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

Southee and Ryder crush Pakistan


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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  • Khawar 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.

  • Mohsin 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)

  • James 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.

  • Agus 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,

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Syed 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Faizan 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

  • aziz 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.

  • Rohan 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..........

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