Pakistan will look to level series in the second T20I after in New Zealand beat the visitors in the first match in Wellington by seven wickets. Colin Munro ensured New Zealand continued a stellar home summer on Monday when they thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets with 25 balls to spare in the opening Twenty20 match in Wellington. Munro was left unbeaten on 49, when a wide by Hasan Ali in the 16th over allowed New Zealand to pass their 105-run target. It kept New Zealand undefeated after 13 matches across all three formats in the past two months including five ODIs against Pakistan and a series of Tests, ODIs and Twenty20s against the West Indies. Munro and Tom Bruce (26) set up the New Zealand victory with a 49-run stand for the third wicket after the hosts wobbled at the start of their modest run chase. Martin Guptill only made two and Glenn Phillips was bowled for three as New Zealand crawled to 14 for two after four overs.
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Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance, Trent Boult
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees
Commentary (New Zealand innings)
This win augurs well for Pakistan as well as from the series' perspective. Now the scoreline reads 1-1 with a game to go. The decider i.e. the third and the final T20I of the series will be played at Mount Maunganui on the 28th of January, 2017. It begins at 1900 local time (0600 GMT). We would love to have your company for that game, too, as we did today. Thanks for joining us. See ya then. Till the next time, ta-ta, take care. Meanwhile, for more cricket action - Test cricket - switch tabs and keep an eye on the South Africa - India game that is going through an attritional phase.
Sarfraz Ahmed, the happy Pakistan captain, thanks the almighty first, before crediting Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad for the start that they provided. States that he told his batters to start well in the Powerplay. More credits flow for Babar Azam and Shehzad for their efforts with the bat. Lauds his bowlers' efforts for doing well on a small ground. Mentions being unsure of defending this total at the halfway stage and hence is elated to have done so.
Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper, states that the opposition were excellent in all the departments tonight. Opines that although his side didn't play to their potential, there is still belief in the camp. States that it isn't easy to bowl on small grounds. Is happy with his bowlers' efforts. Reckons that with wickets in hand, any score can be chased in the country. Asserts that they have to move on and play well in the following game. Says that T20 is a fickle format and they will get back to the drawing board and see the areas of improvement.
Fakhar Zaman is the Man of the Match. He is happy as his side have managed to notch up their first win on this tour. Reckons that the wicket was much better than the previous game. States that they (the openers) tried to take their time initially and then went for their strokes. Ends saying that he is happy with his current form and would want to carry on in the next game as well.
Kane Williamson was out first ball, the second time in his T20I career and on both occasions, against the same occasion. A piece of brilliance on the field from Haris Sohail ended Tom Bruce's stay in the middle and the tourists never looked back from there. Picture this - while chasing a score, partnerships are the order of the day and New Zealand got one only for the 7th wicket, a 54-run stand. Only Mitchell Santner and Ben Wheeler scored over 30 for them. Thus, one has to admit that the side in green outplayed the men in black on all counts. Let's find out what the presentation has in store for us.
Finally, Pakistan get all the aspects of the game right and end up on the right side of the result. The target that they had set was a big one indeed and their bowlers ensured that it continues to be so. They started on the right note by making crucial strikes at the start, picking up three wickets inside the Powerplay. Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers picking up three wickets. The fall of the Kiwis was started by Amir, who trapped Munro early to set the tone for the chase.
18.3 F Ashraf to Ish Sodhi, OUT! That's it! PAKISTAN WIN BY 48 RUNS TO KEEP THE SERIES ALIVE! Banged short on the stumps, Sodhi goes for the pull. Gets a top edge towards fine leg. Azam runs backwards from short fine leg to take it comfortably and spark off celebrations for his side. 153/10
18.2 F Ashraf to Ish Sodhi, Sodhi looks to pull it but fails to do so. 153/9
Trent Boult is the last man in.
18.1 F Ashraf to S Rance, OUT! The end is near! Length ball angling in, Rance chips it straight down long on's throat. Zaman, stationed there, gets one of the most easiest catches you will ever do in the sport. Takes it with ease to end Rance's stay. The on-air commentators joke that if that would have sailed over, he would have wanted the ground to be taken out of the sport. 153/9
17.6 M Amir to S Rance, Guided to third man for one to get going. 153/8
Seth Rance walks in at no.10.
17.5 M Amir to M Santner, OUT! Final nail in the coffin? Back of a length ball at 143.9 kph. Santner backs away and looks to heave it to the on side but is undone by the quick pace. Gets a thick outside edge to Ahmed who does the rest. Pleasantries exchanges between the bowler and the batter. 152/8
17.4 M Amir to M Santner, Length ball on the stumps, Santner has a hoick but misses. 152/7
17.3 M Amir to M Santner, NOT OUT! Santner flicks it through mid-wicket and wants two immediately. He rushes back for the second even as a good flat throw over the stumps reaches the keeper. He whips the bails of and asks the question. The third umpire is called for. Replays show that he has made it in. 152/7
A run out appeal against Santner is referred upstairs. Seems to be safe...
17.2 M Amir to Ish Sodhi, Full on off, driven to long off for one. 150/7
17.1 M Amir to Ish Sodhi, FOUR! Let the bowler change, Sodhi's approach will be the same. Hurled on a shorter length, Ish backs away and pulls it aerially towards wide long on. The ball bounces just in front of the ropes before going over. 53 more needed in 17 balls. 149/7
Mohammad Amir back for his last over.
16.6 H Ali to Ish Sodhi, Outside off, pushed through the cover region for one. 145/7
16.5 H Ali to Ish Sodhi, How did that miss the inside edge as well as the leg stick? Full and spearing in, Ish backs away and looks to smash it. Misses it completely. 144/7
16.4 H Ali to Ish Sodhi, SIX! Bang! Ish returns what he got when he had the ball in hand. A full toss on off, Sodhi clears his front leg and smashes it high and handsomely over long on for a maximum. 144/7
16.3 H Ali to M Santner, Short ball, pulled through backward square leg for one. 138/7
16.2 H Ali to Ish Sodhi, Glided past point for one. 137/7
16.1 H Ali to M Santner, Full on middle, driven through mid on for one. 136/7
15.6 R Raees to M Santner, Santner retains strike by pushing it towards covers. 135/7
15.5 R Raees to M Santner, FOUR! Streaky! Full on the stumps, Santner backs away to play this through the off side. Gets a thick inside edge past the leg sticks for a boundary. 68 off 25 needed. 134/7
15.4 R Raees to Ish Sodhi, Sodhi clips it through square leg to rotate strike. 130/7
15.3 R Raees to Ish Sodhi, The batsman fails to put bat on ball. 129/7
15.2 R Raees to M Santner, Eased towards extra cover to rotate strike. 129/7
15.1 R Raees to M Santner, FOUR! Shot! Length ball outside off, Santner makes room and smashes it over mid off for a boundary. 128/7
Rumman Raees is back for his 3rd over.
14.6 H Ali to M Santner, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single. 124/7
14.5 H Ali to Ish Sodhi, Flicked away round the corner for one. 123/7
14.4 H Ali to Ish Sodhi, Four Leg byes! Length ball on the pads, Sodhi fails to get bat to that. The ball goes off his pads to the fine leg fence even as the visitors are seen appealing. 122/7
Ish Sodhi is the next man in.
14.3 H Ali to Ben Wheeler, OUT! Knocked him over! Hasan Ali extracts his revenge off the very next delivery. Spears it full and straight in line of the stumps, Wheeler looks to whip it over mid-wicket. Never play across the line and he pays the price for that. Gets an inside edge and the ball crashes on to the stumps. Pakistan just 3 wickets away from leveling the series. 118/7
14.2 H Ali to Ben Wheeler, FOUR! Full and outside off, Wheeler goes over covers and collects a boundary. The skipper is in Ali's ears soon after the shot is played, even as Hasan seems to ignore him. 118/6
14.1 H Ali to Ben Wheeler, Back of a length on the stumps, Ben arches back to ramp it but misses. 114/6
Hasan Ali gets his ends changed.
13.6 M Amir to Ben Wheeler, Hurled in line of the stumps, Wheeler gets it off the inside edge towards fine leg for one. Raises the 50-run partnership between these two. 114/6
13.5 M Amir to Ben Wheeler, The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails. 113/6
13.4 M Amir to Ben Wheeler, Kept out towards point from the crease. 113/6
13.3 M Amir to Ben Wheeler, Outside off, steered through point for a couple. 113/6
13.2 M Amir to Ben Wheeler, SIX! We had a discussion as to whether Wheeler was a tail-ender or an all-rounder and this shot seals it in Ben's favour. Gets a length ball from Amir, he absolutely smites it with disdain over the bowler's head for a humongous hit. 111/6
13.1 M Amir to M Santner, Angling in from over the wicket, Santner tucks it away to the on side for one. 105/6
Mohammad Amir back for a burst.
12.6 S Khan to M Santner, Played to the point region by Mitch for a single. 104/6
12.5 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, Patted towards covers for one. 103/6
12.4 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, SIX! Tripe! A half-tracker on middle, Wheeler goes back and pulls it over long on for a huge hit. 102/6
12.3 S Khan to M Santner, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 96/6
12.2 S Khan to M Santner, FOUR! There are the stokes and hence the runs you'll get when the required rate is above 10. Floated outside off, Santner looks to go big over the off side. Gets a thick outside edge that beats the diving short third man fielder for a boundary. 95/6
12.1 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, Fuller in length, pushed through mid on for one. 91/6
12.1 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, WIDE! The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. The umpire signals a wide. 90/6
12.1 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, WIDE! Shadab bowls it well wide of off, the ball spins away further. The batter lets it be and gets it wided. 89/6
11.6 H Ali to M Santner, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 88/6
11.5 H Ali to M Santner, Santner drives it towards wide long on for a brace. 88/6
11.4 H Ali to Ben Wheeler, Flicked away through mid-wicket for one. 86/6
11.3 H Ali to M Santner, Ohhh, what a drop! Yes, you read that right. We don't often say this but here, it stands true. Ali comes round the wicket and bowls it full, angling in. Santner clears his front foot and smashes it towards long on. My colleague here signals a six but he fails to see what's to follow. The fielder there, Mohammad Nawaz, the substitute, leaps full length and catches it. Is about to lose his balance and fall over and hence keeps the ball in play. Only a run taken. He is given high fives by all his mates as if a wicket has fallen. Even the skipper runs all the way to him to laud him for the effort. Excellent stuff. 85/6
11.2 H Ali to M Santner, FOUR! Wow! That short delivery is flat-batted over mid-wicket. The ball has enough on it to trickle away to the fence. Didn't hit it with power but did well there, Santner. 84/6
11.1 H Ali to M Santner, Short in length, pulled away to mid-wicket. 80/6
Hasan Ali back on.
10.6 S Khan to M Santner, Served around off and middle, knocked down to long off to retain strike. 80/6
10.5 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, Floated full outside off, eased through covers for one. 79/6
10.4 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, Outside off, cut straight to point. 78/6
10.3 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, This one is blocked with a prod forward. 78/6
10.2 S Khan to M Santner, Good work in the deep by Zaman. Santner punches this shortish ball outside off through covers and looks to pick up a boundary. Fakhar runs to his right, puts in the dive and saves a run for his side. 78/6
10.1 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, Bowled on the stumps, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 75/6
9.6 F Ashraf to Ben Wheeler, This one is tapped towards point for one. At the halfway mark, Pakistan require 4 wickets for a win while Kiwis, another 128 runs. 74/6
9.5 F Ashraf to Ben Wheeler, Full ball, drilled straight to covers. 73/6
Azhar Mahmood, the Pakistan bowling coach is caught on the sidelines. He seems pretty confident of his boys defending the target from this stage. However, with the experience that he has, he is cautious enough to state that his side cannot take it lightly from this stage as well.
9.4 F Ashraf to Ben Wheeler, FOUR! This is what you'll get with lower order present in the middle. Full and outside off, Wheeler goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge past slip for a boundary. 73/6
9.3 F Ashraf to M Santner, Another risky run. The Black caps are losing it in this game. Santner taps it in front of covers and takes the fielder on. He is clearly struggling to make it in but the throw is a wild one and a run results. 69/6
9.2 F Ashraf to M Santner, Punched nicely through covers. The fielder in the deep does well to save two runs for his side. 68/6
9.1 F Ashraf to M Santner, Length ball outside off, MS tries to punch it through off but misses. 66/6
8.6 S Khan to M Santner, Santner turns it through mid-wicket for a run. 66/6
8.5 S Khan to M Santner, Defended from the crease with a straight bat. 65/6
8.4 S Khan to M Santner, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. 65/6
8.3 S Khan to Ben Wheeler, Knocked through mid-wicket for one to get going. 65/6
Ben Wheeler strides out next.
8.2 S Khan to de Grandhomme, OUT! Pakistan are ecstatic to see the back of their potential tormentor. Nicely tossed up outside off, Colin dances down to go big but misses the ball completely. Sarfraz does the rest, by whipping the bails off in a flash. The TV umpire is referred to and another look seals the deal. The Kiwis are crumbling soon here. They are still 138 away, while the tourists are 4 wickets away. 64/6
De Grandhomme seems to be a goner. A stumping appeal against him is taken upstairs.
8.1 S Khan to de Grandhomme, SIX! What a shot! Floated up outside off, Colin makes room and smashes it inside out over covers for half a dozen. 64/5
7.6 F Ashraf to M Santner, Defended from the crease with a straight bat. 58/5
Mitchell Santner is the next batter in.
7.5 F Ashraf to G Phillips, OUT! Another one bites the dust. Shortish in length, Phillips looks to pull it off the front foot over mid-wicket. Fails to get the elevation and finds Sohail there. He gets a simple catch and is busy on the field tonight. Half the side back in the hut now. 58/5
7.4 F Ashraf to G Phillips, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 58/4
7.3 F Ashraf to G Phillips, NOT OUT! Although Phillips has made it in, the method is not the right one. He plays it through backward point and wants two immediately. Goes for it and there's a direct hit at the keeper's end as he tries to make it in. The ball deflects towards fine leg and de Grandhomme is halfway down in search of the third but denied by his partner. The umpire now goes upstairs for the run out appeal. Replays show that Glenn has made it in but he didn't drag is bat in and jumped in directly to make it. 58/4
Another direct hit, this time at the striker's end. Phillips is the man trying to make it in, seems in though.
7.2 F Ashraf to G Phillips, Glenn stays in the crease and presents a straight bat in keeping it out. 56/4
7.1 F Ashraf to G Phillips, This one is defended from the crease. 56/4
Faheem Ashraf back on.
6.6 S Khan to de Grandhomme, FOUR! This is what the burly all-rounder can do. Reads the googly well and bashes it over covers to get off the mark with a boundary. 56/4
Colin de Grandhomme walks in next. He has the ability to change the look of the game in no time and we saw it in the ODI series.
6.5 S Khan to M Guptill, OUT! Can you ever keep Shadab Khan out of the wickets' column? He bowls this flatter outside off, Guptill goes back to just cut it through point. Ends up doing so with hard hands and finds Amin at short third man to perfection. The Kiwis are still 50 more than 100 runs away from their final destination. 52/4
6.4 S Khan to G Phillips, GP rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single. 52/3
6.3 S Khan to M Guptill, Martin goes back and works it towards third man for a single. 51/3
6.2 S Khan to G Phillips, Punched through covers for one. 50/3
6.1 S Khan to G Phillips, The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. 49/3
Shadab Khan comes into the attack now.
5.6 H Ali to G Phillips, Risky run, completed with ease in the end. Phillips taps it towards mid on and scurries to the other end. Raees from that position loses his balance and ends up hurling a wild throw at the bowler's end. 49/3
5.5 H Ali to M Guptill, The batsman has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total. 48/3
Glenn Phillips is next in.
5.4 H Ali to Tom Bruce, OUT! Often brilliances on the field changes the course of the game and this could well be the case here. Bruce pulls this towards mid-wicket and sets across for a run immediately. Sohail there, first fields it cleanly, then nails the stumps at the bowler's end to catch Tom short. The umpire wants to be completely sure and hence goes upstairs even as the visitors jump in joy. The replay just confirms Bruce's fate and New Zealand are three down within the first 6. 47/3
Direct hit! These are always interesting. Sohail hits the bull's eye at the bowler's end and Bruce seems to be short of the crease. Referred upstairs just for confirmation.
5.3 H Ali to M Guptill, Glided towards third man for a single. 47/2
5.2 H Ali to M Guptill, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 46/2
5.1 H Ali to M Guptill, Outside off, Guptill has a play and a miss. 46/2
Hasan Ali to bowl the final over of the Powerplay.
4.6 F Ashraf to Tom Bruce, Four Byes! These will go down in the keeper's account but it is a tough one. Length ball outside off, Bruce looks to pull but misses. The ball takes off from there and goes over the keeper's leap and rolls to the fence behind. 16 runs off this over. 46/2
4.5 F Ashraf to Tom Bruce, Short ball angling in, Tom backs away but fails to get bat to that. 42/2
4.4 F Ashraf to Tom Bruce, Played to the point region by the batsman. 42/2
4.3 F Ashraf to Tom Bruce, SIX! Poor, poor effort from Raees at third man. He has DROPPED this one and the ball has gone the distance. Back of a length ball outside off, Bruce looks to cut it but ends up slicing it straight to third man. Raees runs to his left, gets both hands to it but fails to hold on. Sarfraz isn't happy with what he has seen and instructs his fielder to stay at the ropes and not inside them. How costly will this be for the men in green? 42/2
4.2 F Ashraf to Tom Bruce, FOUR! Edged but safe! Length ball on the shorter side, Bruce makes room and looks to go big over the off side. Gets a top edge and the ball flies over the keeper and into the fence. 36/2
4.1 F Ashraf to M Guptill, Short ball, pulled in front of square on the leg side for one. 32/2
4.1 F Ashraf to M Guptill, WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side, Martin misses the flick. 31/2
Faheem Ashraf is brought into the attack now.
3.6 R Raees to Tom Bruce, Well done, Ahmed! Pakistan's intent today shows that they don't want to let this go without a fight. On a length on the pads, Tom works it fine down the leg side. The keeper dives full stretch to his left to prevent a run. Good over, 5 runs and a wicket. 30/2
3.5 R Raees to M Guptill, Length ball on the pads, tucked away through square leg for a single. 30/2
3.4 R Raees to Tom Bruce, Bruce gets going with a flick through mid-wicket. 29/2
Tom Bruce comes in next.
3.3 R Raees to K Williamson, OUT! Another one gone! If my partner can strike, even I can, says Raees. Lands it on a length around middle and leg, Williamson moves across a touch and hops to work it away to the on side. Ends up getting a leading edge towards mid-wicket. Sohail there dives full stretch to his left and takes it inches over the ground. New Zealand need 174 more off 99 balls. 28/2
3.2 R Raees to M Guptill, Martin punches this through covers and gets to the other end. 28/1
3.1 R Raees to M Guptill, Length ball on the pads, nudged down the leg side for a brace. 27/1
Kane Williamson is in next.
2.6 M Amir to C Munro, OUT! Amir draws first blood! Pakistan are happy to see the back of Munro early in the game. Full and straight on off and middle, Munro does the cardinal sin of playing across the line. Misses the ball and is caught right in front of the stumps. There is great jubilation on the visitors' faces and there is no doubt why. Early strike for them. 25/1
2.5 M Amir to M Guptill, Played through point from the crease for one. 25/0
2.4 M Amir to M Guptill, Driven through mid off by the batsman. 24/0
2.3 M Amir to M Guptill, SIX! Humongous! The ball is similar to 2.1, the shot is similar to 2.1 but the result is different. Short ball slanting away from Guptill, he backs away and smashes it over backward point. This time the ball goes all the way and the person in the crowd catches it after a few fumbles. 24/0
2.2 M Amir to M Guptill, This ball is kept out from the crease. 18/0
2.1 M Amir to M Guptill, Aerial but safe! Short ball angling away, Guptill has had enough of playing it safe. Backs away and looks to go over point but gets a top edge over the region for a couple. 18/0
1.6 R Raees to M Guptill, Martin has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 16/0
1.5 R Raees to M Guptill, FOUR! Full toll of the free hit taken. Full in length around leg, Guptill clears his front leg and squeezed it through backward square leg for a boundary. 15/0
1.5 R Raees to C Munro, NO BALL! Fuller in length, played off the inner half towards deep mid-wicket for one. There is a slight misfield but no extra run given. Raees has overstepped and hence it is a no ball. Free hit coming up... 11/0
1.4 R Raees to M Guptill, On a length on the pads, nudged through backward square leg for one. 9/0
1.4 R Raees to M Guptill, WIDE! Bumper on the stumps, Martin doesn't bother doing anything with that. Wide signaled. 8/0
1.3 R Raees to M Guptill, In line of the stumps, defended towards mid-wicket. 7/0
1.2 R Raees to M Guptill, Short in length, pulled off the front foot to deep mid-wicket. Amin does the mopping up but cannot prevent the brace. 7/0
1.1 R Raees to M Guptill, On a length in line of the stumps, defended back towards the bowler. 5/0
From the other end, Rumman Raees will run in.
0.6 M Amir to M Guptill, Guptill opens the face of the bat and guides it over first slip for a run. 5/0
0.5 M Amir to M Guptill, Length delivery on the pads, defended from the crease towards off. 4/0
0.4 M Amir to M Guptill, Well outside off, left alone. 4/0
0.3 M Amir to M Guptill, Length ball outside off, kept out towards point for no run. 4/0
0.2 M Amir to M Guptill, Pushed towards covers for nothing. 4/0
0.1 M Amir to M Guptill, FOUR! Signaled as leg byes, though. Length ball on the pads, Guptill hops and looks to tuck it away. Does so, and the ball rolls past the keeper for a boundary. However, the umpire signals it as leg byes. Martin will feel hard done by on this occasion. It went off the gloves shows the replay. Positive start for the Kiwis. 4/0