PAK 212/4 (40.3ov)
NZ 209/9 (50.0ov)

Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets

MOM: Shaheen Afridi

  • Right then. Pakistan have finally won against a competitive team in ODIs. We now head back to Dubai for the third and final match at 3 pm local (1100 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Victorious Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, says that it was a complete team performance in this game. On the string of losses against New Zealand, Ahmed says that he believed that the team could make a comeback and it did. Feels happy that Pakistan have plenty of new-ball bowlers. On Imam, the skipper says that the player is hopefully in good shape. On the batting, Sarfraz praises Fakhar for playing his shots and shutting new Zealand out of the game. On the bowling, Ahmed reckons that the team did extremely well in the middle overs and made good use of the reverse swing. On the final game in Dubai, Sarfraz hopes that Pakistan pull off a series win.
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, admits that the runs were not enough on the board on the surface. Feels the bowlers tried really hard but it was too difficult. Says that there a few things they need to improve in and they need to build on from the win in Dubai. On the wicket, he feels that it was pacey and under lights, it skidded even more. Says that playing the decider is always exciting and both teams have been in this scenario plenty of times in the past and each would be geared up for the same.
  • SHAHEEN AFRIDI HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Afridi is feeling great that in two games, his performance has been great. Says that in this match, initially, he felt that he was not able to bowl at all but then came back strongly. Says that he is lucky to be able to take learnings from the seniors.
  • Zaman and Imam made full use of these advantages and had a good stand upfront, before the latter got hit and was taken off the field. Then, Babar Azam joined Fakhar and the duo added 101 but after that, things slowed down a touch, though Pakistan were always in control. Fakhar was unlucky in missing out on his century but otherwise a pretty decent effort from Pakistan. This is their first win after 12 losses on the trot to the Kiwis. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
  • In the run chase, a couple of things came to Pakistan's aid. Dew was around and hence, the bowlers could not grip the ball properly. And there was no swing, hence Boult was negated. There was no spin either. And compared to Dubai, this pitch was not slower in nature.
  • Pakistan did the basics right. Stuck to their lines and lengths and did not allow the Kiwis to cut loose. Then, when reverse swing came into play, they choked the Black Caps further, restricting them to 209. Shaheen Afridi took 4 wickets but the real choke was applied by the spinners who bowled 25 overs between them.
  • We have a decider. Pakistan were far too good tonight. New Zealand did win the toss but it did not prove to be an advantage for them.
  • 40.3TimSouthee to MHafeez

    FOUR! Pakistan win by 6 wickets! With 57 balls to spare. The series is eventually levelled. A short ball outside off, Hafeez waits for the ball to com to him and steers it past short third man for a boundary!
  • 40.2TimSouthee to MHafeez

    Landed around off, defended from the crease.
  • 40.1TimSouthee to MHafeez

    On middle and leg, flicked towards square leg.
  • POWERPLAY 3 TIME. Didn't think this time would arrive. Anyways, 5 fielders allowed outside the ring but Williamson ain't bothered.
  • 39.6IshSodhi to SKhan

    Full again, watchfully defended. A MAIDEN!
  • 39.5IshSodhi to SKhan

    Full and outside off, blocked towards point.
  • 39.4IshSodhi to SKhan

    Outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 39.3IshSodhi to SKhan

    On a length outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 39.2IshSodhi to SKhan

    Short and outside off, cut straight to point.
  • 39.1IshSodhi to SKhan

    Full toss outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 38.6TimSouthee to MHafeez

    A short ball on middle, Hafeez mistimes his pull towards short mid-wicket.
  • 38.5TimSouthee to MHafeez

    Landed outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 38.4TimSouthee to MHafeez

    Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 38.3TimSouthee to SKhan

    Landed on a length outside off, played through point for a single.
  • 38.2TimSouthee to SKhan

    Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 38.1TimSouthee to SKhan

    Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • Tim Southee is back.
  • 37.6IshSodhi to MHafeez

    Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a couple.
  • 37.5IshSodhi to MHafeez

    The batsman manages only a bottom edge on that one.
  • 37.4IshSodhi to MHafeez

    Dropped short, pulled straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 37.3IshSodhi to SKhan

    The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • Shadab Khan is in.
  • 37.2IshSodhi to SAhmed

    OUT! Caught behind! Sodhi manages to get a wicket now. Short and outside off, Sarfraz looks to cut but only manages a thin edge. Nice take by Latham.
  • 37.1IshSodhi to MHafeez

    A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Ish Sodhi is back on. Will this be the last over of the match?
  • 36.6LFerguson to MHafeez

    DROPPED! Tough chance. But that is why a man was placed there. A short ball, Hafeez pulls it towards leg gully where Tim Southee leaps but the ball brushes his fingertips and goes towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 36.5LFerguson to MHafeez

    FOUR! Fine shot. Dropped short, pulled through square leg for a boundary!
  • 36.4LFerguson to SAhmed

    Outside off, SA punches this down the ground. There is no mid on or mid off. The man at cover, the bowler and the man at mid-wicket get into a 3-way race towards long off. The cover fielder gets to it first. Three runs taken.
  • 36.3LFerguson to SAhmed

    That is a jaffa. A short ball, around off, Ahmed feels for it, then tries to leave it go but is late and gets beaten. He looks at the square leg umpire for the wide call but it does not come.
  • 36.2LFerguson to MHafeez

    A short ball, pulled past leg gully towards long leg for a single.
  • 36.1LFerguson to MHafeez

    Short and outside off, Hafeez punches this through the covers and finds the gap. Two runs taken.
  • 35.7TBoult to SAhmed

    Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 35.6TBoult to SAhmed

    FOUR! Bad line, full and down the leg side, Ahmed tickles it past the keeper to the fine leg fence!
  • 35.5TBoult to MHafeez

    The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 35.4TBoult to MHafeez

    WIDE. A bouncer, Hafeez ducks and Latham leaps to collect.
  • 35.3TBoult to SAhmed

    On a length outside off, Sarfraz steers it towards third man for a run.
  • 35.2TBoult to MHafeez

    The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. They pick up a single.