ICC World Twenty20, 9th Match, Group D: New Zealand v Pakistan at Pallekele, Sep 23, 2012
ICC World Twenty20 - 9th match, Group D
Pakistan won by 13 runs
Played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
23 September 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

New Zealand do have the batting to knock these runs off but can they deal with the spin barrage of Pakistan. On that note, Mohammad Hafeez to open up with Rob Nicol and Kane Williamson beginning the innings for NZ...

Hello everyone, welcome to the second half from Pallekele, New Zealand chasing 178 after a good smash in the latter overs.

"I thought Oram was meant to be used to SL conditions. His bowling in both games has been awful, he must surely be dropped for the rest of the tournament. He should never have been given the 19th over." I quite agree Dan. He is a liability in the field and his bowling hasn't been anything to write home about at all so far.

0.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Nicol, no run, starts around the wicket onto off stump, driven back to him from off stump

0.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Nicol, no run, similar played, flicked back to the bowler

0.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Nicol, no run, step down now but flicked only to square leg

0.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Nicol, no run, goes down to sweep on off stump, comes off the pad to slip

0.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Nicol, 1 run, big stride and a flick past short midwicket to get the chase underway

0.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, step back and slapped back to the bowler

Again, can NZ deal with the Pakistani spinners?

End of over 1 (1 run) New Zealand 1/0 (177 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 9.31)

    • KS Williamson 0 (1b)
    • RJ Nicol 1 (5b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-1-0

Sohail Tanvir to bowl off the wrong leg...

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, 2 runs, length outside off and slapped down wide of third man for two

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, SIX, on the stumps now and picked up with superb timing over long for six, lovely strike that

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, 1 run, shorter in length, tucked through midwicket on the back foot

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, no run, back of a length, angled across the batsman, cut and missed

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, 1 run, leg stump half volley, tucked out to the deep square leg fielder along the ground

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, 1 wide, full but leg side, fine leg is up too so a poor delivery

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, 1 run, back of a length around middle and off, taken through square leg

End of over 2 (12 runs) New Zealand 13/0 (165 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.16)

    • RJ Nicol 11 (9b 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 1 (3b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-12-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-1-0

"Rob Nicol *facepalm*," now now Gary, did you not see his century for Gloucestershire against Netherlands back in June! (We'll ignore the fact he couldn't buy a run after that knock). Change and it's Umar Gul into the attack...

2.1

Umar Gul to Nicol, no run, full and straight and Nicol misses swinging to leg, it goes past leg stump by a whisker

2.2

Umar Gul to Nicol, 1 wide, too far to leg stump now though

2.2

Umar Gul to Nicol, 1 leg bye, fired into the pads again, it runs towards square leg

2.3

Umar Gul to Williamson, 1 run, drive off a length outside off, comes off an inside edge to short fine leg, they run through for a single, direct hit could have been gone

2.4

Umar Gul to Nicol, 1 leg bye, thigh-high full toss, comes off the pad to short long leg

He's getting away with several poor deliveries here Gul...

2.5

Umar Gul to Williamson, 1 run, back in the crease, tucked to mid on, a scurried single

2.6

Umar Gul to Nicol, no run, bumper and ducked

5 from the over but for the balls bowled it could have been a stackfull more...

End of over 3 (5 runs) New Zealand 18/0 (160 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.41)

    • RJ Nicol 11 (13b 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 3 (5b)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-3-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-12-0
3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, 1 run, back of a length, blocked from just outside off wide of the keeper for a quick single

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, 2 runs, down the wicket, he adjusts and pulls towards deep square leg, the charge back for two and if someone had been over the stumps there could have been a run out there, as it was it was taken five yards away and by the time it was thrown back Williamson was home

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, no run, bumper, hooked at and missed

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Nicol, 1 run, length ball around off stump, played up to mid off

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, no run, back of a length, pulled to mid on

Williamson is a good player but lacks power for this form of the game...

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, FOUR, saying that, he steps to leg and times one over mid off for a one-bounce four

End of over 4 (8 runs) New Zealand 26/0 (152 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.50)

    • KS Williamson 8 (8b 1x4)
    • RJ Nicol 14 (16b 1x6)
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-20-0
    • Umar Gul 1-0-3-0

"Why do no open with these two and get off to such slow starts, surely McCullum should be opening," surely Ryan, you give your best player the most balls to face? Here comes the former Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat...

4.1

Yasir Arafat to Nicol, no run, full and played to midwicket

4.2

Yasir Arafat to Nicol, 1 run, full ball, chipped towards long on, bounce in front of the fielder

4.3

Yasir Arafat to Williamson, 1 run, move across the stumps but only a flick to short long leg where there's a good diving save

4.4

Yasir Arafat to Nicol, FOUR, full outside off, mid off is up in the circle so this sails over his head for four, clubbed really

4.5

Yasir Arafat to Nicol, 1 wide, slower ball drifts down the leg side

4.5

Yasir Arafat to Nicol, FOUR, again clubbed to long off, full from just outside off, gets it off low on the bat but struck well enough

4.6

Yasir Arafat to Nicol, 1 run, again not middled, on the ground wide of mid off, they take a single

End of over 5 (12 runs) New Zealand 38/0 (140 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.60, RRR: 9.33)

    • RJ Nicol 24 (21b 2x4 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 9 (9b 1x4)
    • Yasir Arafat 1-0-12-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-20-0

Better from NZ but they need more and you just cannot see these two providing too much in the way of a blitz to get this innings going...Nikesh agrees..."I think that it will be too late for New Zealand , with this kind of start."...

5.1

Umar Gul to Nicol, FOUR, short and pulled, top edge over the keeper for four, maybe some luck might get NZ going

5.2

Umar Gul to Nicol, no run, down the track, a bit of a swipe across the line and missed completely

5.3

Umar Gul to Nicol, 1 run, a good yorker, dug out down the ground, only a single

5.4

Umar Gul to Williamson, 1 run, pulled to midwicket, not timed

One wonders if McCullum just doesn't like opening perhaps?

5.5

Umar Gul to Nicol, 2 runs, short and off the glove and body down the leg side, past the keeper not enough to get it away for four but a couple more, got cramped trying to pull

5.6

Umar Gul to Nicol, 1 run, back of a length, tucked towards square leg for a single

End of over 6 (9 runs) New Zealand 47/0 (131 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.83, RRR: 9.35)

    • RJ Nicol 32 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • KS Williamson 10 (10b 1x4)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-12-0
    • Yasir Arafat 1-0-12-0

Sam isn't as worried for NZ's chances: "Not far off Pakistan at the same point. Wiliiamson obviously in there to not get out vs spin...everyone chill out on the Nicol and Williamson bashing!" Here's Shahid Afridi...

6.1

Shahid Afridi to Nicol, 1 run, reverse sweep on middle stump first ball, gets it to short third man

6.2

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, FOUR, back cut for four off a bit of a bottom edge, slipped it past the 45 this time

6.3

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, 1 run, little shorter, dragged to long on, on the pull

6.4

Shahid Afridi to Nicol, OUT, back of a length ball, skids on and bowled him trying to cut, always the most dangerous shot against Afridi and once again he gets a wicket with a quicker ball as the batsmans tries to hang back and wait for it, knocks out off stump

RJ Nicol b Shahid Afridi 33 (29m 28b 3x4 1x6) SR: 117.85

So now we do have Brendon McCullum...can he repeat his antics of the other day, doesn't actually need as many as against Bangladesh but a few would get this chase on the right track...

6.5

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, full ball, played to midwicket

6.6

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, no run, hangs back trying to cut, what are you doing man! Gets beaten with one that skids through

End of over 7 (7 runs) New Zealand 54/1 (124 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.71, RRR: 9.53)

    • KS Williamson 15 (13b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 1 (1b)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-7-1
    • Umar Gul 2-0-12-0

"After having evidence from very first over that NZ cannot handle spin well, I just can't understand continous bowling from pacers, especially the second over given to Sohail. It is just increasing NZ's score and comfort." Spin to win Salim, I agree...Hafeez is back...

7.1

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length, tucked to midwicket

7.2

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, OUT, waited for the turn and tucked to short long leg, they go for the single but Williamson is struggling to the non-striker's end and doesn't get there, a sharp piece of work to get the throw in time back up the wicket, the bowler did well to gather and whips the bails off and it was before Williamson's dive

KS Williamson run out 15 (33m 13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 115.38

Vettori now...hmm...

7.3

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, tucked to midwicket from a length

7.4

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, and again

7.5

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, hangs back to cut now but it skips through and beats the attempted late cut, well bowled

7.6

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, off stump full ball, dropped to point and that avoids a wicket maiden

End of over 8 (1 run) New Zealand 55/2 (123 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.87, RRR: 10.25)

    • BB McCullum 2 (7b)
    • DL Vettori 0 (0b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-2-0
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-7-1
8.1

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 wide, big leg side wide

8.1

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, just outside off, bottom-edged cut to the keeper on the bounce

8.2

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, fuller and flicked down to long on

8.3

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 1 run, length ball, goes back and pulls to deep midwicket

8.4

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, nice leggie, grips and turns, hits the back pad and runs to short third man, totally beat him

8.5

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, FOUR, goes back to cut, again the danger is proved but a bottom edge, this runs under the keeper's pads and will race away for four

8.6

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, floated up, drawn forward to nudge at, play and miss outside off

End of over 9 (7 runs) New Zealand 62/2 (116 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.88, RRR: 10.54)

    • BB McCullum 7 (12b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 1 (1b)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-14-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-2-0

NZ's chances reducing with every over of spin here, it would be a miraculous effort to win this from here, still no Ajmal...

9.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Vettori, 1 run, around the wicket, a rather slugged sweep out to deep midwicket

9.2

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, quicker ball on middle and leg, goes to reverse sweep but doesn't get it, only runs towards point

9.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Vettori, 1 run, step down but only a flick via midwicket for a single

9.4

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, stays back and just knocked back to the bowler

9.5

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, down the wicket, fired in and it comes off the pad into the covers

9.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Vettori, no run, length ball, goes to sweep and misses, struck on the back pad but going down leg

Another over slips by and this game is becoming boring...

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 66/2 (112 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.60, RRR: 11.20)

    • DL Vettori 3 (4b)
    • BB McCullum 8 (15b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-5-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-14-1
10.1

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, big swing outside off, thin edge to short third man

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 1 run, outside off, slapped down the ground on the full to long off

10.3

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, down the wicket and slapped down to long off

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 2 runs, full outside off, driven wide of deep cover

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, no run, goes to reverse it and it skips past the stroke and past the off stump

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 2 runs, didn't read the length, chipped over the bowler's head and it runs slowly to long off so they've time to come back for two

End of over 11 (7 runs) New Zealand 73/2 (105 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 11.66)

    • DL Vettori 8 (8b)
    • BB McCullum 10 (17b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-21-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-5-0

When are they going to press the button here...finally Saeed Ajmal...

11.1

Saeed Ajmal to BB McCullum, no run, full and played up towards mid on

11.2

Saeed Ajmal to BB McCullum, no run, fired in quicker, mis-read and off the pad into the off side

11.3

Saeed Ajmal to BB McCullum, 1 run, staying back and played to deep backward square

11.4

Saeed Ajmal to Vettori, 1 run, waited for and played behind square on the off side, quick single

11.5

Saeed Ajmal to BB McCullum, FOUR, finally! Finally! Reverse sweep for four, well timed this

11.6

Saeed Ajmal to BB McCullum, FOUR, step back and cut past extra cover, oh, I say, another boundary! It runs away from deep cover the slide is not in time

Can something happen here for NZ...

End of over 12 (10 runs) New Zealand 83/2 (95 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.91, RRR: 11.87)

    • BB McCullum 19 (22b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 9 (9b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-10-0
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-21-1
12.1

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 1 run, reverse sweep, only straight to the 45 and only a quick single

McCullum has to be the man again...Vettori is wasting time to be fair...

12.2

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, played back and cut to deep cover

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, FOUR, aha! Vettori's heard me...a step down and lovely chip back over the bowler's head

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 1 run, oh this should have gone, full toss on off stump, only pulled to deep midwicket

12.5

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, back and the cut not timed to extra cover

12.6

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 wide, slides down leg side

12.6

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, back and cut to the cover sweeper

Better over, more needed though...

End of over 13 (9 runs) New Zealand 92/2 (86 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 12.28)

    • BB McCullum 21 (25b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 15 (12b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-30-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-10-0

Hafeez 0 for 5, so far, returns...

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, leg stump full toss, only back to the bowler

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, reverse sweep, only to the 45

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Vettori, no run, swing and a miss from one knee, the keeper whips off the bails but I'm 99% sure Vettori had is foot back

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Vettori, 2 runs, down the wicket, stretches for it from outside off, slapped down to long off, straight enough for two

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Vettori, 1 run, down the wicket again, can only find long off along the ground again

Vettori hasn't timed one ball...

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, SIX, around the wicket, a step down the pitch and a huge hit from leg stump out of the ground over long on

More of the same for NZ...

End of over 14 (10 runs) New Zealand 102/2 (76 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.28, RRR: 12.66)

    • BB McCullum 28 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • DL Vettori 18 (15b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-15-0
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-30-1
14.1

Saeed Ajmal to Vettori, OUT, step to leg and finds extra cover and Vettori's vigil is over, that wasn't very pleasant at all, and an ugly ending really, giving himself room, trying to go off side with a drive over the top but surprise surprise, it's not timed and flies straight to the fielder

DL Vettori c Nasir Jamshed b Saeed Ajmal 18 (27m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Jacob Oram...has Ross Taylor fallen ill...

14.2

Saeed Ajmal to Oram, no run, tossed up outside off, goes to sweep and misses by a mile

14.3

Saeed Ajmal to Oram, 1 run, step down the wicket, dropped in shorter, tucked to cover

14.4

Saeed Ajmal to BB McCullum, FOUR, reverse sweep, bit of a top edge but enough bat to get it over short third man

14.5

Saeed Ajmal to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, around the wicket, tries to sweep from outside leg, misses, they take the leg bye to square leg

14.6

Saeed Ajmal to Oram, no run, down the wicket but only slapped back to the bowler

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 108/3 (70 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.20, RRR: 14.00)

    • JDP Oram 1 (3b)
    • BB McCullum 32 (30b 4x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-15-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-15-0

"And this time the random batsman-name-generator said 'Jacob Oram'." Ha! You might be correct there SB...Gul returns, can a a change of pace favour NZ...

15.1

Umar Gul to BB McCullum, OUT, nope, full and straight, dug out but it trickles back onto the stumps. Well bowled, a good yorker that McCullum dug out but it ran off his back foot I think which deflected it only leg stump, hard enough to remove the bail, unfortunate that

BB McCullum b Umar Gul 32 (37m 31b 4x4 1x6) SR: 103.22

Ah Ross Taylor, evening...

15.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, 2 runs, leg stump and full flicked into the leg side, Taylor wants two, oh dear Oram is struggling but the throw was poor and he gets back

15.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length, played to backward point, they run through

15.4

Umar Gul to Oram, 2 runs, back of a length, slugged into the leg side, just a couple, didn't get all of it

15.5

Umar Gul to Oram, FOUR, a huge step to leg and flicks it almost between himself and the off stump for four, in fact he did, flicked it over his own stumps

15.6

Umar Gul to Oram, FOUR, back of a length outside off, a touch wide of off stump too, Oram goes to cut and gets a top edge over the slip cordon for four to third man

Not the best end for Gul, the spinners need to close this out now...

End of over 16 (13 runs) New Zealand 121/4 (57 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.56, RRR: 14.25)

    • JDP Oram 11 (6b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 3 (2b)
    • Umar Gul 3-0-25-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-15-1
16.1

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, taken from outside off, swung towards midwicket, finds the fielder on the bounce

16.2

Saeed Ajmal to Oram, OUT, step to leg and a swing and miss and out goes leg stump. The spinner have been too good for the NZ batsman today, just a straight ball really, zipped through a little quicker off the pitch, Oram was aiming for Colombo on one knee and missed totally, losing his middle and leg stumps

JDP Oram b Saeed Ajmal 11 (13m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 157.14

16.3

Saeed Ajmal to Franklin, 1 run, outside off stump, pushed through the covers

16.4

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run, full ball around off stump, dug out towards long off, just a single

16.5

Saeed Ajmal to Franklin, 1 run, down the wicket, a lofted straight drive is mishit and Ajmal leaping up to his left couldn't hold on, he got both hands to it

16.6

Saeed Ajmal to Taylor, SIX, shot. Down on one knee and slog swept into the stands, big hit

Now if only Taylor had given himself a little longer at the wicket...

End of over 17 (10 runs) New Zealand 131/5 (47 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.70, RRR: 15.66)

    • LRPL Taylor 11 (5b 1x6)
    • JEC Franklin 2 (2b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-25-2
    • Umar Gul 3-0-25-1

Nothing silly now Pakistan, you've got this game by the neck...Tanvir comes back, they can't afford a big over, that would give NZ hope...

17.1

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, SIX, great start to the over, length ball around middle and off, slugged over wide long on, picked it up for a flat six, great strike

17.2

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, FOUR, nervous times for Pakistan, full outside off and with mid off up that is four between him and extra cover, another good connection

17.3

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, 1 run, much better, gets the yorker right and it's dug out down to long on, well bowled, kept his cool

17.4

Sohail Tanvir to Taylor, 1 run, around the wicket, fired in full again, slapped down to long on

17.5

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, OUT, length ball, slower, and finds deep midwicket, relief for Pakistan as Franklin goes to pull and top edges it straight to the fielder on the leg side fence, it was a ball that could have gone out of the ground but Franklin didn't quite pick it

JEC Franklin c Nasir Jamshed b Sohail Tanvir 13 (8m 6b 1x4 1x6) SR: 216.66

17.6

Sohail Tanvir to Taylor, 1 run, another slower ball, well bowled, chopped to point

Rescued things very nicely there did Tanvir, threatened to slip away but once again Pakistan looking very likely winners...

End of over 18 (13 runs) New Zealand 144/6 (34 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.00, RRR: 17.00)

    • LRPL Taylor 13 (7b 1x6)
    • NL McCullum 0 (0b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-33-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-25-2

Gul now, so Ajmal for the last over...

18.1

Umar Gul to Taylor, FOUR, full outside off, goes to drive and gets an outside edge to the third man fence

Good start again for NZ...

18.2

Umar Gul to Taylor, FOUR, four more! What a shot. Crashed from just outside off past deep cover, great strike this is, where has Taylor been all innings

18.3

Umar Gul to Taylor, FOUR, and again! Leg side this time, taken off a length and slapped behind square on the leg side, races to the fence again

Hold it together Umar...still a very big ask for New Zealand, esp with Ajmal bowling the last...

18.4

Umar Gul to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, slapped down to long off, they have to come back for two and do but it's a great throw from the boundary and Taylor is run out good work from Akmal to gather the throw and get the bails off, end of game surely now, he was never in the frame, run out by miles

LRPL Taylor run out 26 (21m 11b 3x4 1x6) SR: 236.36

18.5

Umar Gul to Southee, 1 run, great yorker, they go for the single, chance of a run out at the non-striker's end, he misses and it's well backed up, nearly four overthrows

18.6

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, fired in, missed, huge shout for lbw, not out given, must have been outside the line, they take a leg bye

End of over 19 (15 runs) New Zealand 159/7 (19 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.36, RRR: 19.00)

    • NL McCullum 0 (1b)
    • TG Southee 1 (1b)
    • Umar Gul 4-0-39-1
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-33-1

So 19 to win...Ajmal to bowl it...

19.1

Saeed Ajmal to NL McCullum, 1 run, around the wicket, leg stump, flicked away, oh a good diving save at short long leg, that was travelling

19.2

Saeed Ajmal to Southee, no run, big swing and a miss, goes past leg stump

19.3

Saeed Ajmal to Southee, OUT, outside off stump, swung outside off and an big edge to short third man took a step down, Ajmal sent it wider, Southee had to reach for it and got a huge top edge straight to the fielder on the 45

TG Southee c Umar Gul b Saeed Ajmal 1 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

So only three maximum's will do now, can McCullum provide them...

19.4

Saeed Ajmal to NL McCullum, FOUR, slapped from outside off, good hit that past long off

19.5

Saeed Ajmal to NL McCullum, OUT, slow ball, long hop outside leg, fired into the leg side, has this found the stands? Nope only finds deep square leg, it was a good ball to hit but he simply didn't catch it properly, put it straight down the fielder's throat

NL McCullum c Shoaib Malik b Saeed Ajmal 5 (13m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

19.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mills, no run, swept and it gets stuck in the pad, dot ball end of the game

Again, we're skipping off to the second game of the day so head over to live coverage of India v England from Colombo, dead game this, but always something on the line between those two countries. But from George and myself, goodbye for now...

New Zealand are guaranteed a place in the next round by getting as close as they did. Ross Taylor threatened something miraculous but it is safe to say that given a few more balls he could have won that match, why did he bat so low? But in the end, Pakistan had too many on the board after Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez played very well, Hafeez playing his part with the ball too.

Pakistan made it closer than that seemed it would be in the middle overs but eventually close out the 13 run win and just need to avoid a big defeat against Bangladesh to go through.

End of over 20 (5 runs) New Zealand 164/9 (14 runs required)

    • KD Mills 0 (1b)
    • AF Milne 0 (0b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-30-4
    • Umar Gul 4-0-39-1
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