New Zealand v Pakistan 2nd Twenty20, Hamilton December 28, 2010

Nathan McCullum stars in series win

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New Zealand 185 for 7 (Guptill 44, Franklin 40, Ajmal 3-35) beat Pakistan 146 for 9 (Hafeez 46, McCullum 4-16) by 39 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

New Zealand performances have often been noted for being greater than the sum of their parts, and all the parts were on display at Seddon Park, where the hosts sealed the series with a dominant all-round display. Martin Guptill, James Franklin, Scott Styris and Ross Taylor all contributed with the bat, but Peter McGlashan stole the show with a 10-ball 26 that featured some scintillating stroke play. Nathan McCullum then produced a tight spell to asphyxiate the Pakistan chase, with support from Luke Woodcock, and he finished with 4 for 16. Kyle Mills, Tim Southee and Ian Butler were also among the wickets as Pakistan fell 39 runs short of New Zealand's 185.

Pakistan were in no mood to wait as Mohammad Hafeez lofted Franklin over cover for four off the first ball of the innings before hitting him over square leg two balls later - this time for six. Kyle Mills was welcomed into the attack with two sixes, but took the wicket of Shahid Afridi as the batsman made room, only to watch his middle stump cartwheel after missing a slower full toss.

Hafeez wasn't about to ease up, though, finding boundaries with regularity and scampering between the wickets with Ahmed Shehzad, as they stayed in touch with the required-rate with. They rode their luck too: Ross Taylor dropped a sitter off Hafeez on 44, and aerial mis-hits found their way into vacant areas more than once.

Shehzad was dismissed attempting an ambitious inside-out wallop, as Styris ran around the extra-cover boundary to complete a running catch, and when Hafeez and Younis Khan were dismissed soon after, Pakistan looked poised for a trademark capitulation.

But it was the choke, not the collapse, that did for Pakistan as New Zealand applied the squeeze through McCullum and Woodcock. Umar Akmal's slog over midwicket in the 13th over, an oddity in an otherwise docile period replete with singles and dot-balls as the asking-rate rose steadily. The strangle brought wickets for the hosts, as Asad Shafiq perished attempting to hit out, and the pressure was increased when Abdul Razzaq departed for 14. Umar Gul attempted to launch his first delivery off McCullum over the longest boundary of the ground, but was caught on the line. Akmal was left to perform a miracle with the tail, the required run-rate already tipping 20 and three wickets remaining.

Tim Southee almost had two hat-tricks in two games as Akmal and Riaz were dismissed off consecutive deliveries in the final over, but the game was long over by that stage.

New Zealand's strong total was set up by Guptill, who had lost none of his form and panache from his innings in the first Twenty20. He set about taking apart the Pakistan attack following the early loss of Jesse Ryder. Guptill pulled, glanced, drove and slogged for 44, building a 91-run partnership for the second wicket with James Franklin, who made 39 after being promoted to No. 3. Afridi brought on the spinners to apply the brakes and the move paid dividends momentarily, as wickets fell at regular intervals. His wayward seamers, however, could not stem the flow of runs for extended periods of time. Scott Styris exploited Gul to swipe his way to a 14-ball 34, and Taylor once again provided stability in the middle. But it was Peter McGlashan's dazzling cameo that took New Zealand from a good total to an excellent one as Gul's third over was dispatched for plenty.

Twice McGlashan swept over fine leg, dragging balls from well outside off stump and manipulating the wrists to get the desired elevation and direction, before Afridi was forced to make the field change. Putting a fine leg out meant bringing the third man in, and McGlashan was quick to adapt. A drive past cover brought up the third consecutive four, but the next two deliveries were met by two jaw-dropping reverse pulls, both of which sailed over the ropes to complete a stunning five-ball burst in which 24 runs were plundered. Taylor took control after McGlashan's departure and ensured that New Zealand finished strongly.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • a4ahsange on December 29, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Afridi is not good enough to captain the side... Shoaib Malik should be made Captain..... He was the best Captain for odi and t20s after Inzmam... ANd people who says Afridi doesnt have good players I just wana correct thm by saying that When Malik was captain, he didnt had Umar Akmal, S Akhtar, M Asif ( was Banned ), Mohammad Amir and even M Yousuf etc, But still he made us win,,,,, Check Malik's Captainship Record and his Performance when he was captain..... Our senior Players let him downn and look at our senior players where is M Yousuf does any one know..... And also Afridi when he was made captain i was shoked to heard when he said they should made me captain for straight after when Inzmam Retired.MaliK is a Great Player... Malik InshAllah U will make a Comeback......Chk his record while as a Captain, as a Player also as a Domestic Player..... And for this last t20 today they should pick Abdul Rehman instead of Younis Khan... He can Bat and Bowllll.. And where is Imran Nazir

  • rohanblue on December 29, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    i'm so happy nz won,that 2 without vettori and mccullum, cmon nz go fr the whitewash...

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    i dnt know wat to say to the suppoters of this team, even though their team performs very very very badly or correctly saying pathetically they keep their mouths big like he will do this & that person will do that heis like that & he is like this, ok if u talk too much then u have to win matches continously or series, i dnt remember wen pakistan won last series. as of me younis,misbah are only batsmen in the team,abt alrounder abdul razzaq.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    i agree with some person above that talent of razzaq has been wasted, second too many bowlers a team who's strenght is good quality bowlers, why increasing the numbers of bowlers. about batting pakistani players dnt know how to bat. keeping this team to the world cup, i am really sorry to say that they dnt going to cross the first round. i feel pitty on this teams suppoters even thogh their team is up to the bottom they talk too much. idnt know wat to say to them

  • Finn92 on December 29, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Do you all think McGlashan has a case for a Test and ODI spot? Hopkins doesn't do it for me at all and McCullum isn't up for it anymore or is there another on the domestic scene that deserves a chance?

  • on December 29, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    "New Zealand performances have often been noted for being greater than the sum of their parts."

    C'mon Fernando, that "punching above their weight" drivel is what non-NZ cricket writers and bad NZ cricket writers have rambled on about for, oh, decades. And when a someone punches above their weight consistently for decades, well then one must conclude that in fact they are not punching above their weight, they are doing what they are expected to do, as proven by their constant doing it. And the only meaningful thing that this exposes is that the person writing that they are punching above their weight doesn't really know jack diddly squat. Innit.

  • sharprider on December 29, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    This result was well and truly inevitable as well as generally anticipated by a large majority of the fans. Starting with Afridi, he should without any further ado drop himself down the order and allow a regular opener to lay the foundation. Then, the spot occupied by Younus should go to Misbah (the Test captain) followed by Razzak and the other batsmen, preferably Umar and Asad. Furthermore, the PCB should release the stranglehold on Shoaib Malik and Kamran to provide the much needed strength and depth in the Pakistan batting order. Lastly, could someone please try and get through Afridi's mind to stop putting blind faith in Umar Gul (giving away crucial 25 runs in the 18th over to concede the game right there and then) and start believing in spinners as well, especially, Abdur Rehman, who could have easily filled the spot taken up by Gul or Wahab Riaz. The tour selectors must do some soul-searching as to whether they could have done a better job of choosing the right players.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Poor team selection. Too many bowlers in pakistan line-up. 7 bowlers ( razzak, akthar, gul, wahab, afride, ajmal, hafeez). Because of this reason, some bowlers could not bowl thier 4 overs. In last two matches hafeez did not ball. Why pakistan need 7 bowlers??? . Look at pakistan squad for this T20 series before sohail tanveer's injury , only 5 specialist batsmen ( younis , fawad, hafeez, umar, shehzad) and 10 bowlers.

  • cricket_critic on December 29, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    It is time now for pakistan to get rid of "pinch-hitter" captain who think scoring 15-20 runs and taking 1-2 wickets per match is enough of duty as captain ...........It shows the bench strength of pakistan team and a person having played 13-14 yeras of cricket ......just averages near 20 and still made captain despite letting country down in dire needs in england.....

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on December 29, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    CongrtlS Newzeland...!!! ANy WaY.. Now Look Forward...!! And i am Sure that Pak will be Back after win the 3rd Match...

  • a4ahsange on December 29, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Afridi is not good enough to captain the side... Shoaib Malik should be made Captain..... He was the best Captain for odi and t20s after Inzmam... ANd people who says Afridi doesnt have good players I just wana correct thm by saying that When Malik was captain, he didnt had Umar Akmal, S Akhtar, M Asif ( was Banned ), Mohammad Amir and even M Yousuf etc, But still he made us win,,,,, Check Malik's Captainship Record and his Performance when he was captain..... Our senior Players let him downn and look at our senior players where is M Yousuf does any one know..... And also Afridi when he was made captain i was shoked to heard when he said they should made me captain for straight after when Inzmam Retired.MaliK is a Great Player... Malik InshAllah U will make a Comeback......Chk his record while as a Captain, as a Player also as a Domestic Player..... And for this last t20 today they should pick Abdul Rehman instead of Younis Khan... He can Bat and Bowllll.. And where is Imran Nazir

  • rohanblue on December 29, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    i'm so happy nz won,that 2 without vettori and mccullum, cmon nz go fr the whitewash...

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    i dnt know wat to say to the suppoters of this team, even though their team performs very very very badly or correctly saying pathetically they keep their mouths big like he will do this & that person will do that heis like that & he is like this, ok if u talk too much then u have to win matches continously or series, i dnt remember wen pakistan won last series. as of me younis,misbah are only batsmen in the team,abt alrounder abdul razzaq.

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    i agree with some person above that talent of razzaq has been wasted, second too many bowlers a team who's strenght is good quality bowlers, why increasing the numbers of bowlers. about batting pakistani players dnt know how to bat. keeping this team to the world cup, i am really sorry to say that they dnt going to cross the first round. i feel pitty on this teams suppoters even thogh their team is up to the bottom they talk too much. idnt know wat to say to them

  • Finn92 on December 29, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Do you all think McGlashan has a case for a Test and ODI spot? Hopkins doesn't do it for me at all and McCullum isn't up for it anymore or is there another on the domestic scene that deserves a chance?

  • on December 29, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    "New Zealand performances have often been noted for being greater than the sum of their parts."

    C'mon Fernando, that "punching above their weight" drivel is what non-NZ cricket writers and bad NZ cricket writers have rambled on about for, oh, decades. And when a someone punches above their weight consistently for decades, well then one must conclude that in fact they are not punching above their weight, they are doing what they are expected to do, as proven by their constant doing it. And the only meaningful thing that this exposes is that the person writing that they are punching above their weight doesn't really know jack diddly squat. Innit.

  • sharprider on December 29, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    This result was well and truly inevitable as well as generally anticipated by a large majority of the fans. Starting with Afridi, he should without any further ado drop himself down the order and allow a regular opener to lay the foundation. Then, the spot occupied by Younus should go to Misbah (the Test captain) followed by Razzak and the other batsmen, preferably Umar and Asad. Furthermore, the PCB should release the stranglehold on Shoaib Malik and Kamran to provide the much needed strength and depth in the Pakistan batting order. Lastly, could someone please try and get through Afridi's mind to stop putting blind faith in Umar Gul (giving away crucial 25 runs in the 18th over to concede the game right there and then) and start believing in spinners as well, especially, Abdur Rehman, who could have easily filled the spot taken up by Gul or Wahab Riaz. The tour selectors must do some soul-searching as to whether they could have done a better job of choosing the right players.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Poor team selection. Too many bowlers in pakistan line-up. 7 bowlers ( razzak, akthar, gul, wahab, afride, ajmal, hafeez). Because of this reason, some bowlers could not bowl thier 4 overs. In last two matches hafeez did not ball. Why pakistan need 7 bowlers??? . Look at pakistan squad for this T20 series before sohail tanveer's injury , only 5 specialist batsmen ( younis , fawad, hafeez, umar, shehzad) and 10 bowlers.

  • cricket_critic on December 29, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    It is time now for pakistan to get rid of "pinch-hitter" captain who think scoring 15-20 runs and taking 1-2 wickets per match is enough of duty as captain ...........It shows the bench strength of pakistan team and a person having played 13-14 yeras of cricket ......just averages near 20 and still made captain despite letting country down in dire needs in england.....

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on December 29, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    CongrtlS Newzeland...!!! ANy WaY.. Now Look Forward...!! And i am Sure that Pak will be Back after win the 3rd Match...

  • cricinme on December 29, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Make Abdul Razzak the captain, let him bat at number three and bring in Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik, then you will see the difference. But I know this will nt happen as long as Afridi, Intiqab Alam and Javed Miandad are involved with the team.

  • Cr0SS on December 29, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Wishing you Goood Luck pak, i am with you... You will get everything back soon...

  • on December 29, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Pakuistan's miserable performance is directly because of unimaginative captaincy and lack of thinking on the field. Some one should advise Umar Gul that change of pace and variation in the length are most effective tools. It seems Umar Gul has lost the recipe. Select Tanvir for the last game and rest Afridi.

  • touqeer777 on December 29, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I think Afirid has no captaincy skills at all b/c he talks too much and do nothing in the field.he has no planning where to change bowling.I think shaoib malik is far mre better captain than afridi.his domestic team was champion for five years.on his first attempt as a captain malik take the team to final of t 20 world cup.he got failde because of afridi,yousaf and younas.they do not like the leader less than their age.we have selection problems there is no place of fawad in any format i do not know why he is with the team always whether he perform or not.we should have imran in t 20 team ,he is best player of this format.but our selectors has no sence at all thats why our team is performing so poorly.wish them good luck in remaining mathces.

  • farhan2good on December 29, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    where is imran nazir , when imran nazir play in the t20 format our team is the best team of the t20 format i know t20 is not depend on one player but he is the best choice for the t20 and odi next year world cup is starting in the beginning of the year but our selectors always thinking how they earn money and always bring those player who doesn't suit in the format for God sake you already earned lot of money now bring our player back in the team imran nazir. sohail tanveer , mohammad sami is suitable for the t20 and odi afridi is a good captain but he is helpless if our selectors doesn't provide right player OH GOD do something and kick them out all PCB selection and learn them lesson

  • on December 29, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    really an awesome performance by the kiwis after India's run fiesta.... John Wright seem to be lucky for the team......

  • Abaa on December 29, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    @ Majr

    Pakistan is not the T20 World Champion! It is England. Pakistan were in 2009. But since 2010 it is England. I can't believe some of you guys are still calling yourselves the T20 Champs!

  • on December 29, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    why is there negative feedback towards the Pakistan team New Zealand were just a better side last night

  • rajputs on December 28, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    well, watching by the matches, we lost mainly by our coward & defensive leadership and lack of planning from coach and technical staff. alot of points to be noticed, like YOUNAS khan is not scoring in odi`s how can he get confidence in t20? is he a uitable player for this fornat? if he is then y not YOUSAF to tryt for this? afridi is the worst and defensive captian seen after RAMIZ RAJA was captain, he got NO ABILITY TO CAPTAIN,after one boundry he runs to the bowler,dnt even let the bowler plan nor he has got a plan tht makes him succeed, in batting order he got nothing in mind, he send anyone anywhere, it seems like this is team of some small town where only favours can be given. HE HIMSELF IS AFRAID OF FACING NEW BALL,( known this abt 4 yrs ago) yet we can see wat he did by opening.Dnt know wa kinda politics he is getting in the game nd letting the TEAM down. the young guys ozzing with talent seems in pressure and that pressure not letting them perform as he drops anyone anytime.

  • BeigeBrigadier on December 28, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Don't be too hard on your team Pakistan supporters. This is only T20. T20's are just a warm up format, a chance for a team to adjust to the climate and conditions of the country they are touring. It's not real international quality cricket. I'm sure Pakistan will be a vastly different side by the time the first test comes around late next week. Looking forward to the ODI series at the end of the month too. Should be an exciting series I think.

  • on December 28, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is going through the worst time in history.The players don't seem to perform,for the team. This match was absolutely ridiculous, Wahab Riaz simply couldn't bowl. And I must accept that it was an extraordinary bit of play by the KIWIs. I don't think the PCB is doing a good job in the selection of the team, so Afridi is not much to blame there. Younis Khan is simply a useless player in the T20 format, because he can't strike the ball well but in Test Cricket there is no better option than Younis. First of all, Pakistan should ask ICC to give the decisions of our quality cricketers caught in allegations, atleast the decision of our Star bowler Muhammad Amir should be made. This was the best time for PCB to look for young new talents, World Cup is not far away, this team would loose even against Bangladesh or Canada. Even Bangladesh defeated the Black Cats (ODI won the series will no loss). Afridi should start thinking now, it's not always about hitting the ball for six.

  • AK47_pk on December 28, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    dnt know wat yunis, fawad and shafiq doing in T20 team.take yunis out nd bring imran nazir, replace asad shafiq with kamran akmal nd fawad alam with suhail tanveer.dnt know when selectors gona think with their heads instead ov their pockets.

  • on December 28, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    With all respect to Shahid Afridi whom I always admired as a very good bowler and fielder in any format, I think he should step down as a captain. He is aweful as a captain, he should realize this. You dont have to be genius to work out that the downfall of pak T20 side only started when he was appointed as a captain, before that pak was the best T20 side in the world and i must mention that included Afridi's contribution as a player to the side. So my request to Afridi would be to resign as a captain immediately for the sake of his fans alone who still wants to see him serving pak cricket for longer.

  • Agus2010 on December 28, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    The one change PCB should do is to change the captain for T20 and ODI, bring some ability leader who can lead the team with brain, this guy Afridi is having big mouth and always criticise the team also he is having some personal problem with Abdul Razzaq and always mis used him in both batting and bowling, he should resign his captainship and should learn how to play good cricket for the nation

  • on December 28, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    @Atif Ikram : "T20 surely needs better scoring members and a guy who has a wide range of shorts.". This was very funny my friend :)

  • kuroneko on December 28, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    It's a shame that 90% of the comments on here are negative ones directed at Pakistan. That was a complete, professional performance from NZ, exactly what we needed. The only thing I'd suggest is for Taylor, our best batsman, to bat at 3. I don't understand what Franklin was doing there. Great effort boys!

  • awais_rak143 on December 28, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    A bad effort from the pakistani team.There was no game plan.Shahid Afridi sent in players at wrong times!!...

    The turning point of the game was Mohammad hafeez's runout.

    And also had Umar Akmal not wasted so many balls Pakistan had a chance of winning the game.HE took 32 balls for his 26 runs..which is absolutely stupid.Is he playing an ODI match or what??..T20 doesn't require good averages but requires a good strike rate...You need batsmen who can hit the ball hard and especially with this small boundaries this total was easily a gettable one..

    Bad luck to team Pakistan, nothing seem's to be going in their way..!!

    I Wish good luck to the team :)

  • Desihungama on December 28, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I think Umar Akmal purposely ran Hafeez out. Motive could be to bring in his opening brother but he doesn't realize it is too late and Hafeez has cemented his place already and by far the only in-form batsman. His form has been carrying over from where he left off in UAE. Great job hazeez. He is in the pinnacle of his career.

  • Desihungama on December 28, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Pakistan has got it all wrong. Wrong set of players are playing wrong formats. Younis, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam are all good cricketers just not cut out for the Twenty20. For this particular format you need clean hitter of the ball. This is a merry go format and not an innings builder. You need to add Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Shahzeb and Hammad Azam to replace the above people. On top of it, Shahid Afridi's captaincy is miserable. There is absolutely no sense of responsibility.

  • on December 28, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is destroying the team...he should be removed and Misbah should be made captain as he has the ability to keep the team united...Also Razzaq is being misused he should be brought up in the batting line up and he should be given the overs in the end of the innings because he has the ability to stop the flow of runs and breaking a partnership

  • on December 28, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Shahid Afridi doesnot know how to use Abdul Razzaq. He is wasting the talent of the latter. Also Not allowing razzaq to bowl in depth overs (remember the loss to Aus in semi-final T20.) Abdul Razzaq must play in no.3 position. (like at the time of wasim akram's captaincy) Misbah should captain pak in WC

  • on December 28, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Pak should leave old players like Shoaib akhtar. Yes he has pace but he is surely struggling with his fitness. He looks so tired while bowling, streaming and running. yet he is not ready to shorten his run. Pakistan must get rid of him before world cup and must include record holder yasir arfat in the side. Hes a good all rounder. Also i can not understand a unusual come back of younis khan in the side after announcing his retirement in T20. T20 surely needs better scoring members and a guy who has a wide range of shorts. Also please get the hell `Fawad ALam` from T20 side at least for heavens sake. He looks so wired while making strokes. He tends to jiggle, shuffle and dances while hitting, and yet he is unable to clear the fielders inside the circle :( . Absolutely ridiculous. They must find better deserving Domestic players. Include kamran akmal and Shoaib malik in the side. I am more of a kamran akmal`s batting abilities. He is the most destructive opening batsman of PAKISTAN.

  • on December 28, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    I totally agree that AFRIDI has a lack of Captaincy abilities by all far. He does not rotate his bowlers according to situations and field placing accordingly. He is rather on the defense side. He should be more attacking. He does not seem to cut off singles and gives easy chances to the opposition to rotate the strike by taking easy singles. Also he does not go with slips. He actually talks too much regarding the dressing room's atmosphere, management, selection, guy over guy on outside bench, he talks about his willingness to win games and his own performance. But unfortunately he is least successful in applying these things and longings in the ground. Too much talking is always ridiculed and embarrass you every time. I did not understand his strategy when razak was bowling on the right areas and lengths, why had he rotate him and took him off ? what was the plan behind that. Perhaps to give ball to Akhtar for sixes ? A good captain must be cheeky and clever enough.AKHTAR must leave

  • on December 28, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    I totally agree that AFRIDI has a lack of Captaincy abilities by all far. He does not rotate his bowlers according to situations and field placing accordingly. He is rather on the defense side. He should be more attacking. He does not seem to cut off singles and gives easy chances to the opposition to rotate the strike by taking easy singles. Also he does not go with slips. He actually talks too much regarding the dressing room's atmosphere, management, selection, guy over guy on outside bench, he talks about his willingness to win games and his own performance. But unfortunately he is least successful in applying these things and longings in the ground. Too much talking is always ridiculed and embarrass you every time. I did not understand his strategy when razak was bowling on the right areas and lengths, why had he rotate him and took him off ? what was the plan behind that. Perhaps to give ball to Akhtar for sixes ? A good captain must be cheeky and clever enough.AKHTAR must leave

  • CRIIQ on December 28, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhter, Umar Gul and Younis Khan should resign, this is not the Titanic Movie, this is about our PAKISTAN Cricket. They have a mental disorder "Mentally retarded" Here is a simple message for them: C - O - R- R -U - P -T C-Cannot follow instruction O-Obligations ignored R-Remorselessness R-Recklessness U-Underhandedness P-Planning Deficit T-Temper

    inshallah , once we get rid of these gangstors, we will ahve a better TEAM.

  • savepkcric on December 28, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    All i've seen so far is that Afridi is lacking with leadership qualities and doesn't have the ability to boost the morale of the players....He actually talks too much regarding the dressing room's atmosphere but unfortunately he has been failed so far in doing so...!!

  • on December 28, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    pakistan just has poor t20 form but in odis they are improving they were 3-2 against england and SA and test matches also they drew against SA and australia.pakistan just dont know how to play t20 sometimes when they dont need big shots they just hit every ball in the air and when they need big shots they go for singles and dots.its just rubbish.2009 was just a dream when they won th WC.

  • Salman.cricinfo on December 28, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    pakistan was lost the sreies when team announced cz pakistani selecters are very poor they didnot know about the diffrence between oneday and twenty20 and test.....there is no need of younis khan,asad shafiq and fawad alam in the squad when you have twenty20 specialists like shoab malik,kamran akmal and imran nazir......and also poor captaincy by afridi cz there is no need to open the inning.........if you want to win afridi plz bring razzaq up to the order at no.3 or 4.......then see the diffrence.

  • on December 28, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Absence of Amir, Butt, Akmal and Malik has really dented Pakistan badly. These were specialist T20 and ODI players. Afidi's captaincy is pathetic

  • khurramsch on December 28, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    RISING CONCERN: top 3 wicket takers in t20s r not getting much wickets.seen this during SA series, seen this during ENGLAND series & now in 2 T20s. only ajmal got 3 today. gul & afridi hardly getting any.

  • khurramsch on December 28, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    poor captaincy & strategy. wining toss & bowling 1st ?2nd inings wont b easy no matter waht target is since when pak became chasing side?real poor captaincy since afridi became captain. bowling changes were stupid. when spiner tighten score he gave bowl to seamers to leak runs. 7 overs & 89 runs from Akhter & gul. they went in match with 7 bowlers & hafez didnt even bowl & afridi continued with gul & akhter?then he should come down wrong country to open for him. then wrong shots.poor shots by afridi, shehzad,younis, asad & stupid call for run from akmal to runout hafez. hafez showed tht for scoring fast u dnt need to hit everything like afridi do.

  • on December 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Pakistan team should play. Player like Imran Nazir, Rana Naved, Shoiab Malik & Kamran Akmal. If you play player like Asad Shaifq, Younis Khan, obviously you loose the match this is not spirit of the game.

  • anver777 on December 28, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Afridi doesn't have the captaincy qualities........ he's just a gallery player !!!!!!

  • on December 28, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Pakistan T20 team should be changed if you play. Player like Asad Shafiq you obviously loose the game. Pakistan board is not a great deal with the players. They are ruining the career of multi talented player like Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal Shoib Malik & Rana Naved ul Hasan. This player should be in the team. The Pakistan Cricket Board are not proper planning for the World Cup. I think they are planning how to fix the game & how to earn money. This is not a Game spirit at all. Now the World Cup is Asian soil we should prepare for this and the team work should be there like all member players, Board Members & Selectors.

  • on December 28, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    pak lost it, due to poor captaincy / strategy :1st wining toss & bowling 1st then strange bowling changes. whenever spiners tighten things afridi opted for pacers & let them loose. & pooer bowling from akhter & gul they gave 89/1 in 7 overs. scoring 10RPO not easy. poor shots by afridi, shehzad &asad &important dismissal set hafez run...out due to akmals rubish call for 2nd when ther was no run. everybody says pak batting weak but top 3 wicket takers in t20 afridi, gul & ajmal not getting much wickets.tht is a rising concern.though ajmal broke ice &took 3 today.but stil not enough. afridi is not good for opening in t20s specialy in nz.he should bat down. younis should have stayed respectfuly retired.

  • muralikrishnareddy on December 28, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    very easy win for newzeland .any team can win against pak in present situation

  • anver777 on December 28, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    NZ is back on track...need to continue this till WC !!!!!! on the other hand i think the BD team is better than the present Pak's team who is failing regularly......

  • NhYs on December 28, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Poor form continues of Pak. I think they will loose all formats.

  • on December 28, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    BIG TIME MAN........THE KIWIS LEFT THE MEMORIES OF DREADFUL........INDIAN TOUR.......BIG BOOST AND MORALE WIN FOR THE NEWZEALAND AND JOHN WRIGHT IS DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT FOR KIWIS........

  • on December 28, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    bad team selection.........all akmal brothers are culprits and they always cry when atleast the other is not given a chance....akmal brothers shud be thrown out soon otherwise they will harm more than any good to team......wats younis doing in T20 anyways ? he had retired didnt he ? wats afridi doing opening ???he is no good in the opening slot at all.....openers in any form of cricket shud be regular and lethal....no real fast bowling at all.....pakistan team is out of form and out of strategy.....

  • Percy_Fender on December 28, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    I quite appreciate Ahmer Khan's subdued anger at pakistan's second loss in 3 days in a format they are the World Champions in. But he must make allowances for the fact that the Pakistan team has not yet settled down in New Zealand. Then again, very few teams do well in the early part of a tour of New Zealand. In my opinion, Saeed Ajmal is very good for any format just as Md Hafeez is. The rest do not inspire too much.Anyway better luck for the last one.

  • Philsy on December 28, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Well done, the new coach must be doing something right, but still a long way to go, and the 3 forms of the game are quite different, I can imagine the Pakistan attack could be quite lethal in the tests, but it's good to get a couple of wins under our belt, here's hoping the we can build a team with the same hard nosed, gritty attitude that the coach John Wright had as a player back in the 1980s. Good bowling stats for a couple of the guys as well, more wickets for Southee, and good effort from Nathan McCullum. You could say that the current NZ team are Journeyman players, but one can still get good performances out of them with the right work ethic and getting the basics right.

  • on December 28, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Congrats, Pakistan... for another defeat..... you are just near to hide out out from the ranking list..... no one can see you at your best except your self. Just do it or say Good Bye to the cricket world as soon as possible. Time decides whom you meet in life. Your heart decides whom you want in life.. but your behaviours decides who will stay in your life...

  • mrizzy on December 28, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Finally a series win. Well done NZ. Hope you can do the same in ODI's now.

  • sorryaffair on December 28, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Afridi is toast as far as I am concerned. He has not performed as a Captain or a batsman for the last several matches. He played a full toss like a rookie, cant understand why he is so irresponsible, he plays for the crowd not for the team opr country. His average stinks, yet he remains unchanged. He should be the last three in the batting order so the moral of the team is high all the way . He is most overpaid and under perform member of the team. Our pacers were unlucky, Omar gul gave 25 which gave an upper hand to New Zealand. They were on the winning side throughout.

  • on December 28, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    pak lost it, due to poor captaincy / strategy :1st wining toss & bowling 1st then strange bowling changes. whenever spiners tighten things afridi opted for pacers & let them loose. & pooer bowling from akhter & gul they gave 89/1 in 7 overs. scoring 10RPO not easy. poor shots by afridi, shehzad &asad &important dismissal set hafez run...out due to akmals rubish call for 2nd when ther was no run. everybody says pak batting weak but top 3 wicket takers in t20 afridi, gul & ajmal not getting much wickets.tht is a rising concern.though ajmal broke ice &took 3 today.but stil not enough. afridi is not good for opening in t20s specialy in nz.he should bat down. younis should have stayed respectfuly retired.

  • on December 28, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Umar Akmal doesn't wantbto play he is doing this on purpose to get his brother Kamran back in. This is not the spirit of criCKet. I would also question the selection of Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan, and Asad Shafiq.

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  • on December 28, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Umar Akmal doesn't wantbto play he is doing this on purpose to get his brother Kamran back in. This is not the spirit of criCKet. I would also question the selection of Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan, and Asad Shafiq.

  • on December 28, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    pak lost it, due to poor captaincy / strategy :1st wining toss & bowling 1st then strange bowling changes. whenever spiners tighten things afridi opted for pacers & let them loose. & pooer bowling from akhter & gul they gave 89/1 in 7 overs. scoring 10RPO not easy. poor shots by afridi, shehzad &asad &important dismissal set hafez run...out due to akmals rubish call for 2nd when ther was no run. everybody says pak batting weak but top 3 wicket takers in t20 afridi, gul & ajmal not getting much wickets.tht is a rising concern.though ajmal broke ice &took 3 today.but stil not enough. afridi is not good for opening in t20s specialy in nz.he should bat down. younis should have stayed respectfuly retired.

  • sorryaffair on December 28, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Afridi is toast as far as I am concerned. He has not performed as a Captain or a batsman for the last several matches. He played a full toss like a rookie, cant understand why he is so irresponsible, he plays for the crowd not for the team opr country. His average stinks, yet he remains unchanged. He should be the last three in the batting order so the moral of the team is high all the way . He is most overpaid and under perform member of the team. Our pacers were unlucky, Omar gul gave 25 which gave an upper hand to New Zealand. They were on the winning side throughout.

  • mrizzy on December 28, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    Finally a series win. Well done NZ. Hope you can do the same in ODI's now.

  • on December 28, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Congrats, Pakistan... for another defeat..... you are just near to hide out out from the ranking list..... no one can see you at your best except your self. Just do it or say Good Bye to the cricket world as soon as possible. Time decides whom you meet in life. Your heart decides whom you want in life.. but your behaviours decides who will stay in your life...

  • Philsy on December 28, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Well done, the new coach must be doing something right, but still a long way to go, and the 3 forms of the game are quite different, I can imagine the Pakistan attack could be quite lethal in the tests, but it's good to get a couple of wins under our belt, here's hoping the we can build a team with the same hard nosed, gritty attitude that the coach John Wright had as a player back in the 1980s. Good bowling stats for a couple of the guys as well, more wickets for Southee, and good effort from Nathan McCullum. You could say that the current NZ team are Journeyman players, but one can still get good performances out of them with the right work ethic and getting the basics right.

  • Percy_Fender on December 28, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    I quite appreciate Ahmer Khan's subdued anger at pakistan's second loss in 3 days in a format they are the World Champions in. But he must make allowances for the fact that the Pakistan team has not yet settled down in New Zealand. Then again, very few teams do well in the early part of a tour of New Zealand. In my opinion, Saeed Ajmal is very good for any format just as Md Hafeez is. The rest do not inspire too much.Anyway better luck for the last one.

  • on December 28, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    bad team selection.........all akmal brothers are culprits and they always cry when atleast the other is not given a chance....akmal brothers shud be thrown out soon otherwise they will harm more than any good to team......wats younis doing in T20 anyways ? he had retired didnt he ? wats afridi doing opening ???he is no good in the opening slot at all.....openers in any form of cricket shud be regular and lethal....no real fast bowling at all.....pakistan team is out of form and out of strategy.....

  • on December 28, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    BIG TIME MAN........THE KIWIS LEFT THE MEMORIES OF DREADFUL........INDIAN TOUR.......BIG BOOST AND MORALE WIN FOR THE NEWZEALAND AND JOHN WRIGHT IS DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT FOR KIWIS........

  • NhYs on December 28, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Poor form continues of Pak. I think they will loose all formats.