ICC Champions Trophy, 2006/07 / Commentary

ICC Champions Trophy - 14th match, Group B

New Zealand v Pakistan

New Zealand won by 51 runs

2.20pm The pitch looks much better than at other venues and should produce more runs and offer greater help to the quick bowlers. The groundsman has mown the outfield down from 10mm to 5mm to try to counteract the impact the dew will have. A wetting agent (ADSA 80 for those who care) has also been applied to the outfield which, in theory, will mean that when the dew forms it will slide down the blade of the grass rather than sit on top.

Sadly, the stands are as empty as they have been almost throughout this tournament. But given the prices being asked for tickets, is anyone surprised?

1.50pmGood afternoon and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of today's match.

Pakistan have won the toss and will field, Younis Khan explaining his decision was made because of the "dew factor". Stephen Fleming admitted he too would have bowled for the same reason.

Pakistan have named the same side that beat Sri Lanka last week, while New Zealand have made two changes. Hamish Marshall is unwell, while Jeetan Patel has been omitted because of the conditions. They are replaced by Peter Fulton and James Franklin.

Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Younis Khan (capt), Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal., Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Iftikhar Anjum, Umar Gul.

New Zealand Stephen Fleming, Lou Vincent, Nathan Astle, Peter Fulton, Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, Brendan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, James Franklin, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond.

0.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Vincent, no run, wide, outside off and Naved-ul-Hasan slips and lands on his backside. It was more a case of his spikes not biting rather than any moisture on the surface

0.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Vincent, no run, slightly wider and Vincent leaves it well alone. Signs that this pitch will be bouncier than we have seen lately

0.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Vincent, no run, again wide and left alone

0.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Vincent, no run, so far, Vincent he has not had to play at one

0.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Vincent, 2 runs, pushed into the covers for an easy couple. Nicely controlled and placed

0.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Vincent, 1 run, Naved-ul-Hasan errs down the leg and Vincent clips it neatly to the man in the deep on the leg side

End of over 1 (3 runs) New Zealand 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
L Vincent    3* (6b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-3-0
SP Fleming    0* (0b)     

Now a big chance for Umar Gul with the new ball. He has two slips in to add to the pressure

1.1

Umar Gul to Vincent, no run, lovely start, beats Vincent's pensive prod

1.2

Umar Gul to Vincent, OUT, what a start! A straight one, Vincent aims a loose drive, the ball finds a big gap between bat and pad and send his off stump cartwheeling. A poor shot so early in the day

L Vincent b Umar Gul 3 (5m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

1.3

Umar Gul to Astle, 1 wide, outside off stump and it swung away from the right-hander. No doubt that was a wide

1.3

Umar Gul to Astle, no run, speared in, beats Astle and a loud shout for leg-before ... but sliding past leg stump

1.4

Umar Gul to Astle, no run, again in at Astle's feet and again it hits the pad, but this time no appeal as it was called no-ball

1.5

Umar Gul to Astle, no run, right up in the blockhole and Astle has to shuffle to dig it out

1.6

Umar Gul to Astle, no run, safely prodded into the covers. Great start from Umar Gul

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 4/1 (RR: 2.00)
NJ Astle    0* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-1
SP Fleming    0* (0b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-3-0

Fleming to face his first ball of the day

2.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, straight line, Fleming moves across and steers it into the leg side

2.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, outside off stump and Fleming able to leave it well alone

2.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, much tighter but again Fleming shoulders arms. That will, however, raise a few doubts in his mind as to what he can and cannot leave alone

2.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 run, loose and slightly uppish drive, not in control and it goes behind square to get Fleming off the mark

2.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, FOUR, Astle spars at it and plays it with soft hands along the ground through where third slip would have been

And now a third slip is brought in

2.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, no run, Astle again plays it in a slightly jumpy fashion, hopping as he prods it into the covers

End of over 3 (5 runs) New Zealand 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
NJ Astle    4* (6b 1x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-8-0
SP Fleming    1* (4b)      Umar Gul    1-0-1-1

3.1

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, good ball and superb judgment, swinging inches past Fleming's off stump as he shoulders arms

3.2

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, seamed away from Fleming who started playing and then dropped his hands as the ball went past him. A good ball with real bounce and pace

3.3

Umar Gul to Fleming, 1 run, attempted off drive squirts behind square on the leg side, Razzaq scurries round to field and throws at the bowler's end where Fleming would have been out had it hit

3.4

Umar Gul to Astle, 1 leg bye, flicked off Astle's pads and an easy single into the leg side

3.5

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, another great piece of judgment from Fleming as that swung in past his off stump

3.6

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, on leg stump, beat Fleming's attempted flick and a stifled shout for lbw

End of over 4 (2 runs) New Zealand 11/1 (RR: 2.75)
SP Fleming    2* (9b)      Umar Gul    2-0-2-1
NJ Astle    4* (7b 1x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-8-0

4.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, 2 runs, cut airily over the gully area and third man sprints round to field

4.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, no run, pushed into the covers off the back foot

Astle is playing almost everything off the back foot here, a sign of the extra bounce in this track

4.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, FOUR, no sooner said than he is given too much width and drives one on the up through the covers, all along the ground

4.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, 1 run, turned to square leg for a single

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4.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, Fleming continues to display excellent judgment of what to leave and what to play

4.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 leg bye, short by leg side, off Fleming's hip

End of over 5 (8 runs) New Zealand 19/1 (RR: 3.80)
SP Fleming    2* (11b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-15-0
NJ Astle    11* (11b 2x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-2-1

5.1

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, Fleming shapes to pull but misses and the ball loops off his thigh to point

5.2

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, middle-and-leg line but Fleming misses an attempted leg glance. He should have done more with that

5.3

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, left alone outside off stump

5.4

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, Fleming left that on length as it flew over the top of his off stump. That shows he has faith in the bounce of this pitch

5.5

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, arcing across the left-hander, Fleming started to play but pulled out of the shot early

5.6

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, no such temptation this time and he watches it pass harmlessly by

End of over 6 (maiden) New Zealand 19/1 (RR: 3.16)
SP Fleming    2* (17b)      Umar Gul    3-1-2-1
NJ Astle    11* (11b 2x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-15-0

6.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, no run, good ball, no footwork, unconvincing drive which he missed by some distance

6.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, no run, again an attempted drive/slash but once more his feet hardly move and he misses it

Fleming ambles down to have a word with his colleague

6.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, no run, thumps into his pads and into the leg-side field

6.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, no run, played away from his body into the covers. Astle barely moves his feet ... he must have a very good eye

6.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, FOUR, and he proves he has by contemptuously swatting a short ball in the air through midwicket

6.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Astle, OUT, this time Astle's lack of footwork proves his undoing as he tries to drive with a half-step forward, is not over the ball and the resulting edge flies into the midriff of second slip. Whatever Fleming said to Astle earlier in the over didn't appear to have any affect

NJ Astle c Younis Khan b Naved-ul-Hasan 15 (24m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

End of over 7 (4 runs) New Zealand 23/2 (RR: 3.28)
     Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-19-1
SP Fleming    2* (17b)      Umar Gul    3-1-2-1

7.1

Umar Gul to Fleming, FOUR, neat drive through the covers, well timed and all along the ground. That underlined the difference that getting your feet in the right place makes

7.2

Umar Gul to Fleming, FOUR, Gul overcompensates and Fleming smacks a short ball over wide mid-on

7.3

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, driven to mid on

7.4

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, left alone outside off stump

7.5

Umar Gul to Fleming, 2 runs, Gul again strays down the leg and Fleming clips it through midwicket

7.6

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, left alone, a decent end to a poor over

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End of over 8 (10 runs) New Zealand 33/2 (RR: 4.12)
SP Fleming    12* (23b 2x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-12-1
PG Fulton    0* (0b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-19-1

8.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fulton, 1 run, Fulton pulled out of the shot but the ball still struck bat and, fortunately for him, was steered along the ground to third man

8.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, jagged back in and strikes a jumping Fleming above the pad ... no chance of that appeal being upheld

8.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 wide, same length but down the leg side and straightforward wide

8.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, pitched up and Fleming plays defensively

8.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, Fleming forced to hurry but jabs down on it in time

8.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, SIX, remarkable. Fleming shaped to hook, took his eyes off it and an uncontrolled top edge could have gone anywhere but it flew high into the top tier of the stands behind the wicketkeeper where it unfortunately strikes a spectator on the head

The man is led away ... he is groggy but OK. What odds on hitting one of the dozen or so spectators in a ground this size?

8.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, a tame end to the over as Fleming blocks

End of over 9 (8 runs) New Zealand 41/2 (RR: 4.55)
SP Fleming    18* (28b 2x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    5-0-27-1
PG Fulton    1* (1b)      Umar Gul    4-1-12-1

9.1

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, beats Fulton outside off stump ... he pulls out of the shot but after the ball has passed him

9.2

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, and the same again. The commentators are noting that Fulton has issues outside his off stump and the first three balls he has faced tend to indicate they are right

9.3

Umar Gul to Fulton, 1 run, pitched up and driven wide of mid on

9.4

Umar Gul to Fleming, 1 run, pushed to mid on and Razzaq makes a complete hash of a simple pick up and allows a single

9.5

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, slightly short and steered into the covers

9.6

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, jagged back into Fulton and a loud and confident appeal from Gul but Koertzen is having none of it

And now to celebrate the second Powerplay it's Andrew Miller to take you through the next ten overs

End of over 10 (2 runs) New Zealand 43/2 (RR: 4.30)
PG Fulton    2* (6b)      Umar Gul    5-1-14-1
SP Fleming    19* (29b 2x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    5-0-27-1

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10.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, lovely line outside off stump, nibbles away and beats Fleming's groping bat. Tidy stuff

10.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, right on the money again, this time Fleming gets the full face of the bat forward to smother the ball

10.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, wicket-to-wicket stuff, cagily turned into the leg-side

10.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, FOUR, blimey! Lovely strike, pitched up, driven on the up and takes the aerial route to the long-off boundary. Fleming's fighting hard for New Zealand

10.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 run, turned into the leg-side again, and this time picks the gap

10.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fulton, no run, outside off stump, and left well alone.

Once again, one senses that New Zealand's fortunes rest with their captain

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 48/2 (RR: 4.36)
PG Fulton    2* (7b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    6-0-32-1
SP Fleming    24* (34b 3x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    5-1-14-1

11.1

Umar Gul to Fleming, 3 runs, nicely driven through the covers, not quite timed and picked up just inside the fence

11.2

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, short and ducked. Fulton's content just to hang around

11.3

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, tight line on middle-and-off. Fulton shuffles across and prods the ball into the leg-side

11.4

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, handsomely driven, but not at all timed. Dribbles into the covers

11.5

Umar Gul to Fulton, FOUR, beautiful pick-up and deposited through midwicket for a welcome boundary. Too full and leg-side from Gul, and lots of bottom hand in that whippy stroke. That'll boost Fulton's confidence

11.6

Umar Gul to Fulton, no run, better line, and guided out to point

New Zealand regrouping well after their shaky beginnings. Here's Iftikhar Rao

End of over 12 (7 runs) New Zealand 55/2 (RR: 4.58)
PG Fulton    6* (12b 1x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-21-1
SP Fleming    27* (35b 3x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    6-0-32-1

12.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, nice shape, bending back into towards Fleming's off stump. Pushed out to mid-off

12.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, tucked up a fraction by a leg-stump delivery. No alarms though

12.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, good shape and pace. Fleming biding his time against the new bowler

12.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, slightly wider outside off stump, but no stroke offered

The TV cameras pan in on the most remarkable Inzamam-ul-Haq lookalike I've ever seen. At least, I assume it was a lookalike

12.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, leg-sided again, and again Fleming can't get it away. Good bounce and struck on the thigh-pad

12.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, end of a nice probing opening over. This one is back on off stump, and pushed away to safety

An extra man is posted on the leg-side for Fulton

End of over 13 (maiden) New Zealand 55/2 (RR: 4.23)
SP Fleming    27* (41b 3x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    1-1-0-0
PG Fulton    6* (12b 1x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-21-1

13.1

Umar Gul to Fulton, 1 run, edged down to third man, you can almost claim he meant that - it was well clear of the slips

13.2

Umar Gul to Fleming, FOUR, poor ball, on leg stump, tucked away to fine leg. That was a gift

13.3

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, in the air, and so nearly a catch! Fleming looking to impose his authority, and jolly nearly shovelled an attempted pull to mid-on. Razzaq stooped, but the ball just died on him

Gul just nudging into the 80mph bracket. Decent pace

13.4

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, more watchful this time, dead-batted into the pitch

13.5

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, a bit of a yelp from the fielders and no wonder! This one cut back from outside off, and beat the inside of the bat, and the outside of off stump. Fleming living dangerously!

13.6

Umar Gul to Fleming, no run, similar delivery but Fleming gets bat on it this time. Gul's round-the-wicket line is troubling him

A break in play as the bowler changes his socks

End of over 14 (5 runs) New Zealand 60/2 (RR: 4.28)
SP Fleming    31* (46b 4x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    7-1-26-1
PG Fulton    7* (13b 1x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    1-1-0-0

14.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Fulton, OUT, the break in play has done the trick for Pakistan! Fulton goes, trapped half-forward by a good-length delivery. It pitched in line but maybe he was a shade unlucky as replays suggest it could have been sliding down leg. But due reward for Iftikhar nonetheless, who has started his spell very nicely

PG Fulton lbw b Iftikhar Anjum 7 (33m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

14.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, good swing and pace to greet the new batsman

14.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, lovely line, probing and swinging, and so nearly an edge as Styris is drawn forward

14.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, shorter, and pushed back onto his stumps. Defended

14.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, on the back foot again, and turned into the leg side

14.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, 2 runs, a bit of width outside off stump, and that's a confidence-boosting drive to get off the mark. You sense he wanted some proper bat on ball

Rudi "Santa" Koertzen signals the start of the third powerplay. One slip now for Abdul Razzaq

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 62/3 (RR: 4.13)
SB Styris    2* (5b)      Iftikhar Anjum    2-1-2-1
SP Fleming    31* (46b 4x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    7-1-26-1

15.1

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 1 run, nice start from Razzaq. Short and Fleming is squared up. But the edge flies safe and down to third man

15.2

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, good areas, Abdul, good areas

15.3

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, beaten outside off stump, whistles through to the keeper

15.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, oooh, nasty shot. Feet stuck in clay and bat wafting towards a wide delivery. Didn't get an edge, but deserved one

15.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 1 leg bye, tucked away to escape the strike

15.6

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, full face of the bat, good stride, smothers the ball

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End of over 16 (2 runs) New Zealand 64/3 (RR: 4.00)
SP Fleming    32* (48b 4x4 1x6)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-1-0
SB Styris    2* (9b)      Iftikhar Anjum    2-1-2-1

16.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, FOUR, clever shot, opens the face, uses the pace, and edges a good-length ball all the way to the third-man boundary

16.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, another play-and-miss this time. Shorter and tighter to off stump. Streaky stuff from Styris

There hasn't been a partnership of 50 for New Zealand in this tournament yet

16.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, defended off the back foot. At least he got good bat on this one

16.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, pushed back again, and defended into the covers

16.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, cagey stuff from the Kiwis in this over

16.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, FOUR, strays onto leg stump and clipped firmly through the vacant square leg for a welcome boundary. That's eight runs off a good over from Iftikhar, and that's how the Kiwis need to play this

End of over 17 (8 runs) New Zealand 72/3 (RR: 4.23)
SB Styris    10* (15b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    3-1-10-1
SP Fleming    32* (48b 4x4 1x6)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-1-0

17.1

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, short and leg-side, played down off the hips

17.2

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 2 runs, solidly forward with bat and pad together, and an easy two as he picks the gap on the off side. Nice percentage shot

17.3

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, shorter and beaten. Looked like an open face and an attempted steer to third man

17.4

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, nice languid drive, but can't beat the field

17.5

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 1 run, forcing shot off the back foot, slightly streaky as the ball flies through the vacant gully region. Cleaned up on the boundary's edge

17.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 1 leg bye, leg-side, but can't middle an attempted flick

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 76/3 (RR: 4.22)
SB Styris    10* (16b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-4-0
SP Fleming    35* (53b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    3-1-10-1

18.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, lovely seam position, and a fluffed attempted drive. Styris isn't looking at all comfortable

18.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, lots of clapping and shouts of encouragement from the Pakistan fielders as Iftikhar serves up another dot ball

18.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, tight on the stumps again, no room for manoeuvre

18.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, more width this time and Styris climbs into a handsome drive. But well intercepted in the covers

18.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, outside off stump, shoulders arms

18.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, perfect line and length, probing the top of off stump. Lovely maiden over

End of over 19 (maiden) New Zealand 76/3 (RR: 4.00)
SB Styris    10* (22b 2x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    4-2-10-1
SP Fleming    35* (53b 4x4 1x6)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-4-0

19.1

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, extra bounce outside off stump and Fleming is well beaten as he prods forward. Lots of oohs and aahs from the fielders

19.2

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, and this one bends back late and just clears the top of off stump as Fleming shoulders arms. Canny bowling

19.3

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 1 run, bat and pad together again, and Fleming scampers through for a single as point picks up and shies. Good running

19.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, back on his stumps, steered out to point

19.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, full and swinging, and a huge appeal for lbw! Looked closer than the Fulton decision, to be honest, but Rudi Koertzen believes it was doing too much

19.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, no run to finish.

That's enough from me for now. Here's Martin Williamson to pick up the comms

End of over 20 (1 run) New Zealand 77/3 (RR: 3.85)
SB Styris    10* (25b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-5-0
SP Fleming    36* (56b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    4-2-10-1

20.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, 3 runs, driven in the air just wide of mid off and Yousuf dives and pulls the ball back inches from the rope

20.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, back on the right line

20.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, outside off stump and Styris not tempted to nibble

20.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, FOUR, too wide this time and driven powerfully on the up off the front foot through the covers

20.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, good recovery from Iftikhar which Styris can't get away

20.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, no run, driven firmly to mid off

End of over 21 (7 runs) New Zealand 84/3 (RR: 4.00)
SB Styris    14* (30b 3x4)      Iftikhar Anjum    5-2-17-1
SP Fleming    39* (57b 4x4 1x6)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-5-0

21.1

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, good line, good length and Fleming can only block

21.2

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 2 runs, drive intended to go through mid off, but the ball squirts off the edge square on the leg side

21.3

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, no run, lovely ball that leaves Fleming in the air as he gropes for it

21.4

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 1 run, angled behind square on the off

21.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 1 wide, slower ball, wide and getting wider which Styris half-heartedly spars at

21.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 2 runs, worked with the angle behind square and long leg has a lot of ground to make up

21.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, driven with some power but straight to mid off

21.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, driven with some power but straight to mid off

End of over 22 (6 runs) New Zealand 90/3 (RR: 4.09)
SB Styris    16* (32b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-11-0
SP Fleming    42* (61b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    5-2-17-1

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22.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, patted into the covers

22.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, turned straight to midwicket

22.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, slightly shorter and played off the back foot to cover

22.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, Fleming being tied down by some tight bowling. Again, he can do no more than pat this into the off-side ring

22.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, 2 runs, and as if to prove me utterly wrong, Iftikhar strays to leg and Fleming flicks it into the gap between midwicket and mid on

22.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, 2 runs, three-quarter controlled shot off the edge down to third man where it is well stopped

End of over 23 (4 runs) New Zealand 94/3 (RR: 4.08)
SP Fleming    46* (67b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    6-2-21-1
SB Styris    16* (32b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-11-0

23.1

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, short, seams back in and Styris plays it off the back foot

23.2

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, full, driven to extra over

23.3

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, Syris shapes to flat-bat a short and wide ball through the covers but misses

23.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, slightly wider and Styris opts to leave it alone

23.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, driven to extra cover, an utter mix-up between the batsmen after a diving stop by Farhat at point and Akmal had to hit the stumps from about two yards away with Styris floundering to get back ... and missed

23.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, blocked to end the over

The Pakistan fielders' body language makes it clear that they are unimpressed with Akmal's miss. Styris was so far out that he could have run in and taken the bails off ... why did he throw it?

End of over 24 (maiden) New Zealand 94/3 (RR: 3.91)
SB Styris    16* (38b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    5-1-11-0
SP Fleming    46* (67b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    6-2-21-1

24.1

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, 1 run, steered to fine leg

24.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, 1 run, paddled out on the leg side into space

24.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, drive-push to mid off, no power in it

24.4

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, Fleming turned square as he pushes the ball back up the pitch

24.5

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, driven with more power, whipping the ball from off stump to mid on

24.6

Iftikhar Anjum to Fleming, no run, punched to point. A good over from Iftikhar

We keep getting close ups of spectators all packed together .... and yet the stands are empty. The TV company must be corralling a few poor souls into a small area to make it look fuller than it is.

End of over 25 (2 runs) New Zealand 96/3 (RR: 3.84)
SP Fleming    47* (72b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    7-2-23-1
SB Styris    17* (39b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    5-1-11-0

25.1

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, wide and left alone

25.2

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, blocks a straight one. The loss of early wickets means that the batsmen are not going to take risks yet

25.3

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, text-book drive to extra cover who makes a text-book stop

25.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, paddled off the back foot into the covers. The game has gone a bit quiet in the last couple of overs

25.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, speared back in, a loud shout as it strikes Styris, but high on the thigh and Koertzen not remotely interested

25.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 2 runs, flicked into the leg side, neatly placed allowing them to scurry back for a second to the man in the deep

Afridi comes into the attack

End of over 26 (2 runs) New Zealand 98/3 (RR: 3.76)
SB Styris    19* (45b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    6-1-13-0
SP Fleming    47* (72b 4x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    7-2-23-1

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, straight on the button, Fleming defends

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, and now off the button as Fleming sweeps a slightly overpitched leg-side ball

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, Afridi pulls that one down but gets away with it as Styris defends

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, safely defended

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, no more than a soft-handed block but the lack of pace allows Styris to call his partner through for a nifty single

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, and Fleming defends to end a decent first over from Afridi

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 100/3 (RR: 3.70)
SP Fleming    48* (75b 4x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-2-0
SB Styris    20* (48b 3x4)      Abdul Razzaq    6-1-13-0

27.1

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, moves in off the seam and Stryis meets it with the full face of the bat

27.2

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 1 run, worked from middle-and-off to backward square leg

27.3

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, FOUR, far too wide and Fleming launches a sumptuous drive through the covers to bring up his 45th one-day fifty

27.4

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, FOUR, short, hammered square and Yousuf dives but makes a real meal of it having done the hard work to get there in the first place and the ball bounces over him for four

27.5

Abdul Razzaq to Fleming, 1 run, edgy drive into the leg side and this time Yousuf fields cleanly

27.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, FOUR, edged - not controlled, a genuine one - through second slip and a third boundary from the over

End of over 28 (14 runs) New Zealand 114/3 (RR: 4.07)
SB Styris    25* (51b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    7-1-27-0
SP Fleming    57* (78b 6x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-2-0

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, correct forward defensive shot

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, Fleming again not tempted, quite happy to play each ball on its merits at the moment

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, more of the same

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, driven to the right of Afridi who makes a good full-length dive to stop the ball

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, clipped into the leg side

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, Styris waits and turns it square on the leg where the man in the deep chugs in to field

Rana Naved-ul-Hasan back into the attack and we still have a slip even though we are in the 30th over

End of over 29 (2 runs) New Zealand 116/3 (RR: 4.00)
SB Styris    26* (52b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-4-0
SP Fleming    58* (83b 6x4 1x6)      Abdul Razzaq    7-1-27-0

29.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, 1 run, Naved-ul-Hasan looked very stiff and Styris thwacked a short and wide ball through the covers ... it deserved more than one

29.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 run, Fleming waited for that and placed it through the covers

29.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, 1 run, Naved-ul-Hasan struggling to find rhythm and another single

29.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 run, still a bit too leg-side and turned fine for a single

29.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, no run, if all else fails, bowl a fast bouncer. It works, and Styris forced to duck as it was too short to try a hook

29.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, no run, smacked square but Hafeez makes a good tumbling stop at point

And now the lights come on to greet Andrew Miller's second spell of the day

End of over 30 (4 runs) New Zealand 120/3 (RR: 4.00)
SB Styris    28* (56b 4x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    7-0-36-1
SP Fleming    60* (85b 6x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-4-0

30.1

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run

30.2

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, nicely flighted, and pushed away for a single

30.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, watchfully forward, smothers the spin

30.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, width, and big turn. Toe-ended cut into the covers

30.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, fuller and on the stumps, tucked into the leg-side

30.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, tighter line, nothing to cash in on

New Zealand ticking along nicely at the moment

End of over 31 (3 runs) New Zealand 123/3 (RR: 3.96)
SB Styris    29* (59b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-7-0
SP Fleming    62* (88b 6x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    7-0-36-1

31.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, no run, a lot rests on New Zealand's captain ... as ever

31.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 no ball, poor ball - too much width, and over-steps as well

31.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Fleming, 1 run, that's much better, hounding the top of off stump, but squeezed away for a single

31.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, no run, short of a length, and pushed back onto the stumps

31.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, 2 runs, slower delivery - that was a 62mph off-cutter, but well picked and tucked away for a couple

31.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, no run, nothing doing this time

31.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Styris, FOUR, that's a beautiful shot to bring up the drinks break. Fuller and swinging, and perfectly timed through the leg-side. Bisects the two fielders converging at midwicket, and beats them both comfortably. Well played

Tidy cricket from New Zealand's incumbent batsmen. They have a sound platform to push for a total approaching 250. Could be a good contest

End of over 32 (8 runs) New Zealand 131/3 (RR: 4.09)
SB Styris    35* (63b 5x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    8-0-44-1
SP Fleming    63* (91b 6x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-7-0

32.1

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, scampered single, but makes his ground comfortably

32.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, bit of a whoosh outside off stump, but finds nothing but air

32.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, more belligerent strokeplay, and this time there's a single into the covers

32.4

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, New Zealand are looking to dominate Afridi, but he's bowling cleverly so far

32.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, a bit of a shimmy at the crease, and that's well played in the end, finding space on the off side

32.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, driven into the covers

Here comes the offspin of Shoaib Malik. Exactly 100 wickets to his name in 124 ODIs, incidentally. Five on the on-side to Styris

End of over 33 (4 runs) New Zealand 135/3 (RR: 4.09)
SB Styris    37* (66b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-11-0
SP Fleming    65* (94b 6x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    8-0-44-1

33.1

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 1 wide, that's a bit of a woolly opening, and Rudi Koertzen singles for an extra

33.1

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, better line and length. Defended

33.2

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 1 run, comes forward to meet the spin, and whipped into the gap at midwicket

33.3

Shoaib Malik to Fleming, 1 wide, Fleming sizes up a slog-sweep, but there's no need as Malik flings that one too far outside off

33.3

Shoaib Malik to Fleming, 1 run, played off the back foot into space

New Zealand prefer the ball coming onto the bat. This twin-spin attack could be a test for them

33.4

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run

33.5

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 1 run, turned into space. Another single

33.6

Shoaib Malik to Fleming, no run, tossed up and turns as well. Fleming misses with an attempted square drive

End of over 34 (5 runs) New Zealand 140/3 (RR: 4.11)
SP Fleming    66* (96b 6x4 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-5-0
SB Styris    39* (70b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-11-0

34.1

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 2 runs, too short and smeared into the leg-side. Fielded with a tumble on the boundary's edge

34.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, dropped into the off side, finds the gap and good running

34.3

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, tucked up on leg-stump

34.4

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, FOUR, lovely strike - too short again, and effortlessly cut behind square for another four through third man

34.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 2 runs, more runs now as Fleming takes the attack to Afridi, and wins.

34.6

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, FOUR, and the end of a fine over for New Zealand, as Afridi drifts onto the pads and watches aghast as the ball whistles down to the fine-leg boundary

A torrent of runs in that over. Is this the moment that NZ pick up the pace?

End of over 35 (13 runs) New Zealand 153/3 (RR: 4.37)
SP Fleming    76* (100b 8x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-24-0
SB Styris    42* (72b 5x4)      Shoaib Malik    1-0-5-0

35.1

Shoaib Malik to Styris, FOUR, Pakistan are losing the plot a bit here. Too short again, this time from Malik, and Styris cashes in with a thumping cut through point

35.2

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 2 leg byes, poor bowling from Malik, drifting onto the pads

35.3

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, ambitious stroke, down for the sweep and attempts to flick an off-stump ball over his shoulder. Doesn't connect, but that'll make the bowler think

35.4

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 2 runs

35.5

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, better delivery this time

35.6

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 1 run, still too much width, dabbed down to third man

End of over 36 (9 runs) New Zealand 162/3 (RR: 4.50)
SB Styris    49* (78b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-12-0
SP Fleming    76* (100b 8x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-24-0

36.1

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, so nearly a run-out! Fleming had to launch himself at the crease to beat the shy from gully, and just made it

36.2

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 2 runs, pressure being applied, and a horrible misfield gifts New Zealand two runs

36.3

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, urgent running from the Kiwis

36.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, and again. Good communication between these two

36.5

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, no run, rapped on the pads, a big shout but the ball was clearly going down leg

36.6

Shahid Afridi to Fleming, 1 run, on the back foot and steered into the covers

New Zealand are really picking up the tempo now. Can Pakistan make the breakthrough?

End of over 37 (6 runs) New Zealand 168/3 (RR: 4.54)
SP Fleming    80* (104b 8x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-30-0
SB Styris    51* (80b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    2-0-12-0

37.1

Shoaib Malik to Fleming, OUT, there it is! A flighted delivery on off stump, and Fleming can only shovel a tame return catch back to the bowler! A disappointing end to a fantastic captain's innings, and Pakistan have a chance to get stuck into New Zealand's middle-order

SP Fleming c & b Shoaib Malik 80 (165m 105b 8x4 1x6) SR: 76.19

Here comes Jacob Oram

37.2

Shoaib Malik to Oram, no run, looped onto off stump from around the wicket. Nothing extravagent from the new batsman

37.3

Shoaib Malik to Oram, 1 run, down on the sweep and cleverly played behind square

37.4

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, back over the wicket to the right hander, who is tucked up by a sharp tweaker

37.5

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, firm defensive stride, smothers the spin

37.6

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 1 run, a bit of a shovel round the corner to this delivery, but it's reasonable effective as the batsmen hurtle through for one. Styris keeps the strike

End of over 38 (2 runs) New Zealand 170/4 (RR: 4.47)
SB Styris    52* (83b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-14-1
JDP Oram    1* (2b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-30-0

38.1

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, a bit cramped for room as Styris sizes up the big shot

38.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, width, but can't beat the man at point

38.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, loopy delivery, turned into the leg side

38.4

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, that one looked like the doosra, and it was uncomfortably played

38.5

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, short and outside off stump, cut to deep cover

38.6

Shahid Afridi to Oram, 1 run, short again, and driven into space

A tidy over, and here comes Lou Vincent as a runner for Scott Styris, who apparently has suffered a touch of a back spasm

End of over 39 (2 runs) New Zealand 172/4 (RR: 4.41)
JDP Oram    2* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-32-0
SB Styris    53* (88b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    3-0-14-1

39.1

Shoaib Malik to Oram, no run

39.2

Shoaib Malik to Oram, 1 run, on the back foot, steered to backward point for a single

39.3

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, good bowling, looped into the blockhole and dug out

39.4

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 1 run, quick single through midwicket, always a scare when there's a runner on the field, but Oram is home

39.5

Shoaib Malik to Oram, 1 run, another single through the vacant midwicket. New Zealand content to accumulate slowly

39.6

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, attempted flick, cannons off the pads

And it's back to Martin Williamson

End of over 40 (3 runs) New Zealand 175/4 (RR: 4.37)
SB Styris    54* (91b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-17-1
JDP Oram    4* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-32-0

40.1

Shahid Afridi to Oram, no run, blocked with no fuss

40.2

Shahid Afridi to Oram, 1 run, steered into the covers

40.3

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, paddled to the man on the cover boundary and both fielder and batsmen amble through

40.4

Shahid Afridi to Oram, no run, no run, lots of noise from the keeper and bowler nevertheless

40.5

Shahid Afridi to Oram, no run, blocked with accompanying chirrups

40.6

Shahid Afridi to Oram, no run, good line, length and turn to end the over

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 177/4 (RR: 4.31)
JDP Oram    5* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-34-0
SB Styris    55* (92b 6x4)      Shoaib Malik    4-0-17-1

41.1

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, flicked to midwicket

41.2

Shoaib Malik to Styris, no run, Styris tries a reverse sweep which, given his back problems, was a bad idea and he is clearly in some pain but he will carry on

Everyone crowding round Styris. Koertzen seems to find it all very funny as the physio trots out to administer some first aid. Styris looks in some distress

41.3

Shoaib Malik to Styris, 1 run, Styris takes a big stride and flicks to square leg ... and then pulls lots of faces all of which indicate he is suffering

41.4

Shoaib Malik to Oram, SIX, Oram uses his feet to come down the track and give himself room, lofting the ball straight and far into the stands

41.5

Shoaib Malik to Oram, no run, played and missed

41.6

Shoaib Malik to Oram, 1 run, worked into the off side

End of over 42 (8 runs) New Zealand 185/4 (RR: 4.40)
JDP Oram    12* (14b 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-25-1
SB Styris    56* (95b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-34-0

42.1

Shahid Afridi to Oram, 1 run, ugly pull off the stumps to deepish square leg

42.2

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 1 run, two steps down the track, chipped short of the man steaming in from long off

42.3

Shahid Afridi to Oram, FOUR, not one for the purists but a classic reverse sweep, fine and no chance of it being cut off

42.4

Shahid Afridi to Oram, no run, Oram is using his feet well, but ended up cramping himself up

42.5

Shahid Afridi to Oram, 1 run, nicely placed into the off side

42.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 2 runs, short, smacked in the air through the covers, but although there was a yell of "catch it" it was safe

Razzaq back into the attack

End of over 43 (9 runs) New Zealand 194/4 (RR: 4.51)
SB Styris    59* (97b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-43-0
JDP Oram    18* (18b 1x4 1x6)      Shoaib Malik    5-0-25-1

43.1

Abdul Razzaq to Oram, FOUR, wide and slashed through gully in the air but it would have taken Superman to catch that

43.2

Abdul Razzaq to Oram, 1 run, nurdled behind square on the leg

43.3

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, FOUR, good old-fashioned slog over what schoolboys know fondly as cow corner where there is a large space

A man is now being sent out into the deep but the horse has bolted

43.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, FOUR, wide and short and Styris flat-bats it over mid off where once more there is no man out

43.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, a big swing but this time he hasn't got quite enough room to free his arms

43.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 2 runs, slower ball, spotted and thumped to square leg. The throw is okay but the ball then gets flung from end to end and it could have been overthrows. A scrappy over ends in a scrappy way

End of over 44 (15 runs) New Zealand 209/4 (RR: 4.75)
SB Styris    69* (101b 8x4)      Abdul Razzaq    8-1-42-0
JDP Oram    23* (20b 2x4 1x6)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-43-0

44.1

Shahid Afridi to Oram, FOUR, lovely back-foot drive, waited for it and slammed it through the covers. Seven balls, 19 runs

44.2

Shahid Afridi to Oram, no run, Afridi appeals but nothing doing

44.3

Shahid Afridi to Oram, no run, a second dot ball will cheer up Pakistan

44.4

Shahid Afridi to Oram, 1 leg bye, Oram misses a swipe but there is still a leg bye as it bobbles off his pads

44.5

Shahid Afridi to Styris, no run, big swing but Styris misses what would have been a heave to end all heaves

44.6

Shahid Afridi to Styris, 2 runs, Styris launches another one over the top and into space at long on

Fielders sent all parts as Razzaq tries to stem the flow. No long leg ...

End of over 45 (7 runs) New Zealand 216/4 (RR: 4.80)
SB Styris    71* (103b 8x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-49-0
JDP Oram    27* (24b 3x4 1x6)      Abdul Razzaq    8-1-42-0

45.1

Abdul Razzaq to Oram, FOUR, a tad short , Oram slams that through midwicket with real venom and the ball crashes into the advertising hoardings with a real crack&

45.2

Abdul Razzaq to Oram, OUT, Oram aims a slash down the ground, the top edge goes high to third man and Umar Gul takes a good catch coming out of the lights and the evening gloom. Oram departs but his innings has really pepped up the New Zealand innings

JDP Oram c Umar Gul b Abdul Razzaq 31 (28m 26b 4x4 1x6) SR: 119.23

45.3

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, good first ball, blocked

45.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, FOUR, slashed into space. Razzaq has the wicket but he is hemorrhaging runs

45.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 1 leg bye, Razzaq cleverly follows Styris as he tries to give himself room, the ball thunks into his midriff and they scramble a leg bye

45.6

Abdul Razzaq to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum finds a gap on the off side to get off the mark

Umar Gul back on

End of over 46 (10 runs) New Zealand 226/5 (RR: 4.91)
BB McCullum    1* (1b)      Abdul Razzaq    9-1-51-1
SB Styris    75* (106b 9x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-49-0

46.1

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 run, gentle loosener, a single to Yousuf at midwicket. He is not saving the single and is not the best fielder, so no risk there

46.2

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, slog into the leg side where Yousuf again into action

46.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 wide, very short, taken high above his head by Akmal and after a long delay Benson signals a wide

46.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 run, tip and run into the covers

46.4

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, short but a lovely change of pace and Styris through the shot and almost taking a fresh guard by the time the ball loops past him

46.5

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 run, back to tip and run. Pakistan seem content to allow that at this stage

46.6

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 run, slashed in the air down to third man

Razzaq taken out of the attack after two very expensive overs

End of over 47 (6 runs) New Zealand 232/5 (RR: 4.93)
BB McCullum    4* (4b)      Umar Gul    8-1-32-1
SB Styris    77* (109b 9x4)      Abdul Razzaq    9-1-51-1

47.1

Iftikhar Anjum to McCullum, 1 run, yorker length, driven straight, half stopped by the bowler but a single as the ball trickles past the non-striker's stumps&

47.2

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, 2 runs, half volley as Iftikhar tries for another yorker and driven to the man on the mid-off ropes

47.3

Iftikhar Anjum to Styris, 3 runs, flicked to the man at deep midwicket and Afridi picks up the ball and then doesn't release it .... McCullum spots it and calls for the third and makes it. Poor, poor fielding

47.4

Iftikhar Anjum to McCullum, 2 runs, slashed to third man where it is well stopped at the second attempt

47.5

Iftikhar Anjum to McCullum, FOUR, short and cut savagely over the covers

Iftikhar needs something special to end a poor over

47.6

Iftikhar Anjum to McCullum, SIX, and special it is. McCullum opens his arms and hammers the ball over the long-off ropes

End of over 48 (18 runs) New Zealand 250/5 (RR: 5.20)
BB McCullum    17* (8b 1x4 1x6)      Iftikhar Anjum    8-2-41-1
SB Styris    82* (111b 9x4)      Umar Gul    8-1-32-1

48.1

Umar Gul to Styris, FOUR, short and swiped to the man at deep midwicket where Naved-ul-Hasan misses it. He looks down at the ground much as a goalkeeper who has just let in a simple one does as if to say it wasn't my fault, it was a freak bounce. But it was his fault&

48.2

Umar Gul to Styris, OUT, Styris gives himself room again and launches it into the deep but Iftikhar Anjum takes an outstanding running catch above his head at long off to end an excellent innings. The wounded Styris limps off along with his runner, but his knockhas made a match of this

SB Styris c Iftikhar Anjum b Umar Gul 86 (143m 113b 10x4 0x6) SR: 76.10

48.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 wide, short ... too short and another wide

48.3

Umar Gul to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum tips and runs, and Franklin has to dive to make his ground

48.4

Umar Gul to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin turned square and an edge lobs down to third man

48.5

Umar Gul to McCullum, FOUR, wide - had he left it, it would have surely been called - but McCullum having none of it and he leans back and slams it over extra cover for a two-bounce four

48.6

Umar Gul to McCullum, FOUR, up in the blockhole and squeezed out of the blockhole down to the third-man boundary. That's 33 from two overs and Pakistan falling apart in front of our eyes

End of over 49 (15 runs) New Zealand 265/6 (RR: 5.40)
BB McCullum    26* (11b 3x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    9-1-47-2
JEC Franklin    1* (1b)      Iftikhar Anjum    8-2-41-1

49.1

Abdul Razzaq to Franklin, 2 runs, great running. Banged down to the man two-thirds back at mid off but the fielder too slow and they ran two where they shouldn't have

49.2

Abdul Razzaq to Franklin, 1 run, into the same area but this time they are happy with the single

49.3

Abdul Razzaq to McCullum, 1 run, premeditated paddle-sweep but not short enough and it cracks him right on the elbow but, nevertheless, they run a leg bye to short long leg

McCullum in some pain. Not surprising as it hit him right on the spot. Out comes the physio again with sympathy and cold spray. Another injury delay but he will continue after running repairs

49.4

Abdul Razzaq to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin heaves but can only bobble it to midwicket and an ambled single results

49.5

Abdul Razzaq to McCullum, OUT, McCullum looks to give himself room and find the gap but Shoaib takes a good running catch about five yards in from the rope at wide long-off

BB McCullum c Shoaib Malik b Abdul Razzaq 27 (26m 13b 3x4 1x6) SR: 207.69

Vettori almost out in the middle before McCullum has left the field

49.6

Abdul Razzaq to Franklin, FOUR, dire fielding to end an innings where there has been too much of that. Short, it is steered down to Iftikhar at third man, but he is not on the boundary and it goes over his head and still bounces inside the rope

A crash-bang-wallop end to an innings which seemed to be drifting towards a mediocre total. Oram, Styris and McCullum all hit well in the latter stages, but Pakistan's bowlers, who had been impressive early on, fell apart and their fielding then came off the rails as well. The pitch is full of runs and Pakistan certainly have the firepower to ensure they are very much in with a shout. This could be one of those rarities in this tournament - a good, close game.

We are off for tea and buns, but join us in 45 minutes to see how Pakistan get on.

End of over 50 (9 runs) New Zealand 274/7
JEC Franklin    9* (5b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    10-1-60-2
DL Vettori    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    9-1-47-2
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