for a single.

5.56

SIX! Finn Allen is taking on the Pakistan bowlers here. Another slower ball pitched short over middle and leg, Finn Allen hops back and pulls it nicely over deep square leg to bring the third six of the over.

5.46

SIX! Oh wow, that's high and handsome. Haris Rauf pitches this right in the slot around off, asking to be hit. Finn Allen takes full advantage of the length and smokes this one over long on for a biggie.

5.41wd

WIDE! Haris Rauf takes off the pace and balls this one short but way down off. Finn Allen leaves the ball alone for a wide.

5.34

FOUR! That's two-in-two. Banged in short and into the pitch over middle and off, Finn Allen goes for the hook but gets a thick outside edge over the keeper for four more runs. That boundary brings up the 50 runs for New Zealand

5.24

FOUR! Put away nicely. Haris Rauf serves this one just a fraction short and misses the line and angles it onto the pads. Finn Allen flicks it comfortably past short fine leg for a boundary.

5.16

SIX! That's a big one from Finn Allen. Haris Rauf hurls over the wicket and pitches the ball on a length just around the off stump line, Finn Allen stands tall and heaves it over mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 39/1

T Seifert10 (7)

F Allen21 (15)

Z Khan2-0-17-0

4.60

A good yorker to the end the over, on off, Tim Seifert jams it out to the right of the bowler.

4.54

FOUR! Two in two! Another poor delivery this one. Zaman Khan tries for the slower delivery, but serves a low full toss down the leg, Tim Seifert just tickles it away as the ball beats the dive of the short fine leg fielder and runs to the fine leg fence for another boundary.

4.44

FOUR! Easy pickings! Zaman Khan lands this short but down the leg side, Tim Seifert swivels and hooks it well past short fine leg for an easy boundary.

4.31

In the blockhole, outside off, Finn Allen digs it out towards point for a run.

4.21

A slower one now, full and on middle, Tim Seifert goes through his drives early, and miscues it uppishly towards deep square leg for a single.

4.10

Zaman Khan begins with a back-of-a-length delivery, on off, Tim Seifert punches it wide of covers where the fielder dives to his left to make a good half-stop.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 29/1

F Allen20 (14)

T Seifert1 (2)

H Rauf1-0-2-1

3.60

Short of a length and on middle, angling in again, Finn Allen tries to heave it away, but misses and gets hit on his thigh pads.

3.50

Haris Rauf bangs in a quick and sharp bouncer, on middle, angling in, Finn Allen goes for the pull shot but gets hurried and misses, Azam Khan leaps up and collects it behind the stumps.

3.41

Back of a length and around leg, Tim Seifert flicks it towards deep square leg for a run.

3.30

On a length and on middle, Tim Seifert blocks it out.

Tim Seifert comes in at number 3 for New Zealand.

3.2W

OUT! TAKEN! Haris Rauf draws first blood! Devon Conway's poor run of form continues as he goes back for another low score. Rauf hits the length hard this time, on middle and leg, Devon Conway backs away to loft it away, but gets hurried due to the extra bounce and pace and loses all his shape and the bat as well when he connects. As a result, it goes high in the air towards mid off, Babar Azam settles under it nad pouches it safely. New Zealand lose an early wicket!

3.11

Haris Rauf starts with a good-length delivery, on off, Finn Allen steers it towards point for a quick single.

Haris Rauf comes into the attack.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 27/0

F Allen19 (11)

D Conway7 (7)

S Afridi2-0-19-0

2.61

Pitched up, on middle, Finn Allen drills it towards long on for one.

2.50

Length again, on off, Finn Allen keeps it out to the off side.

2.40

Good comeback from Afrid! He pulls his length back this time, on off, straightens a bit after hitting the deck, Finn Allen tries to block but gets squared up and the ball goes past the outside edge to the keeper.

2.36

SIX! EVEN BIGGER! Another lost ball here! Shaheen Afridi changes his angle and comes around the wicket, lands this on hard length and on middle, angling in, Finn Allen picks up the length early this time and heaves it over the deep square leg fence and into the bushes outside the stadium for another maximum.

2.26

SIX! BANG! Finn Allen goes big now! Shaheen Afridi tries to bangs this short, but this one sits up nicely for the batter, Finn Allen gets into a good position early and hammers it over the deep square leg fence for a biggie. He has sent this one out of the park, and we will be needing a new ball here.

2.11lb

A huge shout for LBW, but turned down! Shaheen Afridi bowls this on a good length, on off, nips back in sharply, Devon Conway looks to play at it but misses and gets hit high on the pads. Afridi opts against the review as this one looks like going over and down the leg as well.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 13/0

F Allen6 (6)

D Conway7 (6)

Z Khan1-0-7-0

1.60

Swing and a miss! Zaman Khan bowls the slower one now, full and on off, Finn Allen goes through his slog across the line way early, and fails to connect.

1.51

Short of a length and outside off, Devon Conway cuts it away nicely towards deep point for another run.

1.40

Zaman Khan lands this on a hard length and on middle, Devon Conway goes for the pull, but misses as the ball lobs off his pads towards short third man.

1.31

Goes a bit fuller, on middle, Finn Allen knocks it towards mid on for another quick run, the fielder hits the stumps at the bowler's end but no harm done.

1.21

Back of a length and on middle, Devon Conway pats it down to the leg side for a quick single.

1.14

FOUR! Devon Conway gets into the act now! Zaman Khan begins with a full delivery, outside off, Devon Conway gets the chance to free his arms and creams his drive through covers for a boundary.

Zaman Khan to operate from the other end.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 6/0

F Allen5 (4)

D Conway1 (2)

S Afridi1-0-6-0

0.60

On a length and on middle, Finn Allen tucks it towards short mid-wicket.

0.50

Back of a length this time on off, Finn Allen dabs it towards point.

0.44

FOUR! First boundary of the game! Shaheen Afridi pitches this one up around off, Finn Allen stays in his crease and absolutely thumps it past mid off for a cracking boundary.

0.31

Touch fuller, on middle, Devon Conway works it off the inner half of the bat towards square leg for a run.

0.20

This is on a good length and on middle, angling in sharply, Devon Conway gets a bit cramped up, but keeps it out to the leg side.

0.11

Good cricket all around! Shaheen Afridi starts with a full delivery, on middle, shaping in, Finn Allen drives it firmly wide of mid on, Babar Azam dives to his left and parries it to mid off. A single is taken. Babar Azam stays down as it looks like he has hurt his foot. Nothing serious though.

We are all set to begin! The players are making their way out to the middle now. Pakistan team takes their respective field positions. Tim Seifert and Devon Conway are the two openers for New Zealand. Shaheen Afridi has the new ball in hand and is raring to go. Let's play...

New Zealand (Playing XI) - Finn Allen (In place of Kane Williamson), Devon Conway, Tim Seifert (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner (C), Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry (In place of Adam Milne), Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson (In place of Ben Sears)..

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Mohammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Azam Khan (WK), Mohammad Nawaz (In place of Usama Mir), Shaheen Afridi (C), Mohammad Wasim (In place of Aamer Jamal), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan (In place of Abbas Afridi).

TOSS - Pakistan have won the toss and they elected to BOWL first.

.On the other hand, Pakistan haven't won a single T20 match against the Kiwis since April 2023. The team has to buckle up and pull up their socks as they need to win today's match by hook or by crook if they want to win the series. They need to re-strategize and come up with something that the Kiwis will not be expecting. In the last match, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman anchored the match and were on their way to pull out the match by having a partnership of 87 runs in just 49 deliveries but Zaman's dismissal crashed the hopes of the Pakistani fans. But Babar Azam is the only batter from his team who has opposed the Kiwi's blowing attack and scored 57 in the first match and 66 in the other, but it wasn't enough to win the match. The bowlers were also tacking wickets but were too expensive through their innings. Will Pakistan win this match and make a statement of a comeback in the series? Or the Kiwis will seal the deal for them? Let's find out! Tosses and team updates are on the way.

New Zealand are on their way to win the series at home as they have won twice against the Men in Green and if they win this match, it will be done and dusted. The Kiwis have been just exceptional in the last two games. They were able to score big on the board and twice their opposition failed to chase it down. Finn Allen and Daryl Mitchell are in good shape to stroke big and they will be on mark. Tim Southee and Adam Milne need to continue their form if they want to rest the case in this game itself.

Hello and welcome everyone for tuning in as we built up to Match No. 3 of this five-match T20I series where New Zealand takes on Pakistan at the University Oval in Dunedin. The weather is pretty clear and the Kiwis will want to wrap things up here while the visitors will hope to stay alive in the series.

... MATCH DAY ...

The scenic University Oval at Dunedin awaits another exciting clash between New Zealand and Pakistan for the 3rd T20I of this five-match series. New Zealand have performed comprehensively in the first two games and have perfectly used their home advantage. After beating the tourists by 21 runs in the second match, the Kiwis have taken the lead by 2-0 in the series. Everyone witnessed a juggernaut from Finn Allen in the second game and some handy knocks by their batting order. But, their evergreen batter Kane Williamson, who made a brilliant comeback for the Blackcaps, has been struck with another injury and has put his participation in the next match in doubt. He has been marred with a streak of injuries for a year and a half and has missed a large chunk of cricket already. Although their batting is firing on all cylinders with Finn Allen and Daryl Mitchell in top-notch form, they will look forward to doing so in the remainder of the series as they have the momentum on their side. Even their bowling has produced timely wickets with Tim Southee, Ben Sears, and Adam Milne who picked a brilliant 4-fer in the previous game. As for Pakistan, their equation is simple - win all the remaining matches and take the series, which, looks like a steep slope to climb. But they are hit with inconsistencies in their batting order, relying heavily on Babar Azam, the highest run-getter of the series so far, and with some contributions from the experienced southpaw Fakhar Zaman in the previous match. Their middle order was exposed yet again as they kept losing wickets in a jiffy. And the kind of pace attack that Pakistan boasts with the likes of Shaheen Afridi and youngsters Aamer Jamal and Usama Mir, has been pretty underwhelming and expensive with Haris Rauf and Abbas Afridi being decent contributors. They need to up their overall game including the fielding department. Regarding the ground records, this venue has hosted only two T20Is previously and witnessed the Kiwis emerging victorious both times. So, with a tremendous home record, New Zealand will aim to seal the series at Dunedin and Pakistan will try to bounce back strongly.