New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Twenty20, Christchurch December 30, 2010

All-round Razzaq flattens New Zealand


Pakistan 183 for 6 (Shehzad 54, Razzaq 34*, Franklin 2-12) beat New Zealand 80 (Styris 45, Afridi 4-14, Razzaq 3-13) by 103 runs
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Abdul Razzaq pummeled an 11-ball 34 to propel Pakistan to 183, before returning to flatten the New Zealand top order with the new ball, as the visitors stormed to a 103-run victory in the third Twenty20 in Christchurch. Razzaq capitalised on some inexperienced death bowling from Adam Milne to hammer 31 from the last nine deliveries of the innings, and picked up three wickets for 13 as New Zealand imploded dramatically, effectively surrendering the game within the first three overs of their chase.

The chase was derailed almost before it had begun as the top four batsmen all collected ducks. Martin Guptill began the catastrophic collapse when he edged Razzaq to point, pushing away from his body with hard hands to one that nipped away a touch. Jesse Ryder turned in his third failure of the series in the following over when he top edged a pull, and Dean Brownlie's decision to sneak a quick single to get off the mark backfired when Shahid Afridi effected a rare Pakistani direct hit. Ross Taylor was unfortunate to be adjudged lbw to one that struck him slightly above the knee roll, but didn't do himself any favours by playing all around the straight delivery. Three overs into the innings, New Zealand had lost four wickets for three runs, and when James Franklin lost his head, and his middle stump, two overs later, there was only one direction the match was heading. New Zealand had made 11 runs for the loss of five wickets from their first five overs. Pakistan were 51 for no loss at the same stage.

Styris resisted bravely, throwing his bat to collect a couple of boundaries over cover in Razzaq's last over, and even swatting a six over midwicket to give the Christchurch crowd something to cheer about, but with the required run-rate tipping 15, and wickets falling regularly at the other end, there was little he could do. Peter McGlashan dragged Abdur Rehman onto the stumps attempting to reverse sweep and Nathan McCullum didn't hang around long, succumbing to Shahid Afridi's straighter one. Styris eventually fell for 45, and Afridi wasted little time cleaning up the tail - an 134 kph arm ball to dismiss Tim Southee first ball being the highlight of his spell. Styris aside, none of the other New Zealand batsmen managed double figures. They made 28 collectively.

Pakistan's impressive total was set up by an explosive opening partnership between Ahmad Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, who blasted 81 in 8.4 overs to set pulses racing at the AMI stadium. Shehzad in particular, was quick to punish anything on a length, peppering the midwicket boundary repeatedly, while also driving through the covers when the ball was pitched up. Hafeez too got into the action scooping Mills over the shoulder for four, before unfurling a wristy swat that sent the ball sailing over deep square-leg a few overs later.

The introduction of slow bowling into the attack did the trick for New Zealand though, as both openers perished attempting to maintain the frenetic scoring rate, and three more wickets followed soon after. Younis Khan was run out, attempting a suicidal single, Asad Shafiq was caught on the boundary after having used up 15 deliveries for his 8 and Shahid Afridi departed for a quickfire 14.

Umar Akmal kept Pakistan ticking with some intelligent hitting, but it was Abdul Razzaq who boosted the visitors' total and swung the momentum decidedly Pakistan's way with a brutal display of power hitting. Razzaq swung in the V, launching Tim Southee twice over midwicket before taking on Milne in the last over. Razzaq smoked the short deliveries over cover, and sent the fuller ones racing along the ground to the boundary, and 19 runs came off the last five deliveries, despite Milne's best efforts to vary the pace and find the blockhole.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • Dummy4 on January 4, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is the in form player and i dont understand why is coming in at number 7. Imagine Abdul razzaq coming in when younis khan was put in, razzaq would have had a little more time and could have easily gotten pakistan to 200+ total. In my opinion afridi is a great fearless player but doesnt have a sharp mind. afridi is not a leader and shouldnt be leading the squad. I think the main reason pakistan is losing soo many t20s is because of afridi because he is the issue hes not performing well with the bat and he is not leading by example he sometimes bowls really well but if you are keeping afridi for his bowling then thats stupid because they're are much better bowlers then afridi that are waiting to come in to pakistan squad. i think afridi should be removed and misbah ul haq should take over and younis and shafiq should be removed for shoaib malik and kamran akmal then pakistan have a unbeatable t20 squad and back to my point RAZZAQ IS BEING WASTED HE NEEDS TO COME IN 3!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    well said pak-united .. Well done Razzaq

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    Well done Pakistan for bowling full and straight unlike Nz did in the first innings. But really some absolutely brain-dead batting from the blackflaps puts John Wright back to the drawing board. I was at the game so it was all there to see. If the black caps played proper cricket shots ie straight bat there would've been more of a chance. Young Aaron Milne does look quick but needs to bowl full to allow the ball to swing he got caught in the moment and bowled short which Shahzad quite happily got under and dispatched to the small boundaries. Scott Styris (pigdog) still has plenty of grit and determination and played a few good shots but the rest not cool. Not sure if Ross Taylor has an analytical mind for captaincy as Scott Styris and James Franklin were under bowled. Time now for tests and i wonder if any lessons have been learnt from India.

  • Haroon on December 31, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Andrew Fernando, I like your writing style, can you please replace Osman Samiuddin, because most of the time it seems like he doesn't even represent Pakistan and has nothing but negativity to spread across. If something below par happens then he pounces to grab that opportunity, something positive? he isn't be to seen! Believe it or not but in this time of freedom of speech he doesn't even post my comments because I tell him like it is. Please post these comments so cricinfo would know the kind of staff they are employing.

  • sunny on December 31, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    good work for pakistan team ... and for God sake .. anyone pls tell them to keep fawad alam And Shahzaib Hassan away from the Team.


  • khurram on December 31, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    @mr longlyfdragons: some guys here are comenting that this was dead rubber so NZ didnt played well. B mculm is unfit so does vetori & for ur info NZ played the same team as 1st t20 which won 1st t20 very well. ok if we agree that NZ didint play wel as its DEAD RUBBER than... getting out for their lowest ever, losing by largest defeats btwn 2 test playing nation, top 4 getting out for 0 in t20 btwn 2 test playing nation.thats not just dead rubber loss. by the way who is saying tht by this win PAK is on moon? every body knows we los series & 1 win is not enough.but its a welcome win after 6 t20s & in some style so thats the point.

  • Ahsan on December 31, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    First of all, ICC has created drama as they know that Pakistani Team is over the moon, so they some how make a match fixing drama and trap M Asif, M Amir and Salman Butt,. And now they are not letting S Malik and Akmal to join their team... Afridi is great player but he doesnt have the leadership qualities.... He is not good enough to Captain Pakistan Team... Now he says i dont have good players in my team... Wen Malik was captain, he doesnt have M amir, M Asif, A Razzaq, Shoaib akhtar and Mohammad Yousuf etc..... But still he made us win win matches,,, Our senior players let Malik down because they didnt like a player junior than them giving directions.. So people corrrect yourself... malik and Yousuf had a fight, because he didnt want M Yousuf for T20 Worldcup 2007. Whats wrong with that... Malik your are the best captain after Inzamam,, U will make a come back soon Inshallah.... Even Afridi now a days says When I have Malik in team, He completes me.....

  • maximus on December 31, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I dont think NZ were really wanting a clean sweep. The way they bowled and fielded really showed they did not have any intent.Even then if not for abdul razzaq hey could have won it easily. Good luck in the test series.,

  • maximus on December 31, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    It was a Abdul Razzaq show. If not that knock and the vital three wickets Pakistan would not have won. Make him the captain and bat at no 3.

  • Finn on December 31, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    They deserved the win but why are Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq in the Twenty20 side, they are too slow at getting started! Younis should concentrate on Tests.

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