New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Wellington January 22, 2011

Southee and Ryder crush Pakistan

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New Zealand 125 for 1 (Ryder 55) beat Pakistan 124 (Misbah 50, Southee 5-33) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shahid Afridi won the toss and batted. Daniel Vettori wanted to do the same. Both captains expected the drop-in pitch at the Westpac Stadium to have runs in it. Instead, Pakistan's batsmen faced a torrid examination of their techniques during an extravagant display of swing and seam bowling from Tim Southee. They were beaten innumerable times on both edges and five eventually succumbed to him. And the rest of the New Zealand attack, Hamish Bennett in particular, supported Southee by building pressure, giving away nothing. The outcome was a spectacular collapse that ended in the 38th over, leaving New Zealand with a modest target, which they overhauled with aggression.

The same sequence of events, with different characters, played on loop. A bowler pitched on a good length, the ball angled in before seaming away, the batsman fished, and if he was lucky, he missed. Pakistan's run-rate dipped below 3.50 after the second over and it did not reach that height again. Of the six boundaries that were hit in the first 30 overs, only two were the product of fluent strokes. Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, who secured victory in the Test series, struggled but appeared to be guiding Pakistan out of the mire. Then Bennett, a fast bowler built like an All Black, ripped through the resistance with a double-strike in two balls. Amid the uncertainty over the identity of Pakistan's World Cup captain, Afridi failed while his deputy Misbah, defiant at one end, watched his team-mates come and go. Allan Donald, New Zealand's brand new bowling coach, looked on with satisfaction.

When New Zealand came out to chase, though, the Pakistan bowlers were unable to recreate the trouble their batsmen had suffered. Their lines and lengths were not bad initially, but the lateral movement was negligible, and Jesse Ryder, hurting after one duck too many in the Tests, went after them. He drove, hooked and slashed his way to a rapid half-century, and in the company of Martin Guptill, set up a nine-wicket victory with 32.4 overs to spare. The result continued the trend of New Zealand skittling teams cheaply at the Westpac Stadium, and chasing with relative ease.

The afternoon had begun with Kamran Akmal threading a square drive through the narrow gap between two fielders in the point region - a false dawn. Southee's first ball was a wide outswinger that Kamran chased and missed. He then strayed on to the pads twice but wasn't punished by the openers. Southee was fine-tuning his line and length, and once he found it, he was swinging the ball into off and seaming it away. The one that cut back amid the outswingers only added to the confusion.

Mohammad Hafeez had struggled for eight scoreless deliveries before he poked at one that seamed away, edging Southee to Brendon McCullum. Kamran, who had shown patience and adequate technique for 22 balls, eventually chased another seaming delivery and watched Ryder leap to his left at point to take a sharp catch. Asad Shafiq was unlucky to be given lbw because the one that nipped back into him, after he had been beaten by several outswingers, hit him high on the back thigh. Southee's first spell was 6-0-16-3.

Southee was not without support, though, for Franklin, Jacob Oram and Bennett were tight. There was pressure at both ends and wickets from one. Younis and Misbah nudged around for singles, unable to do much else. Younis, beaten several times, smiled in the knowledge that today, unlike most other ODI days, would not be a batsman's day. And then he was late in pushing off the back foot against a quick one from Bennett and edged behind. Umar Akmal came and went in a jiffy, edging a rising delivery to first slip. Pakistan were 57 for 5.

They could have been worse off but Afridi's attempt to attack Vettori, a mis-timed loft to long-on, was dropped by Oram. Afridi was on 3. They were worse off soon, though, when Southee returned for his second spell and got Afridi to edge to McCullum, who leapt acrobatically across first slip to take his 200th catch. In the 30th over Abdul Razzaq, the last of the recognised batsmen, square drove Oram for four. It was only the second shot of authority of the innings. A ball later he hung his bat out to edge behind. Abdur Rehman did likewise next ball.

Misbah, rapidly running out of partners, took the batting Powerplay in the 35th over and carted Oram over the midwicket boundary for the innings' only six. He attacked Southee too, lofting over cover and driving down the ground, desperate to add whatever he could to Pakistan's meagre total. He got to a well-earned half-century, but then walked too far across his stumps to play to leg and was bowled. Fittingly, Southee was the bowler and the final wicket was his fifth.

Any hopes of Pakistan's bowlers triggering a collapse ended in the fifth over of the chase. Ryder took on Shoaib Akhtar, lofting over the off side for four, hooking for six and powering past mid-off in an over that cost 17. In the next over, Ryder carted Sohail Tanvir over mid-off and then swung a full ball over the square-leg boundary. New Zealand had raced to 50 after six overs, when the tea break was taken. Ryder fell after the resumption but New Zealand, steered by Guptill, stormed to an emphatic victory that ended a streak of 11 consecutive defeats.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • face2faceuni on January 25, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I saw there was no game plan. Afridi has no strategy. If Pakistan want good results in upcoming mega event than immediately Pakistan should announce Misbah as Captain for Pakistan World Cup squad. Since Afrid is captain, I havnt seen he has used his bowlers properly & also he had not made any batting strategy. You can see in all the matches under his captaincy, batting powerplay automatically starting from 46th over. He never plan thats its my last batting pair playing & we should go for batting powerplay... As compared to Afridi, Misbah is far better captain. He has the ability to think & apply his resources at right time. I wish best for Pakistan in World Cup 2011.

  • MohsinMalik on January 23, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Afridi & Akhtar are part of the problem: Afridi has failed to mature as a leader and carried an ailment of the mind deep into his career. This impairment of the sort should have been diagnosed and rectified long time ago. Sorry, no one in their saner minds can subscribe to this notion of him being so mercurial. Plain irresponsible! Take captaincy away and see his game change for the better. As for Shoaib Akhtar, he will be a huge disappointment in the WC if he does not trade-in his wayward speed with a bit of accuracy. Who will remind him the basics of wicket to wicket bowling? Head strong or what! Again hard to buy this argument, anymore. A fair assessment has it that Akhtar's downward run started after the ODI series win some years back in Australia where he kind of blew away the opposition on fast and bouncy tracks. Again his troubles lie in his mindset like Afridi. Additionally, he is arrogant. Mohsin Malik (San Francisco)

  • NZ_Cricket_supporter on January 23, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Pakistan should bring back Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt. That would solve a lot of your problems - well the problems of not earning to much money anyway. Easier to spot fix a game make a few hundred thousand dollars then not worry about your teams abysmyal failures. you can always claim you did nothing wrong after you get caught.

  • Agus2010 on January 23, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    First PCB should change the brainless captain Afridi, I think Misbah is a right guy to lead the Pakistan team in ODI as well, hope he will be lead the World Cup team and give some winning in ODI series as well,

  • on January 23, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Younis Khan 10 years in international cricket but still can not play seam bowling ..... why is he number 3 ????? only won 4-5 ODIs for Pakistan in his career !!!! he average only 32 ..... lets compare his avg. world best teams number 3 batsmen - Ponting's avg. 42, Trott's avg. 43 or KP avg. 42, Kallis' avg. 45, Kholi's 47, All the best team in the world have best player at number 3 - Pakistan best player is not in the team - missing link is M Yusuf avg. 41 .. he is rusty but if he sit outside then how can he be match fit????? IF PCB doesn't want him in the team then find another batsmen for number 3... possibly Misbah, as he is in good form !!!

    why blame Afridi ??? if batsmen has not performed then why keep such a high expectation from tail enders i.e. Afridi and Razak??? Afridi is doing good job as a captain, in last 12 months he didn't have one stable team to play with. Now PCB have put more pressure on Afridi instead of supporting him to prepare for WC... what a mess PCB makes!

  • smjr on January 23, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    In continuation of my earlier comments, I would say that the pitch has something for the bowlers but it is not un-playable rather sporting one. The technique of batsman is tested here. In sri lanka we might find these conditions but not in India during world cup. I admire the technique of Kallis, Trott and young prodigy of India Kohli as when they play they judge the length of ball very quickly and have proper balance and weight shifted on the back foot giving them enough time to cover the swing and bounce of the ball whereas Pakistani batsman always come on the front foot with bat away from their body hoping that all pitches in the world are flat wickets. Misbah seems ok as he plays the ball very late that is why he survived. It is he duty of coach to improve the batsman technique. What Waqa , Aqib are doing having rich international experience. Afridi must be dropped from all forms of cricket. He seems non serious and out of his touch.

  • on January 23, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Pakistan are a bit disoriented otherwise things are amost normal. Afridi is a disrupting influence after Misbah's cool headed and safety-first approach in the test matches. This sudden win/loss trend definitely seems to be the in thing with most cricket playing sides :-) England losing to Australia after annihilating them in tests; India and South Africa fighting each other toe and nails to outdo the other in dismal performances and now Pakistan jumping on to the bandwagon. Previous to that it was New Zealand getting consistently knocked about by all and large .. Welcome to the cricket circus!

  • dr.faizi on January 23, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    even though pak has lost the first match but i am sure they will come back strongly.The combination of the team is not that great and Afridi is not utilizing the abdul razzak in the best way.there are only three guys in pak team who has the ability to absorb the batting pressure Kamran,younis and razzak.if its up to me i would like to go with this combination.1.Hafeez 2.Ahmad shezad (young and very talented than asad shafiq and also a brave guy )3.Younis 4.Kamran(he plays spinners and fast bowlers with great ease must be in the middle order)5.Misbha(in great form no doubt) 6.Umar akmal(a great worry for pak as he is not at his best) 7.razzak 8.Afridi(for god sake dont try to hit six on every ball ,hit hard but on the ground the way you played agianst srilanka and bangladesh by hitting 4s) 9.shoaib( 10,tanvir 11 Saeed ajmal(he has great variety must be given some more chances to prove himself.if umar nd afridi take some responsibility then pak has a great chance of wining this series

  • spellbinder76 on January 23, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Why blame Afridi for selecting to bat after winning the toss. The coaches are fast bowlers and they should have read the pitch. My best advise to Afridi is the resign from the captainship and concentrate on his normal game. He is the best ODI player in the world. If he resigns it will be face saving. But let Younus Khan become the compromise candidite for captainship. Replace two fast bowling coaches wioth one bowler and one batsman coach. For God's take someone with guts as manager, Intikhab is too old for this job.

  • rohanblue on January 23, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    i cnt stop laughing , u knw why?????? i jst saw abdur razzaq is 31 yrs old, that means when he was playing in 1999 wc, he was 19 , lolz lolz , ha ha ha ha ha ha ,i am waiting fr my first bithday then..........

  • face2faceuni on January 25, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    I saw there was no game plan. Afridi has no strategy. If Pakistan want good results in upcoming mega event than immediately Pakistan should announce Misbah as Captain for Pakistan World Cup squad. Since Afrid is captain, I havnt seen he has used his bowlers properly & also he had not made any batting strategy. You can see in all the matches under his captaincy, batting powerplay automatically starting from 46th over. He never plan thats its my last batting pair playing & we should go for batting powerplay... As compared to Afridi, Misbah is far better captain. He has the ability to think & apply his resources at right time. I wish best for Pakistan in World Cup 2011.

  • MohsinMalik on January 23, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Afridi & Akhtar are part of the problem: Afridi has failed to mature as a leader and carried an ailment of the mind deep into his career. This impairment of the sort should have been diagnosed and rectified long time ago. Sorry, no one in their saner minds can subscribe to this notion of him being so mercurial. Plain irresponsible! Take captaincy away and see his game change for the better. As for Shoaib Akhtar, he will be a huge disappointment in the WC if he does not trade-in his wayward speed with a bit of accuracy. Who will remind him the basics of wicket to wicket bowling? Head strong or what! Again hard to buy this argument, anymore. A fair assessment has it that Akhtar's downward run started after the ODI series win some years back in Australia where he kind of blew away the opposition on fast and bouncy tracks. Again his troubles lie in his mindset like Afridi. Additionally, he is arrogant. Mohsin Malik (San Francisco)

  • NZ_Cricket_supporter on January 23, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Pakistan should bring back Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt. That would solve a lot of your problems - well the problems of not earning to much money anyway. Easier to spot fix a game make a few hundred thousand dollars then not worry about your teams abysmyal failures. you can always claim you did nothing wrong after you get caught.

  • Agus2010 on January 23, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    First PCB should change the brainless captain Afridi, I think Misbah is a right guy to lead the Pakistan team in ODI as well, hope he will be lead the World Cup team and give some winning in ODI series as well,

  • on January 23, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Younis Khan 10 years in international cricket but still can not play seam bowling ..... why is he number 3 ????? only won 4-5 ODIs for Pakistan in his career !!!! he average only 32 ..... lets compare his avg. world best teams number 3 batsmen - Ponting's avg. 42, Trott's avg. 43 or KP avg. 42, Kallis' avg. 45, Kholi's 47, All the best team in the world have best player at number 3 - Pakistan best player is not in the team - missing link is M Yusuf avg. 41 .. he is rusty but if he sit outside then how can he be match fit????? IF PCB doesn't want him in the team then find another batsmen for number 3... possibly Misbah, as he is in good form !!!

    why blame Afridi ??? if batsmen has not performed then why keep such a high expectation from tail enders i.e. Afridi and Razak??? Afridi is doing good job as a captain, in last 12 months he didn't have one stable team to play with. Now PCB have put more pressure on Afridi instead of supporting him to prepare for WC... what a mess PCB makes!

  • smjr on January 23, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    In continuation of my earlier comments, I would say that the pitch has something for the bowlers but it is not un-playable rather sporting one. The technique of batsman is tested here. In sri lanka we might find these conditions but not in India during world cup. I admire the technique of Kallis, Trott and young prodigy of India Kohli as when they play they judge the length of ball very quickly and have proper balance and weight shifted on the back foot giving them enough time to cover the swing and bounce of the ball whereas Pakistani batsman always come on the front foot with bat away from their body hoping that all pitches in the world are flat wickets. Misbah seems ok as he plays the ball very late that is why he survived. It is he duty of coach to improve the batsman technique. What Waqa , Aqib are doing having rich international experience. Afridi must be dropped from all forms of cricket. He seems non serious and out of his touch.

  • on January 23, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Pakistan are a bit disoriented otherwise things are amost normal. Afridi is a disrupting influence after Misbah's cool headed and safety-first approach in the test matches. This sudden win/loss trend definitely seems to be the in thing with most cricket playing sides :-) England losing to Australia after annihilating them in tests; India and South Africa fighting each other toe and nails to outdo the other in dismal performances and now Pakistan jumping on to the bandwagon. Previous to that it was New Zealand getting consistently knocked about by all and large .. Welcome to the cricket circus!

  • dr.faizi on January 23, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    even though pak has lost the first match but i am sure they will come back strongly.The combination of the team is not that great and Afridi is not utilizing the abdul razzak in the best way.there are only three guys in pak team who has the ability to absorb the batting pressure Kamran,younis and razzak.if its up to me i would like to go with this combination.1.Hafeez 2.Ahmad shezad (young and very talented than asad shafiq and also a brave guy )3.Younis 4.Kamran(he plays spinners and fast bowlers with great ease must be in the middle order)5.Misbha(in great form no doubt) 6.Umar akmal(a great worry for pak as he is not at his best) 7.razzak 8.Afridi(for god sake dont try to hit six on every ball ,hit hard but on the ground the way you played agianst srilanka and bangladesh by hitting 4s) 9.shoaib( 10,tanvir 11 Saeed ajmal(he has great variety must be given some more chances to prove himself.if umar nd afridi take some responsibility then pak has a great chance of wining this series

  • spellbinder76 on January 23, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Why blame Afridi for selecting to bat after winning the toss. The coaches are fast bowlers and they should have read the pitch. My best advise to Afridi is the resign from the captainship and concentrate on his normal game. He is the best ODI player in the world. If he resigns it will be face saving. But let Younus Khan become the compromise candidite for captainship. Replace two fast bowling coaches wioth one bowler and one batsman coach. For God's take someone with guts as manager, Intikhab is too old for this job.

  • rohanblue on January 23, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    i cnt stop laughing , u knw why?????? i jst saw abdur razzaq is 31 yrs old, that means when he was playing in 1999 wc, he was 19 , lolz lolz , ha ha ha ha ha ha ,i am waiting fr my first bithday then..........

  • on January 23, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Razzaq, Afridi and Akmal will be flat track bullies again on subcontinental pitches where they use brute strength to hit through the line. Do not change this team because of a weak performance in New Zealand. It has no bearing at all on the teams performance in India. I would say add Shoaib Malik to, because even though Malik has a faulty technique his average in the subcontinent is astronomical! Would have been good to have Mhd Aamir bowling for Pak though.

  • on January 23, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Spellbinder76-have a look at a few words from your three lines comments above: "humiliated", "killing", "Shoaib Akhter will be injured" .....a person obsessed with so much negativity, does not deserve any attention from optimistic individuals like me, so we disregard your comments above.

  • on January 23, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Razzaq, Afridi and Akmal will be flat track bullies again on subcontinental pitches where they use brute strength to hit through the line. Do not change this team because of a weak performance in New Zealand. It has no bearing at all on the teams performance in India. I would say add Shoaib Malik to, because even though Malik has a faulty technique his average in the subcontinent is astronomical! Would have been good to have Mhd Aamir bowling for Pak though.

  • Number1CricketFan on January 23, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    this would be my team : 1. Brendon MCcullum, 2. BJ Watling, 3. Martin Guptill, 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Kane Williamson, 6. Grant Elliot, 7. Luke Woodcock, 8. Vettori, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Hamish Bennet, 11. Adam Milne

  • on January 23, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    that was indeed a dismal batting performance from our team and we can not blame the pitch even because when new zealand batted, conditions were still the same and we all saw how easy they made batting look.Shoaib Akhtar and razzaq both looked rusty.Its a tough time for afridi and he really needs to step up.Best of luck to team Pakistan for rest of the matches

  • cricpolitics on January 23, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    There is no need to overreact. This is the trend for all the teams now a days. Just few days a go NZ was capitulated in the test match which ended in three days. England has suffered miserable loses in the first two ODIs following Australia's worst loses in the test matches . South Africa and India are fighting it out as well, one day excellent and the next day totally the opposite. I think this is good thing for cricket as a whole. You don't want to see one or two teams winning all the time. This coming world cup is wide open there are no clear favorites.

  • nzcricket174 on January 23, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Guys stop blaming the pitch. Afridi had the chance to get it right but he didn't. Vettori said he would have batted too. Both misread the pitch which was a mistake.

  • The.Unknown on January 23, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    Well, Pakistan have Won against ALL the teams! India scored 146 in their last ODI ! South Africa had the same problem! n look at England whats happening to them against Australia? its game n we love our team and will support them no matter what! we can beat any team any time like we have done in past! so whats the problem? let them play, please support them n be positive! Pakistan's record is far better than india's record against Newzealand !

  • on January 23, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    Slow starter ?? so I am sure they will one one after they lose the series. PCB need to get their act togehter and announce the captain before the team split in to 2 groups. The side was well picked , good idea to use Gull in the last three games, dont want to burn him before the WC !!

  • Chirs-Cry on January 23, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    An interestingly ironic fact Pakistan vs NZ overall -- Pak 48- NZ 33 wins but Pak in NZ --- Pak 12- Nz 21 win

  • Chirs-Cry on January 23, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Well i feel that at the moment Pakistan has many good bowlers but they are not able to find the 'perfect' combination.....before we had the likes of the greats Imran, Wasim and Waqar.....after that we had Shoaib with Rana/Asif....then perhaps a decent combination, of Shoaib, Amir and Gul for T20.... but unfortunately we lost two of our key bowlers and now Pakistan right now is not able to find the 'combination' that has potential of taking quick wickets and terrorize the opposition !!! Shoaib alone can shine a few times but without the likes of Amir or Asif Pak bowling is struggling.

  • Alan-Australia on January 22, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    With respect...why do you Pakistan supporters blast your team so badly after this loss. They are a VERY good team and may win the World Cup...enjoy the wins and suffer the losses...we were thrashed in the ashes...so what..nobody dies and the sun will rise tomorrow. Good luck in the world cup...we know if we beat you we have played well.

  • topspeed55 on January 22, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    I think if pakistan looses this series and Afridi will be out as a captain. He should be more responsible while batting. The team who lost to Bangladesh miserably is beating pakistan. I know Pakistan is a late starter. But if they loose this series will be a help in deciding the captain at least. Imran Nazir and Yusuf should have been included in this series and in the world cup. This would have been a better way to end Yusuf's career atleast instead deciding before world cup.

  • spellbinder76 on January 22, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Pakistan is humiliated by the bottom team in ICC ranking. The captaincy issue is killing the spirit of the game. Afridi should himself withdraw and concentrate on playing his normal game. Younus khan could be comprimise candidite. I bet the final 15 will be amended before the team leaves for the world cup. A few players including Shoaib Akhter will be injured.

  • cricket_lover25 on January 22, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Same old pakistan rubbish once again. I am afraid being bowled out to NZ( no disrespect but lets face it they dont have the best bowling attack) on a decent pitch is criminal. Any quality side would have tried and batted out the 50 overs or get close to 50 overs. When your loosing wickets to the same old shots you have to adjust your techniques everyone knows this. The pitch had bounce and sideways movement but it was not the worst pitch it was still good for batting as NZ showed. I dont understand what pakistan batters are doing when they are trying to cover drive or drive a good length bowl on a track with a bit of bounce and movement. Apart from shafique ( who was unlucky poor umpiring once again against pakistan) younis and misbah all the other batsman played terrible shots to get out. It showed how poor techniques they had and there poor ability to judge the bowls length and swing. Pakistan need gul and riaz back and well done to NZ they bowled in good areas to weak battters.

  • on January 22, 2011, 22:19 GMT

    thats how we roll lolz next match were gonna score 300+ runs !

  • subedar486 on January 22, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    PCB must adhere to the policy of 1 Captain for Test as well as 1 Day matches. Shahid Afridi cannot be afforded if he cannot plat Test matches. A cricketer must be able to play all versions otherwise retire from Cricket. Look at India, Dhoni has been Captain in all matches whether Test or One day. On the other hand, Shahid Afridi has not been performing in either batting or bowling since the last year's T20. Hafeez has not been performing at all, so why not replace him with someone who can be dependable, consistent, and score runs. Shoaib Akhter is done as a fast bowler. Some other bowler must be given a chance who can swing and be accurate. MISBAH has been performing great and should remain Captain. He has consistently scored runs. He is a great Cricketer.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on January 22, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    If Scott stryris, Oram remains fit ,NZ is actually a very good team. I feel these players must not put too much strain on their bodies.Take example of Indian players like Harbhajan,Tendulkar,Zaheer.They do just enough while feilding ,do not overstretch to get injured. After this use soft skills like using soft hands while batting like just run cooly or walk for singles also without over exerting that's all. You can than play for 15 20 years as most slightly talented Indian players do. This way you can extend your careers. Indian players hardly get injured while fielding as they do not over exert. For this they make up by making runs on dead pitches.

  • smjr on January 22, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    Pakistan lost this match due to batsman own fault. All batsman played away from their bodies with no footwork. The must realise that on bouncy swinging pitch it is safe to play horizontal bat shot rather vertical bat shoot. Why they dont play on their back foot which gave them enough time to judge the swing of the ball. Actually they are used to flat wickets where the ball seldom swings and has predictable bounce and they play their shots on the front foot without any difficulty. Our bowlers also gave lot of width and has no control over line and length. I dont see Pakistan can win this one day series unless they learn their mistakes very quickly.

  • pipsonian on January 22, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    i personally think that we need to bring back Ahmed Shehzad, Adnan Akmal and get rid Kamran Akmal's and Hafeez's sorry ass. I didn't follow the pre match analysis, was Umar Gul injured?

  • on January 22, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Don't know why Pak is persisting with Shoaib Akhter. There are better bowler available. Plus he is there in WC squad & have left out Tanveer Ahmed who performed quite decent with last few mathces. Dont see any logic behind making Gul sit on the bench unless he is not fully fit. They have few adjustments in the 2nd ODI. Pak is always a late starter. So wait till 3rd ODI :)

  • Chirs-Cry on January 22, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    @truth1 the best comment i read on all the bulletins regarding Pak and NZ...... full of honesty.... and i totally agree with you that we were beaten by a better team at the end of the day !! Secondly your right that its too early to judge Pak....series is still alive..... If Pak can fight against England and SA, then why not NZ ? i mean both Pak and Nz are having bad time but still its anybody game.... did u know that Waqar had pre-planned the decision to bat and Vettori was going to do the same !! GOOD LUCK CORNERED TIGERS

  • Stumpbreaker on January 22, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Why cant pakistanis call spade a spade and a King a King..

    No other countries supporters claim their team to be number 1 while being thrashed left right center..Pakistan has more first class teams than all countries except Eng and India.. why cant they call batsmen.. why do the supporters keep calling back yousaf youhana.. S malik.. younis khan.. why cant they criticize the fixers in the team.. It would not make them less patriotic.

  • pakwellwisher on January 22, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    I dont understand why are they even bothering to send this team to the world cup get a can of cola and enjoy watching other teams.

  • on January 22, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    hope pakistan would lose all the matches..............

  • osm73 on January 22, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Relax guys...this is only the taste of things to come. This is what happens you've a captain like Afridi who does not know how to utilize his resources, not to mention who does not know what does responsibility mean.

  • ProudPak1 on January 22, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Nuzi are you from Karachi? Give afridi time? To do what? What did he do as captain in England....we lost. Against South Africa....we lost. New Zealand is a very amateur team compared to Pakistan. We should be destroying them. Oh and hafeez is playing rubbish. Get him out as well. Avis1001......u are right brother. Maybe when the ICC rule on the match fixing trial, they'll be more going behind the scenes and they kick us out of the WC. Hopefully then the pcb will get kicked out! INSHALLAH

  • fr.thommy on January 22, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Pak down and under 6-o. Kiwis rockssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • on January 22, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    pcb plz. get rid of afirdi as a captain. even a 12 yr. old kid could do better than this, i was thinking he is not going to bring back shoaib after his first 2 overs, because he was not getting any help. but my god cant beleive he gave him 4 overs in a row. and plus he gets so nervous, if afridi is captain than allah hi hafiz in world cup.

  • NUZY on January 22, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    guyz please stop blaming our captain..boom boom..coz he needs time 2 settle..wait and c what boom boom does in nz series..am sure insha allah he'll do the job my team iz dz 1.hafeez 2.kamran 3.umer 4.younis 5.misbah 6.afridi 7.asad 8.razzaq 9.saeed ajmal 10.sohail tanveer 11.gul

  • a4ahsange on January 22, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Bring S Malik back and make him the captain.... If not make Misbah captain... Afridi is a good player but not good enough to captain the side... BringMALIK BAcjk

  • on January 22, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Pakistan, still is an unpredictable team. But, at times they play like kids. Like in today's match. The poor match ever. 124? Should that be the score, despite the doozy knock from Misbah. Misbah looks like the most powerful man yet through out the series. He looks positive. How about the other players? Kamran, Shahid afridi, Abdul Razzak, Umar akmal and so on.. Sometimes, they seems to be the most powerful players & had turned the table. But, as I said that no consistency. That's lacking in our team members. Hope they will perform well in the forth-coming matches.

    OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU! GO THE MEN IN GREEN.

  • ProudPak1 on January 22, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    It's very simple.......umar akmal needs to go back and learn how to play cricket. Kamran should be replaced by adnan. Afridi is now finished and why Tanvir has come back is a huge question for me! Shoaib Malik is our best allrounder, Azam needs to be drafted in, and the pcb needs a big change. The issue with waqar younis will lead to him quitting just before the WC. The restriction to the players are funny, considering the mess the pcb created during the match fixing story. Grow up and get out pcb!!!!!

  • avis1001 on January 22, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    suspending Pak from ODIs might work for them !!!

  • avis1001 on January 22, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    suspending Pak from ODIs might work for them !!!

  • truth1 on January 22, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    There is more storm and crises in these comments than here in Northeast of USA or last night's match. Come on guys Its not the end of the world.Give some credit to the opposition as well please.NZ bowlers produced an incredible swing both ways with immaculate control.This loss doesn't mean anything except that NZ played much better than Pakistan in this match.NZ were on a losing streak before this match.Didn't they end that and win this match?I don't see any reason why Pakistan can't do the same. Unless there is an unseen political hand pulling the strings, this series will come alive soon.Which team needs adversity and gloom to wake up?Your guess is as good as mine.Forget about this match.Cricket goes on as does Life.

  • IAS2009 on January 22, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    i think pakistan was outplayed, they misread the wicket and condition, it looks a good team and have good batting depth, i think they should misbah captain though, time and again Afridi don;t play to situation, he could only score 30 to 50 tops on his good day but he has waisted his talent because of his head. the key to power play is clean hitting, pakistan will have good chance in WC because of their spinners if they put some runs on the board, PCB have to find clean hitters who can clear the inner ring with out slogging like afridi does. Umar Akmal and Afridi should be dropped if no contribution made in 3 games. both play too many pre meditated shots and bowlers always have plan for them .

  • Chunati on January 22, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @Stingrayopp: I don't know if taking a lot of spinners is an answer. Remember pitches in Bangladesh and New Zealand are not the same. Afridi seems just clueless as to what he wants. Nothing is working for him regarding batting.

  • khurramsch on January 22, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    poor performance by pakistan & poor judgment of pitch by waqar & afridi. to bat 1st. real poor performance by all of them. i stil think series very much alive as these both teams are equaly matched. 1 day NZ collaps & 1 day pak collapse. but pakistan will have to do realy well to comeback.next game also on bowling friendly pitch.

  • makdunya786 on January 22, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    As per my opinion, there is no point in giving chance to Shoaib Akhtar coz he is being inconsistent with his bolwing form. giving the runs on almost 8 to 11 per over its better to give the chance to either Umer Gul or Tanvir Ahmed. Our batsmen need to show the professionalism and consistency otherwise it wont be easy for Pakistan to qualify for the quater finals (World cup 2007 is the GREAT example) and I would request think tank to give proper chance to Ahmed Shazad in opening slot. And Afridi has to perform as a captain specially with the bat otherwise I would request him to step down. In my opinion, Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar should retire from the international cricket due to in-consistency. I am surprized that when Afridi will learn to bat in a consistent and professional manner, its being high time. WAKE UP AFRIDI, WAKE UP PAK BATSMEN.

  • on January 22, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    our team iz world best team.our team is unprecdictable.inshallah inshallah we won the series and also win world........just wait nd watch........

  • Stark62 on January 22, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    I knew it!!!!!

    Like I said this has to be the most rubbish squad, I have ever seen through out my life from Pak!

    If you put in players like Younis, Misbah, S. Tanvir, two specialist spinners and no left hander either then, what else do you expect?!?!

    Get rid off Misbah, Younis, Tanvir and one of the spinners then, add players like Azhar Ali, N. Yasin, N. Jamshed and J. Khan.

    Why are they neglecting young and 20x more talented players over useless odi players like the one's mentioned above?!?!

    Yes, Misbah performed well in this game but he takes his time and having him as the captain for the odi team would be even more of a disaster.

    Just admit it people, Younis, Misbah, and Tanvir can't play odi cricket but are good enough for tests and tests ONLY!

  • Zahidsaltin on January 22, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    SHOAIB AKHTAR is a big liability for pakistan team. All other things aside, Shoaib has been hammered so badly in each and every match he has played in last one year. Be it T20 or ODi, he has not delivered. He is not able to contain batsmen. He can't depend upon speed only as 140+ is not such a speed which will matter much for batsmen in subcontinent.

  • Happy_AusBang on January 22, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    It was as if Pak batsmen did not have a plan B. Again and again they went fishing. No one except for Misbah and probably Younus tried to upset the bowlers' rhythm. One or two of the players should have been asked to charge the bowlers and try to upset their rhythm as they were losing wickets anyway. Perhaps, it might have worked and following batsmen could take advantage.

  • Stingrayopp on January 22, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Once upon a time, the Pakistan cricket team was really unpredictable, but the retirement of some crucial senior major players like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad, Waqar Younis, SAeed Anwar & others have been made Pak cricket team something like " Tiger in paper" power. Match-fixing, team members' jealousy+ conspiracy+ conflict with each other,misunderstanding against board decision, immature+ uneducated+irresponsible Team Selection Board with miserable Committee which is destroying the historical fame of Pakistan Cricket Team. This New Zealand One day series would definitely take an important role for World cup 2011's practical rehearsal to the players performance look up. But, the funny+unfit & unable selected players are in dire straits with nervy situation which they have proven themselves in the 1st match. Please Pak team, operate at least 4 spinners which Bangladesh spinners had proven that against Kiwis. Cheer up, be determined & disciplined Pak team----we pray this.

  • Poet99 on January 22, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Pakistan has to fight back in order keep the series alive.In the very first match they've shown that they are a weak opponent.They actully had to show better after the succesful test series. Yet they still have the chance to prove themselves in next five games.

    Misbah is a lion who roared back in good shape and form and he has to keep it going as it gives other players a lesson that in order to stay in the team performance is key when there team is in trouble.

    Afridi has to focus on his game rather than being a captain. Only a true player can be a captain. There are examples from Imran Khan to Wasim Akram and Stewa to Ponting but we have not really seen any legendary skills in afridi instead being proud and moody.

  • on January 22, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    @umair man just c the t20 world cup 2007 final again u wil find yur answer wait 4 series end afridi will bounce back he has the passion to lead the victory road of world cup

  • on January 22, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    many of us have been critisizing pcb for not naming the captain for the wc squad but they have done the right decision bcoz misbah will going to be the captain for the wc squad they are just looking at the afridi leadership right now and trying to give him a chance but im sure it won't really work...pakistan have been in alot of pressure after all this happening and there is only one man who always play well under presssure and can handle the team well its Misbah....

  • rjmajid on January 22, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    winning the toss and batting on this wicket prove costly. should have send kivies for battingl...majid from lahore

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @akash kumar i dont think so coz nal doent hav quality fast bowler like shane bond and geoff allot and i saw indians lineup may b it seems india may hav a first round exit

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    very poor batting performance by pak it was really sad to see all of them got out in a same passion....misbah was only reliable one i hope to see some better results from pak in the upcoming odi's they will have to work really hard on nz pitches there was so much bounce on that wicket...i think they should appoint misbah as captain sooner rather than later bcoz it will hurt pakistan....only he deserve to be a leader in the side...

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Southee and Bennet dominated the swing today - that gave NZ the match in the first innings. Shame Aamir wasnt playing, he would have loved the conditions!! Glad to see Ryder is scoring runs and oram looked ok after having his injuries. I think this team is our best 'all round team' - NZ is very lucky to have vetorri, a specialist spin (left arm orthodox) spinner in thier ranks and not having to chase around like Australia currently are.Here is hoping Pollock can shine up the NZ team like a new ball and get them into a destructive bowling unit.

  • on January 22, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    pakistan seriously has to think about its future after losing to kiwis who after all are in poorest of form

  • Crazy4cricket40 on January 22, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Wow, so these 11 will b playing in WC against SA, Aus,Eng, Ind and Sl . As a Paki supporter I can only say All the best and I.Allah they will perform better in next games and WC11. I think after winning the toss they should have bowl. both test we show NZ can't bat first with confidence. No matter how was wicket. they should ask NZ to bat first.

  • Bilzkhan on January 22, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    It was expected and we saw the result,superb bowling by Southee and Bennet as well as Oram.Newzealanders"s bowling should be the same in the world cup-2011 so they can win the cup.do you think ,it is possible? However,Pakistanis didn't play well,unable to judge the swing. how will they resist in the high-profile extravaganza starting the 19th of Febuary.....

  • Asif_Iqbal on January 22, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    As always Pakistan start the match in NZL with very low score

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Southee is too good for Pakistans batsmen, Im predicting a 5-1 series in favour of NZ, Pakistan just dont seem that threatning of a team

  • dogboxdan on January 22, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    The reason NZ won was really down to bowling a good line and length early. Most of the Pakistani batsmen were out dangling their bats outside off stump. Shoaib and Tanveer bowled poor lines and Guptill an Ryder played positivestrokes (with little risk) and scored freely. It was very nice to see a complete form reversal from the piss poor efforts and immaturity of recent performances. Let's hope John Wright can wrest control off the prima donnas and get this team to work together and not just for IPL contracts.

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @kennyusuf.... If kiwi bowling will dissappear around the ground, then in subcontinent , the Pakistan attack will dissapear all around India, Bangladesh and Srilanka.

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    i think afridi's mind is out of order.He indicated to make changes in bowling depatment in next game, like the perfomance of batters including him was really impressive.i think the captain should be a sane person for a team to win.

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    @muneer & other indian look guys this is game & let it be...... i think your history is not good v have defeated u much u did us. U are talking about misbah he is good batsman but a very deffensive captain v need someone like waseem bhai or imran bhai and afridi hav gutts give him confidence he will perform INSHA ALLAH. Pakistan will come back and you will see that They will win series and world cup too. Coz v hav everythingh just need co-ordination once this team will combine u will c on much fater tracks our bowlers will appear like storm. I think on these conditions if Nz bated first score would be 50 to 60 gud batting younis and misbah keep it up

  • on January 22, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @rohan blue: looooooooooool.. as a Pakistani I cannot say anything but GO SOUTH AFRICA GO. Awesome performance from South Africa yesterday.....

  • Hollaz on January 22, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Kennyusuf, there wasn't much in that wicket mate.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on January 22, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    What a shocking and howler by pakistan i mean Nz bowling attack is not even half good as eng,aus,sa how can u perform like that with ur full strength squad afridi came out and started slogging when it was time to consolidate and build partnership how can a captain be so irresponsible chappelli once said afridi cant control himself how come u expect him to control the other 10 on the field dont know how a slogger avging 24 in odis is made captain over younis and misbah and why younis gave captaincy ?

  • ADMAP on January 22, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    As usual Pakistan starts badly, pitch was nippy ball did quite allot in first 20 overs still they should had score minimum 200 runs, openers have to fire, Pak need to come back strongly & Afridi has to show responsibility, its very important to have close series before WCUP to have any chance in the tournment, PCB Wake up before its too late!!

  • cricinme on January 22, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Yak Yak performance. This is just the begining for another controversy - Change the captain, coach, WK.... but please dont bring this rubbish into the world cup.

  • sunnymachoo on January 22, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    pakiStan shOUld have Tried to sHow some fight! It is reAlly shameFul peRfrmance In Context of world cup prep with less thAn a montH to go! the cAptain should haVE shown perFormance of a leader Under suCh situation against Kiwis. but series has not EnDed yet. lets see If our team bouNces back the next Day In bAtting as well as bowling and levels the series!! =)

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    PAkistan get up....WC is just 287 day saway!

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    @kennyusuf It was hardly an uneven pitch. It was a flat batsmens pitch. Pakistan just played like crap.

  • AliJawad on January 22, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    few days back pakistan team was announce for world cup, strangely enough no captain was announced for this team.unfortunately politics has played a viral role in our team selection, today what you saw was a clear message from players to the management that they dont want shahid afridi as captain.

  • peteyzz on January 22, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    Stop blaming the pitch. Pak batted poorly and got 124, NZ batted well and got 125-1.

    Just accept the defeat as a poor performance and stop looking for things to blame.

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    to every pakistan supporter come on now dnt blame on pitches and conditions. players are those who can play in every situation, by the way its not the first match of the tour, they are in new zealand more than a month. this is very simple reason pakistan dnt have a good batsman except two or three. there is no hope that this team will do anything in world cup. they will be among the teams who get knocked out in first round. i strongly believe that they are not going anywhere. and for those who says the team will do better in coming days, ya they will do better by poping out another scandal in cricket world.

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    A perfect result and scorecard for PCB to appoint Misbah as the new captain, expect more such results in the upcoming games and this looks like a writing in the wall now.

  • NUZY on January 22, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    shahid afridi the best..most experianced...insha allah our boys will come back well and win dz nz series..

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    They should have included Gul instead of Tanvir . With World Cup just around the corner they need Gul to be in prime form . And Afridi should continue as a captain . Because they can't afford to gamble with the captaincy at this cruicial stage .

  • Morgsy on January 22, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    wqas.m - what are you on about mate? I was at the stadium and I can tell you the pitch wasn't changed mid way thru - and conditions hadn't changed at all when NZ batted. Your boys got hit by a fired up New Zealand unit and were soundly thrashed. No ifs, no buts.

    Our bowlers used the conditions. Yours didn't. Our top order attacked, yours surrendered meekly like lambs to the slaughter.

  • on January 22, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Looks like Misbah shd be named the captain of Pak WC team. he is in form, playing responsibly. I particularly liked his not hurrying to get to a meaningless landmark of 50 and farming strike instead with Shoaib Akhtar at the other end. Putting the team ahead of personal pride is a telling statemnt he has made. Pak selectors may take note and make him teh skipper. His experience and cool head wd stand them in good stead.

  • soilder09 on January 22, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    i think thepcb is abotauging pakistan as it have put a massive pressure on th ecaptain and the team. afridi should be remained as captain as the wc is not far away now so pcb needs to do their job correctly..and hopefully pakistan will comeback very strongly in the next match

  • NUZY on January 22, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    the friend commet before me z absolutely correct.....not naming the captain is yhe problem..boom boom is the right man..most experianced cricketer..he is the one who got the team together after so much of probs..i beleive pak will cm back well and win the nz sereis.saeed ajamal should ply for rehman..

  • braindead_rocker on January 22, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is pathetic these days...Does not lead from the front..He is a useless captain..Better make Misbah the captain. He is responsible and calm. Make him the captain or forget making the 2nd round of the WC.

  • tompuffin on January 22, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Guys, stop complaining about the pitch,afridi won the toss and he CHOSE to bat first, anyway, it was mainly the Pakistani batsmen fault for the loss as if they had put on a decent total, then their bowlers would be more confident and excited. They looked from the start like they were bowling to lose. Anyway, great job NZ!

  • longlyfdragons on January 22, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Was not the pitches fault. That clearly doesnt matter. Just admit it that Pakistan had not performed well on the day and NZ had a great bowling performance and then a superb batting performance.

    Yes, they did do something to the pitch and what i heard from the radio was that they only rotated it? haha so if you going to blame it on changing on the pitch then good luck. It was only a change in the direction not the surface ;-)

    On the day, Southee, Bennett and Ryder performed on the day and gave the New Zealanders the win. I think that NZ will be to strong and the outcome for this series will be 4-2 to New Zealand.

  • kennyusuf on January 22, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    i think the wickets usually prepared for test matches are being used for one day games and vice versa.....newzealanders are neither doing a favour to them nor to pakistan by preparing these kind of tracks before the world cup where the pitches are expected to be absolutely flat

  • longlivepakistan on January 22, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    pakistan lose just for pich factor otherhand pakistan is better unit than nz and yes afridi is better captian than misbha...misbha just play for him...

  • kennyusuf on January 22, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    give us a flat wicket (expected in the world cup) and then see this kiwi attack disappear to all parts of the ground.

  • harryharis on January 22, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Southee's attittude is not good with our players. Every time he fights and bargains.

  • harryharis on January 22, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    It's a very bad sign for us before the World Cup that our team hasn't been good in the ODIS just a lack of concentration showed by our batsmen,, Misbah played a fighting role. HOPE THE'LL COME BACK STRONG INSHALLAH

  • righthandbat on January 22, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    I think McCullum might be batting a little bit too low. Number four sounds about right for him, under Guptill, Ryder and Taylor, it makes for a strong top four. Styris, Franklin, Oram, Vettori is a good middle order and Southee looks like he's coming on as a bowler strongly, with Bennett. Dunno about N McCullum - appears to be the weak link in the team. Another 'up-and-coming' bowler' from domestic cricket could take his spot.

  • naiem11 on January 22, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    I think it was one of the bad and very sad performance from Pkistan Team, allthough i Belive Shahid should beretained as Captain. To the credit of Pakistan i must admit that the wicket was a diffcult one to bat and these type of wickets wouls only lead to dowfall of ODI cricket. NAIEM11

  • doneit on January 22, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    i think pakistan just lose becous pich helping so much when pakistan batting but nothing in nz ingz no bounce with akhtar 145 m speed and no swing for tanveer also becous pich has been changed and if u see the match on tv than u will agree with me...what ur opinion????

  • rohanblue on January 22, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    as an indian i cant expect anything more, go kiwis, awesome performance to start with.......

  • MuneerIndia on January 22, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Pakistan Must Bring Misbah As Captian.If Afridi Still Remain As A Captian There Is No Chance For Winning In World Cup.Becuase Afridi Don't Have A Resposibility & Misbah Now in Good Form.

  • on January 22, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    ya its really disappointing but hope for the best next match pakistan zindabad..........................................

  • on January 22, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I think PCB`s desicion to choose captain for world cup after this series influence on Afridi and other players `s performances. PCB should realize this factor and announce Afridi as captain. Beacuse you cant change at this spot let it go like that. Hopefully, a good or even great comeback can be expected from Pakistan team. They need Mohd Yousaf at this cruical time. PCB should revise his announcement of team. May ALLAH bless our team.

  • boeman on January 22, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    the only way for NZ to win is to prepare under prepared- rubbish drop in pitches.... this could have easily been the other way around had NZ batted first. this sort of low scoring rubbish- one way games are not good for cricket.....

  • mumkin on January 22, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    This reminds me of Wasim and Waqar in a tour to NZ. Pakistan was bowled out below 125 in back to back two matches and both were won by Pakistan scraping NZ below 100each time .......

  • richard17nz on January 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Ditto cheese- I spent almost an hour on hold to several different departments at Foxtel to question the programming methods, between viewers choice and public TV they had 5 channels of tennis, replay of AUS ENG game and a West Indian game.... was not impressed. But pleased to see NZ win again, will it become a habit or are they saving the winning flavour for India??

  • on January 22, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Now my guys want to play under Misbah, Not under Afridi.

  • on January 22, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Has NZ ODI Team finally taken shape? A few people have gone for good it seems!

  • on January 22, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Guptil is looking solid and really compliments Ryder's explosive play.

  • cheesemethod on January 22, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Being a kiwi living in Australia this game isn't getting broadcast on tele for some reason (the next five are). Doesn't look like its going to much of a contest anyway. Hopefully NZ can pull off a dominating 9 or 10 wicket win. Cheers cricinfo for the commentary throughout the day, lovin ya work.

  • on January 22, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Well Well Well It was an Disapointing Knock But Never Lossing The Hope

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  • on January 22, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Well Well Well It was an Disapointing Knock But Never Lossing The Hope

  • cheesemethod on January 22, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Being a kiwi living in Australia this game isn't getting broadcast on tele for some reason (the next five are). Doesn't look like its going to much of a contest anyway. Hopefully NZ can pull off a dominating 9 or 10 wicket win. Cheers cricinfo for the commentary throughout the day, lovin ya work.

  • on January 22, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    Guptil is looking solid and really compliments Ryder's explosive play.

  • on January 22, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Has NZ ODI Team finally taken shape? A few people have gone for good it seems!

  • on January 22, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Now my guys want to play under Misbah, Not under Afridi.

  • richard17nz on January 22, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Ditto cheese- I spent almost an hour on hold to several different departments at Foxtel to question the programming methods, between viewers choice and public TV they had 5 channels of tennis, replay of AUS ENG game and a West Indian game.... was not impressed. But pleased to see NZ win again, will it become a habit or are they saving the winning flavour for India??

  • mumkin on January 22, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    This reminds me of Wasim and Waqar in a tour to NZ. Pakistan was bowled out below 125 in back to back two matches and both were won by Pakistan scraping NZ below 100each time .......

  • boeman on January 22, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    the only way for NZ to win is to prepare under prepared- rubbish drop in pitches.... this could have easily been the other way around had NZ batted first. this sort of low scoring rubbish- one way games are not good for cricket.....

  • on January 22, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I think PCB`s desicion to choose captain for world cup after this series influence on Afridi and other players `s performances. PCB should realize this factor and announce Afridi as captain. Beacuse you cant change at this spot let it go like that. Hopefully, a good or even great comeback can be expected from Pakistan team. They need Mohd Yousaf at this cruical time. PCB should revise his announcement of team. May ALLAH bless our team.

  • on January 22, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    ya its really disappointing but hope for the best next match pakistan zindabad..........................................