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

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5th T20I, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, 21 Jan, 2024

Pakistan

PAK

134/8

(20.0) overs

New Zealand

NZ

92/10

(17.2) overs

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 42 runs

Player Of The Match

Iftikhar Ahmed,
Pakistan
Pakistan
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Commentary

Right then, that is it from this game and this series as well where Pakistan managed to get a consolation win while New Zealand takes the series 4-1. Next up for the Kiwis is a two-match Test series against South Africa. The first Test will start on 4th February, Sunday at 3.30 am IST (10 pm GMT, Previous Day). The Pakistani players, on the other hand, will join their respective teams in the different T20 leagues that are going on at the moment. Until next time, cheers and goodbye!

Finn Allen is the PLAYER OF THE SERIES for his incredible batting displays throughout the five games.

Iftikhar Ahmed is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his brilliant match-winning spell.

Presentation Time...

Earlier in the game, Pakistan posted a total that did not look like a winning one, but their bowlers proved us wrong. Mohammad Rizwan anchored the innings, but it was really the quick-fire cameo from Fakhar Zaman and late blows from Abbas Afridi took them to that score. For New Zealand, except for Mitchell Santner every other bowler chipped in with a couple of wickets each. While chasing, the Kiwis had a forgettable outing with the bat as they could not even cross the 100-run mark in this chase.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will be extremely happy with their bowling effort as they finally got things right in the series. Mohammad Nawaz set the tone with an early wicket while it was an incredible catch from Haseebullah Khan to get rid of the dangerous Finn Allen. Their spinners were excellent especially Iftikhar Ahmed who got the chance to bowl for the first time in this series and picked up three wickets. Nawaz ended up with two while Usama Mir and Zaman Khan chipped in with one each. The fielding and catching was excellent as well and they never let the batters settle in. It was the skipper Shaheen Afridi at the end who wrapped things up by picking up the last two wickets on consecutive deliveries to ensure the win for his side.

New Zealand lost Rachin Ravindra quite early on as he failed to make the most out of his return to the side. Finn Allen looked good for his 22 with a few lusty blows, but he too perished soon after. Just as when it looked like Tim Seifert and Will Young were steadying things for them, the latter got dismissed trying to improve the scoring rate. However, that started a collapse for them as they went from 53/3 to 72/8 in double quick time. All the hopes were on the shoulders of Glenn Phillips, and he did put up a fight for some time, but couldn't get any support from the other end and failed to get his side over the line this time around. It was too much to ask for the tail-enders and ultimately they fell short by 42 runs.

PAKISTAN AVOID THE WHITEWASH! They leave New Zealand with this solitary win which is also the first for Shaheen Afridi as skipper of his country. The Men in Green also get their first win in their last eight T20Is and will be a bit relieved and will look to build on from here. New Zealand will be disappointed as it was a perfect chance for them to make it 5-0, but they made a complete mess of it.

17.2W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! Shaheen Afridi seals the deal in style and Pakistan wins by 42 runs. Afridi bowls a pinpoint yorker at the base of the middle stump as Ferguson backs away for the slog and he misses completely as the ball rattles into the stumps. Pakistan avoids the whitewash and Shaheen Afridi gets his first win as the skipper of the T20 side.

Lockie Ferguson is the last man in.

17.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! Shaheen Afridi gets the big wicket of Glenn Phillips and surely the New Zealand hopes are buried now. Bowls it short and around off. Glenn Phillips goes for it and pulls it to the cow corner region. Abbas Afridi runs around at the boundary, puts in the slide, and hangs onto a terrific catch. New Zealand lose their ninth as Glenn Phillips makes the long walk back.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 92/8

G Phillips26 (21)

T Southee4 (6)

I Ahmed4-0-24-3

16.61

Tough chance but put down! Short again on the middle. Phillips goes back and pulls it flat to the deep mid-wicket region. Sahibzada Farhan runs at the boundary and spills a tough chance.

16.56

SIX! Up and Over! Drops it short on the leg peg. Glenn Phillips goes back and pulls it just over the deep mid-wicket boundary for half a dozen.

16.44

FOUR! BANG! Flatter and quicker outside off. Glenn Phillips makes room and slaps it powerfully through extra cover for a cracking boundary. A much-needed one for New Zealand.

16.31

Tossed up on middle and leg. Tim Southee advances and lifts it on the bounce to long on for one.

16.20

Flighted, and turned past the leg stump as Southee makes room. He swings at it and misses.

16.11

Shortish and turning into middle and leg. Phillips makes room and swats it to long off for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 79/8

T Southee3 (4)

G Phillips14 (17)

S Afridi3-0-20-0

15.60

Appeal for LBW is turned down! Shaheen Afridi lands it full on the leg stump line. Southee makes room to play it across and gets stuck on his boot. The ball ricochets into the point region. Shaheen Afridi takes the review. The ball tracking shows wickets as umpires call and Southee survives.

15.51

Goes full and just outside off. Glenn Phillips drills it to long-on for one.

15.41

Pace off delivery, on a length and outside off. Tim Southee chips it in front of extra cover and crosses for a quick single.

15.30

Back of a length, angling across. Southee cuts and misses.

15.21

Length, around off. Phillips drives it to deep cover for one.

15.12

Short and wide outside off. Phillips slashes hard and cuts it to the deep third region for a couple.

Shaheen Afridi (2-0-15-0) is back into the attack.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 74/8

T Southee2 (1)

G Phillips10 (14)

I Ahmed3-0-11-3

14.62

Tosses it up and turning into middle and leg. Southee goes back and nudges it through the mid-wicket for a couple.

Tim Southee joins Glenn Phillips in the middle.

14.5W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Iftikhar Ahmed has three now! New Zealand are falling like nine pins here. This is tossed up nicely. full and on middle, Ish Sodhi goes down to slog-sweep it away toward the longer boundary but mistimes it badly in the air, Fakhar Zaman at deep square leg covers a lot of ground to his left and takes a brilliant catch. Pakistan now a couple of wickets away from the victory.

14.40

Flighted, full and on middle, Ish Sodhi knocks it back to the bowler.

14.31

Short and outside off, Glenn Phillips cuts it towards deep point for one.

14.21

Tossed up, full and on middle, Ish Sodhi eases it towards long on for a single.

Commentary

Welcome back. The players and umpires are in the middle for the run-chase. Finn Allen and Rachin Ravindra to open for New Zealand. It will be Shaheen Afridi with the ball for Pakistan. Here we go!

…THE RUN CHASE…

Right then, the Black Caps need just 135 to make a clean sweep in the series. Can they do it or will the Shaheen Afridi-led side make it difficult for them? We shall find out. Join us for the second essay in a bit.

Sodhi says that he is pretty happy. Adds that the guys have set the tone and they bowled in the Powerplay. He says that as there were two lefties, he was looking to keep it away from their hitting zone, especially with Zaman. Says that he is a great batter and has good reach and range of shots. Mentions that the games have been quite enjoyable with big crowds coming to support.

New Zealand were tidy with the ball with dropped a couple of chances in the outfield. That did not deter them much as the bowlers stuck to their strengths and kept the pressure on. Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Ish Sodhi all chipped in with two apiece to round off a dominant effort with the ball. Right then, the Black Caps need just 135 to make a clean sweep in the series. Can they do it or will the Shaheen Afridi-led side make it difficult for them? We shall find out. Join us for the second essay in a bit.

An excellent effort with the ball by the Kiwis has restricted the Men in Green to a lowish score of 134 for 8 in their 20 overs. Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost the debutant Haseebullah Khan for a duck. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan added 53 for the second wicket but were a tad too slow in their approach. Babar Azam had a real struggle in the middle as he made 24-ball 13 and perished soon after. Rizwan chipped in with a run-a-ball 38 but it was Fakhar Zaman who added some impetus to the innings with a 16-ball 33. New Zealand kept picking wickets at regular intervals and never allowed Pakistan to run away with the game. The lower order also could not do much and Pakistan just managed to cross the 130-run mark.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 134/8

A Afridi14 (6)

U Mir1 (1)

L Ferguson4-0-24-2

19.61b

A bye to end the innings then! Lockie Ferguson lands this on a hard length and on leg, angling in, Abbas Afridi backs away to heave it but misses, the batter sets off for a bye, Tim Seifert throws it to the bowler where Lockie Ferguson lets it go through his legs but the ball goes past the stumps again. Pakistan finishes on 134/8!

19.52lb

Run out chances at both ends but missed! This is back of a length and on middle, Abbas Afridi tries to pull it away but misses, the ball goes off his back past the keeper towards third man, the batters turn around for the second leg bye, the fielder throws it to the keeper where Tim Seifert collects and misses his shy at the batter's end as the ball rolls towards Lockie Ferguson who tries to deflect it towards the stumps but it goes past it with Mir well short of his crease.

19.41

Pitched up and on middle, Usama Mir moves across to scoop it but gets an inside edge onto his pads as the ball rolls to the leg side. They cross.

Usama Mir walks out to bat now.

19.3W

OUT! TAKEN! A fantastic catch in the deep! Lockie Ferguson gets his second wicket now. He pitches this one up, on middle, Sahibzada Farhan clears his front leg to slog it away, but his bat turns in his hand and he mistimes his shot in the air towards deep mid-wicket, Glenn Phillips charges forward and puts in a full-length dive to take a stunning catch. This is Phillips at his best!

19.20

Full again and on off, Sahibzada Farhan drives it towards mid off and denies the run.

19.12

Fuller one and around off, Sahibzada Farhan drills it wide of extra covers, Mitchell Santner slides to his left to stop it but it deflects off his knees which allows the batters to come back for the second run.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 128/7

A Afridi14 (4)

S Farhan17 (11)

M Henry4-0-30-2

18.66

SIX MORE! Abbas Afridi gets another one! Matt Henry pitches this one up, outside off, Abbas Afridi gets down and clubs it hard, the ball goes with the wind and it takes it over the deep extra covers fence for a biggie.

18.50

Short of a length and on off, Abbas Afridi goes for the pull but misses it due to the pace.

18.42

Goes fuller and outside off, Abbas Afridi throws his bat at it and slices it over point for a couple of runs.

18.36

SIX! BOOM! That is some way to get off the mark! Matt Henry bangs this short and around off, Abbas Afridi picks up the length early, stands tall, and swats it down the ground up and over the long on fence for a biggie

Abbas Afridi is the next man in.

18.2W

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Matt Henry lands this one on a good length and outside off, Shaheen Afridi once again moves across to heave it to the leg side, but he is very late into his shot as the ball flies off the top edge towards sweeper covers where Rachin Ravindra runs forward and pouches it safely. Pakistan are in danger of getting bowled out here.

18.11

Fullish and outside off, Sahibzada Farhan drills it through cover-point for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 113/6

S Afridi1 (5)

S Farhan16 (10)

T Southee4-1-19-2

17.60

This is on a hard length and outside off, Shaheen Afridi moves across to slog it but misses once again.

17.51

Slower one, full and on middle, Sahibzada Farhan goes for the heave it but gets it from the bottom edge through square leg for one.

17.46

SIX! Wow..what a shot! Tim Southee serves this one full, outside off, Sahibzada Farhan gives himself some room and smashes it over extra cover, he times it so well that it sails over the fence for a biggie.

17.30

Back of a length and around off, Sahibzada Farhan moves across and goes for the ramp shot but fails to connect.

17.21

Touch fuller and around off, Shaheen Afridi uses his feet and slices it towards sweeper covers for a run.

17.11

Short of a length and on middle, Sahibzada Farhan pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 104/6

S Afridi0 (3)

S Farhan8 (6)

L Ferguson3-0-21-1

16.60

On a length and around off, Shaheen Afridi looks to push it away but misses again.

16.50

A wake-up call for Afridi! Lockie Ferguson steams in a bangs in a sharp bouncer, on middle, Shaheen Afridi gets surprised by it and gets squared up as well, but manages to fend it down. The ball rolls towards the stumps but Afrid stops it with his bat.

16.40

Swing and a miss! This is back of a length and on off, angling away, Shaheen Afridi goes for the slog across the line but fails to connect.

Shaheen Afridi comes out to the midde now.

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

c H Khan b Z Khan

22 19 3 1 115.78
R Ravindra

c Z Khan b M Nawaz

1 2 0 0 50
T Seifert

lbw b I Ahmed

19 30 0 0 63.33
W Young

c I Ahmed b M Nawaz

12 11 2 0 109.09
M Chapman

run out (Z Khan / I Ahmed)

1 3 0 0 33.33
G Phillips

c A Afridi b S Afridi

26 22 1 1 118.18
M Santner

c & b U Mir

4 4 0 0 100
M Henry

c & b I Ahmed

1 3 0 0 33.33
I Sodhi

c F Zaman b I Ahmed

1 3 0 0 33.33
T Southee

not out

4 6 0 0 66.66
L Ferguson

b S Afridi

0 1 0 0 0
Extras

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

1
Total 17.2 (RR: 5.31)
92/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(R Ravindra, 1.4 ov) (F Allen, 5 ov) (W Young, 9.3 ov) (M Chapman, 10.1 ov) (T Seifert, 12.5 ov) (M Santner, 13.4 ov) (M Henry, 14.1 ov) (I Sodhi, 14.5 ov) (G Phillips, 17.1 ov) (L Ferguson, 17.2 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Afridi
3.2 0 20 2 6.00
M Nawaz
4 0 18 2 4.50
Z Khan
1 0 4 1 4.00
U Mir
4 0 21 1 5.25
A Afridi
1 0 4 0 4.00
I Ahmed
4 0 24 3 6.00
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
H Khan

c G Phillips b T Southee

0 3 0 0 0
M Rizwan

c R Ravindra b M Henry

38 38 4 0 100
B Azam

c G Phillips b I Sodhi

13 24 1 0 54.16
F Zaman

c L Ferguson b T Southee

33 16 1 4 206.25
M Nawaz

c T Southee b I Sodhi

1 4 0 0 25
I Ahmed

c W Young b L Ferguson

5 8 0 0 62.50
S Farhan

c G Phillips b L Ferguson

19 14 1 1 135.71
S Afridi

c R Ravindra b M Henry

1 6 0 0 16.66
A Afridi

not out

14 6 0 2 233.33
U Mir

not out

1 1 0 0 100
Extras

(b 5,lb 4,w 0,nb 0,Penalty 0)

9
Total 20.0 (RR: 6.70)
134/8

Did not bat: Z Khan

Fall of wickets:

(H Khan, 0.3 ov) (B Azam, 9.5 ov) (F Zaman, 13 ov) (M Nawaz, 14 ov) (M Rizwan, 14.1 ov) (I Ahmed, 16.3 ov) (S Afridi, 18.2 ov) (S Farhan, 19.3 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
T Southee
4 1 19 2 4.75
M Henry
4 0 30 2 7.50
M Santner
4 0 30 0 7.50
L Ferguson
4 0 24 2 6.00
I Sodhi
4 0 22 2 5.50
New Zealand
Pakistan

Commentary

Right then, that is it from this game and this series as well where Pakistan managed to get a consolation win while New Zealand takes the series 4-1. Next up for the Kiwis is a two-match Test series against South Africa. The first Test will start on 4th February, Sunday at 3.30 am IST (10 pm GMT, Previous Day). The Pakistani players, on the other hand, will join their respective teams in the different T20 leagues that are going on at the moment. Until next time, cheers and goodbye!

Finn Allen is the PLAYER OF THE SERIES for his incredible batting displays throughout the five games.

Iftikhar Ahmed is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH for his brilliant match-winning spell.

Presentation Time...

Earlier in the game, Pakistan posted a total that did not look like a winning one, but their bowlers proved us wrong. Mohammad Rizwan anchored the innings, but it was really the quick-fire cameo from Fakhar Zaman and late blows from Abbas Afridi took them to that score. For New Zealand, except for Mitchell Santner every other bowler chipped in with a couple of wickets each. While chasing, the Kiwis had a forgettable outing with the bat as they could not even cross the 100-run mark in this chase.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will be extremely happy with their bowling effort as they finally got things right in the series. Mohammad Nawaz set the tone with an early wicket while it was an incredible catch from Haseebullah Khan to get rid of the dangerous Finn Allen. Their spinners were excellent especially Iftikhar Ahmed who got the chance to bowl for the first time in this series and picked up three wickets. Nawaz ended up with two while Usama Mir and Zaman Khan chipped in with one each. The fielding and catching was excellent as well and they never let the batters settle in. It was the skipper Shaheen Afridi at the end who wrapped things up by picking up the last two wickets on consecutive deliveries to ensure the win for his side.

New Zealand lost Rachin Ravindra quite early on as he failed to make the most out of his return to the side. Finn Allen looked good for his 22 with a few lusty blows, but he too perished soon after. Just as when it looked like Tim Seifert and Will Young were steadying things for them, the latter got dismissed trying to improve the scoring rate. However, that started a collapse for them as they went from 53/3 to 72/8 in double quick time. All the hopes were on the shoulders of Glenn Phillips, and he did put up a fight for some time, but couldn't get any support from the other end and failed to get his side over the line this time around. It was too much to ask for the tail-enders and ultimately they fell short by 42 runs.

PAKISTAN AVOID THE WHITEWASH! They leave New Zealand with this solitary win which is also the first for Shaheen Afridi as skipper of his country. The Men in Green also get their first win in their last eight T20Is and will be a bit relieved and will look to build on from here. New Zealand will be disappointed as it was a perfect chance for them to make it 5-0, but they made a complete mess of it.

17.2W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! Shaheen Afridi seals the deal in style and Pakistan wins by 42 runs. Afridi bowls a pinpoint yorker at the base of the middle stump as Ferguson backs away for the slog and he misses completely as the ball rattles into the stumps. Pakistan avoids the whitewash and Shaheen Afridi gets his first win as the skipper of the T20 side.

Lockie Ferguson is the last man in.

17.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! Shaheen Afridi gets the big wicket of Glenn Phillips and surely the New Zealand hopes are buried now. Bowls it short and around off. Glenn Phillips goes for it and pulls it to the cow corner region. Abbas Afridi runs around at the boundary, puts in the slide, and hangs onto a terrific catch. New Zealand lose their ninth as Glenn Phillips makes the long walk back.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 92/8

G Phillips26 (21)

T Southee4 (6)

I Ahmed4-0-24-3

16.61

Tough chance but put down! Short again on the middle. Phillips goes back and pulls it flat to the deep mid-wicket region. Sahibzada Farhan runs at the boundary and spills a tough chance.

16.56

SIX! Up and Over! Drops it short on the leg peg. Glenn Phillips goes back and pulls it just over the deep mid-wicket boundary for half a dozen.

16.44

FOUR! BANG! Flatter and quicker outside off. Glenn Phillips makes room and slaps it powerfully through extra cover for a cracking boundary. A much-needed one for New Zealand.

16.31

Tossed up on middle and leg. Tim Southee advances and lifts it on the bounce to long on for one.

16.20

Flighted, and turned past the leg stump as Southee makes room. He swings at it and misses.

16.11

Shortish and turning into middle and leg. Phillips makes room and swats it to long off for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 79/8

T Southee3 (4)

G Phillips14 (17)

S Afridi3-0-20-0

15.60

Appeal for LBW is turned down! Shaheen Afridi lands it full on the leg stump line. Southee makes room to play it across and gets stuck on his boot. The ball ricochets into the point region. Shaheen Afridi takes the review. The ball tracking shows wickets as umpires call and Southee survives.

15.51

Goes full and just outside off. Glenn Phillips drills it to long-on for one.

15.41

Pace off delivery, on a length and outside off. Tim Southee chips it in front of extra cover and crosses for a quick single.

15.30

Back of a length, angling across. Southee cuts and misses.

15.21

Length, around off. Phillips drives it to deep cover for one.

15.12

Short and wide outside off. Phillips slashes hard and cuts it to the deep third region for a couple.

Shaheen Afridi (2-0-15-0) is back into the attack.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 74/8

T Southee2 (1)

G Phillips10 (14)

I Ahmed3-0-11-3

14.62

Tosses it up and turning into middle and leg. Southee goes back and nudges it through the mid-wicket for a couple.

Tim Southee joins Glenn Phillips in the middle.

14.5W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Iftikhar Ahmed has three now! New Zealand are falling like nine pins here. This is tossed up nicely. full and on middle, Ish Sodhi goes down to slog-sweep it away toward the longer boundary but mistimes it badly in the air, Fakhar Zaman at deep square leg covers a lot of ground to his left and takes a brilliant catch. Pakistan now a couple of wickets away from the victory.

14.40

Flighted, full and on middle, Ish Sodhi knocks it back to the bowler.

14.31

Short and outside off, Glenn Phillips cuts it towards deep point for one.

14.21

Tossed up, full and on middle, Ish Sodhi eases it towards long on for a single.

14.1W

OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Iftikhar Ahmed gets another one! This has been an incredible spell of bowling from him and Pakistan are nearing a rare win in the series. This is short and around off, Matt Henry moves back to swat it away, but does so uppishly and straight back to the bowler, where Iftikhar Ahmed gets both his hands up in time to grab it safely. Pakistan three wickets away from the win now!

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 70/6

M Henry1 (2)

G Phillips9 (13)

U Mir4-0-21-1

13.61

Looped up, full and on middle, Matt Henry lofts it towards long on for one.

13.50

Quicker, short and on off, turns away, Matt Henry looks to play at it but misses.

Matt Henry comes out to the middle now.

13.4W

OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Usama Mir strikes now! Pakistan are well and truly on top now. This is flighted, full and on off, Mitchell Santner tries to drive it on the up, but the turn in makes him mistime his shot, he actually hits it twice with the bat as the ball flies to the bowler where Mir takes a good catch. The crowd goes silent here as the skipper goes back now.

13.32

Floated, full and on off, Mitchell Santner drills it through covers again and comes back for the second run. Good running!

13.22

Tossed up, full and around off, Mitchell Santner drives it firmly wide of sweeper covers for a brace.

13.11

Short and on middle, Glenn Phillips tucks it around the corner for a single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 64/5

M Santner0 (1)

G Phillips8 (12)

I Ahmed2-0-7-1

12.60

Fligthed, full and on middle, Mitchell Santner drives it back to the bowler.

Mitchell Santner walks out to bat now.

12.5W

OUT! LBW! Iftikhar Ahmed gets his man! Credit goes to him for convincing Shaheen Afridi to go for the review as this turns out be an excellent one for them. This is flatter, full and on off, angling in, Tim Seifert goes down and tries to reverse-sweep it, but misses and gets hit on the pads. The impact looks outside to the naked eye, but UltraEdge shows no bat involved and Ball Tracking indicates three reds. New Zealand loses half their side now and in deep trouble.

12.41

Another short delivery, on leg, Glenn Phillips clips it through square leg for one.

12.30

Short once again, on off, Glenn punches it towards short covers.

12.20

Quicker, short and on middle, Glenn Phillips blocks it down the pitch.

12.12

Short and on middle, Glenn Phillips moves back and pulls it wide of short fine leg, Zaman Khan dives to his left to get a hand to it and parries it towards deep square leg. Two runs taken.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 61/4

G Phillips5 (8)

T Seifert19 (29)

U Mir3-0-15-0

11.61

Fires this one full and on off, Glenn Phillips drives it towards long off for one.

11.50

Goes short again and on middle, Glenn Phillips stays back and only manages to block it back towards the bowler.

11.40

Quicker, full and on off, Glenn Phillips pushes it towards short covers.

11.32

Shortish outside off. Glenn Phillips cuts it through point for a couple.

11.20

Flatter and turning away outside off. Glenn Phillips hangs back, plays, and misses at it.

11.10

Quicker, full and on middle, Glenn Phillips blocks it out solidly.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 58/4

G Phillips2 (2)

T Seifert19 (29)

I Ahmed1-0-4-0

10.61

Shortish and on middle, Glenn Phillips works it through square leg for one more.

10.51

Flatter, full and on off, Tim Seifert drives it towards long off for one.

10.41

Quicker, full and on leg, Glenn Phillips nudges it towards fine leg for a run.

10.31

Flighted, full and on leg, Tim Seifert clips it wide of mid-wicket for a single.

10.20

Tossed up, full and on middle, Tim Seifert tucks it to short mid-wicket.

Glenn Phillips is the next man in.

10.1W

OUT! RUN OUT! A huge mix-up in the middle and that costs the Kiwis dearly here. Iftikhar Ahmed starts with a floated delivery, full and on off, Mark Chapman steers it towards point, Tim Seifert sets off for the run but Chapman is caught ball-watching and starts very late, Zaman Khan picks up and throws it to the bowler where Iftikhar Ahmed collects and breaks the stumps with Chapman well short. He knows that an starts walking back even before the replays confirm it. New Zealand in a spot of bother now!

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 54/3

T Seifert17 (26)

M Chapman1 (2)

M Nawaz4-0-18-2

9.60

Another short delivery, on off, Tim Seifert taps it towards short covers.

9.51

Short again and around off, Mark Chapman punches it through covers for oe.

9.40

Shortish and on middle, Mark Chapman pats it down to short mid-wicket.

Drinks! This game is nicely poised with New Zealand requiring another 82 off 63 balls. They have lost three wickets and the game hangs in balance at the moment. Pakistan have bowled much better today and have also got assistance from the pitch for the slow bowlers. Don't go anywhere as we are set for a thrilling finish. Mark Chapman is the new batter for New Zealand.

9.3W

OUT! TAKEN! Mohammad Nawaz strikes again! This game just got more interesting and is poised on a knife edge here. Nawaz flights this one up, full and around middle, Will Young goes down across to sweep it away, but the extra bounce takes the top edge of his bat and the ball flies in the air towards deep square leg where Iftikhar Ahmed settles under it and takes a fine catch. New Zealand three down now!

9.20

Floated, full and on off, Will Young pushes it towards short covers.

9.11

Tossed up, full and on middle, Tim Seifert goes down and swipes it towards deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 52/2

W Young12 (9)

T Seifert16 (24)

U Mir2-0-12-0

8.60

Shortens the length on middle and leg. Young skips down and boocks.

8.51

Flighted around the middle. Seifert eases it to long on for one.

8.40

Tossed up on off. Seifert prods and defends forward.

8.31

Flatter around off. Young nudges it through mid-on for one.

8.24

FOUR! Nicely done! Shortish and wider outside off. Young goes back and guides it in the gap between short third and backward point for a perfectly placed boundary.

8.11

Flatter on off. Seifert hangs back and taps into covers for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 45/2

T Seifert14 (21)

W Young7 (6)

A Afridi1-0-4-0

7.61

Slower and shorter outside off. Tim Seifert cuts it to sweeper cover for one.

7.51

Slower ball on the pads, Young tucks it towards short fine for a single.

7.41lb

Fuller and on leg, angling in, Tim Seifert backs away to work it away but gets beaten by the pace as the ball goes off his pads towards point. They scamper across for a leg bye.

7.31

Back of a length and into the body, nudged behind square on the on-side for a single.

7.21

Short of a length and on middle, Tim Seifert connects with his pull this time as the ball goes on the bounce to deep mid-wicket. They cross.

7.10

Swing and a miss! Abbas Afridi starts with a back-of-a-length delivery, outside off, Tim Seifert goes for the pull but misses.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 40/2

W Young5 (4)

T Seifert12 (17)

U Mir1-0-5-0

6.60

Pushed through quicker, short and on middle, turns away, Will Young gets cramped up but adjusts well to block it from his crease.

6.50

Slower through the air, full and on off, Will Young is early into his defensive shot and lobs it towards the short covers region but it lands safely.

6.44

FOUR! Gets it through! Usama Mir bowls this quicker, short and outside off, Will Young lets it come to him, opens the face of the bat to steer it past the diving point fielder for a boundary. The fielder should have done better there as he dived over the ball.

6.31

Floated, full and on off, Tim Seifert drives it towards long off for a single.

6.20

Tossed up, full and around off, Tim Seifert drills it straight to extra covers.

6.10

Usama Mir begins with a flatter delivery, short and outside off, turns away, Tim Seifert misses out on his cut shot.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 35/2

T Seifert11 (14)

W Young1 (1)

M Nawaz3-0-16-1

5.61

Another short delivery, on middle, Tim Seifert forces it towards long on for one. New Zealand are 35/2 after the end of Powerplay!

5.50

Flighted, full and on middle, Tim Seifert looks to work it away but gets a leading edge along the ground towards covers.

5.42

Tossed up, full and on leg, Tim Seifert nudges it towards deep mid-wicket for a brace.

5.31

Short once again and outside off, Will Young punches it through covers for a run.

5.21

Short again and on leg, Tim Seifert flicks it through square leg for a single.

5.10

Floated, short and around off, Tim Seifert stabs it towards cover-point.

Will Young comes out to the middle now.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 30/2

F Allen22 (19)

T Seifert7 (9)

Z Khan1-0-4-1

4.6W

OUT! TAKEN! This is a spectacular catch to get rid of the big fish, Finn Allen. Zaman Khan goes fuller and on middle, Finn Allen stays back and tries to lift it over mid on, but fails to get under the ball and mistimes it in the air towards mid on, Haseebullah Khan runs forward and lunges to take it with both hands just above the ground. The umpire wants to make sure and sends it upstairs where after a few replays, the third umpire deems that the fingers are underneath the ball. A big wicket for Pakistan!

4.50

Zaman Khan bangs in a quick and sharp bouncer, on off, Finn Allen ducks under it. The umpire signals one for the over.

4.41

Good stop! This is on a hard length and on leg, Tim Seifert nudges it wide of short fine leg where the fielder quickly moves to his left to stop it well. They cross.

4.31

Short of a length and on middle, Finn Allen pulls it towards deep square leg for another run.

4.21

Length again and around leg, Tim Seifert clips it through square leg for a run.

4.11

Zaman Khan starts with a good-length delivery, on middle, Finn Allen knocks it towards mid on for a quick single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 26/1

F Allen20 (15)

T Seifert5 (7)

M Nawaz2-0-11-1

3.61

Oh..so close! Mohammad Nawaz pushes this one through quicker, short and on off, Finn Allen moves back to pull it away but gets an inside edge onto the ground as the ball just goes past the stumps towards short fine leg. They cross.

3.50

Arm-ball now, full and on middle, goes with the angle, Finn Allen reads it well and stays back to defend it down the pitch.

3.40

Short and around off, Finn Allen punches it firmly but straight to short covers.

3.31

Tossed up, full and on middle, Tim Seifert tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.

3.20

Quicker, full and on middle, Tim Seifert stays back and pushes it very close from the stumps towards short covers.

3.10

Flatter, short and outside off, Tim Seifert cuts it towards point.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 24/1

F Allen19 (12)

T Seifert4 (4)

S Afridi2-0-15-0

2.64

FOUR! Too much width from Shaheen Afridi! He goes a bit fuller but well outside off, Finn Allen clears his front leg and smacks it over extra covers for a boundary.

2.50

On a length and around leg, Finn Allen tries to help it away but misses and gets hit on the pads.

2.40

Shaheen Afridi follows the short ball with a nice yorker, on middle and leg, Finn Allen looks to work it away but gets hit right on his toes. That must have hurt.

2.34

EDGED AND FOUR! A bit lucky for Finn Allen! Shaheen Afridi bangs in a good bouncer, on middle, Finn Allen goes for the pull but gets hurried as the ball flies off the outside edge over the leaping Mohammad Rizwan for a boundary.

2.23

Pulls his length back a bit around off, Tim Seifert gets on top of it and drives it nicely on the up through cover-point, the fielder chases after it and slides to stop it. Three runs taken.

2.10

Fuller delivery, on off, Tim Seifert drills it towards mid off, Allen sets off for the run, but is sent back.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 13/1

T Seifert1 (2)

F Allen11 (8)

M Nawaz1-0-9-1

1.61

Quicker one, full and on off, Tim Seifert steps across and clips it wide of mid-wicket for one.

1.50

Shortish and on off, Tim Seifert taps it towards short covers.

Tim Seifert walks out to bat number 3.

1.4W

OUT! TAKEN! Mohammad Nawaz gets the breakthrough! Not a happy return to the side for Rachin Ravindra as he walks back cheaply. This is tossed up, full and around off, Rachin Ravindra looks to loft it over extra covers, but loses his shape completely and ends up slicing it in the air towards short third man where Zaman Khan takes a dolly. New Zealand lose their first wicket!

1.31

Short again and on middle, Finn Allen stays back and nudges it through mid-wicket for a run.

1.26

SIX! BANG! Into the crowd! Mohammad Nawaz drags his length back this time, on middle, Finn Allen rocks back quickly and absolutely hammers it over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

1.11

Mohammad Nawaz begins with a floated delivery, full and on middle, Rachin Ravindra chips it safely towards long on for a single and gets off the mark.

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

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 4/0

F Allen4 (6)

R Ravindra0 (0)

S Afridi1-0-4-0

0.60

Short of a length and on off, angling across, Finn Allen defends it on the off side.

0.50

Pitched up and on middle, Finn Allen drills it hard but straight to mid on.

0.44

FOUR! Finn Allen and New Zealand gets underway now! Shaheen Afridi serves this a touch fuller, on middle, shaping in again, Finn Allen heaves it with away powerfully towards the deep mid-wicket fence where it lands just inside the ropes for a boundary.

0.30

Back of a length and on middle, shaping in, Finn Allen keeps it out on the pitch.

0.20

Goes fuller this time, on middle, shaping in late, Finn Allen drives it off the bottom edge towards mid on.

0.10

A beauty to start with! Shaheen Afridi bowls this on a hard length and around off, angling away with extra bounce, Finn Allen stays back and has a poke at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.

Commentary

Welcome back. The players and umpires are in the middle for the run-chase. Finn Allen and Rachin Ravindra to open for New Zealand. It will be Shaheen Afridi with the ball for Pakistan. Here we go!

…THE RUN CHASE…

Right then, the Black Caps need just 135 to make a clean sweep in the series. Can they do it or will the Shaheen Afridi-led side make it difficult for them? We shall find out. Join us for the second essay in a bit.

Sodhi says that he is pretty happy. Adds that the guys have set the tone and they bowled in the Powerplay. He says that as there were two lefties, he was looking to keep it away from their hitting zone, especially with Zaman. Says that he is a great batter and has good reach and range of shots. Mentions that the games have been quite enjoyable with big crowds coming to support.

New Zealand were tidy with the ball with dropped a couple of chances in the outfield. That did not deter them much as the bowlers stuck to their strengths and kept the pressure on. Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Ish Sodhi all chipped in with two apiece to round off a dominant effort with the ball. Right then, the Black Caps need just 135 to make a clean sweep in the series. Can they do it or will the Shaheen Afridi-led side make it difficult for them? We shall find out. Join us for the second essay in a bit.

An excellent effort with the ball by the Kiwis has restricted the Men in Green to a lowish score of 134 for 8 in their 20 overs. Opting to bat first, Pakistan lost the debutant Haseebullah Khan for a duck. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan added 53 for the second wicket but were a tad too slow in their approach. Babar Azam had a real struggle in the middle as he made 24-ball 13 and perished soon after. Rizwan chipped in with a run-a-ball 38 but it was Fakhar Zaman who added some impetus to the innings with a 16-ball 33. New Zealand kept picking wickets at regular intervals and never allowed Pakistan to run away with the game. The lower order also could not do much and Pakistan just managed to cross the 130-run mark.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 134/8

A Afridi14 (6)

U Mir1 (1)

L Ferguson4-0-24-2

19.61b

A bye to end the innings then! Lockie Ferguson lands this on a hard length and on leg, angling in, Abbas Afridi backs away to heave it but misses, the batter sets off for a bye, Tim Seifert throws it to the bowler where Lockie Ferguson lets it go through his legs but the ball goes past the stumps again. Pakistan finishes on 134/8!

19.52lb

Run out chances at both ends but missed! This is back of a length and on middle, Abbas Afridi tries to pull it away but misses, the ball goes off his back past the keeper towards third man, the batters turn around for the second leg bye, the fielder throws it to the keeper where Tim Seifert collects and misses his shy at the batter's end as the ball rolls towards Lockie Ferguson who tries to deflect it towards the stumps but it goes past it with Mir well short of his crease.

19.41

Pitched up and on middle, Usama Mir moves across to scoop it but gets an inside edge onto his pads as the ball rolls to the leg side. They cross.

Usama Mir walks out to bat now.

19.3W

OUT! TAKEN! A fantastic catch in the deep! Lockie Ferguson gets his second wicket now. He pitches this one up, on middle, Sahibzada Farhan clears his front leg to slog it away, but his bat turns in his hand and he mistimes his shot in the air towards deep mid-wicket, Glenn Phillips charges forward and puts in a full-length dive to take a stunning catch. This is Phillips at his best!

19.20

Full again and on off, Sahibzada Farhan drives it towards mid off and denies the run.

19.12

Fuller one and around off, Sahibzada Farhan drills it wide of extra covers, Mitchell Santner slides to his left to stop it but it deflects off his knees which allows the batters to come back for the second run.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 128/7

A Afridi14 (4)

S Farhan17 (11)

M Henry4-0-30-2

18.66

SIX MORE! Abbas Afridi gets another one! Matt Henry pitches this one up, outside off, Abbas Afridi gets down and clubs it hard, the ball goes with the wind and it takes it over the deep extra covers fence for a biggie.

18.50

Short of a length and on off, Abbas Afridi goes for the pull but misses it due to the pace.

18.42

Goes fuller and outside off, Abbas Afridi throws his bat at it and slices it over point for a couple of runs.

18.36

SIX! BOOM! That is some way to get off the mark! Matt Henry bangs this short and around off, Abbas Afridi picks up the length early, stands tall, and swats it down the ground up and over the long on fence for a biggie

Abbas Afridi is the next man in.

18.2W

OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Matt Henry lands this one on a good length and outside off, Shaheen Afridi once again moves across to heave it to the leg side, but he is very late into his shot as the ball flies off the top edge towards sweeper covers where Rachin Ravindra runs forward and pouches it safely. Pakistan are in danger of getting bowled out here.

18.11

Fullish and outside off, Sahibzada Farhan drills it through cover-point for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 113/6

S Afridi1 (5)

S Farhan16 (10)

T Southee4-1-19-2

17.60

This is on a hard length and outside off, Shaheen Afridi moves across to slog it but misses once again.

17.51

Slower one, full and on middle, Sahibzada Farhan goes for the heave it but gets it from the bottom edge through square leg for one.

17.46

SIX! Wow..what a shot! Tim Southee serves this one full, outside off, Sahibzada Farhan gives himself some room and smashes it over extra cover, he times it so well that it sails over the fence for a biggie.

17.30

Back of a length and around off, Sahibzada Farhan moves across and goes for the ramp shot but fails to connect.

17.21

Touch fuller and around off, Shaheen Afridi uses his feet and slices it towards sweeper covers for a run.

17.11

Short of a length and on middle, Sahibzada Farhan pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 104/6

S Afridi0 (3)

S Farhan8 (6)

L Ferguson3-0-21-1

16.60

On a length and around off, Shaheen Afridi looks to push it away but misses again.

16.50

A wake-up call for Afridi! Lockie Ferguson steams in a bangs in a sharp bouncer, on middle, Shaheen Afridi gets surprised by it and gets squared up as well, but manages to fend it down. The ball rolls towards the stumps but Afrid stops it with his bat.

16.40

Swing and a miss! This is back of a length and on off, angling away, Shaheen Afridi goes for the slog across the line but fails to connect.

Shaheen Afridi comes out to the midde now.

16.3W

OUT! STRAIGHT TO THE FIELDER! Lockie Ferguson strikes now! He serves this full and around off, Iftikhar Ahmed stays in his crease and tries to smack it over mid off, but fails to get under the ball and does not get the elevation. As a result, it goes flat and in the air towards mid off where Will Young moves to his left and takes a good catch tumbling to the ground. Iftikhar stands in disbelief but will have to walk back now. Pakistan six down now!

16.21

Back of a length and on middle, angling in, Sahibzada Farhan hops up and tucks it in front of mid-wicket for a run.

16.11

Right in the blockhole, outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed squeezes it towards third man for a single.

Lockie Ferguson replaces Matt Henry. He has conceded 19 runs in his two overs.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 102/5

S Farhan7 (5)

I Ahmed4 (6)

M Santner4-0-30-0

15.60

Slower through the air, full and on off, Sahibzada Farhan comes down the track to heave it away but miscues it off the toe-end back towards the bowler.

15.51

Looped up, full and around middle, Iftikhar Ahmed uses his feet and drills it to long off for one.

15.41

Flighted, full and on middle and leg, Sahibzada Farhan gets forward and eases it towards long on for another run.

15.31

Short again and around off, Iftikhar Ahmed moves back and punches it through covers for a run.

15.20

Goes short and on middle, Iftikhar Ahmed stays back and pats to the right of the bowler now.

15.10

Tossed up, full and on off, Iftikhar Ahmed drives it to the left of the bowler as Santner collects it.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 99/5

I Ahmed2 (2)

S Farhan6 (3)

M Henry3-0-15-1

14.61

Goes full and on off. Ahmed eases it to long on for one.

14.51

Back of a length outside off. Farhan knocks it through cover-point for one.

14.44

FOUR! Easy Pickings! Goes short and down the leg. Farhan swivels and pulls it to the fine leg region for an easy boundary.

14.31

Full and straight on middle and leg, driven along the carpet to long-on for a single.

14.21

Back of a length around off, Farhan gets an inside edge past the stumps for a single.

Sahibzada Farhan walks out at number 7.

14.1W

OUT! In the air and gone! Mohammad Rizwan holes out in the deep. Henry returns into the attack and bowls it on a length and on off. Rizwan gets across and looks to pull this over the boundary. He does not get the elevation and hits it straight to the fielder positioned at the deep mid-wicket region. Half of the team is now back in the hut for Pakistan.

Iftikhar Ahmed is the new batter for Pakistan!

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 91/4

M Nawaz1 (4)

M Rizwan38 (37)

I Sodhi4-0-22-2

13.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! Soft dismissal for Nawaz! Sodhi persists on the wrong'un and lands it full and just outside off. Nawaz gets low and plays across the turn. He gets a top edge that lobs toward Southee at short third who pouches a simple catch. Pakistan lose their fourth and are in some trouble.

13.50

Another wrong'un on the middle and off. Nawaz prods and defends it forward.

13.40

Wrong'un, spins away outside off. Nawaz plays inside the line and the ball skids through outside off.

13.31

Rizwan takes it on the full and eases it to wide long-on for a single.

13.21

Full on the leg peg. Nawaz turns it through square leg for a single.

13.11

Wrong'un on the middle and leg. Rizwan hangs back and punches it through mid-wicket for one.

Mohammad Nawaz walks in at 5.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 88/3

F Zaman33 (16)

M Rizwan36 (35)

T Southee3-1-10-2

12.6W

OUT! CAUGHT! In the air and gone! Off-cutter from Southee on a fuller length and around off. Fakhar Zaman gets under it and looks to clear the long off boundary but unfortunately gets it off the toe end of the blade and Lockie Ferguson comes running in from the boundary to complete a simple catch. Fakhar Zaman breezy knock comes to an end as Pakistan lose their third!

12.50

Appeal but turned down! Southee lands it full and on off. Fakhar Zaman gets across for the scoop but misses and wears on the pad. New Zealand take the review. The replays show that it has come off the bat and into the pad. The review is turned down. Not Out decision stays.

12.46

SIX! In the arc and out of the park! Slower and shorter around off. Fakhar Zaman drags it from outside off and hammers it over the deep backward square leg boundary for half a dozen.

12.30

Short and outside off. Fakhar Zaman goes for the upper-cut and fails to connect.

12.21

Bowls it a fraction fuller than a good length and around off. Rizwan slogs it with no timing to long on for one.

12.11

Slower length ball on off. Fakhar Zaman hangs back and drops it in front of point for one.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 80/2

M Rizwan35 (34)

F Zaman26 (11)

I Sodhi3-0-19-1

11.60

Tossed up around off. Mohammad Rizwan gets down for the slog sweep but fails to connect. A dot to end the over!

11.51

Short and wide again, Fakhar Zaman cuts it to deep point for one.

11.40

Bowls a wider wrong'un as Zaman cuts and chops it toward the keeper.

11.36

SIX! THUMPED! Fakhar Zaman means business! Sodhi lands it full and on off. Zaman stays deep in the crease and slams it over long off for a flat six.

11.24

FOUR! Up and Away! Tosses it full and outside off. Zaman reaches for it and lifts it to the deep extra-cover fence. Goes one bounce and over the ropes for a stunning boundary.

11.12

Wrong'un outside off. Zaman cuts it through the backward point region and gets back for the second.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 67/2

F Zaman13 (6)

M Rizwan35 (33)

L Ferguson2-0-19-0

10.61

On a length and outside off. Zama guides it to third-man for one.

10.56

SIX! TAKE THAT! Short of a length around off. Fakhar Zaman stays back and pulls it powerfully over the deep square leg boundary, and goes out of the park for a 91-meter hit.

10.40

Short of a length, angling away. Fakhar Zaman gets across and tries to play the scoop but Ferguson follows the batter and Zaman fails to connect.

10.36

SIX! SMOKED! Lands it full and just outside off. Fakhar Zaman clears his front leg and hammers it over the deep mid-wicket region for a massive six to get off the mark.

10.20

Back of a length again, around off. Zaman hangs back and punches it toward the bowler.

10.11

Back of a length, angled into the batter. Rizwan goes for the tuck a tad too early and the ball flies off the outside edge past backward point for one.

Lockie Ferguson (1-0-5-0) is back on.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 53/2

F Zaman0 (1)

M Rizwan34 (32)

I Sodhi2-0-6-1

9.60

Flatter and quicker around off. Fakhar Zaman hangs back and dabs it to backward point.

Drinks! At the halfway mark, New Zealand are well ahead in this game. They have managed to get a couple of wickets while keeping the batters relatively quiet as well. However, the only thing they would have liked was for Mark Chapman to hold onto one of the catches earlier, but that has not affected them that much. For Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan has looked in good touch, and he is joined by Fakhar Zaman as they look to build up another partnership here to post a fighting total.

9.5W

OUT! HOLES OUT! Babar Azam's struggling knock comes to an end! Bowls a fuller wrong'un on the middle and off-stump line. Babar Azam gets low and slogs it aerially to the deep mid-wicket region. He looks to clear the boundary but does not get the desired connection and Glenn Phillips at the boundary, makes no mistake. Babar Azam departs for an unlucky 13 and Pakistan are two down!

9.41

Tossed up around off. Rizwan nudges it through square leg for a single.

9.30

Flighted, full and outside off. Rizwan goes for the slog again but gets a bottom edge onto the pitch.

9.20

Too full and outside off. Rizwan gets across for the slog but fails to connect.

9.11

Drops it short and Babar Azam pulls it to wide long-on for a single.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 51/1

M Rizwan33 (29)

B Azam12 (22)

M Santner3-0-27-0

8.62

Short and wide outside off. Rizwan goes back and cuts into covers. A slight fumble and the batters scamper for a couple. That brings up yet another 50-run partnership between these two batters.

8.50

Flat and quick on off. Rizwan hangs back and drops it to point.

8.44

FOUR! Excellent batting! Flighted, full, and outside off. Rizwan skips down and lifts it inside out to the deep extra cover fence for a stunning boundary.

8.31

Flatter on the middle and leg. Azam tucks it through mid-wicket for one.

8.24

FOUR! Azam finally connects and thumps it down the ground! Tossed up on off. Azam charges down and lifts it down to long-on for a cracking boundary.

8.11

Flat and quick outside off. Rizwan cuts it through backward point for one.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 39/1

B Azam7 (20)

M Rizwan26 (25)

I Sodhi1-0-4-0

7.60

Fuller leg break around off. Azam pushes it to short extra cover for a dot.

7.52lb

LEG BYES! Wrong'un, sliding down the leg. Azam paddles it off the pad toward fine leg for a couple of extras.

7.41

Low full toss outside off. Rizwan drags and sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.

7.31

Fraction short, around off. Azam goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for one.

7.21

Googly, on the middle and leg. Rizwan goes back and tucks it through square leg for a one more.

7.11

Ish Sodhi begins with a wrong'un on the leg peg. Azam clips it through backward square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 33/1

M Rizwan24 (23)

B Azam5 (16)

M Santner2-0-15-0

6.60

Bowls it full and on off. Rizwan bunts it back at Santner.

6.52

Lands it full and outside off. Rizwan sweeps and gets an inside edge to fine leg for a couple.

6.40

Slider on the middle and leg. Rizwan makes room and chops it to backward point.

6.30

Arm ball on the middle and off. Rizwan hangs back and blocks.

6.21

DROPPED! Would you believe it? It is Mark Chapman again. This is tossed up on off. Babar Azam tries to loft it over extra cover but hits it much straighter and in the air towards long off, Chapman runs to his right to get under it but gets in two minds about whether to reverse-cup it or not and spills it out in the end. Single taken. Babar gets another life!

6.11

Flighted, full and outside off. Rizwan drives it to deep cover for one.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 29/1

M Rizwan21 (18)

B Azam4 (15)

M Henry2-0-7-0

5.61

On a length, around off. Rizwan turns it to mid-wicket for one. A steady start by New Zealand in the Powerplay as the home side has kept it tight.

5.52

Slower, back of a length delivery on the leg peg. Rizwan jumps and tucks it off the hip through the backward square leg region for a couple.

5.41

Yorker length on middle and leg. Azam jams it to mid-on and rotates the strike.

5.34b

FOUR BYES! Off-cutter from Henry that goes over the top of middle and leg. Azam swings hard and fails to connect on this one. The ball eludes the keeper and runs away to the fence for four byes.

5.20

Short of a length, angling in. Azam pulls it to the mid-wicket fielder. Chapman puts in the dive and makes a fine stop.

5.11

Hard-length on the middle and leg. Rizwan tucks it through square leg for one.

Slight Halt! Babar Azam has taken a blow on his finger and is treated by the physio. He looks fine and set to carry on. Also, Matt Henry (1-0-2-0) is back into the attack.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 20/1

B Azam3 (12)

M Rizwan17 (15)

L Ferguson1-0-5-0

4.60

Pace and bounce! Back of a length, angled back into the batter. Azam hangs back and bunts it off the glove into the off-side for none. Top over from Lockie Ferguson!

4.50

Hard-length outside off. Azam has a wild swing at it and fails to connect.

4.40

Back of a length, angling in. Azam pulls it on the bounce to the man at mid-wicket.

4.30

Goes full and outside off. Azam plays and misses.

4.21

On a length and outside off. Rizwan pushes it to mid-off for a quick single.

4.14

FOUR! Lockie Ferguson is welcomed with a boundary! Back of a length angling down the leg. Rizwan tucks it to the fine leg region for a easy boundary.

Lockie Ferguson gets the ball now.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 15/1

M Rizwan12 (13)

B Azam3 (8)

M Santner1-0-11-0

3.61

Flighted full and on off. Rizwan eases it to long off for a single.

3.54

FOUR! Put Away! Fraction short and outside off. Rizwan goes back and cuts it through the point region for a second boundary in the over.

3.41

Goes full and on off. Azam lifts it off the toe end to mid-on for a quick single.

3.31

Slower through the air, outside off. Rizwan sweeps it to deep square leg for one.

3.24

FOUR! BANG! Flighted on off. Rizwan gets low, steps across and slogs it to deep mid-wicket for a cracking boundary.

3.10

Beauty! Tossed up around off and spins sharply. Rizwan prods forward and gets beaten.

Mitchell Santner, New Zealand skipper, comes on with the ball.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 4/1

M Rizwan2 (8)

B Azam2 (7)

T Southee2-1-2-1

2.61

Back of a length outside off. Rizwan dabs it past point for a single. Another tight over from Southee!

2.50

Length again, closer to the off-stump. Rizwan covers the line and blocks it forward.

2.40

Southee comes from wider of the crease and lands it on a good length,  outside off. Rizwan reaches for it and chops it toward the first slip.

2.31

Short of a length on off. Azam pulls and gets an inside edge that rolls past the left of the keeper and toward short fine for a streaky single.

2.20

Back of a length, around off. Azam mistimes the pull shot to mid-on.

2.10

On a good length and shaping away outside off. Azam clears his front leg, has a wild swing, and connects with thin air.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 2/1

B Azam1 (4)

M Rizwan1 (5)

M Henry1-0-2-0

1.61

In the air and dropped! Henry bowls it short of a length and around off. Azam goes for the hoick and pulls it toward the deep square leg region. Mark Chapman comes in from the boundary and spills down a simple chance.

1.51

Rizwan, and Pakistan are away! Bowls it full and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan gets across and heaves it to deep square leg for one.

1.40

Henry goes short and around off. Rizwan goes for the pull and misses.

1.30

Full and angling in. Rizwan pushes it to short cover.

1.20

Length again, around off. Rizwan shuffles across gets squared, and defends it to backward point.

1.10

Good length delivery on off. Rizwan covers the line and blocks it to point.

Matt Henry will steam in from the other end.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 0/1

B Azam0 (3)

M Rizwan0 (0)

T Southee1-1-0-1

0.60

Peach! Good length ball, angling away from the batter. Azam looks to defend it off the backfoot but is beaten all ends up. A wicket maiden to start for Southee.

0.50

On a length and around off. Azam punches it to point.

0.40

Good length delivery on off. Babar Azam prods forward and defends.

Babar Azam walks in at 3.

0.3W

OUT! CAUGHT! Haseebullah Khan departs for a duck on his debut! Southee shortens the length as he sees Haseebullah Khan charging down the pitch and the batters it cramped for room. He goes for the pull and gets an inside edge that lobs off the pad and goes to Glenn Phillips at point, who pouches it with ease. Tim Southee draws first blood and Pakistan are one down for none!

0.20

On a good length and angling away. Haseebullah Khan plays and misses at it.

0.10

Southee begins with a full-length delivery, angling into middle and leg stump line. Haseebullah Khan bunts it to mid-on.

All in readiness now. The players and umpires are making their way out to the park. Mohammad Rizwan and Haseebullah Khan stride out to open for Pakistan. It will be Tim Southee to start the proceedings with the ball for New Zealand. Let's go...

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

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Haseebullah Khan (In place of Saim Ayub and On Debut), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi (C), Usama Mir (In place of Haris Rauf), Abbas Afridi (In place of Abbas Afridi), Zaman Khan.

Toss - Pakistan have won the coin toss and opted to BAT first.

Pakistan, on the flip side, have had a series to forget. Their batting has failed to fire while their bowlers have leaked runs in plenty. Shaheen Afridi in his first series as a T20I skipper has looked out of sorts and has played without any planning. In the bowling department, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf have been among the wickets but have conceded around ten runs an over. Abbas Afridi looked promising in the first two games but hasn't played since due to a niggle. With the bat, Babar Azam has been the standout among all the other batters. The southpaw has made 200 runs so far and is striking at over 150. Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman are the next best but the new faces Azam Khan and Saim Ayub have failed to take their chances. Pakistan will want to avoid the series whitewash and end the tour with a consolation win. Can New Zealand clean sweep the series or will the Men in Green avoid a whitewash? Let's find out. Toss and team news in a bit. Stay tuned!

Hello and a warm welcome to our coverage of the 5th and final T20I of this series between New Zealand and Pakistan from the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The hosts, New Zealand have been utterly dominant in the series and have won all four games so far. Pakistan hasn't had any answers to New Zealand's fearless approach and this has cost them dearly.  Finn Allen has been sensational for the home side, smacking over 250 runs and striking at over 200 while Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips have also played their part with meaningful runs. With the ball, Tim Southee and Adam Milne have been impressive and the Black Caps will hope to carry the momentum and make it a clean sweep to the series, winning 5-0. 

…MATCHDAY…

New Zealand and Pakistan meet for one final time in this long five-match T20I series in Christchurch and so far, it has completely been one-way traffic with the hosts notching up four wins out of four matches. Having lost regular skipper Kane Williamson in the first match with an injury, the Kiwis have shown no signs of slowing down. Finn Allen has been absolutely sensational up top smashing the ball to all parts of the ground and even scored a big ton in the series. Along with him, Daryl Mitchell has just gone from strength to strength adding to the reputation he has developed in the last year or so. The Kiwis have been brilliant with the bat but have defended equally well with the ball and the one time they bowled first, they kept the opposition to a low total. With the series in the bag and eyes on a washout, New Zealand will look to continue in the same way but we might see a few changes to the Playing XI. On the other hand, it has been a nightmare start to Shaheen Afridi's captaincy stint with the T20I side and the hosts have blown them away. The batting has really let them down as apart from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan no one else has shown up. With the ball, they have been costly as well and when they did get a chance after picking up early wickets in the last game, they let that slip as well. Youngster Abbas Afridi has been a positive point with the ball but they need to step up as a batting and bowling unit in order to gain the much-needed confidence a few months before the T20 World Cup. Can Pakistan round off their miserable tour Down Under with a win? Or will New Zealand simply keep on winning? We shall find out.