New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Twenty20, Christchurch

All-round Razzaq flattens New Zealand

The Bulletin by Andrew Fernando

December 30, 2010

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Pakistan 183 for 6 (Shehzad 54, Razzaq 34*, Franklin 2-12) beat New Zealand 80 (Styris 45, Afridi 4-14, Razzaq 3-13) by 103 runs
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The moment before impact: Abdul Razzaq winds up for a big hit, Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi, October 31, 2010
It was the Razzaq show in Christchurch © AFP
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Abdul Razzaq pummeled an 11-ball 34 to propel Pakistan to 183, before returning to flatten the New Zealand top order with the new ball, as the visitors stormed to a 103-run victory in the third Twenty20 in Christchurch. Razzaq capitalised on some inexperienced death bowling from Adam Milne to hammer 31 from the last nine deliveries of the innings, and picked up three wickets for 13 as New Zealand imploded dramatically, effectively surrendering the game within the first three overs of their chase.

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

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

Smart Stats

  • Pakistan's 103-run victory margin is the largest in Twenty20 internationals involving two Test-playing sides.
  • New Zealand's total of 80 is their lowest in a Twenty20 international. Their previous lowest was 81, against Sri Lanka earlier this year.
  • The top four New Zealand batsmen all scored ducks, which is the second time this happened. New Zealand were at the receiving end this time, but they inflicted the damage on the previous occasion, against Kenya in a World Twenty20 game in 2007.
  • New Zealand's Powerplay score of 17 for 5 equals their worst performance, in that match against Sri Lanka mentioned above.
  • Abdul Razzaq has become only the seventh player to make a 30-plus score and take three or more wickets in the same Twenty20 match.

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

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

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

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16 - 20 overs NB/Wides
Pakistan 44 22 6 64/0 66/2 0/3
New Zealand 59 9 1 17/5 1/1 (15.1 - 15.5) 2/2

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Posted by   on (January 4, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (January 1, 2011, 21:41 GMT)

well said pak-united .. Well done Razzaq

Posted by   on (January 1, 2011, 1:39 GMT)

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

Posted by pak-united on (December 31, 2010, 19:10 GMT)

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

Posted by sunnysaeed on (December 31, 2010, 17:29 GMT)

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

thx.

Posted by khurramsch on (December 31, 2010, 17:19 GMT)

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

Posted by a4ahsange on (December 31, 2010, 16:22 GMT)

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

Posted by cricinme on (December 31, 2010, 14:43 GMT)

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

Posted by cricinme on (December 31, 2010, 14:36 GMT)

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

Posted by Finn92 on (December 31, 2010, 13:46 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 31, 2010, 13:28 GMT)

gOOd PAKISTAN.......<3 U...............RAZZAK SHOULD BAT 0N#3 ....................................................................................................................................ALLAH BLESS YOU

Posted by   on (December 31, 2010, 9:26 GMT)

Well played Razzaq.................

Posted by   on (December 31, 2010, 8:38 GMT)

Wow!!! , what a game. Pakistan team made a big splash in the thrird game. Afridi captancy is still in doubt because he is always reckless with the bat, time after time. He should leave capataincy because it is not his cup of tea For a player like him to get clean bowled on a full toss is an unforgivable mistake, He should come after #7 batter because he plays for his own pleasure not for the team. Razzaaq has paid his dues more than once, so did Hafiz , Shahzad needs a batting coach, he is a good hitter.Umar Akmal needs to be realigned to understand that every ball is not a sixer ball. Play according to the needs of the team.

Posted by streetblader on (December 31, 2010, 7:05 GMT)

Nothing to feel good about for Pakistan... Its just lucky for them that the Kiwis took it lightly in the dead rubber.. the fact is, they have just lost yet another series... Their series losing streak continues and I wonder if the last "consolation" match was "fixed" considering the way some of the New Zealand batting capitulized...

Posted by   on (December 31, 2010, 6:23 GMT)

Its all about better combination. Shoaib Akhtar is no more fire. He will bid farewell by Worldcup soi he should be used as and when needed. The pace attack of sensible Tanveer and All rounder Wahab Riaz is good for Pakistan. Saeed Ajmal should be given rest at least for T20 as he is no more a threat to oponents. Abdul Rehman time and again displayed his skills of containing batsmen. We should now stick to a perfect combination till the world cup.

Posted by fisher2 on (December 31, 2010, 6:10 GMT)

dead rubber huh? I thought kiwi's gone for a sweep at least they talking bout it in their camp b4 the game.OK I admit dead rubber for NZ top 4 bat on duck only PAK can kill like this sweet

Posted by Farees_pak on (December 31, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

asaslamu alikm......pakistanis palyed well. but they have to dedicate to chase the game. and openers should play well, always they hed mistakes. n midl order batsmans also must play well, then only they can win the game. 2nd T20 umar gul's bowling not good, hed mistake in his bowling. captain should play with responsible 4 the team. he play with cool shot, don't hurry shots. we expecting much 2 win the ODI serise. pakistan sindabath....... salam..........

Posted by nzcricket174 on (December 31, 2010, 5:27 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan Actually if you look near the top of the page there is a thing called Tour Fixtures. Under it you will find "NZC XI v Pakistanis at Whangarei" which is a 3-day warm up.

Posted by longlyfdragons on (December 31, 2010, 4:29 GMT)

Sigh.. As i said before, NZ did not play there best. They decided to play the 2 Youngsters again, which is a good thing. I mean a youngster bowling over 150 is very good. But NZ did not play BMac nor Vettori. So just dont get to excited about this match. It was clearly a dead rubber so NZ decided not to play Bmac. If it wasnt, they wouldve obviously played Bmac and play Woodcock again. Otherwise i dont see why Pakistan should be getting the credit from their fans. About a few days ago, Pakistani fans were like, why is such and such in this team and now they are applauding them. WTF, just 1 dead rubber game and you say, "It shows that you can never write off Pakistan". Have they been performing the last 2 20twentys? The Answer is clearly no.

As you can see, the pitch was a good Batting pitch. NZ scoreed 214 off 20overs against Australia and can clearly do that against Pakistan, but the NZ players knew it was a dead rubber and didnt play to their max potential.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2010, 4:18 GMT)

well i hope Pakistan will take this confidence in test matches and will win the test series INSHALLAH

Posted by boom1000 on (December 31, 2010, 4:15 GMT)

At least Pakistan did get a chance to win. But it is strange to find Shahid Afridi or Younus Khan still in the T20 team. I wonder when was the last time Afridi has scored 50 runs in T20 or a 50 over match. Afridi is a man for 4 and a 6 then back to the pavilion. He feels he has done his job. When will selectors be sensible in taking some brave decisions?

Posted by SupaFielder on (December 31, 2010, 3:41 GMT)

As a spectator live at the game, it was blatantly obvious that the pitch died as the sun set (and with the temperature drop that occurred at the time). Groundsman Lewis left too much moisture in this pitch (Kyle Mills shouldn't have been able to seam the ball in the first couple of overs either) and was badly caught out - very much to the detriment of New Zealand. Several guys bowled by deliveries pitching short of a length and hitting the stumps below half-stump height. The Kiwis timing of their shots was significantly superior in the warm ups between innings, when they were batting on the outfield !! Sorry groundsman Lewis - you got this one wrong and ruined what would have been a very good match. Once again - Ross Taylor ball watching on his batting partners call, creating a moment of doubt in his partner's mind.....and a run-out results.

Posted by shaanidesi on (December 31, 2010, 2:37 GMT)

I am a Pakistani supporter and Pakistani myself, but how obvious can it get that our team still has some black sheeps. They lost like suckers first two T20's and then when it came time for the third T20, they fought like awakened tigers.. How thoughtful of me.. I am just amazed what some of our mates are capable of.. wow.. bravo afridi..

Posted by   on (December 31, 2010, 2:24 GMT)

BACK FOOT COVER DRIVE FOR SIX!!!!

Posted by JustIPL on (December 31, 2010, 1:27 GMT)

Even if it is a consolation win, it is better than both of NZ wins. It shows that you can never write off Pakistan as they will always refresh your memories with their uncertain ways.

Posted by a4ahsange on (December 30, 2010, 21:49 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

Posted by longlyfdragons on (December 30, 2010, 21:26 GMT)

Dead rubber game. Dont think NZ put a lot of effort into the game. Still win series 2-1 :)

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 21:12 GMT)

Weldon Pakistan..................................

Posted by cric4world on (December 30, 2010, 19:34 GMT)

a player who deserves appreciation the most is hafeez.pakistan has always had trouble in opening department n he seems to settle well in the groove in all 3 formats.no matter who is his partener but he has started to give good opening partnerships.n he can play all sort of shots including hook n pull that is a weak point for most sub-continent batsmen.lets hope he can carry on this form to the world cup.i think pak should try ahmed shahzad in atleast 3 odi's to open with hafeez becoz if he can show some good consistency our world cup worries will b far less

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 19:25 GMT)

Good performance from razzaq. i think he should play at no 3 in ODI

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 30, 2010, 18:26 GMT)

3 T20s and no 4 day warmup games? Is this the first time any visiting side is playing so many T20s?

Posted by sharprider on (December 30, 2010, 17:56 GMT)

As exciting as this victory is, it is also, most likely, the turning point for Pakistan cricket in that good sense has, thankfully, crept into the decision makers' minds as far as the composition of the team as well as strategies are concerned. It appears that my comments and suggestions were promptly heard by the tour management (refer my comments of Dec.29, 2010 when Pakistan lost the 2nd T20 at Hamilton in which I had mentioned categorically about Afridi's batting order and Umar Gul being replaced with Abdur Rehman, etc.), and I thank Allah Almighty for that! Hopefully, there would be better times on this tour as well as in the forthcoming World Cup. Good Luck Pakistan!

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (December 30, 2010, 17:42 GMT)

@ Vin Vinay.." Make Hay while the sun shines " Good times wont last forever.. How many teams have the spine to show up on the field amid all the controversies,limitations, allegations, International Conspiracies, Media Bias and still play like a champion.. Its Pakistan only .. We were with them when the times were good and we are with them when the chips are down..

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 17:41 GMT)

What an awful performance by NZ. I'll stick by my comments to drop the likes of Taylor, Ryder, Mills and Guptill. And as for the poor lad Milne, sorry you were thrown in the deep end mate - keep bowling at speed though as we need a speedster for the future.

Posted by abverb on (December 30, 2010, 17:27 GMT)

Never forget Umar Akmal's contribution with the bat... He held it together when there were signs of another collapse. Ideally, team think-tank probably expected younis khan to do this job... But he was not looking pretty out there struggling to rotate the strike... BTW, I thought he retired from this form of cricket earlier ????

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 17:13 GMT)

Well done PAK, you're on your way back!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 17:06 GMT)

We hear a great news from Pak cricket after a long time, at least we cheers now.How long it will take to experiment in batting order?PCB, stop experiments.Every one performance is good in this match,especially Razzak and Afridi.Why Razzak is not in a test match? Younas Khan is not the right choice for T20.Why Sohail Tanveer is still not be a part of team?Afridi is superb in this match,need more concentrate on his batting and captain ship.We need next T20 W/cup under his captain ship.Get rid of bad governance in PCB.

Posted by K-amps on (December 30, 2010, 16:09 GMT)

@Asadkum: Glad to know you are from the US, perhaps now we can all take you more seriously...

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 16:01 GMT)

@Vin Vinay We love our team, infect they give us a moment to joy, we lost first 2 T20 due to experiments and experiments does not always successful, at least our team find moment as well as team combination. so u need not to worry just keep consuntrate on ur team, and pray for next test to avoid defeat in test series. best of luck

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 15:58 GMT)

well done pakistan. from me razzaq is a very good talent for pakistan, but they didnt use it, because they sending him at nr.7, and why he isnt in the test squad. there are seeming condition, perfekt for razzaq

Posted by kzia on (December 30, 2010, 15:55 GMT)

Good Performance for pakistan team and we really appreciate it. If we look at the history, all teams struggle in New Zealand and this pakistan team and era is going through so many on the field and off the field problems and every win is a great Asset. I also own a restaurant and Dubai fled cricketer Zulqarnain came to eat at my plce couple of days before. Although I gave him due respect as he is still a Hero of our country although we dont know the real truth behind it. We need these kind of performances to build cricket fans again in Pakistan. Most importan thing which Pakistan need to do apart from Security situation is to bring school cricket back in the country. Thats where we used to get most of the talent and where even poor village people get some exposure to big level. Please revive School cricket back as in current situation our country needs cricket more than anything else to give some hope and entertainment to disappointed and stressed people. Hope my comments reach Eears.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 15:48 GMT)

AALAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 15:22 GMT)

gr8 job by pakistan but got too late....hope this really builds up the momentum of the team coz we really need wins here to build the team up for the WORLD CUP 2011!!!yunus khan shudn't have played t-20 isn't for him.....pak wud have made 200 if he wasn't there...gud to see a cumback frm u.akmal.....anywayz gud luck for pak for the tests and the ODI'S.gud to see razzaq play...i want him to play the tests and hope that he plays like this in the ODI'S AND THE WORLD CUP 2011!

Posted by syedahmed91 on (December 30, 2010, 15:10 GMT)

I think younis khan is being forced to play t20 cricket by the pcb. I think Ijazz butt got really upset after younis khan retired from test after winning t20 w cup and banned him for 8 months until he met with butt and settled things. Good performence by razzaq, whenever he starts hitting like that, it becomes really hard to defeat pakistan because he's such a good player who lifts the team up. Really looking forward to the odi series with razzaq.

Posted by klobania on (December 30, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

thorough win by pak. pak is going to be strong once kamran n malik join the squad. this win is gonna be have psychological effects on kiwis minds in upcoming test n odis.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 15:05 GMT)

PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI.........................................

Posted by asadkum on (December 30, 2010, 14:54 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA ............................................................... Good opening & solid foundation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Once again nice to see Razzak - really incredible ........ all round performance !!!! Also good to see Umar Akmal in action after a long time ............................... By the way T20 is not for younis Now .................................................... Anyway all the best for the Test & ODI ...............................................

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 14:36 GMT)

mr. tompuffin if u cant praise for best words due to highest performance, dont take brightness of highest performance. best performance may wash grey spots.

Posted by Dadazhar on (December 30, 2010, 14:30 GMT)

I Want Abdul Razzaq could be bat at Top order....he s big hitter.........of the world cricket...

Posted by Perfect_combination on (December 30, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

What is wrong with this New Zealand team??? How can they fall down so sudden...2 up in the series and last match couldnt get even close to the req score... this is the unpredictable team ever.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 14:21 GMT)

shoiab akhter and umer gull should rulled out espically in one day matches..in place of sohail tanvir and sohail ahmad.....

Posted by Seasole on (December 30, 2010, 13:35 GMT)

DAMN!!!! i feel proud to be a pakistani today.... UFF!! wht a performance

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (December 30, 2010, 13:26 GMT)

Gud allround play by Pakistan. I am surprised to see Pakistan cricket team coming back from lot of troubles. Great character. If they played as a unit without any internal issues, they are very strong contenders for the world cup. Congrats for PAKISTAN and paki fans.. Great show guys..

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 13:18 GMT)

1 win in every series will satisfy the paki fans....hohohoho....anyways good luck..

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (December 30, 2010, 12:48 GMT)

SELECTORS should learn now that you can't just select players because of there past performances and big names. UMAR GUL is totally out of touch for last 10 months and SHOAIB AKHTAR might get a wicket or two but the man never had control over his line and length. Now that his speed is not in the range of unplayables, he is a very expensive operator in limited over games. Pakistan had been winning T20 games due to their bowling but that factor is just vanished as even SAID AJMAL and AFRIDI are not what they used to be. In the world cup, Pakistan needs to revive their bowling attack and find some answers to Umar Guls failures.

Posted by dmqi on (December 30, 2010, 12:46 GMT)

POOR decision by Afridi to send Younus Khan at #3 after hurricane scoring rate by the openers. When about 10 overs gone and you have hitter like Akmal, Razzaque and Afridi himself, how in the world you send two test players to keep your scoring rate high. The result is 13 runs for 24 balls between Y.khan and Asad Safique. Ramiz was commenting that Y. Khan may not come at #3 although he is padded, but Pak captain did not think on that. Mr. Afridi can you explain why did you not use Akmal and Afridi before Y Khan and Asad for a possible score much higher than 200?

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 12:38 GMT)

Not sure why we still keep experimenting with batting line-up; I have huge respect for Younin Khan but I don't see any need for him to play in T20 and again Asad Shafiq is a good find so don't waste him by damaging his confident in T20. If Malik and Akmal are clear; they must remain the part of T20 and ODI teams. Can't say anything about Aamir and Aasif so need to forget them both and start finding a new Aamir somewhere in Pak

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 12:29 GMT)

@tompuffin: agreed t20 isn't real cricket. So our victory doesn't signify much. But then, what about NZ's two wins? In "T20" cricket? :D

Posted by Kumaranuj on (December 30, 2010, 12:09 GMT)

Rammpant Razzaq once again showed that what he can do on his day, but Pakistan need more these types of days from him.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 11:54 GMT)

abdurrazzaq at his best is incredible. One truly needs to see him to believe him. He is just outrageous. He lets a lot of time go doing nothing, and then all of sudden, on come the fireworks. Pak vs SA at Abu Dhabi will be hard to erase from anybody's mind anytime soon, be it Pakistanis or South Africans. If the kiwis are saying "ouch" nothing sums it up better :D these guys are hilarious. I love my team and its ways. Just when the unpredictability starts to diminish, they pull off something even stranger than before, all the more unbelievable because of recent horrendous play. And now to pray for the "real" cricket; test and one-day...

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 11:46 GMT)

If you can win one why cant't you keep up the same spirit in if not all at least most of the games ? I still smell a rat . It is difficult to believe in you after all what has been happening. And as Lateef says all Pakistani matches are fixed . So was this T20 series fixed too ? Play for glory, play for yourself and most of all play for your country and do us proud. It is so embarrasing when people call you cheats. The comments is solid evidence to the profound happiness Pakistanis feel when their team wins. Keep up the good work to bring laurels to the nation !!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 11:39 GMT)

well may be Asad Shafiq not but Younis Khan certainly should concentrate on ODI and Test cricket. You know what I feel, I feel that T20 cricket is not Younis' standard, his standard is ODI and Test. T20 is jokers' game, not the real players. Afridi and Razzaq should also perform more in ODI cricket.

Posted by majawaid on (December 30, 2010, 11:27 GMT)

a win at last and a great one, good luck boys.

focus on the game and earn respect for yourself and for the country, the money will follow. you don't have to look for elicit means to earn it!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

glorious win but i hope this much seriosness needed for icc worldcup 2011

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 11:25 GMT)

Well done team Pakistan. Good decision to not to play Fawad Alam in T20 but still need some1 to stay at the wicket. Bowling was good but need some1 like Aamir to take wickets constantly for TEST matches and ODI's. I hope Tanveer Ahmed and Sohail Tanveer will do the job for Pakistan with Wahab Raiz.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

well definetly it was superb win but still there is something in the team hope to see them like one unit

Posted by tompuffin on (December 30, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

Geez Pakistan supporters, its only ONE win, in 20/20 for godsake. One win doesn't make a team great, they need consecutive ones before that happens. Too much hype over this will do the Pak team no good, they'll get overconfident. BTW good job, Pak team.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 11:10 GMT)

Typical Pakistan. How many sides wouldve come back with such a crushing victory after defeat from a local club and drubbing in 2 matches straight.

Cricket would be very predictable if it were not for Pakistan.

Posted by Philsy on (December 30, 2010, 11:00 GMT)

I think the Pakistan bowling attack could cause major headaches for NZ in the test matches to come. I've been predicting a close fought series, NZ doesn't play enough test cricket against high calibre opposition on a regular basis, and far too much one day and Twenty20 cricket, where test players in the squad can learn bad habits that are not conducive to playing good, patient test innings. We need to develop players capable of performing in the longer form of the game, our team is about as good as the West Indies and Pakistan, I'd hesitate to say they'd beat the former on their own turf at present. And the green. lush conditions of NZ wickets could make the Pakistan attack a real threat. Of course, Pakistan can go from the sublime to the ridiculous in the space of a match, they're as consistently inconsistent as NZ, but more capable of collective brilliance when they're on a hot streak-tonight's match being a prime example, which makes them far more dangerous over 5 days.

Posted by OptimusPrimal on (December 30, 2010, 10:51 GMT)

This is just another great example of how much talent Pakistani players can put on show in T20s. Having said that, the complete ignorance of Pakistani players in IPL seems not just preposterous but also foolish to the nth level. IPL's blatant disregard of keeping politics away from sports is not only robbing us of seeing these players work their magic against other greats, but also bad for the over all growth of cricket. If the cricketing world ever plans to achieve the same popularity as soccer they have to start condemning involvement of government and politics.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:50 GMT)

The two most mercurial teams in world cricket duke it out...you're always going to have these sort of games. Pity no one but Styris turned up tonight for NZ, congrats to Pakistan.

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (December 30, 2010, 10:38 GMT)

Cricinfo didnt post my Comments in inthe 2nd T2o Bulletin (I wrote Pak will Bouns Back) and they have bakc! nICe Come Back. No Worry For Series... Go Ahead..!! Congratulaions to New Zealand...!!! Boom Boom Razzaq....!!!

Posted by khurramsch on (December 30, 2010, 10:37 GMT)

nice welcome win for pakistan.hafez & shehzad played well & then umar & razak. razaks drop catch was crucial.Finaly razak bowled his full bowling quota 1st time under afridi's captaincy for t20& Odi.pakistans bowling was good.good to see tanvir getting a chance.though pak lost series but wing with this margin & totaly getting NZ down is good for confidence.& finaly afridi got some wickets. still 1 mistake in was that Asad & younis pairing when start was so good.8 overs 80-0 then they both paired & ext 7 overs just 29 runs.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:27 GMT)

y so big win? it was a DEAD RUBBER match. d final result is NZ 2 Pak 1. NZ ,who hvnt won a single match i n past 10-12 matches @last won a series.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:26 GMT)

brilliant stuff by pakistani team,i hope more frm them

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:26 GMT)

I ALSO FEEL THAT YOUNIS KHAN AND ASAD SHAFIQ SHOULD STICK WITH TEST CRICKET. BUT NEVER THE LESS PAKISTAN PLAYED SUPERBLY...

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:25 GMT)

Oh yeah...........best T20 performance

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:24 GMT)

I ALSO FEEL THAT YOUNIS KHAN AND ASAD SHAFIQ ARE MORE TEST PLAYERS, SO THEY SHOULD NOT INTERFERE IN T20 OR ODI'S...

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:21 GMT)

And people talk about Pakistan being unpredictable!. What kind of New Zealand side turned up today? 5 ducks in their batting innings?!! Goodness!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:19 GMT)

They loose 2 and win 1, but the NewZealanders always gonna remember this one win.. Proud of you Guyz! Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:17 GMT)

haha that picture is from the Pak SA game wen Razzaq hit that hundred. cricinfo sort it out!!! :p

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:15 GMT)

What a win. We know we are the best. Only some adjustments is batting and bowling orders to make.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:04 GMT)

Whenever it seems that the embers are cooling off, something beneath the coal ignites a spark that again replenishes hope that one day, maybe one day, Pakistan cricket will consistently deliver the flame they possess, at least many Pakistanis would like to believe it!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 10:01 GMT)

Job welldone by Pak team, what was needed is an opening to victory and that has been done and now men in green will be on high and will keep the momentum to test matches as well as in ODIs. Keep the good work boys. Still there is a room for improvement. Pak management is spoiling Yonus Khan in T20s, he should be rested from this format and let young blood do the job.

Posted by sunnymachoo on (December 30, 2010, 9:50 GMT)

"a rare Pakistani direct hit" lol! But Pakistan played tremendously today! This win was a must! Now they can have atleast some confidence for next two series.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 9:39 GMT)

This is pak cricket. Dismal one day,brilliant the next, Thats why i love them!

Posted by Harris.a on (December 30, 2010, 9:36 GMT)

BRILLIANT FROM AHMED SHEHZAD. RAZZAQ SHOWED HIS BRILLIANCE ONCE AGAIN. I THINK HAFEEZ HAS CEMENTED HIS PLACE IN THE SIDE.I FEEL THAT YOUNIS KHAN AND ASAD SHAFIQ SHOULD STICK TO TEST AND ONE DAY. INSTEAD OF THEM TWO BRING HAMMAD AZAM AND HARRIS SOHAIL!

Posted by HamzaAftab on (December 30, 2010, 9:31 GMT)

This is really great victory. This is the tendency of Pakistan that one day they are playing like a club team and on other day they are palying like champion. Pakistan batting line is always scaner. they need to stay on the wicket. any way it is good finsh to start a tough test series vs New Zeland.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

v love u ............. ............ ..........

Posted by anver777 on (December 30, 2010, 9:23 GMT)

"ONE MAN SHOW" by Abdul Razzaq !!!!! super hitting in the end overs & with 3 wkts upfront broke the rhythm of a good chase ........well done !!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

shahid khan afridi good man

Posted by sunnymachoo on (December 30, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

Abdul Razaq always comes to the rescue!! =D

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 9:22 GMT)

You don't see that many ducks at Lake Ellesmere, let alone at Lancaster...

Posted by ayeshhiiee on (December 30, 2010, 9:16 GMT)

Pakistan played an amazing match... good to see this kind of victory.. everything went our way... well done to the team.. its good to gain momentum.. amazing performance all around.. keep up the energy in the field, the skill in your talent and the passion in your heart..

well done

Posted by superislam2011 on (December 30, 2010, 9:14 GMT)

abdul razzaq the soldier he does it again ahmed shezad shud be included in the one day side where were pakistan in the last 2 t20s?

Posted by Hummi on (December 30, 2010, 9:07 GMT)

Welldone Pakistan but its of no use now , if they had played like this in the first or second match of the series then it would have been of good use!

Posted by mumkin on (December 30, 2010, 9:06 GMT)

This T20 series served the purpose well for both the teams. NZ desperately wanted a series win after two white washes and Pakistan needed some confidence and moral boost....I think they both are well on course and we can expect fantastic cricket in the days to come. I seriously expect better performance from both these teams in WC2011....... watch it

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

finally a much needed victory, hopefully it will give them confidense in the remaining series

Posted by   on (December 30, 2010, 9:03 GMT)

Pakistan Rocks. This is why pakistan cricket team is the most unpredictable team in the world.

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