Auckland v Pakistanis, Twenty20, Auckland December 23, 2010

Bates destroys Pakistanis in tour opener

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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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  • on December 25, 2010, 12:10 GMT

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

  • mumkin 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...

  • kareemshaik2009 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.

  • klobania 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.

  • zaidman777 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • Agus2010 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

  • Tim40621 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.

  • sickleinmybrain 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

  • on December 25, 2010, 12:10 GMT

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

  • mumkin 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...

  • kareemshaik2009 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.

  • klobania 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.

  • zaidman777 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!

  • 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

  • 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

  • Agus2010 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

  • Tim40621 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.

  • sickleinmybrain 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

  • on December 24, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    @ Stumpbreaker, South Africa whitewashed Zimbabwe before playing with Pakistan and the series was leveled 2-2, was a close series and SA won the last game, get your facts right before comparing 2 teams! and this was just a warm up game, New Zealand has lost from Bangladesh and not only lost but whitewashed, so the series will be a close one!

  • inzi1234 on December 24, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Imran nazir,Shoaib malik,Kamran akmal and Sohail tanveer should b in for T20s. no point in playing younis or fawad alam in t20s. comeon slectors whats goingon???? we r former worldchamps and loosing to a team like auckland just because of poor selection.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 24, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    I am sure they will start to perform better as the tour progresses. They are certainly much much better than SriLanka (flat track specialists) when it comes to performing overseas and they play straight out of heart. Wishing you guys luck.

  • on December 24, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    never lose hope.. m sure pakistan lost so dat they can win the series !!! haha.. i love u my team ..go pak go !!!

  • cricket_for_all on December 24, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    I am sure PAK will bounce back.

  • StuL on December 23, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Weather at the ground yesterday was 29 C with 85% humidity pitch wasn't low and slow but wasn't too bouncy. They just got out going for big shots. Auckland got 180 at same venue 3 days ago when they should have got 200 plus. Its a good T20 wicket, its also a bigger Oval than Eden Park. Some catches would be 6 at Eden Ppark

  • braindead_rocker on December 23, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    This always happens in the tour opener. The same happened with India. It was tough to cope in SA without any warm ups. In the 2nd innings however they put on a great showing. Similarly Pakistan will have difficulty initially in NZ and will cope later on. We should united in supporting sub-continent cricket teams.

    I am sure India and Pak will bounce back and trounce SA and NZ...

  • Stumpbreaker on December 23, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Point taken sunnymachoo @ Desihungama..

    Now lets talk Cricket...

    In which other team can Shahid Afridi play with over 300 ODIs with a batting avg of 23 and bowling strike rate of over 45.. the moment he saw NZ being trashed he opted to open..thats mean.

    The only star power in the team is Akhtar and Afridi.. they are bigger brands than being players.

    Think Auckland as a team with Caliber of less than Lahore Ravi.. and Imagine a world cup winning team to lose to them.. thats shameful.

    I have played 3 series in NZL .. pitches nowdays are flatter than ever..

    Lets wait for the series to get over and then discuss.. GO NZL GO!

  • Desihungama on December 23, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    @ Stumpbreaker- Maybe you should read the comments in its entirety. Pakistan does not cope well in colder weather does not mean it is winter in NZ or your so called southern hemisphere. It was a generalization since they are accustomed to thrive only in tropical/warmer conditions and the second point was they also not play well on bouncy tracks since they are accustomed to flat tracks of sub continent.

  • on December 23, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Well I reckon Auckland are better then the Black Caps -_-

  • usher on December 23, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    @Stumpbreaker

    1-Teams like Zim and Bangladesh don't draw test series with good test teams like Aus

    2-Just try to follow the temperatures in Nz in sunmmers and you would instantly know that calling such weather "summer" is just a "wishful thinking" by the residents of those cold islands;)

  • sharprider on December 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    While it is disappointing, the Pakistan team needs to see this in the hindsight that there definitely has to be a way out of similar situations during this tour. Firstly, it is not a bad idea to start with Afridi, but, looking at his poor performances recently as well as his lack of stints as an opener, he should go down to # 3 and let someone else open the innings. Also, what was Rehman doing in the team, especially when he did not bowl a single ball? He is primarily a bowler and his selection is illogical, to say the least. So, there is certainly some concern at the selection level, followed by the lack of strategy on the part of the captain in planning the innings as to how to get a foothold and transform it into a launching pad with all the players having their work cut out to structure the innings for a competitive match.

  • sunnymachoo on December 23, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    @Stumpbreaker buddy i respect your comments but have Bangladesh or Zimbabwe ever got number 1 ODI ranking? or have they ever got number 1 T20 ranking? or have they ever won a World Cup? or have they ever won a T20 World Cup? or Have they ever made to finals and semi finals this much? Or do they have fastest 100.2 mph bowlers? Or do they hold fastest century record? Did they invent reverse swing? You need to study a few stats before naming Pakistan along with Bangladesh or Zimbabwe!

  • Zohaib.R.Q. on December 23, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    welll this is a good sign... now we have a gud chance in this series :P

  • Stumpbreaker on December 23, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Its called mad fan following for a average team... teams like Bangladesh or zimbabwe can offer surprises too.. but that doesnt team they are good teams.. and someone said pakistan didnt adjust to the winter.. lol its funny.. learn a bit of geography.. its in the southern hemisphere .. and its Summers there.. only if u knw wat it means..

  • on December 23, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan have habit to lose their warmups.................in 1992wc main 14 warmups Pakistan har gya tha

  • Jarr30 on December 23, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    Now I know why Miandad stay away from NZ tour being a batting coach. He knew we will be getting a hammering for state and local teams.GOD SAVE YOU PAKISTAN.

  • sunnymachoo on December 23, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    @StuL and @Kamran Hashmi - thanks alot. I get it now.

  • asadkum on December 23, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA .............................................................. I am not surprised at all !!!!!!!!!!!!! When Pak collaspe -- they collaspe like that .................. Doesn't matter with whom they are playing !!!!!! may be Test Team ... may be A Team ... may be 3rd Grade Team ... may be Club Team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's why they are unpredectable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • syedahmed91 on December 23, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    I really don't see any point in playing in new zealand when world cup is in 2 months in the sub-continent. Anyways, pakistan team will bounce back, Indians shouldn't get so excited, your hero's are afraid of playing even this weak string of pakistani cricketers. And no doubt in my mind if pakistan comes across india in the world cup pakistan will win, just like they did in the champions trophy. Have a nice holiday season.

  • PakCricketistanLover on December 23, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    History repeats itself. Pakistan do not start well in a foreign soil. I am not surprised. Afridi opening the innings are good vibes going in to WC; which I credit to the induction of Miandad in the team management. He had always opened while he was the head coach. With many players out of contention due to other reasons - Afridi and Hafeez look a good combination at the top, moreover they can contribute 14-17 overs while fielding as well. This gives you a room to play an extra specialist batsman. Another vibe which comes from this move can be, K Akmal may not be playing the WC. If he does all your problems are sorted out. Coming back to the batting line up, i strongly belief that Younis and Yousuf, should be playing at no. 3 and 4 in all formats. Fawad Alam should not be playing, he came in as a good all rounder, now if he playing as a specialist batsman than we must play Asad Shafiq who is technically correct in his place. Umar Akmal surely plays, and needs to be around the two Y's.

  • angry_nanny on December 23, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Ridiculous comments...Pakistan lose a meaningless warmup game in totally foreign conditions to which they have been playing on and everyone overreacts and wants to sack the whole team or call them match fixers...what a joke. Teams lose sometimes, get over it.

  • Desihungama on December 23, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    This was expected. Pakistan Team does not cope well with colder weather and bouncy wickets. As the tour goes on team will settle with the weather and bounce, results will be different. Now, the team played Australia and England on swinging wickets is not entirely the same team here. On top of this it is completely unneccessarry to hold this searies in NZ if the aim was to build a WorldCup squad, which is going to be held on flat tracks. What we need for WorldCup are flat track bullies and I dare say none better than Imran Nazir and who else Shoaib Malik.

  • on December 23, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    As expected that newzealand players are much more stronger opponents when they are playing at home.And i think its a bad idea that afridi is opening the innings.I feel that afridi is playing well at no.5 as he has done well in recent past.

  • on December 23, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I was expecting this kind of performance from our team. It was the first match and i knew that the team won't be acclimatize straight away. See you never know with pakistan. Like others said...they are at their ruthless best, when cornered. I dont understand people rooting for Shoaib malik and Kamran akmal when the same people wanted them to vanish. I understand with our current batting situation, you need some experience and both have performed decently in the first class matches but I guess i am okay with them not being picked. I would say, play Asad Shafiq in the side. Mark my words people, they're gonna bounce back !!!

  • on December 23, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Pakistan lose a warm up match and everyone has their guns out haha...relax people!! they have played most of their cricket in UAE in the recent past and it will take some time before they adjust to the conditions in New Zealand and those of you who really know our team would know that whenever we start like this, it is usually a good tour!! cheer up fellows!!

  • cricinme on December 23, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Oh I see. Pakistan deliberately lost the match. Cause they always win the series losing the first one or two matches. What logic.

  • chad_reid on December 23, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    lol wat can you expect from a team with no patience and trying to hit every ball for a 6 and not forgetting the most hopeless of all, the captain, at least their odi form is good and they will coz upsets in WC

  • CRIIQ on December 23, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Dirt come from top, when you can have Zardari Paresident, then i think every thing is possible. No leadership, no management. when - you have no sense of responsibility, the result is ZERO. and C stand for Crises. At this time , you have corporate Gangster sitting in Islamabad, who are sucking up the middle class, and You have a Cricket Team, can be beaten by a local city team or i should say by Kids. the Afridi he is just "Biggost" he talks too much. No leadership. simply corrupt.

  • Arsala on December 23, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Well in NZ you can expect that, and NZ will be tough opponent to beat at their home. Unluckily for Pakistan they have to play outside home otherwise we might also be no.1 or no.2 test team in world like India ...if we just keep playing on dead tracks :)

  • on December 23, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Huh, losing to a first class team in T20 and wanted to be in IPL, its a real comedy.

  • israrak on December 23, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    @ faisal mashood afridi ... dude i think ur te most brainless person in dis world ... ur saying imran nazir wht u say about players like hafeez n ahmed shazad who r all test players in cux of dem pak is in decline in t20s ... n wt will u say about our gr8 captain afridi woh is the captain of paki team but still the most brainless n irresponsible player ....

  • on December 23, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    This is the same team that qualified for the last t20 worldcup semi on the basis of RUNRATE!!! People should know better than to panic already. @Mehr00z: Well i lack past knowledge but I think other than Ah Kardar and Imran Khan, no man ever captained a pakistan "team". Not for long anyway. In wasim akrams own words, waqar and himself weren't the only two always at loggerheads, and yet the team of the 90s was amazing simply because of sheer individual talent. Until we become a team, we cannot emulate the Australia of just some time ago, but we can do mostly everything else.

    I hope that whatever happens in NZ, good or bad, puts us in the perfect frame of mind to start the worldcup. 92 was great and 99 was horrible. I don't want us to be too good. We perform best as "cornered tigers". However, I do have hope from the kiwi test series

  • fasi472 on December 23, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    poor performence by pakistan ,,,,, have to come back strongly :@

  • on December 23, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    @sunnymachoo, it was a 12 a side match (with 11 to bat and 11 to field). yet we were humiliated by a third rated auckland side. I dont know where PCB is leading Pakistan Cricket to. Bring back Malik. They can't do it without him. He is the backbone of Pakistan Cricket...

  • on December 23, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Eh, use your brains folks. How could you blame Afridi for this one collapse? The blame goes to the middle order mostly. We need a batsman or two out there in the middle who could anchor the innings as obvious, so adding someone like Asad Shafiq with Younis Khan would be the way to go. Even if Afridi fails as an opener in the New Zealand tour, I'd still stick with the idea of having him as opener at the WC, especially on the flat subcontinent tracks. He's simply best suited to powerplays as an explosive batsman.

  • rzi-BDML on December 23, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    its just a start of the tour guys, Juz relax Pak often start with dis kinda perfromance and then start to look EZ. Hope for the best in Internationals

  • on December 23, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    And Bates is not in the 30 man world cup squad because???

  • on December 23, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Only positive I see her is that Afridi is trying to open in the absence of Kamran Akmal. Afridi can be an excellent opener if he wants to, whoever remembers the 2005 India vs Pakistan series will know what i'm talking about. Plus its good to see him trying out new things to keep up the struggle for excellence. Plus this loss shouldn't bee too threatening. Hopefully the men in green will tighten up for the real big matches as they always do so. Good luck!

  • on December 23, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    I m still surprise that.... people are favoring Akmal bros... they are corrupt.... how can if Kamran Akmal is not playing his younger brother is playing (younger then Umer Akmal) why...???? there is no wicket keeper better then them in whole Pakistan???? and beside that lets consider that if Kamran Akmal and Bros are not corrupt..... they are just average players.... they are not best.... best like Wasim, Waqar, Miandad etc..... had they been great players I might have been supporting them....too.... why there is ban against Kamran Akmal... no one knows... Supereme or High Court have ordered PCB not to select them (Kamran and Shoaib Malik) and no one knows why??? because PCB is trying to cover them up.... we need wicket keeper like Gilchrist, MS Dhoni, E. Stewart, Wasim Bari, Moin Khan, Rashid lateef.... not some one like Kamran Akmal... who made us lose many matches instead of winning us.... use your brains... before supporting some one...support honest people...

  • on December 23, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Guys, before you right off Auckland as a 'club' side, you might want to get your facts straight. Auckland, like Northern Districts, Wellington, Canterbury etc are a First Class side the same way Western Australia are, the way Yorkshire are etc.

  • Mehr00z on December 23, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    David.. u asking me abt this??? am abit confuse as how u got my email id???

    Other that, PCB is a school of corruption more than the players in Pakistan as Mr. Ejaz Butt is doing his all best to save his skin from the ICC ban & for this purpose he has decided to play against the spirit of Pakistani fans & is not ready to take a chance on which a slight accusation has been made.

    Furthermore, Muhammad aamer & Salman Butt can easily get out of the mess if Pakistan decides to highlight it at the highest level as they have the proofs for their innocence as the alleged currency was from the income of a Saloon\parlor in UK. Addition to that, ICC current President is anti pak & not only antipak but almost every country as they have the power in the ICC thanks to the monoply of Sub continent countries. Now even australia & nz cant do much gainst ICC and they will also have to talk the talk what ICC president says or else their monthly stipened will be cut off.

  • on December 23, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    where was this bates when the kiwis were being battered by bangladesh and india i wonder? though i wouldnt count on this match to symbolize anything.

  • dhino008 on December 23, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    oh my god...i can't really believe this but once again I'm pushing PCB to bring back K.Akaml & Shohaib malik..both r on superb form at Domestic level also plenty of experience otherwise pakistan never going 2 win against any major teams...

  • StuL on December 23, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    sunnymachoo. They agreed to 12 a side, I believe that meant each team could pick 11 to field and another 11 to bat. It was to allow them to give an extra person a run.

  • hiastian on December 23, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    lolx....... afriDy opening again!!!!

  • StuL on December 23, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Don't worry so much guys, Auckland are quite a tight young team playing on their home track. To put it in perspective the competion they lead has 12 international T20 players including Brett Lee, David Warner, Herschelle Gibbs and 3 of englands T20 team. Bates is considered by many to be unlucky to have missed the NZ team because they've gone for an 18 year old quicky who they want to blood.

  • superislam2011 on December 23, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    dont worry when pakistan get off to a flying start they lose the rest of their tour but when they get to a bad start they dont get overconfident they win the tour and perform

  • azaaan1 on December 23, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    kamran akmal should be there

  • azaaan1 on December 23, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    they kamran akmal to win that match, he is the only opner for pakistan that are standby in t20 and can hit.!!!!!!!

  • on December 23, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    No need of Fawad Alam in the team , He is just club player

  • on December 23, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    is team k kuch nahi hoo sakta :@

  • sunnymachoo on December 23, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    help me on this please! on the scorecard im seeing 11 players from PAK, and all out, but Akhtar is not in those 11. However Akhtar is there in the bowling =s.... any new rules? or its just that im too tired at the moment that im unable to understand! =p

  • Mehr00z on December 23, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    @ Aina.... I agree with you some what but lets face the reality that more than the stars player presence; teams needs to develop a team unit halo.. winning is attributed to combine efforts & our current team will always be like this unless and until they realize the value of true spirit of unity. Contact me at mehrooz.ahmed(at)live.com for further qs...

  • zn264 on December 23, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Well done Auckland! Time for NZ to step up to the challenge and really show what we can do at home. White wash, with NZ on the winning side for once would be nice.

  • Mr.Marston on December 23, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    What the heck is Younis Khan doing in T20 team, thought he was retired didn he?

  • on December 23, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Pakistanis are always slow starters especially on away tours so just relax guys and avoid jumping to conclusions..they will get their act together soon..just for your memory, we lost all our warm up macthes but still won the `92 world cup and the same goes for the t20 world cup in 2009!! Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • K.A.K on December 23, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    A typical pakistan style batting collapse. Also Shoaib gave away too many runs. This opening game is to set the 'correct' expectation from this Pakistani team. Well done Michael Bates!

  • on December 23, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Pakistan must be worry on this soret of perfoemance,but i think afridi will recover this and we will see new team in his first official game and they will play as they are famous for.

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    too much for boom boom bang bang or watever u people call them:P younis khan is THE MAN to lead a mercurial team such as pakistan!!!

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    I dont know why everyone is so surprised by this performance..Pakistanis are always slow starters especially on away tours, they will get their act together very soon...we lost all our warm up matches before the `92 world cup, both our warm up matches before winning the t20 world cup!! so just relax guys and don`t give up so easily:-)

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    what the hell ahmed shehzad is doing out there

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Yes Imran Nazir must be in the squad of T20 thts for sure. But i do not see them playing well and make an impact in Newzeland`s bouncy tracks. No matter how pathetic the NZ team may be, but they are dangerous in their home soil. They had beaten Australis there recently. Be careful pak.

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    I don't understand the strategy of Pakistan Crciket Management while openning the innings with Afridi on a seaming track. They should have done this in Dubai but to my surprise they did it in NZ. Anyhow, today's pethatic performance wil certainly shatter their confidence for the rest of the series.

  • Daniel.vettori22 on December 23, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Would be good to watch a Auckland vs NZ National team match..

  • anasakhtar94 on December 23, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    IT Is Always Difficult for Batsman In Newzeland's Condition but A Performance From Batting Side .. but Good Bit Of Bowling !! .

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    This man ahmed shahzad is a new sensation. got much mature head on his shoulder then imran nazir too. i hope they gave him at least 3 chances. He can prove young inzimam of 1992 WC.

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Best Possible Team???? Are you kiddin me, they struggling to survive in cricket world...well done Aucklanders...

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    @sizzlingsehjad....dude i completely agree wid u..imran nazeer is an excellent and fearless stroke maker..he can well be sehwag of pakistan...

  • on December 23, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    If the best T20 team is losing to a local side, the only consolation I can find here is that Pakistan hates winning extra matches. In fact, the worse they start off, the better they get. Its more crucial with us than with any other team to peak at the right time, thanks to our strange ways :D and with the world cup round the corner amid all sorts of trouble, I don't mind us being just good enough and not better.

  • longlyfdragons on December 23, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    @Waqas Afzal Auckland is a very good team. They are currently top of the HRV Cup. Do not underestimate them..

    A very good bowling and fielding performance from Auckland really shone through and tore the Pakistanis apart. Michael Bates, MY MAN! But i am pretty shocked at the scoreline, i mean an international side scoring 91 all out against a club side is shocking! Good job by Auckland though! That result shows why Auckland is currently Top on the HRV Cup Table.

  • on December 23, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    c,mon guys this was just the trailer the pakistanis showed us today the whole movie is about to begin A WHOLE NEW ERA OF FRESHLY BAKED SCANDALS AND REFRESHING CONTOVERSIES. I imagine how many players will we lose in this series ,nd there r chances that all of these clowns be tossed off nd the pakistan A or under 19 team can participate in the world cup,, then atleast we can say that yes we do have a shot at the golden trophy.

    DISSAPPOINTED FAN

  • brenno23 on December 23, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    ahaha, pakistan cricket atm is a total joke, pathetic team. they will be emberrassed by NZ just like they were emberrassed againt Australia last year.

  • awais_rak143 on December 23, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Well,Bad luck for the pakistani team that they lost...Winning and loosing is a part of the game...YOu cant have two teams winning in a match of cricket...I wish Good luck to team pakistan and pray that they do well against Newzealand in the remainder of the series.. :)

  • Milan31 on December 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    I think New Zealand is wasting their time on picking up the team. They can select all players from Auckland for national duties. They would have won against Bangladesh and pull 1 or 2 victories against India.

  • on December 23, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    I went to this game and was disappointed with the really bad umpiring decisions mainly because there was no telesion replays but cant always blame it on the umpire... but never mind because it would be professional umpires during the real T20 with television replays,.. Pakistan played really bad cricket.. Congrats to Bates who bowled well..I guess it would be funny if the blackcaps lose to pakistan..but we'll see boxing day..Good luck to both teams on the day

  • on December 23, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    What a performance .. Keep It up...???

  • on December 23, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I think Asad Shafiq should be given more chance as he is quite sensible & plays according to situations. NZ will be quite tough to beat at home. Pak should not take them for granted. Although they lost against BAN & India but that all was at Asian pitches. This is their home & Pak should not take it as a piece of cake ..

  • Adysol on December 23, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Not a good idea to open with Shahid Afridi in seaming conditions....

  • on December 23, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    ehehee... this was funny.. @SizzlingSehjad: Because Nazir is useless, he is absolutely brainless, 1 in 25 shot

  • Meety on December 23, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Oh well, thats the way with Pakistan great one series (v Sth Africa), crud the next. Although I do think they can't be written off in this series & NZ can't aford to be lax - given they are still on a horrible losing streak. My money is on a close series, NZ winning in home conditions!

  • SyedOvais on December 23, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Slow down guys, this is is just warm up match. I am sure when we meet NZ on the real T20 match, it will be fun to watch. Obviously I want Pak to win but I am more for great cricket match. NZ is a good side at home.

  • on December 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Relax friends. Its a bad start but give them some time. New Conditions. New & Young Player. Afridi himself is playing as opener. Then Umar Akmal is now wicket keeper. Hope they will be back with terrific performance.

  • on December 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Ridiculous......shocking..................................................

  • danithereddevil on December 23, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    this is the really bad time for pak...just 91 run ..who spose be t20 specilaist....razzaq afridi.ajmal.umer..ahmad shehazad...hafeez ...all of them r t20 best player..how ...?god luck for rest of the tour...

  • on December 23, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    what is wrong there? i can't understand ? best possible team against meager AUKLANDEES! thats for sure an unbelievable team.

  • pakwellwisher on December 23, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    If this what Auckland is doing to the team I cant see how they will beat nz.What a ridiculous team !!

  • SizzlingSehjad on December 23, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    i dont understand why pakistani team is avoiding IMRAN NAZIR? he is one of the best player of 20 20 n one day also.

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  • SizzlingSehjad on December 23, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    i dont understand why pakistani team is avoiding IMRAN NAZIR? he is one of the best player of 20 20 n one day also.

  • pakwellwisher on December 23, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    If this what Auckland is doing to the team I cant see how they will beat nz.What a ridiculous team !!

  • on December 23, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    what is wrong there? i can't understand ? best possible team against meager AUKLANDEES! thats for sure an unbelievable team.

  • danithereddevil on December 23, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    this is the really bad time for pak...just 91 run ..who spose be t20 specilaist....razzaq afridi.ajmal.umer..ahmad shehazad...hafeez ...all of them r t20 best player..how ...?god luck for rest of the tour...

  • on December 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Ridiculous......shocking..................................................

  • on December 23, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Relax friends. Its a bad start but give them some time. New Conditions. New & Young Player. Afridi himself is playing as opener. Then Umar Akmal is now wicket keeper. Hope they will be back with terrific performance.

  • SyedOvais on December 23, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Slow down guys, this is is just warm up match. I am sure when we meet NZ on the real T20 match, it will be fun to watch. Obviously I want Pak to win but I am more for great cricket match. NZ is a good side at home.

  • Meety on December 23, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Oh well, thats the way with Pakistan great one series (v Sth Africa), crud the next. Although I do think they can't be written off in this series & NZ can't aford to be lax - given they are still on a horrible losing streak. My money is on a close series, NZ winning in home conditions!

  • on December 23, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    ehehee... this was funny.. @SizzlingSehjad: Because Nazir is useless, he is absolutely brainless, 1 in 25 shot

  • Adysol on December 23, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Not a good idea to open with Shahid Afridi in seaming conditions....