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

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4th T20I, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 19 Jan, 2024

Pakistan

PAK

158/5

(20.0) overs

New Zealand

NZ

159/3

(18.1) overs

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

Player Of The Match

Daryl Mitchell,
New Zealand
New Zealand
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Commentary

Right then the Kiwis stretch the lead to 4-0 against a toothless Pakistan side. The 5th and final game of the 5-match T20I series will be played on 21st January. The game will be live from 5.30 am IST (12 am GMT) but you can join us an hour early for the build-up. Till then cheers!

Daryl Mitchell is adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant knock of 72 runs.

Earlier in the day, after being put in to bat first the Pakistan innings started on a low again as they lost Saim Ayub in the second over of the game. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan added 51 off 31 for the 2nd wicket partnership. The batters found it difficult to get boundaries but managed to rotate strikes frequently. The Pakistan innings was in a sorry situation but a late surge from Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Rizwan for the 6th wicket partnership adding 32 off the last 17 helped them post a fighting total. Mohammad Rizwan was the best batter for the visitors as he smashed 90 off 60 deliveries. Mohammad Nawaz played a good cameo right at the end with 21 runs off 9 deliveries as well. The Kiwi bowlers were spot one with line and lengths. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry picked up a couple while Adam Milne took a wicket as well.

The Pakistani bowlers did start well but lost their way in the middle. The fielder let them down as well with poor fielding efforts. The skipper Shaheen Afridi took 3 in his first spell and that was it for the wickets column of the Pakistani bowlers. The side needs to think about its toothless bowling attack as that's been the reason for their demise in all the games played so far.

Chasing down a decent total, The Kiwi innings started on a low with Shaheen Afridi picking up a couple in the very first over. Finn Allen, Tim Seifert, and Will Young departed in a jiffy as the hosts were 3 down for 20 inside 3 overs. Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell then built up a solid partnership by striking each ball on its merit and they were aided by the Pakistani fielder who were poor in the field. The duo added 139 runs for the third wicket partnership off just 93 deliveries. Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips remained unbeaten with scores of 72 and 70 respectively.

Afer being 20 for 3, the kiwis get over the line yet again, thanks to a brilliant third-wicket partnership between Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips. The hosts have defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets as they go 4-0 up in the 5-match T20I series.

18.14

FOUR! MAKE THAT 4 WINS IN THIS SERIES FOR New Zealand! Haris Rauf drops it short and over off. Daryl Mitchell pulls and connects well, and places it in the gap. The ball rockets away to the deep mid-wicket fence for four runs to finish off the game.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 155/3

D Mitchell68 (43)

G Phillips70 (52)

Z Khan4-0-30-0

17.61

Slow and on length outside off. Daryl Mitchell slaps it to long on for a single. These two have put up a brilliant partnership to ensure victory.

17.50

On a good length around off. Daryl Mitchell pull it to the fielder at mid-wicket.

17.46

SIX! THAT IS SMACKED! Zaman Khan bowls it full and in the slot. Daryl Mitchell lofts it over long on and the ball made a sweet sound after connecting with the bat. The ball lands straight into the stands for another maximum in the over.

17.31

Fuller now on the pads. Glenn Phillips flicks it away to deep mid-wicket to get to the other end with a single.

17.26

SIX! CRUNCHED! Zaman Khan drops it short and over off. Glenn Phillips stays back and cuts it over cover. The ball is high in the air and it has gone the distance needed as well. It lands beyond the cushions for a maximum.

17.11

Short and around off. Daryl Mitchell slices to deep point for a single.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 140/3

D Mitchell60 (39)

G Phillips63 (50)

H Rauf3-0-25-0

16.61

Yorker on the off stumps. Daryl Mitchell digs it out to long off for a single. 15 runs off this over.

16.52

On the good length around off. Daryl Mitchell pulls it in the gap at deep mid-wicket to runs a brace.

16.44

FOUR! BEAUTIFUL SHOT! Full again and on middle. Daryl Mitchell picks it up over the bowler's head and keeps his elbows high. The ball bounces away to the fence for another four runs. Victory is within their reach now.

16.31

Full now and on off. Glenn Phillips smacks it down to long off for a single.

16.26

SIX! UP UP AND AWAY! Haris Rauf bowls it on a length and around off. Glenn Phillips swings his blade wildly and connects well as well. The ball sails beyond the cow corner fence for a maximum into the stands.

16.11

Short and over middle. Daryl Mitchell flicks it away to deep square leg for a single to begin the over.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 125/3

G Phillips56 (48)

D Mitchell52 (35)

S Afridi4-0-34-3

15.60

Nails the yorker on the stumps. Glenn Phillips digs it out safely as Shaheen Afridi finishes his spell.

15.51

In the air but safe again. Shaheen Afridi goes full and on off. Daryl Mitchell lofts it over point but the ball lands safe. They get a single.

15.46

SIX! BANG! FIFTY UP FOR Daryl Mitchell! A poor delivery by Shaheen Afridi as he drops it on length and on the leg side. Daryl Mitchell picks it up well and sends it beyond the fence at deep square leg. The 100-run partnership also comes up.

15.31

A bit short and over off. Glenn Phillips cuts it on the bounce and sends it to deep point. He runs a single and gets to the other end.

15.22

Fuller now around off. Glenn Phillips slaps it towards deep cover to run a brace. Pakistan need wickets.

15.11

On a good length and going down the leg side. Daryl Mitchell scoops it but only gets the connection to clear the keeper. He runs one.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 114/3

D Mitchell44 (32)

G Phillips53 (45)

Z Khan3-0-15-0

14.61

Fuller in middle, Daryl Mitchell nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.

14.52

Good length in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes it from the inside to wide long on and scampers back for two. Brilliant display of running between the wickets here from these two.

14.41

Fuller one tails in on the batter, Glenn Phillips pushes it towards long on and gets off the strike.

14.30

Short and wide outside off, Glenn Phillips crunches it to extra-cover for no run.

14.21

On a length around off, Daryl Mitchell tucks it to deep mid-wicket for another single.

Commentary

We are back with the chase. It will be Finn Allen and Tim Seifert to open the innings for New Zealand while Shaheen Afridi will bowl the first over for Pakistan.

... RUN CHASE ...

The bowlers did well and managed to keep Pakistan in check. The bowlers kept on taking wickets at regular intervals and did not give any loose deliveries. The middle phase of the game was dominated by the bowlers who did not leak away boundaries and kept the Pakistani batter on their toes. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry took a couple each while Adam Milne took one as well. Mitchell Santner went wicketless but was once again exceptional with the boundaries not big enough. New Zealand have been fantastic in the batting department this series and they will want to chase down this target maintaining their winning streak as well.

Pakistan were off to a shaky start as they lost Saim Ayub early on in the innings. After that, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put up a stable partnership to end the Powerplay on a strong note. Babar Azam was the next to depart and for the first time in this series, he failed to score a half-century. Fakhar Zaman, the new batter seemed to be struggling to get his timing right and soon lost his wicket as well followed by the quick dismissal of Sahibzada Farhan as well. Iftikhar Ahmed tried to stabilize the innings but he too couldn't get his rhythm going. Mohammad Rizwan was the only batter to find the boundaries for a long period before Mohammad Nawaz took apart Adam Milne and supported his partner. They ended their innings putting 158 on the board. The target doesn't look that big with the hosts in a good batting form but this surface offers a lot to the pacers with its pace and bounce which might assist their pacers.

A strong innings from Mohammad Rizwan and an explosive cameo from Mohammad Nawaz make sure Pakistan goes over 150 on the scoreboard. However, the New Zealand bowling should be appreciated for bowling tight lines and length along with being brilliant with the field placements.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 158/5

M Nawaz21 (9)

M Rizwan90 (63)

T Southee4-0-36-0

19.61

A single to end the innings. Tim Southee bowls it on the good length outside off. Mohammad Nawaz pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket region and manages to run one.

19.51

Full now, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards the fielder at mid off and runs a single.

19.42

Slower one wide of off, Mohammad Rizwan drills it to sweeper cover and comes back for the second.

19.30

On a length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan drills it to mid off for no run.

19.21

Good-length on top of middle, Mohammad Nawaz looks for the big heave but gets it from the sticker of his bat as he gets deceived by pace. The ball lands in no man's land at mid-wicket for a single.

19.11

Fuller one outside off with Mohammad Rizwan on the go to his off, Mohammad Rizwan gets cramped for room at the end but manages to slice this with the bat face open to third man for a single.

Runs Scored 21 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 152/5

M Nawaz19 (7)

M Rizwan86 (59)

A Milne4-0-49-1

18.60

Milne nails the wide yorker this time. Mohammad Nawaz shuffled to his off but couldn't get underneath this as the ball gets past the batter in a flash.

18.61wd

WIDE! Adam Milne fluffs off his line again as he looks for the wide yorker but lands one way too wide. A very fruitful over for Pakistan and thanks to Mohammad Nawaz's explosive batting they get 21 runs from it.

18.61wd

WIDE! Mohammad Nawaz gets Adam Milne off his line here. Fuller one way too wide of off, Mohammad Nawaz shuffled a bit early on and that forced Adam Milne to go even wider.

18.50

On a length and stick with the outside off line. Mohammad Nawaz doesn't attempt a shot and the umpire feels it within the tram lines.

18.40

Better this time on. Adam Milne delivers it full and outside off. This time just within the tram lines. Mohammad Nawaz tries to reach for it but gets beaten.

18.41wd

Errs in line now Adam Milne. He seems to be under pressure as he tries to bowls it wide outside off. The umpire signals a wide as Mohammad Nawaz doesn't offer a shot.

18.36

SIX! Third six on a trot and the Pakistan dugout breaths better. Over-pitched in the slot, Mohammad Nawaz clears the front leg and slogs this over long on for yet another maximum. Mohammad Nawaz is on a roll here and is taking the attack to the opposition.

18.26

SIX! Back-to-back maximums for Nawaz. On a length outside off, Mohammad Nawaz clears his front leg and launches it over the long off fence for a huge hit for another maximum.

18.16

SIX! BIGGIE! Short-pitched in middle, Mohammad Nawaz picks it early and pulls it over the fence at deep square leg for a maximum. Mohammad Nawaz taking some pressure off his partner, Mohammad Rizwan.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 131/5

M Rizwan86 (59)

M Nawaz1 (1)

M Henry4-0-22-2

17.64

FOUR! Back of a length around middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan gets low and pulls it flat and hard in between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

17.51

On a length angling across the batter, Mohammad Nawaz guides it to third manfor a single.

Mohammad Nawaz is the new batter in.

17.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Matt Henry gets another one! He bowls it on a good length outside the off stump. Iftikhar Ahmed wanted to switch gears and he tried to smash it down the ground. He ends up miscuing it straight up in the air towards extra cover. Tim Southee gets under the ball and takes a simple catch. It seems as if only Mohammad Rizwan is keeping the runs coming for Pakistan.

17.30

Slower bouncer, Looping over Iftikhar Ahmed with the batter looking for the upper cut. Gets deceived by the lack of pace.

17.21

Back of a length in the line of stumps, Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single. Mohammad Rizwan was looking for the second but Matt Henry was quick to cut it off.

17.11

Short-pitched in middle, Iftikhar Ahmed looks for the pull but doesn't get it anywhere near the middle as the ball lands at mid-wicket with the fielder set in deep and they run a single.

Matt Henry comes back into the attack for the final over of his spell.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 124/4

M Rizwan81 (57)

I Ahmed9 (11)

L Ferguson4-0-27-2

16.62

Good-length delivery in middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan hops back and nudges it with soft hands to the empty pocket at cow corner for a couple.

16.51

On a length around off, Iftikhar Ahmed eases it to third man for a single.

New Zealand
Pakistan
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
F Allen

c S Ayub b S Afridi

8 4 2 0 200
T Seifert

c B Azam b S Afridi

0 1 0 0 0
W Young

c M Nawaz b S Afridi

4 8 0 0 50
D Mitchell

not out

72 44 7 2 163.63
G Phillips

not out

70 52 5 3 134.61
Extras

(b 0,lb 1,w 4,nb 0,Penalty 0)

5
Total 18.1 (RR: 8.75)
159/3

Did not bat: M Chapman, M Santner, A Milne, M Henry, T Southee, L Ferguson

Fall of wickets:

(F Allen, 0.4 ov) (T Seifert, 1 ov) (W Young, 2.4 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Afridi
4 0 34 3 8.50
Z Khan
4 0 30 0 7.50
H Rauf
3.1 0 29 0 9.15
M Wasim
3 0 24 0 8.00
M Nawaz
4 0 41 0 10.25
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
S Ayub

c D Mitchell b M Henry

1 6 0 0 16.66
M Rizwan

not out

90 63 6 2 142.85
B Azam

c G Phillips b A Milne

19 11 2 1 172.72
F Zaman

c M Chapman b L Ferguson

9 15 0 0 60
S Farhan

c G Phillips b L Ferguson

1 2 0 0 50
I Ahmed

c T Southee b M Henry

10 14 0 0 71.42
M Nawaz

not out

21 9 0 3 233.33
Extras

(b 0,lb 1,w 6,nb 0,Penalty 0)

7
Total 20.0 (RR: 7.90)
158/5

Did not bat: S Afridi, M Wasim, H Rauf, Z Khan

Fall of wickets:

(S Ayub, 1.5 ov) (B Azam, 7 ov) (F Zaman, 12.3 ov) (S Farhan, 13 ov) (I Ahmed, 17.4 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
T Southee
4 0 36 0 9.00
M Henry
4 0 22 2 5.50
A Milne
4 0 49 1 12.25
L Ferguson
4 0 27 2 6.75
M Santner
4 0 23 0 5.75
New Zealand
Pakistan

Commentary

Right then the Kiwis stretch the lead to 4-0 against a toothless Pakistan side. The 5th and final game of the 5-match T20I series will be played on 21st January. The game will be live from 5.30 am IST (12 am GMT) but you can join us an hour early for the build-up. Till then cheers!

Daryl Mitchell is adjudged the player of the match for his brilliant knock of 72 runs.

Earlier in the day, after being put in to bat first the Pakistan innings started on a low again as they lost Saim Ayub in the second over of the game. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan added 51 off 31 for the 2nd wicket partnership. The batters found it difficult to get boundaries but managed to rotate strikes frequently. The Pakistan innings was in a sorry situation but a late surge from Mohammad Nawaz and Mohammad Rizwan for the 6th wicket partnership adding 32 off the last 17 helped them post a fighting total. Mohammad Rizwan was the best batter for the visitors as he smashed 90 off 60 deliveries. Mohammad Nawaz played a good cameo right at the end with 21 runs off 9 deliveries as well. The Kiwi bowlers were spot one with line and lengths. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry picked up a couple while Adam Milne took a wicket as well.

The Pakistani bowlers did start well but lost their way in the middle. The fielder let them down as well with poor fielding efforts. The skipper Shaheen Afridi took 3 in his first spell and that was it for the wickets column of the Pakistani bowlers. The side needs to think about its toothless bowling attack as that's been the reason for their demise in all the games played so far.

Chasing down a decent total, The Kiwi innings started on a low with Shaheen Afridi picking up a couple in the very first over. Finn Allen, Tim Seifert, and Will Young departed in a jiffy as the hosts were 3 down for 20 inside 3 overs. Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell then built up a solid partnership by striking each ball on its merit and they were aided by the Pakistani fielder who were poor in the field. The duo added 139 runs for the third wicket partnership off just 93 deliveries. Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips remained unbeaten with scores of 72 and 70 respectively.

Afer being 20 for 3, the kiwis get over the line yet again, thanks to a brilliant third-wicket partnership between Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips. The hosts have defeated Pakistan by 7 wickets as they go 4-0 up in the 5-match T20I series.

18.14

FOUR! MAKE THAT 4 WINS IN THIS SERIES FOR New Zealand! Haris Rauf drops it short and over off. Daryl Mitchell pulls and connects well, and places it in the gap. The ball rockets away to the deep mid-wicket fence for four runs to finish off the game.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 155/3

D Mitchell68 (43)

G Phillips70 (52)

Z Khan4-0-30-0

17.61

Slow and on length outside off. Daryl Mitchell slaps it to long on for a single. These two have put up a brilliant partnership to ensure victory.

17.50

On a good length around off. Daryl Mitchell pull it to the fielder at mid-wicket.

17.46

SIX! THAT IS SMACKED! Zaman Khan bowls it full and in the slot. Daryl Mitchell lofts it over long on and the ball made a sweet sound after connecting with the bat. The ball lands straight into the stands for another maximum in the over.

17.31

Fuller now on the pads. Glenn Phillips flicks it away to deep mid-wicket to get to the other end with a single.

17.26

SIX! CRUNCHED! Zaman Khan drops it short and over off. Glenn Phillips stays back and cuts it over cover. The ball is high in the air and it has gone the distance needed as well. It lands beyond the cushions for a maximum.

17.11

Short and around off. Daryl Mitchell slices to deep point for a single.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 140/3

D Mitchell60 (39)

G Phillips63 (50)

H Rauf3-0-25-0

16.61

Yorker on the off stumps. Daryl Mitchell digs it out to long off for a single. 15 runs off this over.

16.52

On the good length around off. Daryl Mitchell pulls it in the gap at deep mid-wicket to runs a brace.

16.44

FOUR! BEAUTIFUL SHOT! Full again and on middle. Daryl Mitchell picks it up over the bowler's head and keeps his elbows high. The ball bounces away to the fence for another four runs. Victory is within their reach now.

16.31

Full now and on off. Glenn Phillips smacks it down to long off for a single.

16.26

SIX! UP UP AND AWAY! Haris Rauf bowls it on a length and around off. Glenn Phillips swings his blade wildly and connects well as well. The ball sails beyond the cow corner fence for a maximum into the stands.

16.11

Short and over middle. Daryl Mitchell flicks it away to deep square leg for a single to begin the over.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 125/3

G Phillips56 (48)

D Mitchell52 (35)

S Afridi4-0-34-3

15.60

Nails the yorker on the stumps. Glenn Phillips digs it out safely as Shaheen Afridi finishes his spell.

15.51

In the air but safe again. Shaheen Afridi goes full and on off. Daryl Mitchell lofts it over point but the ball lands safe. They get a single.

15.46

SIX! BANG! FIFTY UP FOR Daryl Mitchell! A poor delivery by Shaheen Afridi as he drops it on length and on the leg side. Daryl Mitchell picks it up well and sends it beyond the fence at deep square leg. The 100-run partnership also comes up.

15.31

A bit short and over off. Glenn Phillips cuts it on the bounce and sends it to deep point. He runs a single and gets to the other end.

15.22

Fuller now around off. Glenn Phillips slaps it towards deep cover to run a brace. Pakistan need wickets.

15.11

On a good length and going down the leg side. Daryl Mitchell scoops it but only gets the connection to clear the keeper. He runs one.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 114/3

D Mitchell44 (32)

G Phillips53 (45)

Z Khan3-0-15-0

14.61

Fuller in middle, Daryl Mitchell nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.

14.52

Good length in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes it from the inside to wide long on and scampers back for two. Brilliant display of running between the wickets here from these two.

14.41

Fuller one tails in on the batter, Glenn Phillips pushes it towards long on and gets off the strike.

14.30

Short and wide outside off, Glenn Phillips crunches it to extra-cover for no run.

14.21

On a length around off, Daryl Mitchell tucks it to deep mid-wicket for another single.

14.11

Short-pitched outside off, Glenn Phillips drags it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 108/3

D Mitchell40 (29)

G Phillips51 (42)

M Nawaz4-0-41-0

13.64

FOUR! Daryl Mitchell is into his groove now. Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell reads it well and nails the reverse sweep past the short third fielder for a boundary.

13.51

Floats on in middle, Glenn Phillips gets an inside edge rolling to square leg for a single.

13.41

DROPPED! Sahibzada Farhan with a costly miss. Tossed up on off, Daryl Mitchell looks to come big to the party as he smashes one straight to long on as Sahibzada Farhan jumps to gather it and drops it down and fielding problems continue for Pakistan.

13.31

FIFTY! Quicker one on off, Glenn Phillips pushes it to long off and takes a single reaching his 10th T20I half-century.

13.26

SIX! 100 up for the Kiwis and with a great stroke from Glenn Phillips. Too full on off, Glenn Phillips throws his hands to it and launches it into the bank over long off fence for a maximum.

13.11

Short of a length on off, Daryl Mitchell pushes it to mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 94/3

G Phillips43 (39)

D Mitchell34 (26)

M Wasim3-0-24-0

12.60

A dot to finish a good over yielding 11 for the Kiwis. Short-pitched around off, Glenn Phillips dabs it to Saim Ayub at point.

12.51

Full toss in middle, Daryl Mitchell rolls it all along the carpet to long on for a single.

12.44

FOUR! Daryl Mitchell finds the middle again. Back of a length outside off, Daryl Mitchell stands still and slaps this past the backward point fielder to the shorter side of the ground for another boudnary.

12.34

FOUR! Daryl Mitchell seems delighted this time around. Short-pitched down leg again, Daryl Mitchell swings and connects right from the middle as the ball races past the fielder running sideways to his right from leg leg for a boundary.

12.21

Good length around the pads, Glenn Phillips tickles it to fine leg for another single.

12.11

Short-pitched down leg, Daryl Mitchell swings hard and pulls it flat to fine leg for a single. Daryl Mitchell screams in agony as he misses out on a boundary opportunity.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 83/3

G Phillips42 (37)

D Mitchell24 (22)

M Nawaz3-0-27-0

11.64

FOUR! Edged away for four. Quicker and flatter on off, Glenn Phillips hops back and looks to punch but gets a thickish outside edge. The ball races away to the fence with the short third fielder having no chance to cut it off.

11.51

Fuller one on off, Daryl Mitchell opens the bat face and pushes it to sweeper cover for a single.

11.41

Full and wide outside off, Glenn Phillips cuts it hard to Babar Azam at point and he misfields for a single.

11.30

Much fuller one off, Glenn Phillips punches it firmly to Shaheen Afridi at cover.

A slight halt. Seems like Glenn Phillips has some trouble with his gloves and he has called for replacements along with a new bat.

11.22

Glenn Phillips is living a charmed life as this lands in front of a diving Saim Ayub at long on. Tosses it up on off, Glenn Phillips looks to take on the fielder in the deep but miscues it right from the cue end of his bat as the ball lands in front of the fielder for a couple. Saim Ayub runs in a few yard from the fence and puts in a valiant effort here.

11.10

Short and wide outside off, Glenn Phillips cuts it straight to Babar Azam at point.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 75/3

G Phillips35 (32)

D Mitchell23 (21)

H Rauf2-0-10-0

10.61

Good running between the wickets here as Glenn Phillips punches a length delivery in front of cover and steals a single.

10.51

Much fuller on off, Daryl Mitchell rolls it from the inside of his bat to long on for a single.

10.42

Good length in middle, Daryl Mitchell goes on the back foot and rolls his wrists to place this in the gap at square leg with the fielders in the deep for a couple.

10.31

Good length on off, Glenn Phillips pushes it to the off side for a single.

10.20

THAT MUST HAVE HURT! On a length angling into the batter, Glenn Phillips gets undone by the nip back in and gets hit on the thigh as the ball rolls to the keeper.

10.10

Short-pitched delivery down leg, Glenn Phillips looks for the pull but gets beaten. Pakistan appeals gently for a caught behind but the umpire is unmoved.

Drinks Break! Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips have a mountain to climb from here after their team got a rocky start to their innings. They are 3 wickets down and the required run rate in rising. Shaheen Afridi has been the star with the ball so far and he has led the bowling attack from the front. The rest of the bowlers need to keep the pressure on and improve on their fielding. Haris Rauf into the attack again after the halfway mark.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 70/3

G Phillips33 (28)

D Mitchell20 (19)

M Nawaz2-0-19-0

9.61

Much fuller and on off, Glenn Phillips rocks back and punches it to wide long off for a single.

9.50

Fuller one on off, Glenn Phillips pushes it to the off side for no run.

9.41

Fuller one on pads, Daryl Mitchell goes for the sweep but times it a bit too well as this travels to deep square leg but Mohammad Wasim loses its sight in the lights and doesn't go for the catch. A horror miss for Pakistan as they give Daryl Mitchell a lifeline.

9.33

OH DEAR, the kiwis get 3 here. Slower through the air outside off, Glenn Phillips cuts it late and looks for a couple towards deep backward point. Saim Ayub misfields a bit and throws it towards the keeper which allows the third.

9.21

Quicker one on off, Daryl Mitchell smashes it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

9.14

FOUR! Timed away for four. Half-tracker on off, Daryl Mitchell shuffles back and pulls it right between long on and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 60/3

D Mitchell14 (16)

G Phillips29 (25)

M Wasim2-0-13-0

8.61

Back of a length around off, Daryl Mitchell tickles it to fine leg for a single.

8.50

Good length around off, Daryl Mitchell looks to nudge this around the corner but the ball sneaks past his bat and jams near the stumps off his thigh pad and Mohammad Wasim quickly charges towards it to prevent a single.

8.41

On a length around off, Glenn Phillips gets up on his toes and taps it in front of extra-cover for quick one.

8.31

Short-pitched outside off this time, Daryl Mitchell controls the pulls as he guides it towards long leg for a single.

8.24

FOUR! Good assured stroke from Daryl Mitchell. Short-pitched delivery body bound, Daryl Mitchell picks it up and pulls it flat and hard towards long leg for a boundary.

8.10

Back of a length on off, Daryl Mitchell gets a bit late to it as it comes off his sticker and lands in front of mid off. Mohammad Wasim gets a bit of bounce on this one.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 53/3

D Mitchell8 (11)

G Phillips28 (24)

M Nawaz1-0-9-0

7.61

Much slower this time in middle, Daryl Mitchell hangs back and rolls it to wide long on for a single.

7.51

Length dragged back, in middle, Glenn Phillips hops back and hits it hard to deep square leg for a single.

7.41

Floats one around the pads, Daryl Mitchell sweeps it to long leg for a single.

7.31

Fuller one on off, Glenn Phillips pushes it to long on for a single.

7.24

FOUR! Short of a length in middle, Glenn Phillips rocks back and smashes it through deep square leg region for a boundary.

7.11

Tosses it up on off, Daryl Mitchell plays it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 44/3

D Mitchell5 (8)

G Phillips22 (21)

M Wasim1-0-6-0

6.61

Good length on off, Daryl Mitchell smashes it to long leg for a single.

6.50

On a length in middle, Daryl Mitchell flicks it to Mohammad Nawaz at mid-wicket for no run.

6.41

On a length in mide, Glenn Phillips pushes it to short mid-wicket for nothing but a sloppy bit of work in the fielder from Mohammad Nawaz gifts the hosts a single.

6.32

Short-pitched in middle, Glenn Phillips pulls it in the no man's land at deep square leg with the fielder at long leg and collects a couple.

6.22

Good-length delivery around middle and leg, Glenn Phillips tucks it to the empty pocket at deep square leg and collects a couple comfortably.

6.10

Back of a length on top of off, Glenn Phillips pushes it back to the bowler for no run.

Mohammad Wasim has been handed the ball after the Powerplay.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 38/3

G Phillips17 (17)

D Mitchell4 (6)

Z Khan2-0-9-0

5.61

On a length around off, Glenn Phillips pushes it in front of extra-cover and takes a single.

5.50

Fuller in middle, Glenn Phillips rolls his wrists but fails to pierce the field on the on side.

5.41

Zaman Khan hunts for the toes of Daryl Mitchell as he rolls it to long on for a single.

5.31

Much fuller with pace off, down leg, Glenn Phillips nudges it to square leg and collects a single.

5.20

Bouncer on off, Glenn Phillips gets up on his toes and pushes it to cover-point for no run.

5.10

Back of a length around off, Glenn Phillips punches it to cover for no run.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 35/3

G Phillips15 (12)

D Mitchell3 (5)

S Afridi3-0-23-3

4.61

On length and around off. Glenn Phillips miscues it to short fine leg and ends the over with a single.

4.50

Short and slower now over leg. Glenn Phillips blocks it into the ground off his back foot.

4.44

FOUR! TIMED WELL! Shaheen Afridi delivers it full and on off. Glenn Phillips drives it on the up and lofts it past mid off. The ball is timed well and it races away to the long off fence for four runs.

Glenn Phillips has been hit on the forearm with the deflection striking the helmet. The physio is called in for a mandatory check as is the case with the batters getting hit on the helmet. Glenn Phillips looks fine.

4.30

Bangs it short and over middle. Glenn Phillips is got by surprise and he pulls it but can't get the connection right as it hits his forearm. The ball deflects off his helmet and almost carries to the keeper. A mandatory concussion check will follow where the physio will come out to make sure Glenn Phillips is alright and not in any discomfort.

4.20

JAFFA! Full and just outside off. Glenn Phillips tries to play it down the ground but is beaten as the ball swung in late just missing the off pole by a whisker.

4.14

FOUR! EDGED! A bit short and outside off. Glenn Phillips reaches for it but gets the top edge. The ball flies past the keeper and runs away to the third man fence for four runs.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 26/3

D Mitchell3 (5)

G Phillips6 (6)

H Rauf1-0-5-0

3.60

Sticks to the shorter length and keeps it over off. Daryl Mitchell punches it to the fielder at point. Good comeback from Haris Rauf after the boundary and a good first over from him.

3.50

On the good length around off. Daryl Mitchell stays back and blocks it off his back foot.

3.41

A bit full around off. Glenn Phillips blocks it with a straight bat and takes a quick single.

3.34

FOUR! Nicely played! Short again from Haris Rauf over off. Glenn Phillips times the punch well and places it through the gap at point. The ball runs away to the fence and the fielder cannot stop it from meeting the ropes.

3.20

Short now around off. Glenn Phillips plays it late and runs it down to short third where a brilliant fielding effort makes sure that the batters stick to just a single.

3.10

On the hard length and straight over middle. Glenn Phillips stays back and blocks it solidly. The ball rolls back to Haris Rauf.

Haris Rauf comes into the attack and replaces Zaman Khan.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 21/3

G Phillips1 (2)

D Mitchell3 (3)

S Afridi2-0-14-3

2.61

A low full toss on the pads. Glenn Phillips flicks it away to mid-wicket and ends the over by taking a single. Another brilliant over by Shaheen Afridi.

2.50

Lovely delivery. Shaheen Afridi bowls it full and swinging away late going down the leg side. Glenn Phillips is rapped on the pads. Shaheen Afridi appeals but it is going down the leg side so the umpire stays unmoved.

Skipper of Pakistan leading his side with an example as Shaheen Afridi gets 3 early in the innings and it is Glenn Phillips walking out at no.5  with his side in a worrying situation.

2.4W

OUT! TAKEN! BRILLIANT CATCH! Shaheen Afridi drops it short and angles it around off. Will Young tries to pull and clear the infield but he fails to get the elevation and ends up hitting it flat to Mohammad Nawaz at mid-wicket. Nawaz is quick with his reflexes and takes a superb catch. Shaheen Afridi is delighted as he gets his third wicket of the day and Pakistan have put New Zealand under immense pressure here.

2.32

Short and on the pads now. Will Young takes a step back and nudges it away towards fine leg to run a brace.

2.31wd

Fuller now and swinging down the leg side. Will Young leaves it alone and it is another wide ball. Too many extras bowled so far.

2.20

On the hard length over middle. Will Young pats it into the ground and the ball bounces away behind the stumps Daryl Mitchell refuses to run a single.

2.11

On length outside off. Daryl Mitchell drives it towards covers and takes a single to begin the over.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 16/2

W Young2 (5)

D Mitchell2 (2)

Z Khan1-0-6-0

1.60

Beaten! Zaman Khan bowls it on length and angling outside off. Will Young tries to play it late but is beaten on the outside edge.

1.61wd

Bangs it short now but it bounces away above Will Young's head. Mohammad Rizwan collects it behind the stumps. The umpire has again signaled a wide.

1.61wd

Delivers it down the leg side and slower. Will Young doesn't attempt a shot and the umpire signals a wide.

1.51

Very full now on the toes. Daryl Mitchell brings his bat down in time and manages to dig it ou to mid-wicket. The batters run one.

1.41

On a very good length around middle. Will Young nudges it away to the square leg region and gets to the other end with a single.

1.30

Swing, and a miss! Zaman Khan bowls it on length outside off with a hint of outward movement. Will Young tries to pull it on the on side but is beaten.

1.21

Short now over off. Daryl Mitchell stays in his crease and punches it to the right of the bowler. They run another single.

1.11

On a very good length over leg. Will Young flicks it away towards square leg and gets off the mark with a single.

Shaheen Afridi has 2 in the first over and it is Daryl Mitchell walking out next in the middle. It will be Zaman Khan to bowl from the other end.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 10/2

T Seifert0 (1)

W Young0 (1)

S Afridi1-0-9-2

0.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! Shaheen Afridi gets another in the first over of the innings. He delivers it a bit fuller and on middle. Tim Seifert fails to read the ball and ends up chipping it towards mid off. Babar Azam is the fielder stationed there and he also takes a very simple catch. Tim Seifert departs without doing any damage and Shaheen Afridi has given Pakistan a very strong start.

0.51lb

On the hard length aimed at the pads. The ball deflects off Will Young's thigh pads and rolls away to short fine leg. The batters take a single.

0.51wd

Errs in line now. Shaheen Afridi bowls it down the leg side. Will Young leaves it alone and the umpire signals a wide.

Will Young walks out next.

0.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Shaheen Afridi makes a brilliant comeback after being hit for two boundaries. He delivers it on length and on middle and leg. Finn Allen tries to flick this on on the on side as well but gets the leading edge. The ball flies away towards point where Saim Ayub takes a safe catch. It is a big wicket for Pakistan and Shaheen Afridi is pumped up.

0.34

FOUR AGAIN! This time it was a poor delivery by Shaheen Afridi as he angled it down the leg side. Finn Allen manages to flick it well and sends it past the fielder at short fine leg. The ball runs away to the fine leg fence for four runs.

0.24

FOUR! Off the mark in style! Shaheen Afridi goes full now and on the stumps. Finn Allen reads the swing well and flicks it well over the fielder at mid-wicket. He has timed the ball well and it races away to the fence for four runs to get the scoreboard going.

0.10

Starts off well. Shaheen Afridi bowls it on a good length and the ball swings in hitting the pads of Finn Alle who couldn't play the flick shot.

Commentary

We are back with the chase. It will be Finn Allen and Tim Seifert to open the innings for New Zealand while Shaheen Afridi will bowl the first over for Pakistan.

... RUN CHASE ...

The bowlers did well and managed to keep Pakistan in check. The bowlers kept on taking wickets at regular intervals and did not give any loose deliveries. The middle phase of the game was dominated by the bowlers who did not leak away boundaries and kept the Pakistani batter on their toes. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry took a couple each while Adam Milne took one as well. Mitchell Santner went wicketless but was once again exceptional with the boundaries not big enough. New Zealand have been fantastic in the batting department this series and they will want to chase down this target maintaining their winning streak as well.

Pakistan were off to a shaky start as they lost Saim Ayub early on in the innings. After that, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put up a stable partnership to end the Powerplay on a strong note. Babar Azam was the next to depart and for the first time in this series, he failed to score a half-century. Fakhar Zaman, the new batter seemed to be struggling to get his timing right and soon lost his wicket as well followed by the quick dismissal of Sahibzada Farhan as well. Iftikhar Ahmed tried to stabilize the innings but he too couldn't get his rhythm going. Mohammad Rizwan was the only batter to find the boundaries for a long period before Mohammad Nawaz took apart Adam Milne and supported his partner. They ended their innings putting 158 on the board. The target doesn't look that big with the hosts in a good batting form but this surface offers a lot to the pacers with its pace and bounce which might assist their pacers.

A strong innings from Mohammad Rizwan and an explosive cameo from Mohammad Nawaz make sure Pakistan goes over 150 on the scoreboard. However, the New Zealand bowling should be appreciated for bowling tight lines and length along with being brilliant with the field placements.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 158/5

M Nawaz21 (9)

M Rizwan90 (63)

T Southee4-0-36-0

19.61

A single to end the innings. Tim Southee bowls it on the good length outside off. Mohammad Nawaz pulls it towards the deep mid-wicket region and manages to run one.

19.51

Full now, outside off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards the fielder at mid off and runs a single.

19.42

Slower one wide of off, Mohammad Rizwan drills it to sweeper cover and comes back for the second.

19.30

On a length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan drills it to mid off for no run.

19.21

Good-length on top of middle, Mohammad Nawaz looks for the big heave but gets it from the sticker of his bat as he gets deceived by pace. The ball lands in no man's land at mid-wicket for a single.

19.11

Fuller one outside off with Mohammad Rizwan on the go to his off, Mohammad Rizwan gets cramped for room at the end but manages to slice this with the bat face open to third man for a single.

Runs Scored 21 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 152/5

M Nawaz19 (7)

M Rizwan86 (59)

A Milne4-0-49-1

18.60

Milne nails the wide yorker this time. Mohammad Nawaz shuffled to his off but couldn't get underneath this as the ball gets past the batter in a flash.

18.61wd

WIDE! Adam Milne fluffs off his line again as he looks for the wide yorker but lands one way too wide. A very fruitful over for Pakistan and thanks to Mohammad Nawaz's explosive batting they get 21 runs from it.

18.61wd

WIDE! Mohammad Nawaz gets Adam Milne off his line here. Fuller one way too wide of off, Mohammad Nawaz shuffled a bit early on and that forced Adam Milne to go even wider.

18.50

On a length and stick with the outside off line. Mohammad Nawaz doesn't attempt a shot and the umpire feels it within the tram lines.

18.40

Better this time on. Adam Milne delivers it full and outside off. This time just within the tram lines. Mohammad Nawaz tries to reach for it but gets beaten.

18.41wd

Errs in line now Adam Milne. He seems to be under pressure as he tries to bowls it wide outside off. The umpire signals a wide as Mohammad Nawaz doesn't offer a shot.

18.36

SIX! Third six on a trot and the Pakistan dugout breaths better. Over-pitched in the slot, Mohammad Nawaz clears the front leg and slogs this over long on for yet another maximum. Mohammad Nawaz is on a roll here and is taking the attack to the opposition.

18.26

SIX! Back-to-back maximums for Nawaz. On a length outside off, Mohammad Nawaz clears his front leg and launches it over the long off fence for a huge hit for another maximum.

18.16

SIX! BIGGIE! Short-pitched in middle, Mohammad Nawaz picks it early and pulls it over the fence at deep square leg for a maximum. Mohammad Nawaz taking some pressure off his partner, Mohammad Rizwan.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 131/5

M Rizwan86 (59)

M Nawaz1 (1)

M Henry4-0-22-2

17.64

FOUR! Back of a length around middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan gets low and pulls it flat and hard in between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

17.51

On a length angling across the batter, Mohammad Nawaz guides it to third manfor a single.

Mohammad Nawaz is the new batter in.

17.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Matt Henry gets another one! He bowls it on a good length outside the off stump. Iftikhar Ahmed wanted to switch gears and he tried to smash it down the ground. He ends up miscuing it straight up in the air towards extra cover. Tim Southee gets under the ball and takes a simple catch. It seems as if only Mohammad Rizwan is keeping the runs coming for Pakistan.

17.30

Slower bouncer, Looping over Iftikhar Ahmed with the batter looking for the upper cut. Gets deceived by the lack of pace.

17.21

Back of a length in the line of stumps, Mohammad Rizwan pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single. Mohammad Rizwan was looking for the second but Matt Henry was quick to cut it off.

17.11

Short-pitched in middle, Iftikhar Ahmed looks for the pull but doesn't get it anywhere near the middle as the ball lands at mid-wicket with the fielder set in deep and they run a single.

Matt Henry comes back into the attack for the final over of his spell.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 124/4

M Rizwan81 (57)

I Ahmed9 (11)

L Ferguson4-0-27-2

16.62

Good-length delivery in middle and leg, Mohammad Rizwan hops back and nudges it with soft hands to the empty pocket at cow corner for a couple.

16.51

On a length around off, Iftikhar Ahmed eases it to third man for a single.

16.40

Short-pitched delivery wide of off, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to play this late and uppercut it but misses out. The keeper collects it and appeals for a caught behind. The umpire is unmoved. The keeper is optimistic and he urges for the review to be taken. Mitchell Santner asks for a DRS, the Ultra-edge confirms that there is no spike when the ball is next to the bat. New Zealand loses a review.

16.31lb

LEG BYE! Fuller one angling down leg, Mohammad Rizwan looks for the pick-up but gets a bit late to it. The ball deflects off his pads to fine leg for a single.

16.21

Short and wide outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed guides this to deep third for a comfortable rotation of strike.

16.10

Good-length delivery around off, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to run this down to third but gets on it a bit early sending the ball towards backward point for no run.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 119/4

I Ahmed7 (7)

M Rizwan79 (55)

M Santner4-0-23-0

15.61

Much slower through the air and wide of off, Iftikhar Ahmed cuts it but couldn't find the middle as he manages to take a single while short third cuts it off.

15.51

Short of a length in middle, Mohammad Rizwan hits it off the back foot to long on for a single.

15.42

Tossed up around off. Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it towards the deep square leg area to run a brace.

15.32

Clever by Mitchell Santner as he darts one wide of off with Mohammad Rizwan moving to his off a bit too early. Mohammad Rizwan though pushes it wide of long on for a couple.

15.21

Fuller one in the line of stumps, Iftikhar Ahmed rolls it to long on for a single.

15.10

Loops one outside off, much slower through the air, Iftikhar Ahmed slices it to backward point for no run.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 112/4

M Rizwan74 (52)

I Ahmed5 (4)

T Southee3-0-30-0

14.66

SIX! UP UP AND AWAY! Fuller now and on the off pole. Mohammad Rizwan gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it over the cow corner region. He has got the timing right and the ball sails over the fence for a maximum.

14.54

FOUR! Tim Southee bowls it on a good length and tries the off-cutter. Mohammad Rizwan reads it well and changes his stance. He plays the scoop shot and sends it over the fielder at short fine leg. The ball races away to the fence for four runs.

14.41

On the hard length around off. Iftikhar Ahmed pulls it and the ball lands short of the fielder at deep mid-wicket. They run a single.

14.31

On length around middle. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it towards the wide long on region and runs one.

14.21

Short-pitched around leg, Iftikhar Ahmed stands still and lobs this to the empty pocket at mid-wicket for a single.

14.11

Short-pitched delivery on off, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

The struggle for Pakistan in the middle phase of the game continues as the boundary earlier in the over was the first one past the last delivery of the powerplay.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 98/4

I Ahmed3 (2)

M Rizwan62 (48)

A Milne3-0-28-1

13.62

On a good length around off. Iftikhar Ahmed creams it through extra cover. The fielder is quick to the ball while the batters run a couple of runs to end the over.

13.51

Brilliant effort! On the hard length outside off. Mohammad Rizwan tries to cut it wide of backward point but the fielder makes a good diving stop. He keeps it to just a single.

13.44

FOUR! Nicely played! Short ball from Adam Milne around the off stumps. Mohammad Rizwan watches the ball and bends back to cut the ball over his head. He gets the timing right and the ball sails over the keeper's head racing away to the deep third fence for four runs.

13.41wd

Errs in line now Adam Milne as he angles it down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan watches the ball as it carries away to the keeper.

13.32

Adam Milne sticks to the good length and keeps it outside off. Mohammad Rizwan punches it through covers and runs a quick couple of runs. No boundaries for a while now.

13.21

Short ball now outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed reaches for it and runs it down to deep third to get off the mark.

13.11

On length aimed on the stumps. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it off the pads towards the mid-wicket region and runs one.

Iftikhar Ahmed walks out next.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 86/4

S Farhan1 (2)

M Rizwan54 (44)

L Ferguson3-0-23-2

12.6W

OUT! TAKEN! Lockie Ferguson strikes again in the same over! Another short delivery over middle and off. Sahibzada Farhan gets surprised by the bounce and tires to pull it. He got no timing on that one and Glenn Phillips runs back from mid-wicket to take the catch. He had his eyes on the ball till he caught it running backward. A great catch by Glenn Phillips.

12.51

On a length in the line of stumps, Mohammad Rizwan pushes it to long on for a single.

12.51wd

WIDE! FUller one wide down leg, Mohammad Rizwan leaves it.

12.41

On a good length and on the sticks. Sahibzada Farhan blocks it with a straight bat and gets off the mark with a quick single.

Sahibzada Farhan comes out in the middle with a point to prove in a tricky situation for his nation.

12.3W

OUT! TAKEN! Lockie Ferguson registers a wicket and ends Fakhar Zaman's struggle! Short and outside off. Fakhar Zaman pulls it but doesn't get the timing right. The ball doesn't clear the fence instead Mark Chapman runs in from deep mid-wicket and takes a fine catch near the cow corner region. A good breakthrough for New Zealand.

12.21

On length, slower and around off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it to square leg and gets to the other end with a single.

12.10

Beaten! Fuller and angling down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan tries to play it down the ground by moving towards the leg side. Lockie Ferguson's delivery follows him and Rizwan is beaten on the outside edge. A very good ball by Lockie Ferguson to start off his over.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 82/2

F Zaman9 (14)

M Rizwan52 (41)

M Santner3-0-16-0

11.62

A bit short outside off. Fakhar Zaman swings his blade and clears the fielder at mid-wicket. They run a brace to end the over.

11.50

Flighted up around off. Fakhar Zaman tries the reverse sweep but misses on the conection.

11.41

Floated up on middle. Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it but gets the timing wrong. The ball rolls away to the square leg region and he runs one.

11.30

Tossed up outside off. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it to short third where the fielder collects it.

11.21

Quicker one at a flatter trajectory on off, Fakhar Zaman guides this to third man for a single.

11.11

Tossed up in middle, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it for a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 77/2

M Rizwan50 (38)

F Zaman6 (11)

M Henry3-0-15-1

10.61

FIFTY UP FOR Mohammad Rizwan! On a good length by Matt Henry and over middle. Mohammad Rizwan pats it down on the on side and runs a quick run to get to the milestone.

10.51

On a good length outside off. Fakhar Zaman hacks it to long on and runs a single. Still couldn't connect well with the ball.

10.40

A spicy bouncer outside off. Fakhar Zaman pulls but only connects with air. He is struggling.

10.31

Short again over off. Mohammad Rizwan pats it down to the mid-wicket area and runs a quick single.

10.22

A bit short around off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it to the cow corner region and runs a brace.

10.11

Fuller and outside off. Fakhar Zaman swings his blade and hacks it down to long on for a single.

Drinks! Pakistan have been watchful so far but they need to break the shackles on this batting paradise. The bowlers have done well for New Zealand as they have kept on hitting the right line and lengths and strangled the visitors for easy runs. The surface might get better to bat on now as the moisture seems to have dried up and the ball is coming up nicely to the bat.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 71/2

F Zaman4 (8)

M Rizwan46 (35)

M Santner2-0-11-0

9.61

Fuller one outside off, Fakhar Zaman sweeps it to the right of the fine leg fielder for a single.

9.51

Fuller on off, Mohammad Rizwan drills his to deep point for a single.

9.42

Short and wide on off, Mohammad Rizwan cuts it just past the backward point fielder for a couple.

9.30

Too good for Mohammad Rizwan. Tossed up much slower through the air, lands on off and turns fractionally away from the batter, Mohammad Rizwan looks to play across the line but gets beaten.

9.20

Quicker and flatter outside off, Mohammad Rizwan looks for the sweep but gets beaten by the bounce on offer here.

9.12

Tossed up on off, Mohammad Rizwan shimmies down the track and chips it inside out to deep cover for a couple.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 65/2

M Rizwan41 (30)

F Zaman3 (7)

L Ferguson2-0-19-0

8.61

Good-length on middle, Mohammad Rizwan shuffles a bit as he eases it with a mere push to long on for a single.

8.51

SHort-pitched angling across the batter, Fakhar Zaman top edges it flying to third man for a single.

8.40

Something's got to give here as the frustration creeps up for Fakhar Zaman. On a length inches above the off-pole, Fakhar Zaman looks for the slog but misses out.

8.30

WIde yorker, frustrating for Fakhar Zaman as he fails to get any part of his bat behind this one.

8.20

Full and wide outside off, Fakhar Zaman looks for the big hit over mid off but miscues it from the toe end of his bat to the fielder at mid off for no run.

8.11

Much fuller in the line of stumps, Mohammad Rizwan rolls it from the inside of his bat to long on for a single.

8.11wd

WIDE! Full and wide down leg, Mohammad Rizwan misses out on the flick as the umpire signals wide.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 61/2

F Zaman2 (3)

M Rizwan39 (28)

M Santner1-0-5-0

7.60

Tosses it up, on the fourth stump, turns big and sharp hitting Fakhar Zaman high on his pads.

7.51

Loops one on off, much slower this time, Mohammad Rizwan dabs it wide of backward point and sneaks a single.

7.41

Quicker one on off, Fakhar Zaman slices this to third for a single.

7.31

Short and wide of off, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and punches it to sweeper cover for a single.

7.21

Short of a length around middle and leg, Fakhar Zaman tucks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.

7.11

Looped up full on off, Mohammad Rizwan drills this to long off for a single.

Fakhar Zaman is the new batter in.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 56/2

B Azam19 (11)

M Rizwan36 (25)

A Milne2-0-16-1

6.6W

OUT! BABAR HOLES OUT! Extra-pace does the trick for Adam Milne. 149.5kph darted short and wide outside off, Babar Azam looked for the pull against the wind but got it from the cue end of his bat as the ball traveled dying to Glenn Phillips at deep mid-wicket. The in-form batter for Pakistan departs without scoring a half-century for the first time in this series.

6.51

Back of a length on off, with pace on it, Mohammad Rizwan gets late to his pull as he miscues it one hand of the handle to square leg with the fielder in the deep for a single.

6.42

Short-pitched in middle, Mohammad Rizwan swivels and smashes this into the empty pocket to deep square leg and collects a couple comfortably.

6.31

Good length with pace off, on top of off, Babar Azam tucks it to long leg for a single.

6.20

Effort ball this time as Adam Milne lands one on a good length outside off, Babar Azam guides this to backward point for no run.

6.11

On a length with pace off, Mohammad Rizwan flicks it to the on side and takes a single.

Adam Milne is brought back into the attack after the Powerplay.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 51/1

B Azam18 (8)

M Rizwan32 (22)

L Ferguson1-0-15-0

5.66

SIX! Fifty up for Pakistan with this maximum. Short-pitched down leg, Babar Azam hooks it away with a mistimed hit for a maximum through long leg.  A good way to end the Powerplay and they have built a strong partnership.

5.51

Back of a length around off, Mohammad Rizwan jams it near the square on off and takes a single.

5.41

On a length on middle and leg, Babar Azam pushes it wide of mid on and sneaks a single.

5.31

Good-length delivery on off, Mohammad Rizwan moves to his off nd rolls his wrists for a single to deep square leg.

5.26

SIX! HAMMERED! Short-pitched delivery on off, Mohammad Rizwan picks it up early settles back in the crease, and pulls it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum, the first of the day and what a catch in the crowd as well.

5.10

On a gentle length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan looks for the drive through cover but doesn't get the desired timing to it and rolls it to mid off.

Lockie Ferguson to bowl the final over of the powerplay.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 36/1

B Azam11 (6)

M Rizwan24 (18)

T Southee2-0-16-0

4.64

FOUR MORE! Short again this time over middle. Babar Azam stays back and pulls it over short fine leg. The ball is timed well and it runs away to the fence for four more runs to end the over.

4.54

FOUR! Slapped away! Short and over off. Babar Azam comes down the track and he slaps it, timing it well, and sends it over the bowler's head. The ball rockets away to the fence for four runs and he will get a lot of confidence from that shot.

4.41

Slower and on length swinging back in on off. Mohammad Rizwan pats it on the off side with a light hand and they run another risky single.

4.31

On the good length around middle. Babar Azam is cramped for room and he spoons it over the bowler towards the mid on region. The ball lands safe and he runs a single.

4.21

On the hard length over off. Mohammad Rizwan goes on the back foot and blocks it into the pitch. They take a cheeky single as well. Good running by the batters.

4.11

Short now, over middle. Babar Azam pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets to the other end with a single.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 24/1

M Rizwan22 (16)

B Azam1 (2)

M Henry2-0-9-1

3.60

On the good length around off. Mohammad Rizwan is beaten as the tires to play it down the ground. A good end to the over.

3.52

On length and on the pads. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it well towards deep mid-wicket. They run a couple of runs again.

3.42

Short now around off. Mohammad Rizwan hacks it down to the cow corner region and scampers away for a brace.

3.30

On the hard length nipping in on the pads. Mohammad Rizwan is rapped high on the thigh pads and the ball rolls away to the on side.

3.24

FOUR! Good comeback from Mohammad Rizwan. Fuller and on the pads now. Mohammad Rizwan times the straight drive well and sends it racing away down the ground to the fence for four important runs.

3.10

JAFFA! Matt Henry sticks to the good length and the ball nips away slightly outside off. Mohammad Rizwan tries to play it with a straight blade but is beaten on the outside edge.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 16/1

M Rizwan14 (10)

B Azam1 (2)

A Milne1-0-11-0

2.61

On a very good length outside off. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it to point and the fielder there makes a good stop keeping it only to a single.

2.51

On length and on the off pole. Babar Azam drives it towards mid off and sets off for a quick single. A direct hit on the bowler's end would send Azam walking back to the pavilion.

2.41

Fuller again on the pads. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it away to square leg and gets to the other end with a single.

2.34

FOUR! AGAIN! This time shorter from Adam Milne around off. Mohammad Rizwan is surprised but he adjusts well, drops his hands, and cuts it over the fielder at short third. The ball is timed well and it runs away to the fence for back-to-back boundaries.

2.24

FOUR! First boundary! 144 km from Adam Milne, fuller and around off. Mohammad Rizwan is quick to time it and creams it through covers. The ball runs away to the fence for four runs and Rizwan looks pleased with himself.

2.10

Fuller one swinging it towards the batter, Mohammad Rizwan tucks it to mid on for no run.

Adam Milne replaces Tim Southee.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 5/1

B Azam0 (1)

M Rizwan4 (5)

M Henry1-0-1-1

1.60

Jaffa! Fuller again outside off. Babar Azam tries to reach for it but the ball moves away just missing the outside edge. A very tight over from Matt Henry.

Babar Azam walks out next.

1.5W

OUT! TAKEN! Matt Henry draws first blood! He sets up the batter well and bowls it short now scrambled sean and it just nips away outside off after hitting the deck. Saim Ayub tries to reach for it but without any foot movement. He gets a thick upper edge and the ball flies away to Daryl Mitchell at first slip. Mitchell fumbles on the first try but regains his balance and takes it on his second attempt. Saim Ayub has to depart early on in the innings.

1.40

Fuller, and this time it swings back in on the pads. Saim Ayub drives it on the on side towards mid on.

1.30

Fuller now on the off pole. Saim Ayub drives it back to Matt Henry. A tight over so far.

1.21

On length around off. Mohammad Rizwan plays it on the up and punches it to mid off. The batters run one.

1.10

Short around off nipping back in. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it late and sends it to the fielder at point.

The local boy Matt Henry will bowl from the other end.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 4/0

M Rizwan3 (3)

S Ayub1 (3)

T Southee1-0-4-0

0.61

Again, on a very good length outside off. Mohammad Rizwan punches it to deep third for a single. 4 runs off the first over.

0.50

On a very good length outside off. Mohammad Rizwan plays it late and cuts it to point.

0.42

Shorter again and swinging outwards. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it away timing it well. The fielder makes a good effort to get a hand to the ball and takes some pace off. He chases it down and stops it from reaching the fence. The batters take a couple of runs and Mohammad Rizwan survives close call due to some miscommunication he could be caught short of his crease.

0.31

Short and straight around off. Saim Ayub plays the pull shot and sends it to deep square leg. He gets off the mark with a single.

0.20

On the hard length again over leg. Saim Ayub goes on his back foot and defends it solidly.

0.10

Starts off well Tim Southee. He bowls it a but short and swings it inwards. Saim Ayub pats it down to the fielder at backward square leg.

We are live as the umpires make their way to the middle followed by the Kiwi side. Mohammad Rizwan and Saim Ayub are the openers for the day for Pakistan, while Tim Southee with the ball in his hand.

Skipper of Pakistan Shaheen Afridi says he is happy with the outcome of the toss as they were looking to bat first today. Adds that the boys have been trying their best but ending up on the wrong side but they will put out their best effort again. Admits that there are plenty of areas they need to work on and improve as a unit. Informs they have one change as Sahibzada Farhan replaces Azam Khan.

Skipper of New Zealand, Mitchell Santner says they will bowl first as the pitch seems to have some moisture on it and they look to exploit it. Adds that the side has adapted well so far and it felt good to score big in the previous games and then defend those scores. Informs that Devon Conway misses out and Will Young replaces him also Adam Milne replaces Ish Sodhi.

New Zealand (Playing XI) - Finn Allen, Tim Seifert (WK), Will Young (In for Devon Conway), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner (C), Adam Milne (In for Ish Sodhi), Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saim Ayub, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan (In for Azam Khan), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi (C), Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan.

TOSS - The captains are out in the middle. The coin is flipped into the air and lands in favor of New Zealand. They have elected to BOWL first.

New Zealand on the other hand have been very dominant and comfortable in their home conditions. Throughout the series, they haven't let the opponents be on the strong foot. Finn Allen has shown his skill at the top and the intent to attack every bowler has allowed him to achieve a brilliant century. The other batters need to pull up their socks and play a bit more freely now that the series is won. They have been the first ones to bat in every game and they are yet to win a game chasing the target. After Kane Williamson's injury, Mitchell Santner took up captaincy and he will aim to whitewash their opponents and keep exerting their dominance. The viewers will get to see a lot of action in this format of the game because the T20I World Cup is arriving later this year and every team will want to start their preparations as early as possible. Devon Conway has been replaced by Chad Bowes as Conway has tested positive for COVID along with their bowling coach, Andre Adams. This game will be exciting and even though the series is decided, entertainment will not be left out. Toss and team news to follow.

Pakistan have been very poor in away conditions and have continued their run here in New Zealand. Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi, two of their most prestigious bowlers are going for plenty of runs. The other bowlers have failed to take wickets at crucial times throughout the series. The batting unit isn't consistent as well. The openers have failed to continue their strong starts. Babar Azam is the only batter to be consistent in the first three games scoring half-centuries. The others down the order have failed to support him and are looking out of touch. Shaheen Afridi, the new T20I skipper, has a lot of work to do on this team and they will have to discuss many things if they want to prevent a whitewash and win the remaining two games.

Hello and a very warm welcome folks. We are at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch for the 4th T20I to be played between New Zealand and Pakistan. This match can now be called just a formality because the hosts, New Zealand have already sealed the series by winning the first 3 matches of the 5-match T20I series.

... MATCH DAY ...

The thrilling cricket action continues as New Zealand gears up to face Pakistan in the 4th T20I at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Having already secured the series with emphatic victories, the Kiwis aim for a whitewash, while the visitors looks to salvage pride by clinching the last two games. The third T20I was undeniably Finn Allen's showcase, as he smashed a sensational hundred, breaking Brendon McCullum's record for the highest individual score for New Zealand in T20Is. Allen also equaled the record for the most sixes in an innings in this format with 16 maximums. While Allen stole the limelight, his opening partner Devon Conway has been facing a rough patch and will be eager to regain form. Despite losing Kane Williamson to injury, the Kiwis have seen a seamless transition with Tim Seifert performing admirably in his absence. Daryl Mitchell, a standout player across all formats in recent times, adds depth to their lineup, complemented by hard-hitting Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman, further fortifying the batting order. The return of Lockie Ferguson in the last game bolstered the Kiwi pace attack, with Tim Southee and Matt Henry maintaining their good form with the ball. Mitchell Santner, the skipper, handles the spin department alongside Ish Sodhi. Having already sealed the series, the hosts may opt to rest a few players, showcasing the depth with quality players like Will Young, Ben Sears, and Adam Milne on the bench. On the flip side, Pakistan finds themselves outplayed in all three encounters. Their bowling unit has struggled, consistently conceding imposing targets, and their batting lineup has faltered in chasing them down. The lone bright spot has been Babar Azam, consistently scoring three fifties without substantial support from the rest. Saim Ayub and Mohammad Rizwan have shown glimpses of quality at the top, while the middle order, featuring Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, and the newcomer Azam Khan, adds firepower but lacks consistency. In the last match, Haris Rauf had a forgettable performance, and captain Shaheen Afridi needs to shoulder more responsibility in providing breakthroughs. Zaman Khan, a promising addition to their pace arsenal, requires guidance, and Mohammad Wasim is yet to make a significant impact in this series. Mohammad Nawaz may get the nod over Usama Mir again due to his batting abilities down the order in addition to his bowling. Pakistan, having lost seven of their last eight T20Is, is in dire need of a turnaround, especially with the T20 World Cup looming. Can the Men in Green muster the strength to claim victory and alter their recent fortunes? Or will the BlackCaps make it four wins in a row? We will find out soon.