Auckland v Pakistanis, Twenty20, Auckland December 23, 2010

Bates destroys Pakistanis in tour opener

ESPNcricinfo staff

Auckland 92 for 5 (Guptill 28*, Ajmal 2-20) beat Pakistanis 91 all out (Umar Akmal 25, Bates 4-11) by five wickets Scorecard

Pakistan's tour of New Zealand got off to a poor start after they lost their twelve-a-side Twenty20 match to Auckland at Colin Maiden Park. The hosts won with 40 balls to spare, easily chasing down the target of 92 after Pakistan were bowled out in 17.4 overs.

Pakistan were put in to bat and were in immediate trouble, sinking to 7 for 3 inside the third over. Left-arm seamer Michael Bates did the early damage, getting Mohammad Hafeez out caught and bowled off the fourth ball of the match. Two balls later he got Ahmed Shehzad to nick to Lou Vincent and be dismissed for a duck. In Bates' next over he got rid of the big fish - the captain Shahid Afridi, for 1. Afridi tried to pull Bates, but only got it as far as square leg, where Anaru Kitchen took a sharp catch.

Pakistan never recovered from that rocky start. Umar Akmal provided them with a silver lining, showing some signs of form to get to 25 - Pakistan's top score of the innings. Left-arm spinner Roneel Hira dismissed Younis Khan for 18 and then Umar in his next over, and Fawad Alam was run out for 0 in between, to leave the visitors reeling at 52 for 6. Umar was trying to power Hira through the off side off the back foot, but missed the ball and was bowled. Abdul Razzaq wasn't able to pull off a recovery and fell to offspinner Bhupinder Singh for 16. Bates came back into the attack and dismissed Wahab Riaz to finish with figures of 4 for 11 in three overs.

Auckland opener Colin de Grandhomme was in a hurry to knock off the required runs and raced to 20 off 12 before he was caught at gully by Shehzad off Shoaib Akhtar. Martin Guptill, the only member of the Auckland side who is in New Zealand's squad for the Twenty20 series against Pakistan, played the sheet-anchor role, and batted through the innings, making 28. Shoaib managed another wicket, bowling Lou Vincent, but was expensive, going at 7.75 in his four overs.

Saeed Ajmal did a good job of drying up the runs, giving away 20 in his four overs, and picked up the wickets of Anaru Kitchen and Colin Munro. Gareth Hopkins, who was dropped from New Zealand's squad for the Twenty20 and Test series against Pakistan, made only 8 before falling to Wahab Riaz. But Auckland were always comfortable, and reached their target with plenty of overs to spare, helped by the 17 extras conceded by Pakistan's bowlers.

Pakistan will have two days to recover before the first Twenty20 match of the three-match series against New Zealand, in Auckland, on December 26.

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  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Pakistan Team should change their Jersey because they are not succeeding with this jersey

  • riaz on December 25, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Pakistan has a history of bring in out of form teams into form and outperforming the top teams. This is the best chance for NZ to come back in form and show their magic of 1992 in upcoming WC. Further, Pak won the 1992 world cup when they were least expected of. This is once more a very weak team going to represent pak in WC 2011. I can very clearly see Pak and NZ in the Semis......Wish us good luck guys...

  • Kareem on December 25, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Hi, Newzealand supporters, Dont think Afridi is not a best captain, only thing was bad selection by the PCB.

  • khurram on December 25, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    @Stumpbreaker if u r kiwi then i feel sorry for u as u r still talking big after being thrashed by india n bangla mind u bangla!!!!! before commenting of afridi we all know one cant find better player for t20 than him though some pple like u dont accept that fact just for ego or kiwis r always short of players like his calibre. go n first find any international player apart of vettori then comment on great players like afridi.

  • Zaid on December 25, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Pakistan is random,they try new people out and they get the lazy one's back, but really, pakistan needs a better Cricket board. Get ramiz raja in their, as the chairman!

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    Pakistan needs to get Kamran Akmal n Shoaib Malik back into the playing 11. than decide a bunch of 12 to 15 players and stick with them only. I still think PAKISTAN'S bowling line is balanced with the induction of WAHAB RIAZ. If Shoaib is fit and Umar Gul can find some sort of form than yes this series would be a competitive one otherwise with such a fragile batting line up PAKISTAN will loose T20 2-1 if not 3-0 ODI'S 3-0 and TEST 1-0

  • Dummy4 on December 24, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    well thats what Pak cricket is, they can loose to Auckland and beat SA, ENg or India....u never know

  • Agus on December 24, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    I dont like this guy Afridi as a captain, he don't have any game plan also he is not a good leader to lead a team in International matches, so he should resign himself as a captain and have to concentrate playing his game as an All rounder, he always have 2 mind i think because of him the team management send back Tanvir

  • Tim on December 24, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    I fear that Pakistans batsmen will really struggle in this series anyone who saw how they played against the swinging ball in England will agree, the conditions in this series will i reckon be similar, on the plus side i think Umar Gul will be a huge threat with the ball when he gets it right he can swing out any batting line up in the world. This will be a bowler dominated series i expect. with New Zealand edging it.

  • Max on December 24, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Christchurch new zealand here, got up to 37 degrees today, and for the last week. cold islands eh

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