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Pakistan vs New Zealand, NZ in PAK, 5 ODIs, 2023 Full score card

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1st ODI, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi, 27 Apr, 2023

New Zealand

NZ

288/7

(50.0) overs

Pakistan

PAK

291/5

(48.3) overs

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 5 wickets

Player Of The Match

Fakhar Zaman,
Pakistan
Pakistan
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Pakistan
New Zealand

Commentary

Right then, that's it from the coverage of this game. We meet again on 29th April for the second ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand. The first ball will be at 4 pm IST (10.30 am GMT), but you can join us much sooner for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!

Babar Azam, the victorious skipper says that he is grateful to god that Pakistan has won its 500th ODI match. He adds that he would like to thank the fast bowlers as they restricted the opponents to a below-par score as they looked well on course to score 320 but to restrict them to under 290 was sensational. He also adds that special appreciation to Naseem Shah as he bowled amazingly and pinned the opponent batters down, and when the team came out to bat the openers made the job easier for the rest with a brilliant knock at the top.

Tom Latham, the captain of New Zealand says that the score they got was around par. States that at the halfway mark they were happy with what they had on the board. Informs that Pakistan took the game away from them with two huge partnerships up top. Mentions if they could've taken early wickets then things could've been different.

Fakhar Zaman wins the Player of the Match for his ton. He says the plan in the beginning was to play as long as they can but luckily they were getting runs as well. He adds that he is feeling really confident and the team has decided that one out of top three has to bat till 40th over and luckily it was him who did that today and saw the team home.

Stay tuned for the presentation...

Earlier in the innings, New Zealand could only get around the par score after being put into bat. Will Young set the tone with his 86. Although, it was Daryl Mitchell who stole the show with the blade, with his ton coming up the order at number 3. If not for these two the Kiwis could've been well under par. It was Naseem Shah who stood out with the ball for the hosts. Eventually, it did not prove to be enough to stop this lethal batting rank of Pakistan.

New Zealand needed some early wickets to put the opposition on the back foot, but it did not go as they would've envisioned. Tom Latham stuck with his seamers for the entire Powerplay 1, and to be honest, they took a beating with the new ball. Eventually at the end of 20 overs, Pakistan had their noses in front, as New Zealand could not break the opening stand. Then somehow, change of ends for Ish Sodhi helped the Kiwis to get rid of Imam-ul-Haq, but they could not capitalise on this breakthrough, which eventually costed them the game.

Chasing 289 on this batting paradise, never put the hosts under pressure during any period of the chase. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq set the tone with the opening stand of 124 runs, both the batters racked up their half-centuries. Only, Zaman went on to convert it into a three-digit score. He was well supported by Babar Azam. Before Mohammad Rizwan came out and played a sensible knock of 42 runs to get his side over the victory line. Shan Masood though needs to come into his own in the next match. First he had an off day in the field and later, he could not redeem himself with the bat in hand. Other than that, it was a typical Pakistan batting performance where they cruised throughout the chase.

Beginning of a new series brings a similar outcome for Pakistan on this occasion as well, as the hosts take an early lead in this series. They chase down the target of 289 runs with 9 balls to spare. New Zealand will take plenty of positives from this game. The Kiwis fought till the very end, but could not get the better of Rizwan early in the death.

48.34

FOUR! Mohammad Rizwan finishes it off with a boundary. Tossed up in middle, Mohammad Rizwan slog sweeps this towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

48.20

Tossed up in middle, Mohammad Rizwan defends this off the front foot.

48.11

Short in length on middle, Mohammad Nawaz pushes this to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 286/5

M Nawaz7 (9)

M Rizwan38 (32)

B Tickner9-0-52-1

47.61

On a length in middle, Mohammad Nawaz tucks this to deep mid-wicket region for a single.

47.52

Fuller one outside off, Mohammad Nawaz chips this over the mid of fielder for a couple this time.

47.44

FOUR! On a length outside off, Mohammad Nawaz lofts this over the mid off fielder for a boundary toward long off. Adam Milne puts in a great effort but couldn't save the boundary.

47.31

Fuller one in middle, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to long on for a single.

47.20

Short-pitched delivery around the waist, Mohammad Rizwan pulls this to the fielder at short mid-wicket.

47.10

On a length outside off, Mohammad Wasim pushes this to short cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 278/5

M Nawaz0 (6)

M Rizwan37 (29)

M Henry10-0-45-0

46.60

On a length outside off, Mohammad Nawaz looks to drive but gets beaten by the low bounce on this.

46.50

Short and wide outside off, Mohammad Nawaz punches this to short cover for no run.

46.41

Good length delivery going down leg, Mohammad Rizwan tucks this to fine leg for a single.

46.30

On a length around middle, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

46.24

FOUR! Fuller one in middle, Mohammad Rizwan advances down the track and smashes this over the bowler's head for a boundary.

46.10

On a length around middle, Mohammad Rizwan tucks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 273/5

M Nawaz0 (4)

M Rizwan32 (25)

B Tickner8-0-44-1

45.60

Fuller one outside off, Mohammad Nawaz cuts this to point for no run.

45.50

On a length around off, Mohammad Nawaz pushes this to short cover.

45.40

Back of a length around off, Mohammad Nawaz pushes this to point for no run.

45.30

Fuller one outside off, Mohammad Nawaz drives this but finds the fielder at short cover for no run.

Mohammad Nawaz is the new man in.

45.2W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! On a length outside off, Agha Salman looks to cut but gets a faint outside edge onto this. Tom Latham makes no mistake behind the wicket and takes it well.

Commentary

We are back for Pakistan's reply. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are out to bat for the hosts while Adam Milne will bowl for the visitors.

... The Run Chase ...

The bowling from the hosts was really good as they came back brilliantly in the death over to pin the Kiwis on their backfoot and they held onto tight lines and lengths specially Naseem Shah who was finally rewarded with a couple in his last over. Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf took a couple too, while Shadab Khan chipped in with one. Although, Pakistan would be extremely disappointed with the way they fielded. There were plenty of misfields which allowed the Kiwis batters to turn their one into twos. Pakistan will be hoping that this does not have an impact later on. So then, the target is not a big one as the pitch looks like a belter for the batters. Pakistan would be delighted to head back out on the track. Will the hosts be able to take an early lead in this series? We shall find out soon. Do join us for the chase shortly...

We are at the halfway stage of this game as New Zealand has managed to score 288 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The Kiwi innings started off in a slow manner but picked up pace in the later stage of the first powerplay. The wicket of Chad Bowes proved critical as they lost the momentum that was gained. Will Young and Daryl Mitchell then took the responsibility and batted really well together before the dismissal of Will Young on 86. Daryl Mitchell continued his strokeplay and ended up scoring a century. Daryl Mitchell was the top scorer for the team with a score of 113 to his name.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 288/7

A Milne0 (1)

H Nicholls20 (21)

N Shah10-2-29-2

49.6W

OUT! DRAGGED ON! Adam Milne could not offer anything with the bat. Naseem Shah strikes again and picks up his second. It is a toe-crushing yorker, tailing into the batter. Adam Milne tries to whip it away but misses. It crashes into the stumps off his shoes. New Zealand end their inning at 288/7.

Adam Milne walks out next to bat.

49.5W

OUT! CAUGHT! Naseem Shah hurls in a length ball, on off. Rachin Ravindra dances down the track and lofts it high in the air towards long on. Mohammad Nawaz there moves to his left and takes a sharp catch. Naseem Shah has been brilliant with the ball throughout the inning, and he finally gets rewarded with a wicket here.

49.41lb

LEG BYE! Length ball, angled into the pads. Henry Nicholls takes a blow on his thigh pads. They cross for a leg bye.

49.31b

BYE! Slower bumper, on off. Rachin Ravindra tries to chase it but misses.The batters sneak a bye.

49.21lb

A full-length ball, outside off, shaping in. Henry Nicholls tries to slog it away but misses. The batters cross for a leg bye. Naseem Shah though pleads for lbw. The umpire is unmoved. Babar Azam takes the review. The Ball Tracking shows no impact is outside the line.

49.21wd

WIDE! The umpire now extends his arms as Naseem Shah spills it down the leg side.

49.12

A slower length ball, on leg. Henry Nicholls sweeps it to deep square leg. Shan Masood fumbles in the deep once again. The batters take a couple.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 282/5

H Nicholls18 (18)

R Ravindra9 (7)

S Afridi10-0-63-2

48.61

It is a wide yorker. Henry Nicholls digs it out to mid off. He puts his running shoes on and sprints to the other end. 10 runs come off this over, and no boundaries off it. New Zealand working hard.

48.52

Good length, on off. Henry Nicholls pulls it to deep mid-wicket for two runs. This is excellent running.

48.43

Full length, in the channel, shapping away late. Rachin Ravindra drives it through covers. The batters take two quick runs. Shaheen Afridi fails to collect the ball at the non-striker's end, it goes beyond him and they sneak another one.

48.31

Very full, on off. Henry Nicholls makes some room and crunches it to mid off for one.

48.22

Back of a length, on off. Henry Nicholls gets on top of the bounce and swats it to wide of long on. Two runs taken.

48.11

Length ball, sliding down leg. Rachin Ravindra tickles it down to fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 272/5

H Nicholls12 (14)

R Ravindra5 (5)

H Rauf10-0-65-2

47.60

Two dots on the trot to end the over! An off-cutter, wide outside off. Henry Nicholls shuffles and tries to slog it away, although gets no bat on it. Pakistan have been exceptional in the death overs.

47.50

Swing and a miss! Haris Rauf fires in a full ball, outside off. Henry Nicholls tries to chase it but misses.

47.42

Fuller, angled into the pads. Henry Nicholls flicks it into the gap at deep mid-wicket for two runs.

47.32

DROPPED! It is a full-length ball, on off. Henry Nicholls gets low and slogs it to deep square leg. It flies off the top edge. Mohammad Rizwan makes a call for it and rushes behind, although it is Shaheen Afridi who is close to the ball here. There is a slight confusion and in the end, Afridi does not calculate the catch well. They take a couple.

47.21

Full, attacking the pads. Rachin Ravindra flicks it to mid on for a single.

47.12

Good length, on fifth stump. Rachin Ravindra taps it to point. He ventures out looking for a single, but is sent back. Imam-ul-Haq throws it at the striker's end but misses. There is no back up and they take one. Shan Masood fumbles in the deep and they take one more. Free runs for the Kiwis.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 265/5

R Ravindra2 (3)

H Nicholls8 (10)

S Afridi9-0-53-2

46.61

Full length, outside off. Rachin Ravindra drives it to extra cover. Shadab Khan there dives to his left and gets a hand on it. The batters cross for one. A successful over from Shaheen Afridi comes to an end.

46.51

Shaheen Afridi fires it full, in the blockhole. Henry Nicholls gets a bottom edge on it. The batters cross for a quick single. Incredible variations from Afridi.

46.41lb

LEG BYE! A slower length ball, tailing into the batter. It goes to square leg off the thigh pads. They cross for a leg bye.

46.31

Slower length ball, outside off. Henry Nicholls gets it to mid-wicket off the inner half. They take a single.

46.21

Rachin Ravindra is off the mark instantly. It is fuller, on leg. Rachin Ravindra clips it to mid-wicket for a single.

Rachin Ravindra is the next batter in.

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

c C Bowes b R Ravindra

117 114 13 1 102.63
Imam

lbw b I Sodhi

60 65 5 1 92.30
B Azam

c T Latham b A Milne

49 46 3 1 106.52
S Masood

c H Nicholls b A Milne

1 12 0 0 8.33
M Rizwan

not out

42 34 6 1 123.52
A Salman

c T Latham b B Tickner

7 10 1 0 70
M Nawaz

not out

8 10 1 0 80
Extras

(b 0,lb 3,w 4,nb 0,Penalty 0)

7
Total 48.3 (RR: 6)
291/5

Did not bat: S Khan, S Afridi, N Shah, H Rauf

Fall of wickets:

(Imam, 21.2 ov) (B Azam, 35.2 ov) (S Masood, 37.4 ov) (F Zaman, 42.2 ov) (A Salman, 45.2 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
A Milne
9 0 60 2 6.66
M Henry
10 0 45 0 4.50
B Tickner
9 0 52 1 5.77
I Sodhi
10 0 51 1 5.10
D Mitchell
3 0 27 0 9.00
R Ravindra
7.3 0 53 1 7.06
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
W Young

c H Rauf b S Khan

86 78 8 2 110.25
C Bowes

c M Rizwan b H Rauf

18 26 3 0 69.23
D Mitchell

c F Zaman b S Afridi

113 115 11 1 98.26
T Latham

lbw b S Afridi

20 36 0 0 55.55
M Chapman

b H Rauf

15 14 2 0 107.14
H Nicholls

not out

20 21 1 0 95.23
R Ravindra

c M Nawaz b N Shah

9 9 0 0 100
A Milne

b N Shah

0 1 0 0 0
Extras

(b 1,lb 4,w 2,nb 0,Penalty 0)

7
Total 50.0 (RR: 5.76)
288/7

Did not bat: I Sodhi, M Henry, B Tickner

Fall of wickets:

(C Bowes, 9.4 ov) (W Young, 26.3 ov) (T Latham, 39.4 ov) (M Chapman, 43.4 ov) (D Mitchell, 46.1 ov) (R Ravindra, 49.5 ov) (A Milne, 50 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Afridi
10 0 63 2 6.30
N Shah
10 2 29 2 2.90
M Nawaz
8 0 55 0 6.87
H Rauf
10 0 65 2 6.50
S Khan
10 0 56 1 5.60
A Salman
2 0 15 0 7.50
Pakistan
New Zealand

Commentary

Right then, that's it from the coverage of this game. We meet again on 29th April for the second ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand. The first ball will be at 4 pm IST (10.30 am GMT), but you can join us much sooner for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye!

Babar Azam, the victorious skipper says that he is grateful to god that Pakistan has won its 500th ODI match. He adds that he would like to thank the fast bowlers as they restricted the opponents to a below-par score as they looked well on course to score 320 but to restrict them to under 290 was sensational. He also adds that special appreciation to Naseem Shah as he bowled amazingly and pinned the opponent batters down, and when the team came out to bat the openers made the job easier for the rest with a brilliant knock at the top.

Tom Latham, the captain of New Zealand says that the score they got was around par. States that at the halfway mark they were happy with what they had on the board. Informs that Pakistan took the game away from them with two huge partnerships up top. Mentions if they could've taken early wickets then things could've been different.

Fakhar Zaman wins the Player of the Match for his ton. He says the plan in the beginning was to play as long as they can but luckily they were getting runs as well. He adds that he is feeling really confident and the team has decided that one out of top three has to bat till 40th over and luckily it was him who did that today and saw the team home.

Stay tuned for the presentation...

Earlier in the innings, New Zealand could only get around the par score after being put into bat. Will Young set the tone with his 86. Although, it was Daryl Mitchell who stole the show with the blade, with his ton coming up the order at number 3. If not for these two the Kiwis could've been well under par. It was Naseem Shah who stood out with the ball for the hosts. Eventually, it did not prove to be enough to stop this lethal batting rank of Pakistan.

New Zealand needed some early wickets to put the opposition on the back foot, but it did not go as they would've envisioned. Tom Latham stuck with his seamers for the entire Powerplay 1, and to be honest, they took a beating with the new ball. Eventually at the end of 20 overs, Pakistan had their noses in front, as New Zealand could not break the opening stand. Then somehow, change of ends for Ish Sodhi helped the Kiwis to get rid of Imam-ul-Haq, but they could not capitalise on this breakthrough, which eventually costed them the game.

Chasing 289 on this batting paradise, never put the hosts under pressure during any period of the chase. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq set the tone with the opening stand of 124 runs, both the batters racked up their half-centuries. Only, Zaman went on to convert it into a three-digit score. He was well supported by Babar Azam. Before Mohammad Rizwan came out and played a sensible knock of 42 runs to get his side over the victory line. Shan Masood though needs to come into his own in the next match. First he had an off day in the field and later, he could not redeem himself with the bat in hand. Other than that, it was a typical Pakistan batting performance where they cruised throughout the chase.

Beginning of a new series brings a similar outcome for Pakistan on this occasion as well, as the hosts take an early lead in this series. They chase down the target of 289 runs with 9 balls to spare. New Zealand will take plenty of positives from this game. The Kiwis fought till the very end, but could not get the better of Rizwan early in the death.

48.34

FOUR! Mohammad Rizwan finishes it off with a boundary. Tossed up in middle, Mohammad Rizwan slog sweeps this towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary.

48.20

Tossed up in middle, Mohammad Rizwan defends this off the front foot.

48.11

Short in length on middle, Mohammad Nawaz pushes this to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 286/5

M Nawaz7 (9)

M Rizwan38 (32)

B Tickner9-0-52-1

47.61

On a length in middle, Mohammad Nawaz tucks this to deep mid-wicket region for a single.

47.52

Fuller one outside off, Mohammad Nawaz chips this over the mid of fielder for a couple this time.

47.44

FOUR! On a length outside off, Mohammad Nawaz lofts this over the mid off fielder for a boundary toward long off. Adam Milne puts in a great effort but couldn't save the boundary.

47.31

Fuller one in middle, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to long on for a single.

47.20

Short-pitched delivery around the waist, Mohammad Rizwan pulls this to the fielder at short mid-wicket.

47.10

On a length outside off, Mohammad Wasim pushes this to short cover.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 278/5

M Nawaz0 (6)

M Rizwan37 (29)

M Henry10-0-45-0

46.60

On a length outside off, Mohammad Nawaz looks to drive but gets beaten by the low bounce on this.

46.50

Short and wide outside off, Mohammad Nawaz punches this to short cover for no run.

46.41

Good length delivery going down leg, Mohammad Rizwan tucks this to fine leg for a single.

46.30

On a length around middle, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

46.24

FOUR! Fuller one in middle, Mohammad Rizwan advances down the track and smashes this over the bowler's head for a boundary.

46.10

On a length around middle, Mohammad Rizwan tucks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 273/5

M Nawaz0 (4)

M Rizwan32 (25)

B Tickner8-0-44-1

45.60

Fuller one outside off, Mohammad Nawaz cuts this to point for no run.

45.50

On a length around off, Mohammad Nawaz pushes this to short cover.

45.40

Back of a length around off, Mohammad Nawaz pushes this to point for no run.

45.30

Fuller one outside off, Mohammad Nawaz drives this but finds the fielder at short cover for no run.

Mohammad Nawaz is the new man in.

45.2W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! On a length outside off, Agha Salman looks to cut but gets a faint outside edge onto this. Tom Latham makes no mistake behind the wicket and takes it well.

45.14

FOUR! Fuller one outside off, Agha Salman advances down the track an smashed a boundary through cover region.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 269/4

M Rizwan32 (25)

A Salman3 (8)

R Ravindra7-0-48-1

44.64

FOUR! Shorter, wide outside off. Mohammad Rizwan stays back and slaps it hard through covers for a cracking boundary.

44.50

On off, blocked out solidly.

44.40

Loud appeal for lbw but turned down! Flighted, angled down leg. Rizwan goes for the sweep but misses it completely.

44.41wd

WIDE! Fuller, sliding down leg. The umpire signals a wide.

44.34

FOUR! Easy pickings! It is full, down the leg side. Mohammad Rizwan gets low and sweeps it down to fine leg for a boundary.

44.21

Floated, on leg. Agha Salman clips it through mid on for one.

44.10

Rachin Ravindra follows the batters down the leg side. Agha Salman bunts it back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 259/4

M Rizwan24 (21)

A Salman2 (6)

M Henry9-0-40-0

43.60

A length ball, on middle and leg. Rizwan clips it into the leg side, but could not find the gap. Just 2 runs off the over.

43.50

Mohammad Rizwan flicks this full ball off his pads.

43.41

Pitched up, on off. Salman leans in and drives it to the left of mid on. One taken.

43.30

Good length, around off. Salman punches it to covers.

43.20

Full length, on off. Salman defends it out solidly.

43.11

Back of a length, on off. Rizwan punches it down to long on for one.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 257/4

M Rizwan23 (18)

A Salman1 (3)

R Ravindra6-0-38-1

42.61

Shorter, on off. Mohammad Rizwan knocks it into the off side for a single.

42.51

Fuller, outside off. Salman drives it through covers for one.

42.40

Back of a length, on the pads. Agha Salman clips it to square leg.

42.30

On off, blocked out.

Agha Salman walks out next to bat.

42.2W

OUT! CAUGHT! Rachin Ravindra picks his first wicket in ODIs. He will be delighted with this wicket. It is tossed up, full and on off. Fakhar Zaman gets low and goes for the sweep. All he manages to get is a thick top edge on it. The ball flies towards mid on. Chad Bowes settles under it and takes a dolly. Can New Zealand capitalise on this breakthrough?

42.11

Short, on leg. Rizwan pulls it to deep square leg for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 254/3

M Rizwan21 (16)

F Zaman117 (113)

M Henry8-0-38-0

41.61

Shorter, outside off. Rizwan hops and pushes it to extra cover. There is a misfield and the batters take one.

41.52

Fuller, on off. Mohammad Rizwan clips it through the gap at mid-wicket. The batters take two runs.

41.40

A length ball, angled into the pads. Rizwan shuffles and nudges it to the leg side.

41.30

Full length, on leg. Mohammad Rizwan tucks it into mid-wicket.

41.21

Good length, on top of off. Zaman knocks it down to long on for a single.

41.11

A length ball, on fifth stump. Rizwan tries to punch it through the line. He gets an inside edge on his pads. They cross for one. 250 up for the hosts.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 249/3

M Rizwan17 (11)

F Zaman116 (112)

R Ravindra5-0-35-0

40.61

It is full, down leg. Rizwan sweeps it to short fine leg. One taken. 11 runs off the over.

40.50

Mohammad Rizwan prods and defends this full one off.

40.40

Flatter, on middle and leg. Rizwan blocks it to the right of the bowler.

40.36

SIX! All the way! Mohammad Rizwan now seems to be in a hurry. Floated and full, on middle. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the track and smokes it over the long off fence for a maximum.

40.24

FOUR! UP AND OVER! Rachin Ravindra goes full and on leg. Mohammad Rizwan dances down the track, gets under the ball and lofts it down to long off. A couple of bounces into the ropes.

40.10

Flighted, full and on off. Rizwan blocks it on his front foot.

Powerplay 2 comes to an end! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the inner circle until the end of the innings.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 238/3

M Rizwan6 (5)

F Zaman116 (112)

A Milne9-0-60-2

39.61

Fuller one in middle, Mohammad Rizwan shuffles and clips this to fine leg for a single.

39.54

Knuckle ball around pads, Mohammad Rizwan helps it towards fine leg for a boundary. Pakistan is inching closer to a victory here.

39.41

Short-pitched delivery in middle, Fakhar Zaman pulls this flat towards short mid-wicket for a single.

39.31

1 run. Short-pitched delivery towards middle, Mohammad Rizwan pulls this to deep square leg for a single.

39.21

Short and wide of off, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to sweeper cover for a single.

39.14

FOUR! Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman smashes this through the gap at deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 226/3

F Zaman110 (109)

M Rizwan0 (2)

I Sodhi10-0-51-1

38.61

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

38.50

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to mid on for no run.

38.40

Short and wide of off, Fakhar Zaman cuts this to point.

38.34

FOUR! Tossed up in middle, Fakhar Zaman slog sweeps this over towards deep square leg for a boundary.

38.24

FOUR! Tossed up in middle, Fakhar Zaman plays the reverse sweep and smashes a boundary toward third man region.

38.10

Short in length on off, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to point for no run.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 217/3

M Rizwan0 (2)

F Zaman101 (103)

A Milne8-0-48-2

37.60

Fuller one on middle, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

37.50

Fuller one outside off, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to point for no run.

Mohammad Rizwan comes in at number 5.

37.4W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! On a length outside off, Shan Masood chips this in the air toward Adam Milne at short cover and he makes no mistake and takes it nice and clean. New Zealand breathes fresh air and they would be looking to capitalize here.

37.30

On a length around off, Shan Masood pushes this back to the bowler.

37.31wd

Wide! Bouncer well directed but was way too over the batter. Umpire calls it a wide.

37.20

On a length around middle, Shan Masood pushes this to mid on for no run.

37.10

On a length outside off, Shan Masood pushes this back towards the bowler.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 216/2

F Zaman101 (103)

S Masood1 (8)

I Sodhi9-0-42-1

36.60

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this back towards the bowler.

36.51

Short in length in middle, Shan Masood pulls this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

36.40

Fuller one in middle, Shan Masood pushes this back to the bowler.

36.30

Short in length outside off, Shan Masood looks to reverse but misses out.

36.20

Tossed up in middle, Shan Masood pushes this to the on side for no run.

36.11

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to deep square leg for a single.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 214/2

S Masood0 (4)

F Zaman100 (101)

A Milne7-0-47-1

35.60

Length ball, outside off. Masood looks to chase it but misses.

35.50

Fuller one in middle, Shan Masood drives this to mid off for no run.

35.40

Fuller one wide of off, Shan Masood pushes this to extra-cover for no run.

35.30

On a length wide of off, Shan Masood punches this short cover for no run.

Shan Masood comes out to bat now.

35.2W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! On a length outside off, Babar Azam looks to slice but gets a faint edge and Tom Latham makes no mistake and collects this cleanly behind the wicket.

35.12

On a length around middle, Babar Azam pushes this to deep extra-cover region for a couple.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 212/1

F Zaman100 (101)

B Azam47 (44)

I Sodhi8-0-40-1

34.60

Tossed up in middle, Fakhar Zaman plays the reverse sweep to short third man for no run.

34.50

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman defends this for no run.

34.42

Short and wide of off, Fakhar Zaman hops on his back foot and pushes this to deep extra cover for a couple. Fakhar Zaman raises his bat as he reaches his century here.

34.32

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman plays the reverse sweep for a couple towards third man.

34.21

Fuller one in middle, Babar Azam rolls this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

34.11

Tossed up delivery pitching outside off spinning in towards the batter, Fakhar Zaman looks to block but gets an inside edge onto his pads for no run. Ish Sodhi convinces his skipper for a review but the ultra edge shows a clear spike and the visitors lose a review here.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 206/1

F Zaman95 (96)

B Azam46 (43)

A Milne6-0-45-0

33.61

Fuller one wide of off, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to mid off for a single.

33.54

FOUR! Short-pitched delivery in middle, Fakhar Zaman pulls this and finds the gap at deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.

33.41

On a length around pads, Babar Azam pulls this flat to deep square leg for a single.

33.31

Short-pitched delivery around off, Fakhar Zaman pulls this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

33.20

On off, pushed to extra cover.

33.10

On a length around middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 199/1

B Azam45 (42)

F Zaman89 (91)

B Tickner7-0-40-0

32.62

Fuller one in middle, Babar Azam nudges this to deep square leg for a couple of runs.

32.50

On a length wide of off, Babar Azam misses out for no run.

32.42

On a length around middle, Babar Azam punches this to deep extra cover for a couple.

32.34

FOUR! Fuller one on pads, Babar Azam tucks this fine towards fine leg for a boundary. Babar has placed this perfectly wide of the fielder in the deep.

32.21

On a length around middle, Fakhar Zaman nudges this to square leg for a single.

32.11lb

Leg bye. On a length around pads, Babar Azam looks to nudge this to the off side but misses out and hits the pads for a single towards short fine leg.

Drinks break! Pakistan are cruising at the moment. They need less than a run a ball from hereon to get over the line. New Zealand bowlers need to come with a new strategy to break this second-wicket stand of Pakistan. If they aren't able to do it quickly, then they will surely be out of this game.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 189/1

F Zaman88 (90)

B Azam37 (37)

M Henry7-0-33-0

31.62

Back of a length around middle, Fakhar Zaman pulls this to deep square leg for a couple.

31.50

Fuller one on off, Fakhar Zaman blocks this out.

31.40

Fuller one wide of off, Fakhar Zaman drives this to mid off and sets off for a single but Babar Azam denies it.

31.31

On a length around middle, Babar Azam pushes this to mid-wicket for a single.

31.22

Short-pitched delivery in middle, Babar Azam pulls this to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

31.10

Fuller one on off, Babar Azam pushes this to short cover for no run.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 184/1

B Azam34 (34)

F Zaman86 (87)

B Tickner6-0-31-0

30.61

Good length delivery outside off, Babar Azam pushes this to backward point for a single.

30.51

Yorker in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to mid on for a single.

30.41

Fuller one in middle, Babar Azam pushes this to the mid-wicket region for a single.

30.31

Fuller one wide of off, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to sweeper cover for a single.

30.21

Good length delivery in middle, Babar Azam pushes this to the off side for a single.

30.11lb

Leg bye. On a length on top of off, Fakhar Zaman looks to pull but hits this off his pads for a single towards short third.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 178/1

B Azam31 (31)

F Zaman84 (84)

M Henry6-0-28-0

29.60

Shorter, on middle. Azam defends it out solidly.

29.50

Good length, at 130 clicks, jags back in from outside off. Azam jams it out from inside the crease.

29.42

Matt Henry serves a length ball, outside off, nipping in late. Azam waits for it and runs it down to third man for a brace.

29.30

Length, in the channel. Azam gets an inside edge on it. The ball rolls to the leg side.

29.22

Good length, outside off. Azam punches it through extra cover. The sweeper cover comes across and the batters take two.

29.11

A single now as this full ball is driven past mid off. The stand moves to 50.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 173/1

F Zaman83 (83)

B Azam27 (26)

B Tickner5-0-26-0

28.61

Slower bouncer, outside off. Zaman pulls it to deep square leg for one.

28.54

FOUR! What a shot! Zaman continues to attack his favourite side and he moves to 82 runs. Back of a length, on off. Zaman gets on top of it and swats it through mid-wicket for four runs.

28.40

Very full, in the channel. Zaman gets down and drives it to mid off.

28.32

Quicker and full, wide outside off. Fakhar Zaman crunches it to sweeper cover for two runs.

28.21

A length ball, around off. Azam guides it down to third man for one.

28.10

Azam punches this length ball off his back foot into point.

28.11wd

WIDE! Blair Tickner starts with a loosener this time. Full, wide outside leg. The umpire extends his arms.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 164/1

F Zaman76 (79)

B Azam26 (24)

I Sodhi7-0-34-1

27.60

Floated and full, on leg. Zaman gets pinged on his pads as he fails to flick it away. A stifled appeal but the umpire shows no interest.

27.51

A single now as this is knocked down the park.

27.44

FOUR! Babar Azam finds the boundary this time. Short ball, on the pads. Azam pulls it to deep square leg for a boundary. Incredible shot by the skipper. New Zealand need a wicket and that too, early.

27.31

Pushed through quicker, on off. Zaman knocks it down to long on for a single.

27.21

On the pads, Azam nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.

27.11

Shorter, in the channel. Zaman guides it to point for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 156/1

F Zaman74 (76)

B Azam20 (21)

R Ravindra4-0-24-0

26.61

Another single now! This time to end the over. Rachin Ravindra attacks the pad once again, Zaman tucks it into the leg side withe ease. One taken.

26.51

Shorter, in the channel. Azam punches it through point for one.

26.41

On the pads, flicked to deep square leg for a single.

26.31

Floated, full, wide of off. Azam knocks it into covers for a quick single.

26.21

A single now as this full ball is hit down the park to long on by Zaman.

26.14

FOUR! Smacked! Top shot. Full, on off. Fakhar Zaman reverse sweeps it through backward point. It races away to the fence.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 147/1

B Azam18 (19)

F Zaman67 (72)

I Sodhi6-0-26-1

25.62

Babar Azam hangs back and cuts this short ball to sweeper cover. The batters take two runs comfortably.

25.50

Tossed up, on off. Azam eases it into the off side.

25.40

On off, defended out solidly.

25.36

SIX! ALL THE WAY! Babar Azam has lit-up the crowd here in Rawalpindi. It is tossed up, full and on off. Babar Azam gets down on one knee and smokes it over the long on fence.

25.20

BEATEN! Half-tracker, in the channel. Babar Azam tries to cut it away but gets beaten.

25.12

Flatter and wide outside off. Azam slashes hard, but only gets an underedge on it. The ball runs down to third man. They take two.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 137/1

F Zaman67 (72)

B Azam8 (13)

R Ravindra3-0-15-0

24.60

Darted on the pads, Zaman clips it to square leg.

24.50

Pushed through quicker, on off. Zaman gets an inside edge on his pads.

24.40

Slower one, full and on off. Zaman drives it to extra cover, but the fielder does well to stop it.

24.31

A single now as this is pushed into covers.

24.24

FOUR! Easy pickings for Azam. A full toss, on middle and leg. Azam flicks it over mid-wicket with ease for a cracking boundary.

24.11

A single now as this is knocked down to long on.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 131/1

B Azam3 (11)

F Zaman66 (68)

I Sodhi5-0-16-1

23.60

Quicker one, on off. Azam remains solid in his defense.

23.50

On off, defended out watchfully.

23.40

A loud appeal for lbw but turned down! Ish Sodhi though manages to convince the skipper and Tom Latham takes the review. It is looped up, around off. The ball grips and turns away a touch. Babar Azam prods and gets pinged on his pads as he fails to block it away. The Ball Tracking though confirms that the ball is missing the wickets. The original decision stands.

23.30

Quicker and full, around off. Azam blocks it back to the bowler on his front foot.

23.20

Loops it up, on off. Azam blocks it out.

23.11

Fakhar Zaman tucks this full ball behind square on the leg side for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 130/1

F Zaman65 (67)

B Azam3 (6)

R Ravindra2-0-9-0

22.61

Another single. Full, on off. Zaman works it down to long on and crosses.

22.51

Babar Azam comes down the track and drives this full ball into covers for a single.

22.41

Fuller, attacking the pads. Zaman clips it through the leg side for one.

22.30

Floated and full, on off. Zaman clips it into mid-wicket.

22.21

Quicker and full, on leg. Azam nudges it to mid-wicket for one.

22.10

Full, on off. Azam plays it back to the bowler.

22.11wd

WIDE! Flighted and full, outside leg though. The umpire signals a wide.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 125/1

F Zaman63 (64)

B Azam1 (3)

I Sodhi4-0-15-1

21.60

Floated and full, on leg. Zaman prods and blocks it. A successful over from Sodhi comes to an end.

21.51

On the pads, Azam flicks it to mid-wicket for a single. The Pakistan skipper is off the mark.

21.40

Quicker and flatter, on off. Azam chops it to point.

21.30

BEATEN! Tosses it up, outside off. The ball grips and turns away. Babar Azam tries to push it away but misses.

Babar Azam walks out next to bat.

21.2W

OUT! LBW! A loud appeal and the finger goes up. Imam-ul-Haq has a wry smile on his face, before he takes the review. Coming to the delivery. It is flighted and on middle, turning into the batter sharply. Imam-ul-Haq fails to flick it away and gets pinged on his pads. The UltraEdge confirms no bat is involved. The Ball Tracking shows three reds and the original decision stands. Ish Sodhi draws the first blood.

21.16

SIX! BANG! Loops it up, full and on off. Imam-ul-Haq uses his feet this time and tonks it over the bowler's head for a biggie.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 118/0

F Zaman63 (63)

Imam54 (63)

R Ravindra1-0-4-0

20.60

Excellent fielding. It is full and on off. Fakhar Zaman drives it into covers. Henry Nicholls dives to his left and makes a sharp stop to restrict a single here.

20.52

Floats it up, outside off. Zaman waits for it and guides it down to third man. They take two runs before Ish Sodhi chases it down.

20.40

Slower through the air, on off. Zaman blocks it back to the bowler.

20.31

Tossed up, wide of off. Imam-ul-Haq prods and defends it to point for one.

20.20

Floats it up, on off. Imam-ul-Haq eases it back to the bowler.

20.11

A bit short, turning in from outside off. Fakhar Zaman tucks it to mid on for one.

Runs Scored 12 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 114/0

F Zaman60 (59)

Imam53 (61)

D Mitchell3-0-27-0

19.61

Good length delivery on off, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to wide long on for a single.

19.52

On a length around off, Fakhar Zaman cuts this to point for a couple.

19.46

SIX! Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman slogs this over the deep mid-wicket fence for a huge maximum.

19.30

On a length in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

19.21

On a length in middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this to deep square leg for a single.

19.12

Fuller one in middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this to long leg for a couple.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 102/0

F Zaman51 (55)

Imam50 (59)

I Sodhi3-0-8-0

18.60

Short in length around middle, Fakhar Zaman chops this of his inside edge towards short fine leg for no run.

18.51

Fuller one in middle, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to long on for a single.

18.40

Lengthdragged back a bit, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this back towards the bowler.

18.30

Fuller one in middle, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

18.21

Short in length around off, Fakhar Zaman cuts this to third man for a single.

18.11

Fuller, on off. Imam-ul-Haq pushes it into covers for one.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 99/0

F Zaman50 (53)

Imam48 (55)

D Mitchell2-0-15-0

17.64

FOUR! Fuller one wide of off, Fakhar Zaman stands still and drives this through cover for a beautifully struck boundary. He reached his half-century as well.

17.52

Fuller one wide of off, Fakhar Zaman steps down the track and slices this to vacant third man for a couple.

17.40

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to the on side for no run.

17.31

On a length around pads, Imam-ul-Haq nudges this to square leg for a single.

17.21

Fuller one outside off, Fakhar Zaman pushes this wide of point for a single.

17.10

Fuller one outside off, Fakhar Zaman drives this to short cover for no run.

Drinks break! It has been all about Pakistan so far. Their openers have set the tone of this chase, as the hosts remain unbeaten on 91 at the end of 17 overs. New Zealand are in desperate need of wickets here and make inroads in this game.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 91/0

F Zaman43 (48)

Imam47 (54)

I Sodhi2-0-5-0

16.61

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman edges this to short third man for a single.

16.50

Fuller and wide of off, Fakhar Zaman cuts this to point for no run.

16.41

Fuller one in middle, Imam-ul-Haq drills this to long on for a single.

16.31

Fuller on on leg, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

16.20

Tossed up in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to mid on for no run.

16.10

Short in length outside off, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to short cover for no run.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 88/0

Imam46 (53)

F Zaman41 (43)

D Mitchell1-0-7-0

15.60

Fuller one outside off, Imam-ul-Haq leaves this expecting a wide but the umpire calls it a fair one.

15.51

Short-pitched delivery in middle, Fakhar Zaman pulls this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

15.41

Fuller one outside off, Imam-ul-Haq drives this to long off for a single.

15.30

Fuller one outside off, Imam-ul-Haq looks to drive but gets beaten on his inside edge.

15.21

Back of a length in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to long on for a single.

15.14

FOUR! On a length outside off, Fakhar Zaman slices this through point for a boundary. Mark Chapman puts in a brilliant effort but fails to save this boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 81/0

Imam45 (50)

F Zaman35 (40)

I Sodhi1-0-2-0

14.60

Tossed up in middle, Imam-ul-Haq keeps this out to end the over.

14.52

Fuller one on pads, Imam-ul-Haq flicks this to long leg for a couple.

14.40

Tossed up on off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this towards the off side.

14.30

Fuller one in middle, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to the on side for no run.

14.20

Quicker and flatter on middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

14.10

Short in length outside off, Imam-ul-Haq defends this off the back foot.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 79/0

Imam43 (44)

F Zaman35 (40)

A Milne5-0-38-0

13.61

Short-pitched delivery around middle, Imam-ul-Haq pulls this to fine leg for a single.

13.52

Fuller one outside off, Imam-ul-Haq drives this through point for a couple.

13.40

On a length around off, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to point for no run.

13.30

Well directed bouncer, Imam-ul-Haq sways away from this.

13.20

Good length delivery around middle and leg, Imam-ul-Haq nudges this to short mid-wicket for no run.

13.10

On a length around middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 76/0

F Zaman35 (40)

Imam40 (38)

B Tickner4-0-17-0

12.62

Fuller one on middle, Fakhar Zaman flicks this wide of short fine leg for a couple.

12.51

Short-pitched delivery wide of off, Imam-ul-Haq has pulled this to fine leg for a single.

12.40

On a length in middle, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

12.31

Fuller one on pads, Fakhar Zaman has flicked this for a single towards fine leg.

12.20

On a length around middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

12.10

Fuller one outside off, Fakhar Zaman drives this to short cover for no run.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 72/0

F Zaman32 (36)

Imam39 (36)

A Milne4-0-35-0

11.61

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to the on side for a single.

11.54

FOUR! On a length in middle, Fakhar Zaman pulls this to deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Fakhar Zaman has placed this to perfection.

11.41

Back of a length around middle, Imam-ul-Haq pulls this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

11.30

Fuller one in middle, Imam-ul-Haq pushes this to mid on for no run.

11.24

FOUR! On a length outside off, Imam-ul-Haq opens up the face of his bat late to place this fine for a boundary towards third man for a boundary.

11.10

Wide yorker, Imam-ul-Haq slices this to short third man for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 62/0

Imam34 (32)

F Zaman27 (34)

B Tickner3-0-13-0

10.61

On a length outside off, Imam-ul-Haq pulls this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

10.51

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman flicks this to deep square leg for a single.

10.40

On a length outside off, Fakhar Zaman slices this back towards the keeper for no run.

10.31

Back of a length around middle, Imam-ul-Haq tucks this to fine leg for a single.

10.20

Short-pitched delivery angling towards the batter, Imam-ul-Haq ducks down of this one.

10.12

Back of  length around pads, Imam-ul-Haq nudges this towards fine leg for a couple.

Powerplay 1 comes to an end. Now, 4 fielders can be placed outside the inner circle until the end of the 40th over.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 57/0

F Zaman26 (32)

Imam30 (28)

M Henry5-0-23-0

9.60

A length ball, on off. Zaman tucks it to mid-wicket. 6 runs off the over.

9.51

Good length, wide of off. Imam-ul-Haq chops it through point for one.

9.41

Matt Henry serves it full, on off. Zaman eases it to long off for a single.

9.30

A length ball, on leg, it skids through. Fakhar Zaman gets an inside edge on his pads.

9.24

FOUR! Good use of the feet here. It is fuller, on leg stump. Fakhar Zaman dances down the track and whips it through the gap at mid-wicket. This time for four runs.

9.10

On a length, outside off, punched to point.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 51/0

F Zaman21 (27)

Imam29 (27)

B Tickner2-0-8-0

8.61

Fakhar Zaman knocks this full ball to mid off and rotates the strike.

8.50

Much fuller, angling in, on fifth stump. Zaman helps it to point.

8.40

Length and on off, blocked out solidly.

8.31

Imam-ul-Haq now guides this length ball down to third man for one.

8.21lb

LEG BYE! Blair Tickner serves a length ball, sliding down leg. Fakhar Zaman misses to flick it away. The ball rolls out to the leg side. They cross for a leg bye.

8.10

A length ball, angled in on off. Fakhar Zaman defends it out watchfully.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 48/0

Imam28 (26)

F Zaman20 (22)

M Henry4-0-17-0

7.60

Fuller in length, angled across, wide of off. Imam-ul-Haq gets on his front foot and knocks it into covers.

7.50

Shorter, on middle, Imam-ul-Haq blocks it back to the bowler.

7.44

FOUR! EDGY! Matt Henry serves a short ball, on middle. Imam-ul-Haq goes for the hook shot, but gets a top-edge on it. The ball flies down to deep square leg and it runs away into the fence.

7.30

Matt Henry fires in a yorker, on leg. Imam-ul-Haq nudges it into mid-wicket.

7.21

Short, on off. Zaman pulls it to deep square leg for one.

7.10

A length ball, on off. Zaman gets behind the line and defends it out solidly.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 43/0

F Zaman19 (20)

Imam24 (22)

B Tickner1-0-6-0

6.61

Fakhar Zaman pulls this short ball to deep square leg for a single.

6.52

Slower, sliding down the leg. Zaman tickles it down to fine leg. Two runs taken. Pakistan are finding the gap with ease. They haven't been put under pressure so far from the Kiwi bowlers.

6.41

Full length, on the pads. Imam-ul-Haq flicks it to mid-wicket for one.

6.30

Blair Tickner now bends his back hard and dishes a bouncer, in the channel. Imam-ul-Haq sways away from the line of the delivery.

6.21

Back of a length, on off. Fakhar Zaman rides the bounce and pulls it powerfully to deep square leg. One more taken.

6.11

Imam-ul-Haq flicks this good-length ball off his pads for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 37/0

F Zaman15 (17)

Imam22 (19)

M Henry3-0-12-0

5.60

Fakhar Zaman defends this length ball solidly to see off the over from Henry.

5.50

A length ball, angling across, not much pace on offer. Fakhar Zaman is caught in two minds here and ends up not going through with his shot.

5.40

Fakhar Zaman defends this length ball into covers from his back foot.

5.31

Back of a length, on off. Imam-ul-Haq pulls it to the leg side. He gets a top-edge on it but the ball lands safely in the gap.

5.20

Length, on off, blocked out.

5.14

FOUR! Imam-ul-Haq now joins the party. Shorter, wide outside off. Imam-ul-Haq gets on top of it and cuts it through point for four runs.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 32/0

F Zaman15 (14)

Imam17 (16)

A Milne3-0-25-0

4.64

FOUR! Good-looking shot. It is very full, on leg. Zaman swats it to deep mid-wicket. One bounce and over the ropes.

4.50

Good length, on off. Zaman eases it out to covers.

4.41

Full length, on off. Imam-ul-Haq helps it out to mid off. They take one.

4.30

It is a full-length ball, on off. Imam-ul-Haq knocks it down to mid on.

4.22

Shorter, on middle and leg. Imam-ul-Haq flicks it to deep square leg for easy two runs.

4.10

A length ball, angling across, on off. Imam-ul-Haq blocks it back to the bowler with a straight bat.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 25/0

F Zaman11 (12)

Imam14 (12)

M Henry2-0-7-0

3.60

Fuller in length, on fifth stump. Zaman shuffles and dabs it to point. He ventures out but is sent back immediately.

3.51

Good length, on off. Imam-ul-Haq works it into covers for one.

3.40

Imam-ul-Haq now punches this length ball into covers off his back foot.

3.34

FOUR! It is much fuller, on off. Imam-ul-Haq steps down and creams it to long off. The ball races away to the fence. An effortless stroke from Imam-ul-Haq.

3.20

On a length, angling across, wide of off. Imam-ul-Haq leaves it alone for the keeper.

3.10

Length ball, on the pads. Imam-ul-Haq flicks it to deep square leg for a dot.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 20/0

F Zaman11 (11)

Imam9 (7)

A Milne2-0-18-0

2.64

FOUR! Adam Milne goes for 11 runs this time. He surely won't be happy about it. A length ball, sliding down leg. Zaman tickles it down to fine leg, and the ball races away into the fence.

2.53

Full length, on the pads. Imam-ul-Haq clips it to deep mid-wicket. The batters take three before the fielder cuts it out.

2.40

An effort delivery, in the channel. Imam-ul-Haq taps it to point. Chad Bowes slides to his right and makes a sharp stop. He in fact scores a direct hit as well at the striker's end.

2.34

FOUR! Good shot. Back of a length, on off. Imam-ul-Haq swivels on his back foot and pulls it to deep square leg. The ball races away to the fence. First boundary for Imam-ul-Haq.

2.20

Fuller, on off. Imam-ul-Haq gets forward, and eases it back to the bowler.

2.10

It is a full-length ball, angling across. Imam-ul-Haq presses forward and defends it into covers.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 9/0

F Zaman7 (10)

Imam2 (2)

M Henry1-0-2-0

1.60

A length ball, on off. Zaman nudges it to mid-wicket. Just a couple off it. Matt Henry starts well with the second new ball.

1.50

Third dot of the over. Back of a length, outside off. It sits up nicely for Zaman, who middles his pull shot but finds the fielder at mid-wicket.

1.41

Length, on middle and leg. Imam-ul-Haq gets it to square leg off the inner half. One taken.

1.31

Much fuller, on off. Zaman prods and bunts it in front of mid off. The batters take a single. This is exactly what Daryl Mitchell did throughout the innings for the Kiwis earlier.

1.20

Good length, angled across, on off. Zaman pushes it to extra cover with soft hands. Two dots in a row.

1.10

Henry serves a length ball, on off. Zaman defends it out solidly.

Matt Henry will bowl from the other end.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 7/0

F Zaman6 (5)

Imam1 (1)

A Milne1-0-7-0

0.61

Good length, on leg. Zaman stays back and flicks it to deep square leg for another single. A positive start for the hosts. 7 runs off the first one. Also, a bit of fortune going Zaman's way.

0.51

Around the hips. Imam-ul-Haq helps it around the corner for one. He gets off the mark now.

0.41

A good-length ball, sliding down the leg side. Zaman tries to flick it away, but gets a feather on it. Tom Latham dives to his right but only manages to get a hand on it. The batters cross for one.

0.30

Good-length, angled across on off. Zaman blocks it back to the bowler with a straight bat.

0.24

FOUR! Top timing! Adam Milne fires it full, into the pads. Fakhar Zaman flicks it along ground through mid-wicket for a boundary. Fakhar Zaman and Pakistan are off the mark now.

0.10

Good length, angled across, in the channel. Fakhar Zaman tries to push it through the line but misses.

Commentary

We are back for Pakistan's reply. Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are out to bat for the hosts while Adam Milne will bowl for the visitors.

... The Run Chase ...

The bowling from the hosts was really good as they came back brilliantly in the death over to pin the Kiwis on their backfoot and they held onto tight lines and lengths specially Naseem Shah who was finally rewarded with a couple in his last over. Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf took a couple too, while Shadab Khan chipped in with one. Although, Pakistan would be extremely disappointed with the way they fielded. There were plenty of misfields which allowed the Kiwis batters to turn their one into twos. Pakistan will be hoping that this does not have an impact later on. So then, the target is not a big one as the pitch looks like a belter for the batters. Pakistan would be delighted to head back out on the track. Will the hosts be able to take an early lead in this series? We shall find out soon. Do join us for the chase shortly...

We are at the halfway stage of this game as New Zealand has managed to score 288 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The Kiwi innings started off in a slow manner but picked up pace in the later stage of the first powerplay. The wicket of Chad Bowes proved critical as they lost the momentum that was gained. Will Young and Daryl Mitchell then took the responsibility and batted really well together before the dismissal of Will Young on 86. Daryl Mitchell continued his strokeplay and ended up scoring a century. Daryl Mitchell was the top scorer for the team with a score of 113 to his name.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 50 overs : 288/7

A Milne0 (1)

H Nicholls20 (21)

N Shah10-2-29-2

49.6W

OUT! DRAGGED ON! Adam Milne could not offer anything with the bat. Naseem Shah strikes again and picks up his second. It is a toe-crushing yorker, tailing into the batter. Adam Milne tries to whip it away but misses. It crashes into the stumps off his shoes. New Zealand end their inning at 288/7.

Adam Milne walks out next to bat.

49.5W

OUT! CAUGHT! Naseem Shah hurls in a length ball, on off. Rachin Ravindra dances down the track and lofts it high in the air towards long on. Mohammad Nawaz there moves to his left and takes a sharp catch. Naseem Shah has been brilliant with the ball throughout the inning, and he finally gets rewarded with a wicket here.

49.41lb

LEG BYE! Length ball, angled into the pads. Henry Nicholls takes a blow on his thigh pads. They cross for a leg bye.

49.31b

BYE! Slower bumper, on off. Rachin Ravindra tries to chase it but misses.The batters sneak a bye.

49.21lb

A full-length ball, outside off, shaping in. Henry Nicholls tries to slog it away but misses. The batters cross for a leg bye. Naseem Shah though pleads for lbw. The umpire is unmoved. Babar Azam takes the review. The Ball Tracking shows no impact is outside the line.

49.21wd

WIDE! The umpire now extends his arms as Naseem Shah spills it down the leg side.

49.12

A slower length ball, on leg. Henry Nicholls sweeps it to deep square leg. Shan Masood fumbles in the deep once again. The batters take a couple.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 49 overs : 282/5

H Nicholls18 (18)

R Ravindra9 (7)

S Afridi10-0-63-2

48.61

It is a wide yorker. Henry Nicholls digs it out to mid off. He puts his running shoes on and sprints to the other end. 10 runs come off this over, and no boundaries off it. New Zealand working hard.

48.52

Good length, on off. Henry Nicholls pulls it to deep mid-wicket for two runs. This is excellent running.

48.43

Full length, in the channel, shapping away late. Rachin Ravindra drives it through covers. The batters take two quick runs. Shaheen Afridi fails to collect the ball at the non-striker's end, it goes beyond him and they sneak another one.

48.31

Very full, on off. Henry Nicholls makes some room and crunches it to mid off for one.

48.22

Back of a length, on off. Henry Nicholls gets on top of the bounce and swats it to wide of long on. Two runs taken.

48.11

Length ball, sliding down leg. Rachin Ravindra tickles it down to fine leg for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 48 overs : 272/5

H Nicholls12 (14)

R Ravindra5 (5)

H Rauf10-0-65-2

47.60

Two dots on the trot to end the over! An off-cutter, wide outside off. Henry Nicholls shuffles and tries to slog it away, although gets no bat on it. Pakistan have been exceptional in the death overs.

47.50

Swing and a miss! Haris Rauf fires in a full ball, outside off. Henry Nicholls tries to chase it but misses.

47.42

Fuller, angled into the pads. Henry Nicholls flicks it into the gap at deep mid-wicket for two runs.

47.32

DROPPED! It is a full-length ball, on off. Henry Nicholls gets low and slogs it to deep square leg. It flies off the top edge. Mohammad Rizwan makes a call for it and rushes behind, although it is Shaheen Afridi who is close to the ball here. There is a slight confusion and in the end, Afridi does not calculate the catch well. They take a couple.

47.21

Full, attacking the pads. Rachin Ravindra flicks it to mid on for a single.

47.12

Good length, on fifth stump. Rachin Ravindra taps it to point. He ventures out looking for a single, but is sent back. Imam-ul-Haq throws it at the striker's end but misses. There is no back up and they take one. Shan Masood fumbles in the deep and they take one more. Free runs for the Kiwis.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 47 overs : 265/5

R Ravindra2 (3)

H Nicholls8 (10)

S Afridi9-0-53-2

46.61

Full length, outside off. Rachin Ravindra drives it to extra cover. Shadab Khan there dives to his left and gets a hand on it. The batters cross for one. A successful over from Shaheen Afridi comes to an end.

46.51

Shaheen Afridi fires it full, in the blockhole. Henry Nicholls gets a bottom edge on it. The batters cross for a quick single. Incredible variations from Afridi.

46.41lb

LEG BYE! A slower length ball, tailing into the batter. It goes to square leg off the thigh pads. They cross for a leg bye.

46.31

Slower length ball, outside off. Henry Nicholls gets it to mid-wicket off the inner half. They take a single.

46.21

Rachin Ravindra is off the mark instantly. It is fuller, on leg. Rachin Ravindra clips it to mid-wicket for a single.

Rachin Ravindra is the next batter in.

46.1W

OUT! CAUGHT! Shaheen Afridi starts his over with a slower ball and will be delighted to see the back of Daryl Mitchell here. The hero of the moment, walks off the field to a standing ovation. It is a full ball, on leg. Daryl Mitchell wrists it aerially to deep mid-wicket. Although he hits it down the throat of Fakhar Zaman, who completes the catch gleefully.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 46 overs : 260/4

H Nicholls6 (8)

D Mitchell113 (114)

H Rauf9-0-58-2

45.64

FOUR! A boundary to end the over. This should give confidence to Henry Nicholls. It is very full, in the channel. Henry Nicholls puts his front leg across, creates an angles and sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a fine boundary. Haris Rauf cannot believe it.

45.51

A single now as Daryl Mitchell flicks it into the leg side.

45.42

A length ball, on off. Daryl Mitchell lofts it over covers for a brace.

45.31

What a save! Incredible running. It is a length ball, outside off. Henry Nicholls sets himself up for the scoop, but gets an inside edge on his pads. The ball dies in front of him. Daryl Mitchell though calls for a quick single and finds himself in a race with Rauf towards the other end. Haris Rauf bends, lifts the ball and underarms it at the strikee's end. The third umpire confirms that Daryl Mitchell is safe before the bails started flying.

45.20

Haris Rauf angles in a full ball, into the pads. Henry Nicholls tries to flick it away but misses and takes a blow on his pads.

45.11

Back of a length, on off. Daryl Mitchell goes for the pull shot but it comes off his toe end. The ball goes to long on. One taken.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 45 overs : 251/4

D Mitchell109 (111)

H Nicholls1 (5)

N Shah9-2-26-0

44.61

On a length around middle, Daryl Mitchell pulls this to long on for a single.

44.50

Slower bouncer, Daryl Mitchell looks to play the upper cut but misses out.

44.41

On a length outside off, Henry Nicholls pushes this to mid on for a single.

44.30

On a length outside off, Henry Nicholls slices this towards the keeper of his inside edge for no run.

44.20

On a length in middle, Henry Nicholls pushes this back towards the bowler.

44.11

On a length outside off, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 44 overs : 248/4

H Nicholls0 (2)

D Mitchell107 (108)

H Rauf8-0-49-2

43.60

Fuller one in middle, Henry Nicholls nudges this in the hands of the short mid-wicket fielder.

43.50

Fuller one going down leg, Henry Nicholls looks to flick but gets beaten as the ball has hit his pads.

Henry Nicholls is the new man in.

43.4W

OUT! BOWLED'EM! On a length bang on off, Mark Chapman looks to scoop this toward fine leg but misses out and the ball has crashed into the off-stump leaving the bails scattered in opposite directions.

43.31

Fuller one outside off, Daryl Mitchell looks to go big but manages to push this to long on for a single.

43.22

Fuller one in the slot for Daryl Mitchell, he drills this past the bowler for a couple at long on.

43.11

On a length in middle, Mark Chapman nudges this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 43 overs : 244/3

M Chapman14 (12)

D Mitchell104 (106)

N Shah8-2-23-0

42.61

Short-pitched delivery wide of off, Mark Chapman slices this near the square on off for a single.

42.54

FOUR! On a length in middle, Mark Chapman advances down the track and lofts this over Babar Azam at mid off for a boundary.

42.41

Short pitched delivery above off, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to point and takes a single.

42.31

Back of a length in middle, Mark Chapman pushes this wide of square on the on side and takes a single.

42.21

Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell chips this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

42.11

On a length around middle, Mark Chapman pushes this to long on and takes a single.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 42 overs : 235/3

M Chapman7 (8)

D Mitchell102 (104)

S Afridi8-0-49-1

41.61

On a length around off, Mark Chapman gets an inside edge that runs towards fine leg for a single.

41.51

On a length around off, Daryl Mitchell taps this in front of mid off and takes a single.

41.44

FOUR! Marvelous looking stroke for four to bring up the century for Daryl Mitchell. Overpitched in the slot on off, Daryl Mitchell lofts this wide of the mid off fielder for a boundary towards long off region.

41.31

On a length outside off, Mark Chapman punches this to mid off for a single.

41.20

On a length outside off, Mark Chapman looks to cut but gets beaten.

41.14

FOUR! Full toss on pads, Mark Chapman pushes this and finds the gap at mid-wicket region for a boundary.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 41 overs : 224/3

D Mitchell97 (102)

M Chapman1 (4)

N Shah7-2-14-0

40.60

Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell drills this back to the bowler.

40.51

On a length outside off, Mark Chapman punches this to sweeper cover for a single.

40.40

Fuller one outside off, Mark Chapman pushes this to short cover for no run.

40.31

Good length delivery in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to long on for a single.

40.20

On a length around middle, Daryl Mitchell defends this off the front foot for no run.

40.10

Fuller one outside off, Daryl Mitchell defends this to mid off for no run.

End of Powerplay 2! Now, 5 fielders can be placed outside the inner circle.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 40 overs : 222/3

M Chapman0 (2)

D Mitchell96 (98)

S Afridi7-0-38-1

39.60

Shaheen Afridi fires it full, on off. Mark Chapman gets forward and pushes it to mid off.

39.50

Length and on off, defended out solidly.

39.4W

OUT! LBW! Tom Latham never looked settled at the crease. Not a wicket-taking delivery but Shaheen Afridi wouldn't mind how he gets the wicket here. Tom Latham though is not convinced and he takes the review. Coming to the delivery, Shaheen Afridi serves a high full toss, around off, swining in late into the batter. Tom Latham shuffles and tries to flick it away but takes a blow on his pads. Shaheen Afridi appeals and the finger goes up. The Ball Tracking shows that it is umpire's call on ball hitting the wickets. So, the onfield decision stands but New Zealand will retain their review. Mark Chapman is the new batter in.

39.31

Pitched up, on off. Daryl Mitchell drives it down the park with a straight bat. One taken. Daryl Mitchell moves to 96 runs.

39.22

Shaheen Afridi fires in a yorker, on off. Daryl Mitchell squeezes it out through covers. Daryl Mitchell calls for two and they get two runs. The running between the wickets has been incredible from the Kiwis.

39.11

Full length, on off. Latham bunts it to mid on for a single.

Runs Scored 13 Runs

Score after 39 overs : 218/2

D Mitchell93 (96)

T Latham19 (34)

M Nawaz8-0-55-0

38.66

SIX! In the slot and punished. It is tossed up, fuller, on leg. Daryl Mitchell stays back and smokes it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 13 runs off the over and Babar Azam would feel that he missed a trick here by getting the spinner on. Daryl Mitchell into his 90s.

38.50

Loops it up, on middle. Daryl Mitchell gets it to the right of the bowler off the inner half.

38.44

FOUR! Nicely played. Nawaz gives it some air this time, full, on leg. Daryl Mitchell clears his front leg and wrists it through the gap at mid-wicket for four runs.

38.31

Full, outside off. Latham reverse sweeps it to the left of backward point. The fielder moves to that side and makes a sharp stop. One taken.

38.22

A rare double for Latham. It is full, on off. Latham comes down the track and flicks it into mid-wicket for a brace.

38.10

Shorter, outside off. Latham tries to go for the reverse sweep but does not get anywhere near the ball.

Mohammad Nawaz (7-0-42-0) replaces Shadab Khan.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 38 overs : 205/2

D Mitchell83 (93)

T Latham16 (31)

H Rauf7-0-45-1

37.62

Length delivery, wide of off. Daryl Mitchell punches it to extra cover. The batters take two runs.

37.50

Flatter, around off. Daryl Mitchell defends it out watchfully.

37.42

A length ball, on leg. Daryl Mitchell flicks it to deep square leg for a brace. The stand moves to 53.

37.32

Full length, in the channel. Daryl Mitchell drives it to extra cover. There is a fumble and the batters are quick to react. Two runs taken.

37.21

On the pads, clipped to square leg for a single.

37.11

Length ball, on leg. Daryl Mitchell lofts it down to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 37 overs : 197/2

D Mitchell76 (88)

T Latham15 (30)

S Khan10-0-56-1

36.61

Flatter, in the channel. Daryl Mitchell bunts it down to long on for an easy single.

36.51

Tom Latham continues to take the singles. Full, down leg. Latham clips it to deep square leg for one.

36.41

Shorter, on off. Daryl Mitchell wrists it over mid-wicket and gets to the other end.

36.31

Tom Latham sweeps this full ball down to deep square leg for one.

36.20

It is looped up, full and on off. Tom Latham tries to set himself up for the reverse sweep, but it hits his pads off the gloves.

36.11

On leg, flicked down to long on for one more.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 36 overs : 192/2

D Mitchell73 (85)

T Latham13 (27)

H Rauf6-0-37-1

35.61

A single now. Full, sliding down leg. Daryl Mitchell flicks it to deep square leg for a single.

35.61wd

WIDE! A slower length ball, wide outside off. It stays low and moves further away. Daryl Mitchell leaves it alone. Wided.

35.51

Good length, on off. Latham bunts it to mid off and is quick to get to the other end.

35.41

Fuller, on leg. Daryl Mitchell flicks it to mid-wicket for one.

35.30

A bit short, on leg. Daryl Mitchell is early into closing the face of the bat. The ball pops of the leading edge but lands right in front of him.

35.20

A length ball, that nips in from outside off. Daryl Mitchell tries to heave it across the line but takes a blow on his thigh pads.

35.11

Tom Latham punches this length ball to sweeper cover off his back foot. One taken.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 35 overs : 187/2

D Mitchell71 (81)

T Latham11 (25)

S Khan9-0-51-1

34.64

FOUR! Slower through the air, full and on off. Daryl Mitchell gets low and slogs it down to wide long on. One bounce and over the ropes. Two boundaries off this over. Daryl Mitchell is stepping on the gas here.

34.50

Looped up, on off, blocked it back to the bowler.

34.44

FOUR! A welcome boundary for the Kiwis. It is tossed up, full, on off. Daryl Mitchell gets down on one knee and sweeps it through the gap at mid-wicket. The ball has enough legs to reach the fence.

34.31

Fuller, on leg. Latham flicks it through square leg for one.

34.20

A googly, on off. Latham fails to pick it up early.

34.10

Flatter, on off. Latham defends it out from inside the crease.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 34 overs : 178/2

T Latham10 (22)

D Mitchell63 (78)

N Shah6-2-12-0

33.61

Length, on the pads. Tom Latham flicks it to deep square leg for one.

33.50

Shah hurls in a length ball, on off. Tom Latham dabs it out to safety.

33.40

On a lenght, angled across, on off. Latham dabs it to point.

33.31

Good length, on top off. The ball flies off the deck. Daryl Mitchell opens the face of the bat late and guides it to backward point for one.

33.21

Length ball, on off. Latham pushes it to mid off for a single. He has been struggling to time the ball well so far.

33.10

A length ball, that lands around leg, angled across. Tom Latham tries to flick it away but wears it on his pads.

Time for a Drinks break. New Zealand has laid a perfect platform for the batters to launch on and score heavy. Daryl Mitchell looks set to increase his scoring rate even further and the hosts would be looking to break this partnership as soon as they can.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 33 overs : 175/2

D Mitchell62 (77)

T Latham8 (17)

S Khan8-0-42-1

32.60

Floats it up, full and on middle. Daryl Mitchell shuffles and flicks it into mid-wicket.

32.51

A low full toss, on off. Latham knocks it down the park for one.

32.40

Full and on off, blocked out.

32.31

Slower through the air, full and on off. Daryl Mitchell pushes it to covers for one.

32.24

FOUR! A much-needed boundary. Tosses it up, outside off. Daryl Mitchell dances down the track, gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it down the park for four runs.

32.10

Flighted, on off, defended out solidly.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 32 overs : 169/2

T Latham7 (15)

D Mitchell57 (73)

N Shah5-2-9-0

31.60

Length ball, on off. Tom Latham flicks it into mid-wicket from inside the crease.

31.51

Shorter, angled into the body. Daryl Mitchell wrists it in front of mid on and scampers across for a quick single.

31.40

Four dots in a row! Good length, on off. Daryl Mitchell shuffles and eases it back to the bowler.

31.30

A good-length ball, outside off. The ball stays a touch low. Daryl Mitchell hangs his blade away from his body. There is some sound, Naseem Shah certainly thinks that and convinces the skipper to take the review. The UltraEdge confirms that there is no bat involved. The original decision stands.

31.20

Another dot now! Length, on off. Daryl Mitchell punches this to mid off. Times it well but only to find the fielder.

31.10

Naseem Shah hurls in a full ball, on off. Daryl Mitchell gets forward and pushes it into covers.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 31 overs : 168/2

T Latham7 (14)

D Mitchell56 (68)

S Khan7-0-36-1

30.60

Quicker and full, on off. Latham blocks it on his front foot.

30.50

A low full toss, helped back to the bowler.

30.40

Full and on off, defended out solidly.

30.31

A single now as this full ball is played down to long on.

30.21

Looped up, on the pads. Latham tucks it to square leg for one.

30.10

Flatter and short, on off. Latham tucks it into mid-wicket.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 30 overs : 166/2

D Mitchell55 (67)

T Latham6 (9)

S Afridi6-0-34-0

29.60

Fuller one around pads, Daryl Mitchell tucks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

29.50

Good length delivery wide of off, Daryl Mitchell defends this solidly of the front foot.

29.40

Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell defends this off the front foot for no run.

29.30

On a length outside off, Daryl Mitchell punches this to short cover for no run.

29.24

FOUR! Stand and delivery. Overpitched outside off, Daryl Mitchell drives this and drives it to perfection as it races away for a boundary towards the long off fence.

29.10

On a length around middle and leg, Daryl Mitchell pushes this back toward the bowler.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 29 overs : 162/2

D Mitchell51 (61)

T Latham6 (9)

S Khan6-0-34-1

28.61

Full toss in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to long on for a single.

28.51

Short in length outside off, Tom Latham ramps this towards fine leg for a single.

28.40

Fuller one outside off, Tom Latham pushes this to short cover for no run.

28.31

Fuller one on pads, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to long on for a single.

28.21

Tossed up in middle, Tom Latham nudges this to deep square leg for a single.

28.11

Tossed up outside off, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to point and takes a really quick single.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 28 overs : 157/2

T Latham4 (6)

D Mitchell48 (58)

S Afridi5-0-30-0

27.60

Good length delivery in middle, Tom Latham tucks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

27.51

On a length around pads, Daryl Mitchell tucks this to square leg for a single.

27.41

On a length around middle, Tom Latham pushes this with soft hands towards mid on and takes a single.

27.30

Fuller one in middle, Tom Latham glances this to mid on for no run.

27.20

On a length in middle, Tom Latham pushes this to short cover for no run.

27.11

Fuller one outside off, Daryl Mitchell drives this to mid off and takes a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 27 overs : 154/2

D Mitchell46 (56)

T Latham3 (2)

S Khan5-0-29-1

26.61

Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to long on and takes a single.

26.51

Fuller one in middle, Tom Latham pushes this to mid off for a single.

26.42

Short in length on pads, Tom Latham flicks this to fine leg for a couple.

Tom Latham comes out at number 4.

26.3W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Tossed up leg-spinning delivery outside off, Will Young advances down the track and looks to clear the fence but ends up lofting this high in the air towards Haris Rauf at long off. Rauf makes no mistake and takes it cleanly.

26.21

Tossed up on off, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to long off for a single.

26.11

Tossed up in middle, Will Young pushes this to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 26 overs : 148/1

D Mitchell44 (54)

W Young85 (76)

M Nawaz7-0-42-0

25.64

FOUR! Tossed up in middle, Daryl Mitchell reads it early and plays the reverse sweep wide of short third man fielder for a boundary.

25.50

Quicker through the air outside off, Daryl Mitchell advances down the track and pushes this back toward the bowler.

25.41

Short in length in middle, Will Young pushes this towards long on for a single.

25.30

Fuller one in middle, Will Young drills this back towards the bowler.

25.21

Short in length in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to long on for a single.

25.11

Short and wide outside off, Will Young pushes this to sweeper cover for a single.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 25 overs : 141/1

D Mitchell39 (51)

W Young83 (73)

H Rauf5-0-32-1

24.60

On a length around middle, Daryl Mitchell tucks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

24.50

Good length delivery outside off, Daryl Mitchell defends this to point for no run.

24.44

FOUR! Daryl Mitchell continues his aggressive approach and smashes yet another boundary. Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell smashes this over the short mid-wikcet fielder for a boundary.

24.31

On a length outside off, Will Young dabs this towards vacant short third man region for a single.

24.20

On a length around off, Will Young defends this off the front foot.

24.14

FOUR! Overpitched delivery in the slot for Will Young, he chips this over the short mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. Effortlessly hit for four.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 24 overs : 132/1

D Mitchell35 (48)

W Young78 (70)

M Nawaz6-0-35-0

23.60

Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell block this out.

23.54

FOUR! Fantastically hit for a boundary. Tossed up in middle, Daryl Mitchell advances down the track and lofts this over the bowler's head for a boundary towards the sight screen.

23.40

Fuller and on off, Daryl Mitchell leans low and pushes this to short cover for no run.

23.31

Short in length on middle, Will Young pushes this to long on and rotates the strike.

23.21

Flatter and quicker in middle, Daryl Mitchell rolls this to long on for a single.

23.11

Short in length on off, Will Young pushes this to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 23 overs : 125/1

D Mitchell30 (44)

W Young76 (68)

H Rauf4-0-23-1

22.60

Good length delivery on top of off, Daryl Mitchell strides forward and defends this solidly for no run.

22.50

Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this back towards the bowler for no run.

22.44

FOUR! Stroke of some statement from Daryl Mitchell. On a length around off, Daryl Mitchell takes the aggressive approach and lofts this over mid off for a boundary.

22.30

On a length around middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to short cover for no run.

22.21

Short and wide of off, Will Young cuts this to sweeper cover for a single.

22.11

On a length around his pads, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to mid on and takes a single.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 22 overs : 119/1

W Young75 (67)

D Mitchell25 (39)

S Khan4-0-23-0

21.64

FOUR! That's a stroke from someone in a purple patch at the moment. Tossed up on off, Will Young reads this early and ends up lofting this over the infield through extra cover region for a boundary.

21.50

Fuller one in middle, Will Young pushes this back toward the bowler.

21.41

Short in length on off, Daryl Mitchell cuts this to point and takes a single.

21.30

Fuller one outside off, Daryl Mitchell defends this solidly off his front foot.

21.21

Tossed up in middle, Will Young rolls this to long on for a single.

21.10

Fuller and a bit slower through the air, Will Young looks to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 21 overs : 113/1

W Young70 (63)

D Mitchell24 (37)

A Salman2-0-15-0

20.61

Tossed up in middle, Will Young nudges this to deep square leg for a single.

20.54

FOUR! Fuller one going down leg, Will Young flicks this fine of the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Shadab Khan gives it a good chase but fails to save a boundary here.

20.41

Tossed up in middle, Daryl Mitchell advances down the track and drills this back towards the bowler who drops this and they run a single. Daryl Mitchell gets a lifeline here.

20.30

Fuller one outside off, Daryl Mitchell shuffles to his off and looks to ramp it over short fine leg but fails to connect.

20.20

Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this back towards the bowler.

20.11

Quicker and flatter on pads, Will Young tucks this to square leg and takes a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 106/1

W Young64 (60)

D Mitchell23 (34)

S Khan3-0-17-0

19.61

A bit short, outside off. Young cuts it to deep point. They cross.

19.51

Gives it a bit more flight, on off. Daryl Mitchell eases it to long on for one.

19.40

Full and outside off. Daryl Mitchell uses his feet, gets behind the line and defends it out.

19.31

Floated and full, on off. Young helps it to long off for a single.

19.21

Back of a length, Daryl Mitchell punches it hard to deep point for one.

19.10

On off, defended out solidly.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 102/1

D Mitchell21 (30)

W Young62 (58)

A Salman1-0-8-0

18.61

Full, on off. Daryl Mitchell drives it down to long on for one.

18.51

A single now as this is worked to mid on.

18.40

A bit short, outside leg. Will Young flicks it to short fine but finds the fielder.

18.30

Quicker and shorter, on middle.Young knocks it to mid on.

18.20

Darted on the pads, flicked to mid-wicket.

18.16

SIX! This is a shot from a man who seems to be in his zone. Agha Salman under pressure instantly. It is tossed up, full and on leg. Will Young slams it over mid on and has enough distance on it to clear the fence.

Agha Salman comes into the attack.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 94/1

W Young55 (53)

D Mitchell20 (29)

S Khan2-0-13-0

17.61

Full, on off. Young drives it to long off, but cannot find the gap this time. One taken. These two are finding it easy to pick the gaps.

17.54

FOUR! Nicely played. It is flighted and full, on leg. Will Young gets down on one knee, uses the angle and sweeps it through the gap at square leg for a boundary.

17.41

Daryl Mitchell now rotates the strike by working this full ball down the ground.

17.31

Very full, on off. Young hits it down the park for another single. He gets to his half-century in 51 balls. He raises his bat and soaks in the applauds now.

17.21

Full, wide outside off. Daryl Mitchell gets across and punches it through mid off for a single.

17.10

On off, blocked out.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 86/1

D Mitchell18 (26)

W Young49 (50)

M Nawaz5-0-28-0

16.61

Full, outside off. Daryl Mitchell prods and eases it to long off for just a single now.

16.53

Floated and full, on off. Young hits it down to long off, on the up. Shan Masood misfields in the deep. The batters are able to take three runs.

16.41

Daryl Mitchell uses his feet to this full ball. Mohammad Nawaz serves it short and outside off. Daryl Mitchell works it to square leg for one.

16.31

On leg. Young flicks it to wide long on for one more.

16.21

Full toss, on leg. Daryl Mitchell helps it down to long on for a single.

16.11

Fuller, on off. Young pushes it to mid off for one.

Time for a Drinks break. Pakistan started off well by pinning the batters back but a good end to Powerplay 1 saw the visitors grow back into confidence as the game is well balanced after the first 16 overs.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 78/1

W Young44 (47)

D Mitchell15 (23)

S Khan1-0-5-0

15.61

Full, outside off. Will Young drills it down to long on. They take one now.

15.50

Tosses it up, outside off. It grips and turns away. Will Young prods and tries to push it through the line but gets beaten this time.

15.41

Floated and full, on off. Daryl Mitchell drives it down to long off for a single now.

15.31

Googly, on a shorter length. Will Young picks it up nicely and knocks it down to long on for one.

15.22

Tossed up, full and wide of off. Will Young tries to expand his arms but ends up slicing it over backward point. The batters take two runs.

15.10

Quicker and full, on off. Young eases it out to safety.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 73/1

D Mitchell14 (22)

W Young40 (42)

M Nawaz4-0-20-0

14.60

Pushed through quicker, full, on off. Daryl Mitchell defends it on his front foot.

14.51

Will Young now rotates the strike as he knocks this full one into mid on.

14.41

A single now as this full ball is driven down the park.

14.30

A full toss, on middle and leg. Daryl Mitchell uses his feet but only to help it back to Nawaz.

14.20

Full, angled into the pads. Daryl Mitchell defends it back to the bowler.

14.11

Tosses it up, on off. Young leans forward and knocks it through mid off for a single.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 70/1

W Young38 (40)

D Mitchell13 (18)

H Rauf3-0-17-1

13.61

Good length, in the channel. Will Young steers it down to third man for a single.

13.51

A dipping yorker, on off. Daryl Mitchell dabs it out to backward point and crosses for a quick single.

13.40

Haris Rauf fires in an inswinger full and on off. Daryl Mitchell gets on his front foot and blocks it back to the bowler.

13.32

Good length, sliding down leg. Daryl Mitchell flicks it to square leg for a brace.

13.20

Back of a length, that jabs back in from outside off. Daryl Mitchell gets behind the line and offers full face of the bat.

13.11

A length ball, on off. Young drives it through point for one.`

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 65/1

D Mitchell10 (14)

W Young36 (38)

M Nawaz3-0-17-0

12.60

Full this time, on leg. Offering not much width to Daryl Mitchell. The Kiwi is happy just to tuck it into mid-wicket. Four dots in a row to end the over.

12.50

A bit flatter, on middle. Daryl Mitchell defends it back to the bowler.

12.40

Darted on the pads. Daryl Mitchell nudges it into mid-wicket.

12.30

Tossed up, full, angled in on leg. Daryl Mitchell prods and dabs it into the wicket.

12.21

Will Young now rotates the strike as he pushes it into the vacant region at mid off.

12.11

Fuller, on leg. Daryl Mitchell helps it to long on off his front foot. One taken.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 63/1

W Young35 (37)

D Mitchell9 (9)

H Rauf2-0-12-1

11.60

Length ball, jags back into the batter. Will Young stays back and defends it out solidly.

11.54

FOUR! Short and punished. Back of a length, on middle. Will Young gets on top of the bounce and swats it through mid-wicket for four runs. Will Young is finding the odd boundaries really well. He seems to be in good touch.

11.41

Good length, on the pads. Daryl Mitchell knocks it to mid on with soft hands. They take one more.

11.31

Much fuller, on off. Will Young drives it through covers for a single.

11.21

Very full, tailing into the pads. Daryl Mitchell leans in and defends it in to mid on for a single.

11.10

Good length ball, outside off. Left alone.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 56/1

D Mitchell7 (6)

W Young30 (34)

M Nawaz2-0-15-0

10.61

Another single now. Floated and full, on off. Daryl Mitchell pushes it into covers for a single.

10.51

Shorter, in the channel. Young punches it down to long off for a single.

10.41

A single now as this full ball is worked down to long on for one.

10.30

On off, defended out.

10.24

FOUR! Misfield and a boundary. Tossed up, full and on leg. Daryl Mitchell uses his feel and flicks it to mid on. It takes an awkward bounce before the fielder there and runs down to the long on boundary.

10.10

Fuller, on leg. Daryl Mitchell helps it back to the bowler.

Time for Powerplay 2! Now, 4 fielders can be placed outside the inner cirle until the end of the 40th over.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 49/1

W Young29 (33)

D Mitchell1 (1)

H Rauf1-0-5-1

9.60

Fuller one on off, Will Young pushes this to mid on for no run.

9.51

Fuller one on off, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to mid off and takes a single.

Daryl Mitchell is the new man in.

9.4W

OUT! EDGED AND GONE! On a length angling in toward the batter, Chad Bowes gets beaten by the pace on it and gets a bit late to it as he edges this from the inside of his bat toward Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan takes a brilliant catch diving to his left.

9.30

Fuller one in middle, Chad Bowes gets an inside edge back onto his pads for no run. A gentle appeal from the bowler but the umpire turns this down.

9.20

On a length around middle, Chad Bowes punches this to extra cover for no run.

9.14

FOUR! Short-pitched delivery around the waist, Chad Bowes pulls this flat towards the square leg fence for a boundary.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 44/0

W Young29 (32)

C Bowes14 (22)

M Nawaz1-0-8-0

8.60

Fuller one in middle, Will Young defends this solidly off the front foot.

8.56

SIX! First maximum of the game. Tossed up above the batters eye line, Will Young shimmies down the track and lofts this well over the fence at long on for a maximum.

8.41

Flighted outside off, Chad Bowes advances down the track and drills this past the bowler for a single. Mohammad Nawaz does get a hand on this but couldn't save a run here.

8.30

Fuller one on off, Chad Bowes pushes this to short cover for no run.

8.20

Fuller one on middle, Chad Bowes pushes this back towards the bowler.

8.11

Tossed up on off, Will Young pushes this to long off for a single.

Change. Mohammad Nawaz now comes into the attack.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 36/0

W Young22 (29)

C Bowes13 (19)

N Shah4-2-8-0

7.61

Fuller one on off, Will Young pushes this with gentle hands towards mid off and takes a quick single.

7.52

Length dragged back a bit on off, Will Young has chipped this over the infield on the on side and takes a couple towards deep mid-wicket.

7.40

Fuller one on off, Will Young drives this to mid on for no run.

7.30

Fuller one swinging away from the batter, Will Young looks to drive but gets beaten.

7.21lb

Leg bye. On a length around pads, Chad Bowes looks to pull but gets hit off his thigh pad for a single towards fine leg.

7.12

On a length around middle, Chad Bowes defends this to point for no run but the fielder runs in and takes a sigh at the non-striking end and hits the stumps as the batters run a couple of overthrows.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 30/0

W Young19 (25)

C Bowes11 (17)

S Afridi4-0-27-0

6.64

FOUR! Fuller one outside off, Will Young gets behind the line of it and drives this past the bowler for a boundary towards long off region. A beautifully struck boundary for Will Young.

6.52

Short pitched delivery outside off, Will Young looks to drive but gets an inside edge bouncing near the wickets and running down the the fence of fine leg for a couple of runs.

Looks like Naseem Shah has hurted his right shoulder. The physio heads out to have a closer look. Pakistan would be hoping that it is nothing series, as there is some concern with his bowling arm.

6.44

FOUR! Consecutive boundaries. It is a short ball, sliding down leg. Young swivels and pulls it past short fine leg. Naseem Shah there dives to his left but it evades him with ease.

6.34

FOUR! Crunched! Overpitched, outside off. Young leans in and creams it past extra cover. The ball races away to the fence.

6.20

On a length around middle, Will Young defends this well towards the off side.

6.11

On a length around middle, Chad Bowes gets an inside edge onto this that rolls towards fine leg and they take a single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 15/0

W Young5 (20)

C Bowes10 (16)

N Shah3-2-3-0

5.60

On a length around middle, Will Young nudges this towards short mid-wicket and settles for no run but Chad Bowes comes charging down from the other end. The fielder was really quick on the ball and takes a sigh at stumps but hits the bat of Chad Bowes and no causality caused.

5.50

On a length around middle, Will Young defends this back towards the bowler.

5.40

Good length delivery outside the off-stump line, Will Young looks to slice this down to third man but gets beaten.

5.30

Back of a length on off, Will Young solidly defends this off the back foot.

5.20

On a length around middle, Will Young defends this off the front foot.

5.10

Fuller one on off, Will Young stands still and defends this well.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 15/0

C Bowes10 (16)

W Young5 (14)

S Afridi3-0-12-0

4.64

FOUR! Finally, he times one well for a boundary. Overpitched outside off, Chad Bowes plays the straight drives wide of the non-striker for a boundary down the ground towards long off region.

4.50

Fuller one around off, Chad Bowes drives this straight to mid off for no run. A slight fumble from Babar Azam but a single was not on here.

4.40

On a length around off, Chad Bowes defends this out for no run.

4.30

On a length outside off, Chad Bowes drives through this and connects well but Fakhar Zaman fields brilliantly at short cover to save a certain boundary for his side.

4.20

Good length delivery angling away from the batter, Chad Bowes looks to block but gets beaten on his outside edge.

4.11

Touch fuller around off, Will Young taps this in front of mid on and takes a quick single.

Runs Scored 0 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 10/0

C Bowes6 (11)

W Young4 (13)

N Shah2-1-3-0

3.60

On a length just outside off, Chad Bowes defends this to end the over.

3.50

Good length delivery around off, Chad Bowes punches this of his back foot towards short cover.

3.40

Back of a length around middle, Chad Bowes blocks this out.

3.30

On a length around middle, Chad Bowes pushes this to short mid-wicket for no run.

3.20

Good length delivery wide of off, Chad Bowes defends this near the square on off for no run.

3.10

On a length on top of off, Chad Bowes defends this back towards the bowler.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 10/0

W Young4 (13)

C Bowes6 (5)

S Afridi2-0-7-0

2.60

On a length around off, Will Young gets behind this and defends well towards the off side.

2.50

Fuller one in middle, Will Young pushes this to mid on for no run.

2.40

back of a length on top of off, Will Young defends this for no run.

2.31

Fuller one wide of off, Chad Bowes gets tempted for a drive and gets a thickish edge that runs past Agha Salman at first slip for a single towards third man.

2.24

FOUR! First one of he game. Overpiched outside off, Chad Bowes opens up the face of his bat and lofts this over the fielder at point for a boundary.

2.10

Good length delivery just outside off, Chad Bowes drives this to the fielder at cover for no run.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 5/0

W Young4 (10)

C Bowes1 (2)

N Shah1-0-3-0

1.60

Back of a length angling in towards the batter, Will Young looks to play this down to off but gets beaten on his inside edge. Mohammad Rizwan does well to collect this behind the wicket.

1.50

On a length around off, Will Young gets an inside edge back onto his pads for no run.

1.42

Fuller one drifting down leg, Will Young clips this wide of fine leg for a couple of runs.

1.30

Good length delivery around pads, Will Young tucks this to short mid-wicket fielder for no run.

1.21

On a length around the pads, Chad Bowes rolls this to square leg and takes a single.

1.10

On a length just outside off, Chad Bowes gets beaten as he looks to defend this. It was a beauty from Naseem Shah to start his spell.

Naseem Shah to operate with the second new ball from the other end.

Runs Scored 2 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 2/0

W Young2 (6)

C Bowes0 (0)

S Afridi1-0-2-0

0.60

On a length around off, Will Young stands tall and defends this to the off side for no run.

0.52

Fuller one outside off, Will Young drives through the cover region and runs a couple to start off in this game.

0.40

Fuller one wide of off, Will Young drives this straight to extra cover for no run.

0.30

On a length outside off, Will Young leaves this for the keeper to collect.

0.20

Fuller one on off, Will Young gets behind this and defends this right underneath his eyeline.

0.10

Good length delivery outside off, Will Young lets it go for the keeper to collect.

Right then, done with all the pre-match proceedings. Pakistan players now make their way out on the field. Followed by Chad Bowes��and Will Young who walk out to open for the visitors. It will be Shaheen Afridi to start with the new ball.

The match is set to begin. Both the sides first line-up in the middle for their respective national anthems. It will be New Zealand's first followed by Pakistan's.

New Zealand (Playing XI) - Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (C/ WK), Mark Chapman, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry and Blair Tickner.

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (C), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf.

TOSS - The coin goes up and lands in favour of Pakistan. They will BOWL first.

New Zealand on the contrary would be buzzing at this point after levelling the T20I series in the final T20I. This would be a perfect test for the side ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023 as they would get a chance to explore ideas and find out who would be a perfect fit in the absence of Kane Williamson, if he doesn't recover in time for the big event. The standout batter who took the Pakistani bowling unit apart was Mark Chapman, but will any other batter put his hand up this time around for the Kiwis? We shall find out soon, as the series is about to get underway. Other than that their bowling has been a bit hot and cold but they do have some amazing firepower and would be relying on them to give them a lead in this series. Toss and team updates to follow.

Pakistan would be coming into this game a bit wounded with their defeat against the odds in the last and final T20I despite the squad being at full strength. The hosts would be itching to bounce back and start the ODI series with a bang and outclass the opponents. The batting unit looks solid as Babar Azam is leading the team with an exemplary scoring spree and he is well helped by the top and middle order as well. The bowling is what is a matter of concern for the hosts as they have failed to step up and compliment the batters and it could be a match-deciding factor in this game as well.

Hello and welcome to all our viewers, we are all set for the coverage of the first ODI between Pakistan and New Zealand in this Five-match ODI series. The series opener will be contested at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. With the T20I series drawn, who do you think will take home the series this time around?

... MATCH DAY ...