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3rd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, 17 Apr, 2023

New Zealand

NZ

163/5

(20.0) overs

Pakistan

PAK

159/10

(20.0) overs

New Zealand beat Pakistan by 4 runs

Player Of The Match

Tom Latham,
New Zealand
New Zealand
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New Zealand

Commentary

Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. We meet again on 20th April for the fourth T20I between the two sides. The first ball will be at 9.30 pm IST (4 pm GMT), but you can join us early for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye.

Tom Latham, the skipper of New Zealand wins the MAN OF THE MATCH award, for an outstanding effort with the blade. He starts by saying it is nice to get a win on the board. Mentions it was a great game of cricket and this match will only give confidence to the boys. Adds that the way they bowled in the Powerplay was outstanding. Informs that a T20I game is never over till the very end. States that the bowling group was fantastic. Praises Ish Sodhi and Rachin Ravindra who picked valuable wickets in the middle overs. Mentions that it is nice to contribute for the team, informs the wicket was a bit slow at the start. Mentions that he is really lucky to have some fantastic fielders in the side.

Babar Azam, the captian of Pakistan says that the total that we restricted them was decent but we couldn't capitalize on the Powerplay and that's what has cost the team. On Iftikhar coming down at 8 he says that the batting order is flexible and the way he batted so low in the order and almost brought the game home is a big positive for us. He also adds that the bowling has been brilliant for us and restricting them to 160 was a perfect execution of plan by both the senior pros and the youngsters as well.

Stay tuned for the presentation...

Earlier in the innings, Tom Latham put his hand up just when his side needed it the most. His half-century proved to be valuable as it allowed the middle-order to flex their muscles later on. The Kiwis got over the 160-run mark and that's what their skipper expected pre-game. Pakistan showed excellent unity with the ball but could not show the same unity with the bat. Iftikhar Ahmed was left with a bit too much in the end, but he still managed to give it a go.

Defending 163 was never going to be easy, but the New Zealand bowlers made sure to get off to a solid start by picking early wickets. They had Pakistan in all sorts of trouble from the get go. The bowlers never allowed them to build solid stand, until the very end, the one between Faheem Ashraf and Iftikhar Ahmed. Also, the injury to Benjamin Lister forced Tom Latham to gamble bowlers for the two overs which Lister could not bowl, as he left the field early in pain. Eventually, New Zealand fought till the very end and managed to keep the series alive.

It looked like Pakistan were done and dusted, although Iftikhar Ahmed had some other plans. It was a horror start for the hosts with the blade as their opening pair was taken out cheaply. Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub and Shadab Khan got into double digits but could not hurt the opposition at all. But then, a miraculous knock from Iftikhar Ahmed got some hope back in the crowd as well as the dugout. If not for his 24-ball 60, this match would've never come down to the wire.

Game of nerves, this one! What a thrilling contest. The pendulum swung in favour of both the teams till the very end but it is James Neesham who proved that he has ice in his veins. Even after taking some hard-hitting, he managed to defend 15 runs in the final over to keep the series alive for the Kiwis.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 159/10

H Rauf0 (2)

N Shah0 (3)

J Neesham4-0-38-3

19.6W

OUT! HIGH IN THE AIR AND TAKEN IN THE DEEP! On a length in middle, Haris Rauf slogs this high toward the deep mid-wicket fence and is taken comfortably by Chad Bowes under pressure. New Zealand stays alive in the series as they have won this by 4 runs.

19.50

On a length outside off, Haris Rauf looks to slog but misses out and the ball has been collected cleanly by the keeper. 5 needed from 1 now.

Haris Rauf is the last man in.

19.4W

OUT! Another twist in the tale. Iftikhar Ahmed walks back after a gem of an inning. Fuller one in middle, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to finish off in style but the blade in his hand just tilts a bit and Daryl Mitchell collects a massive catch down at long on. Pakistan need 5 from 2 now.

19.34

FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed plays this to its merit as he drives this past extra-cover for a boundary. Pakistan is just one hit away now. 5 needed of 3.

19.20

Fuller one wide of off, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to slog again but loses his body shape and fails to get any bat behind this. 9 needed of 4 now.

19.16

SIX! Iftikhar Ahmed you beauty. One heck of a unit he is. Fuller one from around the wicket angling away from off, Iftikhar Ahmed shimmies to his off and flicks this way over the fence on the mid-wicket region for a gigantic maximum.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 149/8

N Shah0 (3)

I Ahmed50 (20)

M Henry4-0-27-1

18.60

Back of a length on off, Naseem Shah looks to slog but fails yet again o connect and Pakistan needs 15 from the last over.

18.50

Back of a length outside off, Naseem Shah looks to go big but fails to get any bat on this.

18.40

Fuller one outside off, Naseem Shah looks o slice this to third man but misses out.

Naseem Shah comes in to bat now. Pakistan need 15 runs off 9 balls.

18.3W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN IN THE DEEP! Low full toss on off, Faheem Ashraf launches this towards Daryl Mitchell at long on for his dismissal. Daryl Mitchell takes a beauty as he runs in from the fence and dives low to gather this.

18.26

SIX! These two in the middle are dealing in boundaries. back of a length around the waist, Faheem Ashraf picks it up and smashes this out of the park at the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum.

18.21wd

Wide! Full and way too wide for the umpire's liking.

18.11

On a length wide of off, Iftikhar Ahmed has driven this to backward point for a single.

Runs Scored 23 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 141/7

F Ashraf21 (12)

I Ahmed49 (19)

A Milne4-0-37-2

17.66

Adam Milne has been taken to the cleaners in this over. 23 runs comes off this over. Pakistan still have hope to seal the series. Back of a length, outside off. Faheem Ashraf stands tall and smokes it over the long on fence for a maximum.

17.50

A slower length ball, ouside off. Faheem Ashraf tries to chase it but gets beaten in the process.

17.41

Slower bumper, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed dabs it to short third man for one.

17.36

SIX! BOOM! Iftikhar Ahmed is not stopping here. A freebie, another full toss on off. Iftikhar Ahmed stands tall and tonks it over the mid-wicket. He races to 48 runs.

17.24

FOUR! Iftikhar Ahmed is on fire. Incredible shot. A length ball, slower one, in the channel. Iftikhar Ahmed plays it late and guides it down to third man for a fine boundary. New Zealand under immense pressure.

17.16

SIX! HUGE! Iftikhar Ahmed says that he can still change the game in their favour. It is a full toss, on leg. Iftikhar Ahmed powers it over the square leg fence for a maximum.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 118/7

I Ahmed32 (15)

F Ashraf15 (10)

M Henry3-0-19-0

16.61

Just a single to end the over. 10 runs off it. It is very full, on middle. Iftikhar Ahmed flicks it through square leg for one.

Commentary

The chase is set to begin. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan make their way out on the field with the swords in hand. Also, the New Zealand players take the field. Matt Henry to start with the ball.

... The Run Chase ...

Pakistan were incredible with the ball! It was a complete team performance. Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf started well with the new ball. Then the spinners came into the attack and removed all the sting from the New Zealand batters, which left the opposition teetering at 64/2 at the halfway mark. Even the death bowling was pretty impressive, as the bowlers were able to take wickets at regular intervals. Now the onus in on their batters, to chase down the target of 164 runs. Pakistan would certainly think they can get over the line here and seal the series. Do join us for the second essay shortly.

New Zealand were off to a promising start, but once Chad Bowes departed, the run flow took a major blow as well. Will Young took his time to settle-in but departed after playing a few good-looking shots. It was then a stand between Tom Latham and Daryl Mitchell that helped the Kiwis to get their inning back on track. Latham recorded his half-century and the two stitched a stand of 65 runs. The highest of this inning for the visitors. Although, the two lost their wicket in quick succession just when they started to take on the bowlers. Later James Neesham, Mark Chapman and Rachin Ravindra hit a few lusty-blows to add some impetus to the scoreboard.

Phew! What an entertaining contest between bat and ball this first inning was filled with! Tom Latham said at the start that they would love to get near the 160-run mark and the batters have managed to do exactly that. Although, New Zealand would feel they are 15-20 runs short, looking at the way they batted. Yet another solid day at the office for the Pakistan bowlers.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 163/5

R Ravindra8 (6)

M Chapman16 (9)

S Afridi4-0-33-2

19.61b

Bye! Fuller one wide of off, Rachin Ravindra looks to go big but misses out. Mohammad Rizwan collects this cleanly and throws it on the stumps but misses out as the take a single.

19.52

Back of a length around middle, Rachin Ravindra has pulled this to deep square leg for a couple.

19.40

Wide yorker, Rachin Ravindra looks to slice but fails to connect at this.

19.31

Fuller one in middle, Mark Chapman plays the ramp stroke but Naseem Shah fields well at fine leg to keep it down to a single.

19.21

Yorker nailed in perfectly, Rachin Ravindra keeps this out and runs a single.

19.14

FOUR! Short-pitched delivery around the badge, Rachin Ravindra swirls and pulls this for a boundary towards fine leg.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 154/5

M Chapman15 (8)

R Ravindra1 (1)

H Rauf4-0-31-2

18.64

FOUR! Fuller in around pads, Mark Chapman flicks this past the diving deep square leg fielder for a boundary.

18.51

Fuller one in middle, Rachin Ravindra pushes this to long off for a single.

Rachin Ravindra is the new batter in.

18.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Haris Rauf picks up his second of the night. No one can keep him away from the wickets at this point of his career. Short pitched delivery angling in toward the batter, James Neesham looks to pull but gets undone by the pace off this one. Shadab Khan charges in from the deep and takes a solid running catch.

18.30

Short-pitched delivery on top of middle, James Neesham looks to play the pull but misses out.

18.24

FOUR! Low full-toss wide of off, James Neesham edges this past the fielder at third man for a boundary.

18.11

Yorker nailed to perfection as Mark Chapman manages to keep this out near the stumps and takes a single.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 144/4

M Chapman10 (6)

J Neesham6 (3)

N Shah4-0-30-0

17.61

Full and wide outside off, Mark Chapman toe-poked this to short third man for a single.

17.50

Short-pitched delivery body bound, Mark Chapman looks to play the upper cut but misses out.

17.46

SIX! Fuller one in the slot for Mark Chapman and he has slogged this over the fielder at long on for a maximum.

17.32

Short-pitched delivery in middle, Mark Chapman pulls this to deep mid-wicket and takes a couple.

17.21

Short-pitched delivery with fingers rolled over this, James Neesham has pulled this to deep square leg for a single.

17.14

FOUR! Low full toss outside off-stump line, James Neesham has driven this past the point fielder for a boundary.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 130/4

M Chapman1 (2)

J Neesham1 (1)

H Rauf3-0-21-1

16.60

Too quick for Mark Chapman to pull. Short-pitched delivery zips past Mark Chapman in a flash as he gets beaten by the pace on this.

16.51

Back of a length around off, James Neesham taps this to short mid-wicket and takes a single.

16.51wd

Wide! Full and wide but way too wide of off.

16.4W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Haris Rauf gets rid of the big fish, just when it matteres the most. Back of a length around off, Tom Latham looks to go big but gets an outside edge that lands in the hands of Mohammad Rizwan and the Kiwi skipper walks back after a brilliant knock.

James Neesham is the new man in.

16.41wd

Wide! He will have to re-bowl this as this has gone down leg.

Pakistan
New Zealand
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
M Rizwan

run out (C Bowes)

6 10 0 0 60
B Azam

c R Ravindra b A Milne

1 6 0 0 16.66
F Zaman

st T Latham b R Ravindra

17 22 0 1 77.27
S Ayub

c T Latham b J Neesham

10 10 1 0 100
S Khan

c M Chapman b A Milne

16 19 1 0 84.21
I Wasim

c J Neesham b R Ravindra

3 5 0 0 60
S Afridi

lbw b I Sodhi

6 6 1 0 100
I Ahmed

c D Mitchell b J Neesham

60 24 3 6 250
F Ashraf

c D Mitchell b M Henry

27 14 2 2 192.85
N Shah

not out

0 3 0 0 0
H Rauf

c C Bowes b J Neesham

0 2 0 0 0
Extras

(b 0,lb 7,w 5,nb 1,Penalty 0)

13
Total 20.0 (RR: 7.95)
159/10

Did not bat:

Fall of wickets:

(B Azam, 1.5 ov) (M Rizwan, 3.4 ov) (S Ayub, 7.1 ov) (F Zaman, 8.3 ov) (I Wasim, 10.2 ov) (S Afridi, 11.5 ov) (S Khan, 14.1 ov) (F Ashraf, 18.3 ov) (I Ahmed, 19.4 ov) (H Rauf, 20 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
M Henry
4 0 27 1 6.75
A Milne
4 0 37 2 9.25
B Lister
2 0 11 0 5.50
I Sodhi
3 0 11 1 3.66
J Neesham
4 0 38 3 9.50
R Ravindra
3 0 28 2 9.33
Batter R B 4s 6s SR
T Latham

c M Rizwan b H Rauf

64 49 7 2 130.61
C Bowes

b S Afridi

7 9 1 0 77.77
W Young

c F Zaman b S Khan

17 15 2 1 113.33
D Mitchell

c F Zaman b S Afridi

33 26 2 1 126.92
M Chapman

not out

16 9 1 1 177.77
J Neesham

c F Zaman b H Rauf

10 6 2 0 166.66
R Ravindra

not out

8 6 1 0 133.33
Extras

(b 1,lb 0,w 7,nb 0,Penalty 0)

8
Total 20.0 (RR: 8.15)
163/5

Did not bat: A Milne, I Sodhi, M Henry, B Lister

Fall of wickets:

(C Bowes, 3 ov) (W Young, 8.3 ov) (D Mitchell, 15.4 ov) (T Latham, 16.4 ov) (J Neesham, 18.4 ov)
Bowler O M R W ER
S Afridi
4 0 33 2 8.25
N Shah
4 0 30 0 7.50
F Ashraf
2 0 12 0 6.00
H Rauf
4 0 31 2 7.75
S Khan
4 0 34 1 8.50
I Wasim
2 0 22 0 11.00
Pakistan
New Zealand

Commentary

Right then. That's it from the coverage of this game. We meet again on 20th April for the fourth T20I between the two sides. The first ball will be at 9.30 pm IST (4 pm GMT), but you can join us early for the build-up. Until then, take care and goodbye.

Tom Latham, the skipper of New Zealand wins the MAN OF THE MATCH award, for an outstanding effort with the blade. He starts by saying it is nice to get a win on the board. Mentions it was a great game of cricket and this match will only give confidence to the boys. Adds that the way they bowled in the Powerplay was outstanding. Informs that a T20I game is never over till the very end. States that the bowling group was fantastic. Praises Ish Sodhi and Rachin Ravindra who picked valuable wickets in the middle overs. Mentions that it is nice to contribute for the team, informs the wicket was a bit slow at the start. Mentions that he is really lucky to have some fantastic fielders in the side.

Babar Azam, the captian of Pakistan says that the total that we restricted them was decent but we couldn't capitalize on the Powerplay and that's what has cost the team. On Iftikhar coming down at 8 he says that the batting order is flexible and the way he batted so low in the order and almost brought the game home is a big positive for us. He also adds that the bowling has been brilliant for us and restricting them to 160 was a perfect execution of plan by both the senior pros and the youngsters as well.

Stay tuned for the presentation...

Earlier in the innings, Tom Latham put his hand up just when his side needed it the most. His half-century proved to be valuable as it allowed the middle-order to flex their muscles later on. The Kiwis got over the 160-run mark and that's what their skipper expected pre-game. Pakistan showed excellent unity with the ball but could not show the same unity with the bat. Iftikhar Ahmed was left with a bit too much in the end, but he still managed to give it a go.

Defending 163 was never going to be easy, but the New Zealand bowlers made sure to get off to a solid start by picking early wickets. They had Pakistan in all sorts of trouble from the get go. The bowlers never allowed them to build solid stand, until the very end, the one between Faheem Ashraf and Iftikhar Ahmed. Also, the injury to Benjamin Lister forced Tom Latham to gamble bowlers for the two overs which Lister could not bowl, as he left the field early in pain. Eventually, New Zealand fought till the very end and managed to keep the series alive.

It looked like Pakistan were done and dusted, although Iftikhar Ahmed had some other plans. It was a horror start for the hosts with the blade as their opening pair was taken out cheaply. Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub and Shadab Khan got into double digits but could not hurt the opposition at all. But then, a miraculous knock from Iftikhar Ahmed got some hope back in the crowd as well as the dugout. If not for his 24-ball 60, this match would've never come down to the wire.

Game of nerves, this one! What a thrilling contest. The pendulum swung in favour of both the teams till the very end but it is James Neesham who proved that he has ice in his veins. Even after taking some hard-hitting, he managed to defend 15 runs in the final over to keep the series alive for the Kiwis.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 159/10

H Rauf0 (2)

N Shah0 (3)

J Neesham4-0-38-3

19.6W

OUT! HIGH IN THE AIR AND TAKEN IN THE DEEP! On a length in middle, Haris Rauf slogs this high toward the deep mid-wicket fence and is taken comfortably by Chad Bowes under pressure. New Zealand stays alive in the series as they have won this by 4 runs.

19.50

On a length outside off, Haris Rauf looks to slog but misses out and the ball has been collected cleanly by the keeper. 5 needed from 1 now.

Haris Rauf is the last man in.

19.4W

OUT! Another twist in the tale. Iftikhar Ahmed walks back after a gem of an inning. Fuller one in middle, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to finish off in style but the blade in his hand just tilts a bit and Daryl Mitchell collects a massive catch down at long on. Pakistan need 5 from 2 now.

19.34

FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed plays this to its merit as he drives this past extra-cover for a boundary. Pakistan is just one hit away now. 5 needed of 3.

19.20

Fuller one wide of off, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to slog again but loses his body shape and fails to get any bat behind this. 9 needed of 4 now.

19.16

SIX! Iftikhar Ahmed you beauty. One heck of a unit he is. Fuller one from around the wicket angling away from off, Iftikhar Ahmed shimmies to his off and flicks this way over the fence on the mid-wicket region for a gigantic maximum.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 149/8

N Shah0 (3)

I Ahmed50 (20)

M Henry4-0-27-1

18.60

Back of a length on off, Naseem Shah looks to slog but fails yet again o connect and Pakistan needs 15 from the last over.

18.50

Back of a length outside off, Naseem Shah looks to go big but fails to get any bat on this.

18.40

Fuller one outside off, Naseem Shah looks o slice this to third man but misses out.

Naseem Shah comes in to bat now. Pakistan need 15 runs off 9 balls.

18.3W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN IN THE DEEP! Low full toss on off, Faheem Ashraf launches this towards Daryl Mitchell at long on for his dismissal. Daryl Mitchell takes a beauty as he runs in from the fence and dives low to gather this.

18.26

SIX! These two in the middle are dealing in boundaries. back of a length around the waist, Faheem Ashraf picks it up and smashes this out of the park at the deep mid-wicket region for a maximum.

18.21wd

Wide! Full and way too wide for the umpire's liking.

18.11

On a length wide of off, Iftikhar Ahmed has driven this to backward point for a single.

Runs Scored 23 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 141/7

F Ashraf21 (12)

I Ahmed49 (19)

A Milne4-0-37-2

17.66

Adam Milne has been taken to the cleaners in this over. 23 runs comes off this over. Pakistan still have hope to seal the series. Back of a length, outside off. Faheem Ashraf stands tall and smokes it over the long on fence for a maximum.

17.50

A slower length ball, ouside off. Faheem Ashraf tries to chase it but gets beaten in the process.

17.41

Slower bumper, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed dabs it to short third man for one.

17.36

SIX! BOOM! Iftikhar Ahmed is not stopping here. A freebie, another full toss on off. Iftikhar Ahmed stands tall and tonks it over the mid-wicket. He races to 48 runs.

17.24

FOUR! Iftikhar Ahmed is on fire. Incredible shot. A length ball, slower one, in the channel. Iftikhar Ahmed plays it late and guides it down to third man for a fine boundary. New Zealand under immense pressure.

17.16

SIX! HUGE! Iftikhar Ahmed says that he can still change the game in their favour. It is a full toss, on leg. Iftikhar Ahmed powers it over the square leg fence for a maximum.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 118/7

I Ahmed32 (15)

F Ashraf15 (10)

M Henry3-0-19-0

16.61

Just a single to end the over. 10 runs off it. It is very full, on middle. Iftikhar Ahmed flicks it through square leg for one.

16.51

Faheem Ashraf now pulls this short ball through square leg for a single. This has been an expensive over so far from Henry.

16.42

Back of a length, on off. Faheem Ashraf pulls it to deep mid-wicket. Mark Chapman fumbles in the deep which allows the batters to collect a brace.

16.31

Low full toss, on off. Ahmed knocks it to long off for a single.

16.21

Matt Henry now fires in a yorker, in the blockhole. Faheem Ashraf digs it out to square leg and crosses.

16.14

FOUR! Faheem Ashraf is taking off some pressure of his partner here. It is a loosener from Henry. Short ball, down leg. Faheem Ashraf swivels and pulls it past short fine leg for a boundary.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 108/7

F Ashraf7 (6)

I Ahmed30 (13)

J Neesham3-0-28-1

15.61

Length ball, outside off. Faheem Ashraf hits it down the park but only for a single. Pakistan need 56 runs more, but they have only three wickets in hand.

15.50

James Neesham hurls a slower short ball, outside off. Faheem Ashraf only manages to tap it out to safety.

15.44

FOUR! WOW! Faheem Ashraf now gets into the act. It is overpitched, wide of off. Faheem Ashraf slashes it hard through extra cover for four runs.

15.31

Back of a length, outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed swats it through covers for a single.

15.26

SIX! THIS IS HUGE! Iftikhar Ahmed is certainly in the mood and he has brought some life back into this crowd. It is pitched up, full and on off. Iftikhar Ahmed shuffles and smokes it over the long on fence for a biggie.

15.14

FOUR! Iftikhar Ahmed puts some early pressure on Neesham by starting this over with a boundary. It is full and in the arc. Iftikhar Ahmed flicks it to cow corner and finds the gap in the deep to find the boundary.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 92/7

F Ashraf2 (3)

I Ahmed19 (10)

A Milne3-0-14-2

14.60

On a length outside off, Faheem Ashraf pushes this back to the bowler and sets off but Adam Milne has a sigh at the stumps and misses the direct hit else it would have been curtains for Faheem Ashraf.

14.51

Slower one outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed pushes this to short cover and takes a single.

14.41

Fuller one in middle, Faheem Ashraf nudges this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

14.31

Full and wide of off, Iftikhar Ahmed pushes this to sweeper cover for a single.

14.21

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

Faheem Ashraf comes in at number 9.

14.1W

OUT! Slower bouncer wide of off, Shadab Khan lofts this towards the backward point as Mark Chapman takes a clean catch running in from the fence to dismiss him. Smiles all across the New Zealand team, but the crowd has gone pin-drop silent now.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 88/6

I Ahmed17 (8)

S Khan16 (18)

R Ravindra3-0-28-2

13.62

Quicker and flatter towards the middle, Iftikhar Ahmed pushes this to mid-wicket for a couple of runs.

13.50

Short in length keeping a tad low, Iftikhar Ahmed pushes this back to the bowler.

13.46

SIX! Tossed up in middle, Iftikhar Ahmed smashes this miles in the air over the fence near the sight screen for yet another maximum.

13.36

SIX! Tossed up in middle, Iftikhar Ahmed gets low and launches this out of the park towards the deep mid-wicket fence.

13.20

Fuller one on off, Iftikhar Ahmed has pushed this to short cover.

13.11

Fuller one outside off, Shadab Khan has lofts this to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 8 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 73/6

S Khan15 (17)

I Ahmed3 (3)

J Neesham2-0-12-1

12.61

Fuller one outside off, Shadab Khan drills this to long on for a single.

12.61wd

Wide! Full and wide outside off, Shadab Khan shuffles to his off yet this has been called as wide.

12.52

Short-pitched delivery around the helmet, Shadab Khan has pulled this to deep mid-wicket for a couple.

12.51wd

Wide! Full and way too wide of off, Shadab Khan leaves this as the umpire has signalled it wide.

12.41

Back of a length around middle, Iftikhar Ahmed has pulled this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

12.31

Good length delivery outside off, Shadab Khan has pushes this to short cover and takes a single.

12.20

On a length outside off, Shadab Khan looks to drive but misses out.

12.11

Fuller one around middle, Iftikhar Ahmed has pushed this to long on for a single.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 65/6

I Ahmed1 (1)

S Khan11 (13)

I Sodhi3-0-11-1

11.61

Fuller one outside off, Iftikhar Ahmed drives this to sweeper cover for a single.

Iftikhar Ahmed is the new batter in.

11.5W

OUT! Tossed-up delivery pitching in middle, Shaheen Afridi looks to go big but misses out and the ball has clipped onto his back pad. Loud appeal by the bowler and the umpire has raised his finger. Shaheen Afridi though has asked for a review here but the ball tracker shows that the ball would have kissed the off-stump and he has to walk back.

11.41lb

Leg bye. Fuller one around pads, Shadab Khan looks to flick but misses out and the balls has clipped of his pads towards fine leg for a single.

11.31

Short in length around middle, Shaheen Afridi cuts this to short third man and takes a single.

11.20

Fuller one outside off, Shaheen Afridi looks to play the reverse and misses out.

11.11

Short in length in middle, Shadab Khan pushes this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 61/5

S Afridi5 (3)

S Khan10 (11)

R Ravindra2-0-13-2

10.60

Fuller one outside off, Shaheen Afridi has driven this to short cover for no run.

10.54

FOUR! This is why he has been promoted. Fuller one outside off, Shaheen Afridi lens down and slog sweeps his to cow corner for a boundary.

10.41

Fuller one on pads, Shadab Khan nudges this to short fine leg for a single.

10.31

Quicker and flatter towards pads, Shaheen Afridi tucks this to short fine leg for a single.

Shaheen Afridi is the new batter in.

10.2W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Tossed up on off, Imad Wasim advances down the track and smashes this in the hands of James Neesham at long off. James Neesham takes a good catch running in from the fence.

10.11lb

Leg bye. Fuller one on pads, Shadab Khan clips this off his pads for a single towards short fine leg.

Time for a drinks break. For the first time in the series New Zealand is right on top and it will take some effort from the Pakistan batters to chase this down.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 54/4

S Khan9 (9)

I Wasim3 (4)

I Sodhi2-0-8-0

9.61

Short and on off. Khan pulls it to deep square leg for one.

9.51

Short in length turning away from Imad Wasim, he pushes this to long on for a single.

9.41

Tossed up on off, Shadab Khan drills this to long off for a single.

9.30

Flatter one, on off. Khan gets a thick inside edge on his pads.

9.21

Googly, around off. Imad Wasim gets it to the off side off the outside edge, one taken.

9.10

Fuller, on off, defended back to the bowler.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 50/4

S Khan7 (6)

I Wasim1 (1)

R Ravindra1-0-7-1

8.64

FOUR! Easy pickings. Short and wide outside off. Khan smacks it over backward point for four runs.

8.50

Full and outside off. Khan edge it to short third man.

8.41

Imad Wasim gets off the mark instantly.

Imad Wasim walks out next.

8.3W

OUT! STUMPED! Rachin Ravindra now wastes no time getting into the wicket's column. Fakhar Zaman tries to break the shackles but he has to trudge back to the pavilion cheaply. Rachin Ravindra sees Zaman comes down the track and pulls his length back a touch, sliding down leg. Fakhar Zaman tries to smack it away but misses it completely. Tom Latham gathers it sharply and dislodges the bails in no time. Things are going fom bad to worse for Pakistan.

8.21

Rachin Ravindra follows the batter down the leg side with a full ball. Khan tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.

8.11

Floated and full, on leg. Zaman slog sweeps it to deep square leg but it meets the fielder on a bounce. One taken.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 43/3

S Khan2 (3)

F Zaman16 (20)

J Neesham1-0-4-1

7.60

Touch short, in the channel. Shadab Khan stays back and dabs it out to point. A brilliant start with the ball for Neesham. Just 4 runs and a wicket off it.

7.51

Fuller, on off. Zaman pushes it towards long off and rotates the strike.

7.41

Slower ball, short and on the pads. Shadab Khan whips it to deep square leg for another single.

7.31

Very full, outside off. Fakhar Zaman gets low and slogs it to deep mid-wicket. Fakhar Zaman miscues it but fortunately it does not travel to the fielder in the deep. One taken.

7.21

Shadab Khan punches this length ball off his back foot into covers and gets off the mark with a single.

Shadab Khan walks out next. Also, worry for New Zealand as Benjamin Lister is making his way out of the field here.

7.1W

OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! James Neesham has an instant impact with the ball. Pakistan is a spot of bother. It is a length ball, on off. Saim Ayub comes down the wicket to play this but only manages to get a feather on it. Tom Latham makes no mistake behind the sticks and New Zealand are on the driving seat here. They have started to believe that this series is not over yet.

Runs Scored 4 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 39/2

F Zaman14 (18)

S Ayub10 (9)

I Sodhi1-0-4-0

6.60

Flatter, on off. Zaman knocks it to point to see off the over.

6.50

Short ball, outside off. Zaman tries to cut it away but misses.

6.41

Floated and full, on off. Saim Ayub pushes it into covers. There is a misfield and the batters take a single.

6.32

Flatter, outside off. Saim Ayub crunches it past mid off. Benjamin Lister in the deep cuts it out and keeps it down to a brace. Although, the seamer seems to be in some pain. Hopefully, it is nothing serious.

6.21

Short again, outside off. Zaman hits it down the park to long off for a single.

6.10

Back of a length, outside off. Zaman dabs it to backward point but could not pierce the gap.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 35/2

F Zaman13 (14)

S Ayub7 (7)

B Lister2-0-11-0

5.61

Full, attacking the stumps. Zaman gets it to mid-wicket off the inner half. One take. A good over from Lister comes to an end.

5.51

Saim Ayub works this length ball into mid-wicket and takes a single.

5.41lb

Length ball, on the pads. Zaman comes down the track but fails to connect. The ball goes to point off his pads. They cross for a leg bye.

5.30

Benjamin Lister hits the deck hard this time. Fakhar Zaman is unable to put it away. The ball dies off the inside edge.

5.21lb

LEG BYE! It is full, sliding down leg. Saim Ayub fails to flick it away. The ball rolls to the left of short fine leg off the pads. They collect a leg bye.

5.21wd

WIDE! Some exercise now for the umpire as Lister spills it down the leg side. Wide called.

5.11

Full length, angled into the pads. Zaman tucks it into mid-wicket for a single.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 29/2

S Ayub6 (5)

F Zaman11 (10)

A Milne2-0-10-1

4.64

FOUR! Full toss outside off, Saim Ayub slices this past the fielder at point for a nicely struck boundary. Saim Ayub looks in a fine touch here.

4.51

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

4.41lb

Leg bye. Fuller one around pads, Saim Ayub clips this off his pads and runs a single for this.

4.30

Fuller one pitching around leg, Saim Ayub looks to flick this but fails to connect and the ball has clattered into his pads. Loud appeal from Adam Milne but the umpire turns this down. Tom Latham has asked for a review here but the Ball Tracking shows that the ball is pitching outside leg and the on-field decision stays.

4.21

Back of a length around leg, Fakhar Zaman looks to pull but hits this off his gloves towards short fine leg for a single.

4.11

Fuller one in middle, Saim Ayub gets an inside edge onto his pads and towards short fine leg for a single.

4.12nb

Matt Henry oversteps here. Back of a length around pads, Fakhar Zaman nudges this to short mid-wicket and takes a single. The umpire signals a no ball. Free Hit coming up.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 19/2

F Zaman8 (7)

S Ayub1 (1)

M Henry2-0-9-0

3.61

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

3.51

Fuller one on off, Saim Ayub pushes this gently to mid off and takes a single. James Neesham puts in a great effort to run him out but he just fails to grab the ball cleanly.

Saim Ayub comes in at number 4.

3.4W

OUT! Chad Bowes hits the bull's eye and sees the back of Mohammad Rizwan. On a length around off, Fakhar Zaman taps this to the point and sets off for a single but Chad Bowes was quick with the pickup and the throw is accurate as well. Mohammad Rizwan has to walk back as he is well short of his crease.

Is that a run out? New Zealand players seem to be confident. The umpire takes it upstairs. The replays confirm that Mohammad Rizwan is way short of the crease. The big screen shows OUT!

3.31

On a length in middle, Mohammad Rizwan nudges this to deep mid-wicket and takes a single.

3.31wd

Wide! Nicely disguised yorker but just going down leg.

3.21

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman pushes this to mid on and takes a single.

3.11

On a length outside off, Mohammad Rizwan carves this to third man for a single.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 13/1

F Zaman6 (4)

M Rizwan4 (8)

B Lister1-0-7-0

2.60

On a length around off, Fakhar Zaman taps this to point and looks for a single but denied by the non-striker.

2.56

SIX! On a length around middle, Fakhar Zaman advances down the track and smashes this over the long on fence for a huge six. 86m long maximum from the bat of Fakhar Zaman

2.40

On a length outside off, Fakhar Zaman slices this to point for no run.

2.31

Yorker nailed to perfection as Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to mid on. Daryl Mitchell fields well and takes a sigh at the stumps and the ball deflects of the stumps and they take a single.

2.20

Back of a length angling away, Mohammad Rizwan chops it back onto his pads for no run.

2.10

Fuller one angling away from the batter, Mohammad Rizwan defends this back to the bowler for no run.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 6/1

F Zaman0 (1)

M Rizwan3 (5)

A Milne1-0-1-1

1.60

Fuller one in middle, Fakhar Zaman defends this off the front foot for no run.

Fakhar Zaman is the new batter in.

1.5W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN OUTSTANDINGLY IN THE DEEP! Fuller one shaping away from off, Babar Azam looks to go big over cover but gets a thickish outside edge that travels all the way to the third man as Rachin Ravindra takes an outstanding catch diving low and in front of him.

1.40

Fuller one wide of off, Babar Azam goes for a drive but misses out.

1.30

Back of a length outside off, Babar Azam looks to defend but gets beaten by the away swing on this.

1.20

Full and wide angling away from off, Babar Azam looks to drive but misses out.

1.11

Fuller on in middle, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to mid-wicket for a single.

Adam Milne to share the new ball.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 5/0

M Rizwan2 (4)

B Azam1 (2)

M Henry1-0-3-0

0.61lb

LEG BYE! Fuller one on off, Mohammad Rizwan gets pinged on his pads. The ball rolls out and they collect another leg bye to end the over.

0.51lb

On a length around pads, Babar Azam nudges this to square leg for a single. It comes off his pads and the umpire signals leg byes.

0.41

Fuller one in middle, Mohammad Rizwan pushes this to mid on and takes a single.

0.31

On a length outside off, Babar Azam taps this to third man for a single.

0.21

Back of a length in middle, Mohammad Rizwan tucks this to mid on and takes a single.

0.10

Fuller one around off, Mohammad Rizwan drives this to short cover for no run.

Commentary

The chase is set to begin. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan make their way out on the field with the swords in hand. Also, the New Zealand players take the field. Matt Henry to start with the ball.

... The Run Chase ...

Pakistan were incredible with the ball! It was a complete team performance. Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf started well with the new ball. Then the spinners came into the attack and removed all the sting from the New Zealand batters, which left the opposition teetering at 64/2 at the halfway mark. Even the death bowling was pretty impressive, as the bowlers were able to take wickets at regular intervals. Now the onus in on their batters, to chase down the target of 164 runs. Pakistan would certainly think they can get over the line here and seal the series. Do join us for the second essay shortly.

New Zealand were off to a promising start, but once Chad Bowes departed, the run flow took a major blow as well. Will Young took his time to settle-in but departed after playing a few good-looking shots. It was then a stand between Tom Latham and Daryl Mitchell that helped the Kiwis to get their inning back on track. Latham recorded his half-century and the two stitched a stand of 65 runs. The highest of this inning for the visitors. Although, the two lost their wicket in quick succession just when they started to take on the bowlers. Later James Neesham, Mark Chapman and Rachin Ravindra hit a few lusty-blows to add some impetus to the scoreboard.

Phew! What an entertaining contest between bat and ball this first inning was filled with! Tom Latham said at the start that they would love to get near the 160-run mark and the batters have managed to do exactly that. Although, New Zealand would feel they are 15-20 runs short, looking at the way they batted. Yet another solid day at the office for the Pakistan bowlers.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 20 overs : 163/5

R Ravindra8 (6)

M Chapman16 (9)

S Afridi4-0-33-2

19.61b

Bye! Fuller one wide of off, Rachin Ravindra looks to go big but misses out. Mohammad Rizwan collects this cleanly and throws it on the stumps but misses out as the take a single.

19.52

Back of a length around middle, Rachin Ravindra has pulled this to deep square leg for a couple.

19.40

Wide yorker, Rachin Ravindra looks to slice but fails to connect at this.

19.31

Fuller one in middle, Mark Chapman plays the ramp stroke but Naseem Shah fields well at fine leg to keep it down to a single.

19.21

Yorker nailed in perfectly, Rachin Ravindra keeps this out and runs a single.

19.14

FOUR! Short-pitched delivery around the badge, Rachin Ravindra swirls and pulls this for a boundary towards fine leg.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 19 overs : 154/5

M Chapman15 (8)

R Ravindra1 (1)

H Rauf4-0-31-2

18.64

FOUR! Fuller in around pads, Mark Chapman flicks this past the diving deep square leg fielder for a boundary.

18.51

Fuller one in middle, Rachin Ravindra pushes this to long off for a single.

Rachin Ravindra is the new batter in.

18.4W

OUT! CAUGHT! Haris Rauf picks up his second of the night. No one can keep him away from the wickets at this point of his career. Short pitched delivery angling in toward the batter, James Neesham looks to pull but gets undone by the pace off this one. Shadab Khan charges in from the deep and takes a solid running catch.

18.30

Short-pitched delivery on top of middle, James Neesham looks to play the pull but misses out.

18.24

FOUR! Low full-toss wide of off, James Neesham edges this past the fielder at third man for a boundary.

18.11

Yorker nailed to perfection as Mark Chapman manages to keep this out near the stumps and takes a single.

Runs Scored 14 Runs

Score after 18 overs : 144/4

M Chapman10 (6)

J Neesham6 (3)

N Shah4-0-30-0

17.61

Full and wide outside off, Mark Chapman toe-poked this to short third man for a single.

17.50

Short-pitched delivery body bound, Mark Chapman looks to play the upper cut but misses out.

17.46

SIX! Fuller one in the slot for Mark Chapman and he has slogged this over the fielder at long on for a maximum.

17.32

Short-pitched delivery in middle, Mark Chapman pulls this to deep mid-wicket and takes a couple.

17.21

Short-pitched delivery with fingers rolled over this, James Neesham has pulled this to deep square leg for a single.

17.14

FOUR! Low full toss outside off-stump line, James Neesham has driven this past the point fielder for a boundary.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 17 overs : 130/4

M Chapman1 (2)

J Neesham1 (1)

H Rauf3-0-21-1

16.60

Too quick for Mark Chapman to pull. Short-pitched delivery zips past Mark Chapman in a flash as he gets beaten by the pace on this.

16.51

Back of a length around off, James Neesham taps this to short mid-wicket and takes a single.

16.51wd

Wide! Full and wide but way too wide of off.

16.4W

OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Haris Rauf gets rid of the big fish, just when it matteres the most. Back of a length around off, Tom Latham looks to go big but gets an outside edge that lands in the hands of Mohammad Rizwan and the Kiwi skipper walks back after a brilliant knock.

James Neesham is the new man in.

16.41wd

Wide! He will have to re-bowl this as this has gone down leg.

16.34

FOUR! Back of a length around middle, Tom Latham walks down the track and pulls this over short fine leg for a boundary.

16.20

Full toss wide of off, Tom Latham advances down the track and looks to slice but fails to get any bat on this.

16.10

Fuller one in middle, Tom Latham pushes this to the off side for no run.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 16 overs : 123/3

T Latham60 (45)

M Chapman1 (1)

S Afridi3-0-25-2

15.61

On a length around middle, Tom Latham pushes this to long on for a single.

15.51

Fuller one around off, Mark Chapman drives this to long off for a single.

Mark Chapman is the new man in.

15.4W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Fuller one in middle, Daryl Mitchell advances down the track and slogs one in the hands of Fakhar Zaman at deep mid-wicket fence for a soft dismissal. He did the right thing tough by taking the aggressive approach.

15.31

On a length around off, Tom Latham pushes this to mid off for a single.

15.22

SLower one fuller in middle, Tom Latham pushes this to long on and collects a couple.

15.16

SIX! Innovation at its best. Fuller one outside off, Tom Latham gets into the position early and ramps this over fine leg for a maximum.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 15 overs : 112/2

D Mitchell33 (25)

T Latham50 (41)

N Shah3-0-16-0

14.60

Fuller, on off. Daryl Mitchell defends it back to the bowler.

14.52

Shah dishes an inswinger, full and on leg. Daryl Mitchell digs it out through mid on. The batters take two runs.

14.41

FIFTY FOR LATHAM! Truly a captain's knock, right when his team needed it the most. He knows that his job is still half done. Tom Latham pulls this short ball behind square on the leg side for a single.

14.31

Daryl Mitchell flicks this length ball into mid-wicket and crosses.

14.20

A dot now! Shah dishes a bumper, outside off, a slower one as well. Daryl Mitchell tries to play the ramp shot but misses. He is asking the square leg umpire for a wide for height but he isn't getting the decision in his favour.

14.11

Good length, outside off. Latham punches it through point for one.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 14 overs : 107/2

T Latham48 (39)

D Mitchell30 (21)

H Rauf2-0-14-0

13.61

Full length, on off. Latham flicks it through mid-wicket but only for a single.

13.50

Very full, outside off. Tom Latham digs it out to backward point.

13.41

Short and on off. Daryl Mitchell pulls it into the leg side and gets a single for it.

13.31

Another single now as Latham chips this length ball from outside out into mid-wicket.

13.21

A length ball, tucking into the pads. Daryl Mitchell drags his flick to short fine leg. One taken.

13.11

Tom Latham taps this full-length ball to mid off. He scampers across for a quick single.

Runs Scored 16 Runs

Score after 13 overs : 102/2

D Mitchell28 (19)

T Latham45 (35)

S Khan4-0-34-1

12.62

Full and on off. Daryl Mitchell plays it towards sweeper cover and collects a brace. New Zealand are right back in the contest. The stand moves to 46 runs.

12.54

FOUR! Shadab Khan once again goes short and wide. Way outside the tramline as well. Daryl Mitchell is not here to sit around, he shuffles across, frees his arm and smacks it through the gap at backward point for four runs.

12.40

Daryl Mitchell stays back to this short ball and tries to smack it through the line but gets beaten once again.

12.30

Slower ball, wide outside off, turning further away. Daryl Mitchell shuffles way across but is unable to cut it away.

12.24

FOUR! Daryl Mitchell goes straight down the ground once again and gets four runs this time. Pitched up, on off. Daryl Mitchell gets under it and lofts it down to long off. He hits it in the gap and finds the boundary.

12.16

Well, Daryl Mitchell thinks he can! SIX! ALL THE WAY! It is tossed up, full and on off. It is in the arc for Daryl Mitchell and he dispatches it over the long on fence for a biggie.

Runs Scored 15 Runs

Score after 12 overs : 86/2

T Latham45 (35)

D Mitchell12 (13)

I Wasim2-0-22-0

11.66

SIX! BOOM! Tom Latham is in the mood now. Short ball, outside off. Latham shuffles and tonks it over the mid-wicket fence. 15 runs off the over. Can New Zealand use this as a platform?

11.51

A single now as this full ball is pushed into the off side.

11.42

Angles it in, full and on leg. Daryl Mitchell clips it through the gap at mid-wicket. They push hard for the first one and agree for the second one. Tom Latham puts in a dive at the non-striker's end, and is safe.

11.31

Short, on off. Latham whips it to deep mid-wicket for one.

11.24

FOUR! A much-needed boundary. Tom Latham puts his hand up here for his side. It is tossed up, Latham gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it over the bowler's head. One bounce and over the ropes.

11.11

Floated and full, on off. Daryl Mitchell knocks it into covers for one.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 11 overs : 71/2

D Mitchell8 (10)

T Latham34 (32)

S Khan3-0-18-1

10.61

New Zealand are made to work really hard to get runs on the board. It is full and on off. Daryl Mitchell taps it to point and retains the strike with a single.

10.51

A googly, full and on off. Latham uses his feet and dabs it out to point for a single.

10.41

Back of a length, turning further away. Daryl Mitchell frees his arms and cuts it through covers for one more.

10.32

Very full, wide of off. Daryl Mitchell shuffles and knocks it to deep point. The batters take two runs.

10.21

Flatter and on off. Latham pulls it to deep square leg for one more.

10.11

Short, outside off. Daryl Mitchell cuts it past point for a single.

Drinks break! Tom Latham managed to get his side off to a solid start but since the wicket of Chad Bowes they have found it difficult to find the boundaries. Then the wicket of Will Young surely has the visitors on the back foot. New Zealand need a solid partnership from hereon and post a challenging total on the board.

Runs Scored 7 Runs

Score after 10 overs : 64/2

D Mitchell3 (6)

T Latham32 (30)

I Wasim1-0-7-0

9.61

Short in length around off, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to deep mid-wicket for a single.

9.50

Imad Wasim floats one on off, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to cover for no run.

9.40

Tossed up in middle, Daryl Mitchell defends this off the front foot.

9.31

Fuller in middle, Tom Latham budges this to mid-wicket for a single.

9.24

FOUR! Fuller one in the middle, Tom Latham picks it up early and reverse sweeps this through Naseem Shah at short third man for a boundary. He misfiled this initially but recovers well and flicks it back in the playing area with his feet touching the ropes. Boundary signaled by the umpire.

9.11

Short an wide outside off, Daryl Mitchell cuts this to backward point for a single.

Change. Imad Wasim now being introduced into the attack now.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 9 overs : 57/2

T Latham27 (28)

D Mitchell1 (2)

S Khan2-0-11-1

8.60

Short in length on leg, Tom Latham looks to flick this but gets hit on his pads.

8.51

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

8.40

Short in length on middle, Daryl Mitchell pushes this to point and looks for a single but denied by his partner on the other end.

Daryl Mitchell is the new batter in.

8.3W

OUT! IN THE AIR AND TAKEN! Tossed up outside off, Will Young's eyes lit up and he reaches out to slog but gets a connection from the toe end of his bat as the ball has traveled in the bucket arms of Fakhar Zaman at long off who makes no mistake and collects this cleanly.

8.20

Flighted one outside off, Will Young looks to drive but misses out.

8.10

Tossed up in middle, Will Young pushes this back to the bowler for no run.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 8 overs : 56/1

T Latham27 (27)

W Young17 (12)

F Ashraf2-0-12-0

7.60

On a length around middle, Tom Latham defends this back to the bowler for no run.

7.54

FOUR! Risk and reward for the Kiwi skipper. Fuller one well outside off, Tom Latham reads this early and shuffles to his off and ramps this over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.

7.41

Overpitched in middle, Will Young tucks this to mid-wicket for a single.

7.34

FOUR! Brilliantly placed for a boundary. Fuller one outside off, Will Young gets behind this and works this in the gap at deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.

7.21

Back of a length around off, Tom Latham flicks this to mid-wicket for a single.

7.11

On a length around middle, Will Young rolls this to the on side for a single.

Runs Scored 10 Runs

Score after 7 overs : 45/1

W Young11 (9)

T Latham22 (24)

S Khan1-0-10-0

6.61

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

6.56

SIX! Beautifully struck for a maximum. Tossed up in middle, Will Young advances down the track and smashes this over the sight screen for a maximum.

6.40

Quicker and flatter around off, Will Young punches this to short cover for no run.

6.31

Fuller one in middle, Tom Latham pushes this back past the bowler for a single.

6.22

On a length in middle, Tom Latham milks this to long leg and collects a couple.

6.10

Short in length pitching around leg, and turning towards his leg, Tom Latham hops on his back foot and looks to nudge but the ball has hit his pads. Loud appeal by Shadab Khan and the keeper but the umpire turns this down. Skipper Babar Azam has asked for a review here. but the ball tracker shows the ball pitched outside leg and the decision stays.

Runs Scored 9 Runs

Score after 6 overs : 35/1

W Young4 (6)

T Latham19 (21)

H Rauf1-0-9-0

5.60

Back of a length on middle, Will Young defends this on the on side for no run.

5.54

FOUR! Good length delivery just outside off, Will Young slices this side of the keeper for a boundary toward third man.

5.40

Fuller one on pads, Will Young flicks this to short mid-wicket for no run.

5.31

On a length around the pads, Tom Latham nudges this to square leg for a single.

5.20

Short and on off, defended back to Rauf.

5.14

FOUR! Good looking stroke for four. On a length around off, Tom Latham stands tall and punches this piercing the gap at covers for a boundary.

Runs Scored 5 Runs

Score after 5 overs : 26/1

T Latham14 (18)

W Young0 (3)

N Shah2-0-11-0

4.61

A single to end the over! Another good over for Latham. It is a length ball, around leg. Tom Latham inside edges it to square leg.

4.50

Four dots in a row now! Naseem Shah has pulled things back nicely after going for a boundary off the first one. A length ball, around middle. Tom Latham closes the face of the blade and works it to the leg side.

4.40

A length ball, on leg. Tom Latham misses to flick it away and takes a blow on his thigh pads.

4.30

Swing and a miss! A length ball, angling across, outside off. Tom Latham tries to punch it on his back foot but gets beaten. Naseem Shah thinks he has nicked it but could not convince the skipper to take it upstairs.

4.20

Full length, on off, defended out solidly.

4.14

FOUR! Excellent timing! Naseem Shah overpitches this time, outside off. Tom Latham gets on his front foot and creams it through the gap past extra cover for a cracking boundary.

Naseem Shah (1-0-6-0) comes in to replace Shaheen Afridi.

Runs Scored 1 Runs

Score after 4 overs : 21/1

W Young0 (3)

T Latham9 (12)

F Ashraf1-0-1-0

3.60

Three dots on the trot to end the over! A miserly start for Faheem Ashraf, just a single off it. Good length, around off. The ball takes off after hitting the deck. Will Young defends it out off the top half of the blade.

3.50

Faheem Ashraf now angles in a length ball, on the pads. Young nudges it to the leg side.

3.40

A bit fuller this time, coming back in from outside off. Will Young stays back and defends it out watchfully.

3.31

Short ball, outside off. Latham shimmies down the wicket and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.

3.20

Much fuller, wide outside off. Latham drives it hit it through the line but misses.

3.10

Length and on off. Latham dabs it to point.

Will Young walks out next.

Runs Scored 3 Runs

Score after 3 overs : 20/1

C Bowes7 (9)

T Latham8 (9)

S Afridi2-0-14-1

2.6W

OUT! Sound of timber! The crowd is buzzing and so is Shaheen Afridi. A jaffa to get rid of Chad Bowes. Shaheen Afridi hurls in a full-length ball, on middle. The ball comes back into the batter. Chad Bowes tries to work it away but without moving his feet. He misses the ball completely and leg pole is sent on a walk.

2.51

Tom Latham pulls this short ball behind square on the leg side and gets a single.

2.40

Full length, on off. Tom Latham drives it into covers.

2.30

EDGY! Back of a length, on off. It climbs on the batter. Tom Latham tries to work it on the leg side but it catches the leading edge and lobs into covers. Although, it lands safely.

2.21

Pitches it up, Afridi uses the angle coming around the wicket. Bowes hits it on the up towards mid off and scampers across for a quick single.

2.11

Shaheen Afridi goes full, around off. Tom Latham pushes it gently into covers and crosses.

Runs Scored 6 Runs

Score after 2 overs : 17/0

C Bowes6 (7)

T Latham6 (5)

N Shah1-0-6-0

1.60

Much straighter and full, on off. Bowes blocks it back to the bowler. A great start by Naseem Shah, only six runs off his first over.

1.51

Tom Latham now rotates the strike. Good length, on the body. Shah is able to extract some extra bounce as well. Latham tucks it awkwardly to square leg.

1.41

Bit fuller, on off. Chad Bowes gives himself some room and strokes it towards mid off. One taken.

1.30

Good length delivery on top of off, Chad Bowes defends this to the off side for no run.

1.24

FOUR! On a length around off, Chad Bowes gets an outside edge travelling past first slip towards third man for a boundary.

1.10

On a length pitching in middle and hitting the front pad of Chad Bowes as he gets beaten looking to defend this. Loud appeal by Naseem Shah but the umpire turns this down. Skipper Babar Azam has asked for a review and the ball tracker shows it was missing the stumps hence the decision stays.

Naseem Shah will bowl from the other end.

Woah! What an eventful over this was. Shaheen Afridi came very close to draw the first blood but they still remain on the hunt.

Runs Scored 11 Runs

Score after 1 overs : 11/0

T Latham5 (4)

C Bowes1 (2)

S Afridi1-0-11-0

0.60

Length and on off. Tom Latham defends it out solidly to see off the first over.

0.50

An appeal for lbw but turned down! On a length, outside off, coming back into the batter. Tom Latham gets on his front foot and tries to defend it out but misses. He takes a blow on his pads. Shaheen Afridi is really interested and he convinces the skipper in no time. The UltraEdge confirms not bat is involved. The Ball Tracking shows that it is umpire's call on impact and the original decision stands. Pakistan though do not lose a review here.

0.41

This is good running! It is a length ball, that lands on middle and nips back into the batter. Chad Bowes gets an inside edge on his pads and the ball dies just to his right. Tom Latham calls for the single, Bowes hesitates a bit at the start but makes it safely at the other end.

0.30

Swing and a miss! Shaheen Afridi serves it very full, wide of off. Chad Bowes tries to chase it but misses.

Some problem with the sightscreen. A little delay before it gets sorted. The umpire is showing Azam what the issue is. Shaheen Afridi is eagerly waiting with the ball in hand. The captain takes the matter into his own hands and rushes towards the sightscreen to solve the issue. Boy, he is successful in his first try and we are good to go.

0.21

I take back my word! The crowd is getting behind every delivery of Afridi here. This is full, on middle. Tom Latham gets it into covers off the outer half. They cross for a single.

0.14

FOUR! Elegant stroke! Tom Latham gets off the mark with a fine boundary. Instant silence across the stadium. It is very full, on the pads. Tom Latham closes the face of the bat and wrists it through the gap at mid-wicket. The ball has enough legs to reach the fence.

0.15wd

FIVE WIDES! A dream start for the Kiwis. Shaheen Afridi steams in and dishes a full-length ball, although spills it way down the leg side. It swing further down leg which takes it away from the keeper and it runs down to the fine leg fence.

The match is set to begin. It is a pleasant night in Lahore, but not so pleasant for the visitors. New Zealand need a win here and their batters would be coming out all guns blazing. Here comes their opening pair of Tom Latham and Chad Bowes. Although, the crowd shows much more love with a loud cheer as the Pakistan players make their way out on the field. It is going to be Shaheen Afridi to start with the new ball. Here we go...

Pakistan (Playing XI) - Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah (In for Zaman Khan).

New Zealand (Playing XI) - Tom Latham (C/ WK), Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne (In for Cole McConchie), Ish Sodhi (In for Henry Shipley), Matt Henry, Benjamin Lister.

TOSS - New Zealand win the toss and they will BAT first.

Kiwis on the other hand will be looking to get off the mark in this series and stay in the hunt to clinch the silverware. The Kiwis have been good but they have lost the key battles resulting them being in the position that they are at this point in the series. The batters have struggled a lot but Mark Chapman has looked comfortable against the lethal bowling of the hosts. For the visitors, this match is a do-or-die sitution, if they lose their hopes of lifting the trophy could well be chalked off. Stay tuned for toss and team updates.

The hosts have been ruthless in the two games played and have dominated the visitors attaining a 2-0 lead in the series so far. The batting unit has been firing so far and the bowlers have backed it up tremendously. The hosts would be confident to win the third T20I and seal the series. Babar Azam would be required with the bat yet again while the bowling will once again be relying on the broad shoulders of Haris Rauf.

Hello and welcome to the coverage of the third T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand in this 5-match T20I series. Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will be hosting this game. The hosts are coming into this game with an intention to take an unassailable lead in this series. 

... MATCH DAY ...

After taking a 2-0 lead in the 5-match T20I series, Pakistan will go head-to-head with New Zealand in the third T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Pakistan has been dominating in the series so far and has not given the visitors even the slimmest chance of getting anywhere near a victory in the two games played so far. Babar Azam was outstanding in the last game scoring a century. The cameo of Iftikhar Ahmed was a massive boost for the side as he plays a crucial role for them. Haris Rauf has been brilliant scalping 8 wickets in the two games played and has led the bowling unit with conviction. Pakistan would be hoping to inflict yet another defeat on the Kiwis and seal the series. New Zealand would be hoping to win this and stay alive in the series. They have played well but have lost key moments that have led to their demise in the series so far. Mark Chapman has been the bright light for the Kiwis as he has batted superbly so far. If the Kiwis are to win the third T20I then the bowlers will have to bowl well at depth. The form of Daryl Mitchell has been a massive concern for them as the team relies heavily on his all-round performance. Expect a thriller between these two cricketing giants.

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