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

Nathan McCullum stars in series win


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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  • Ahsan 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

  • Rohan 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Finn 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Iqbal 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Vivek 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 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...

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