New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Queenstown January 26, 2011

Rain wipes out second one-dayer

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Pakistan 31 for 0 v New Zealand Abandoned
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Queenstown is the place for adrenaline-junkies but there was little excitement on Wednesday as persistent rain allowed only 4.2 overs of play in the second one-dayer between Pakistan and New Zealand.

There were showers early in the morning, but it cleared up before start of play, raising hopes of the fans who had gathered. The rains returned, however, soon after Daniel Vettori chose to field, as every international captain has done after winning the toss in Queenstown.

New Zealand stuck with their plan of giving James Franklin the new ball, ahead of the much quicker Hamish Bennett, and it didn't work as 19-year-old Ahmed Shehzad took 16 off his two overs. Shehzad, playing his first one-dayer in 20 months, showed no signs of rustiness as he smashed the third ball of the match over square leg for six. He also slapped Tim Southee for a couple of fours before the rains came back, and stayed through the day to cause the match to be abandoned.

The third one-dayer of the series is in Christchurch on Saturday, and the bad news is that rain is predicted during that game as well.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on January 27, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Ahmad Shehzad have a great future in front of him. Great Talent.

  • on January 27, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    I think pak should play with same team in next match ,kamran should not open , hafiz should bowl five overs and razaq bowls other give. Every one can bat in this line up, akhter is done, stick a fork in him

  • on January 27, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Its never humid in Chch, wrong end of the island for such weather.

  • btu10 on January 26, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Just an FYI, as of time of posting the rain-radar forecast for Saturday in CHCH looks clear. Might be overcast and humid but it shouldn't rain!

  • cisco420 on January 26, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Mr Atif-Islam - Afridi is not a good captain...all over the world people know this and its about time that pakistanis also understand this. Afridi cant change his attitude or the sytle he plays with. Captainship is all about leading from front and changing the game accordingly. Hitting sixes and fours is not proper cricket by the way. Misbah is the best choice of captain. He is the Mr Kool in the team. Calculates the situation and plays accordingly. He did the right thing the way he played defense in second test because the tail u had at the end u would have actually lost the match. Afridi has been the captain for almost two years and we have not won a single series....and dont tell me that he does not have players...cuz if he makes that excuse than he should step down and make way for some one else.

  • Stark62 on January 26, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Good move to include A. Shezhad in the team!

    You see how well our youngsters can play and how much talent they have?!?!

    The only thing left to do is kick out Misbah, Younis, Tanvir and one of the two spinner to include 60x more talented youngsters like: Azhar Ali, N. Yasin, N. Jamshed and the best of them all J. Khan!

  • on January 26, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    pcb is wat keeps pakistan demoralised....the players shud kno who the captain is...i strategy be made...evry1 given their role ...i pray the day pakistan plays is pakistans day and they wud crush any1 !! go pak go...our prayers are wid u!!! atleast semis shud be the goal !!!

  • on January 26, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Shoaid Akhtar should not be included in the world cup squad, the once Rawalpindi Express is now out of steam .............

  • Usman65 on January 26, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I reckon Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez should open for Pakistan.

    1. Muhammad Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shahzad 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Umar Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Abdur Rehman/Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Shoaib Akhtar.

    This way pakistan will have depth in their batting.

  • asadkum on January 26, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ................................................................ Shehzad looks in good form. Good to see him opening the innings ............. All the best for the rest of the games !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 27, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Ahmad Shehzad have a great future in front of him. Great Talent.

  • on January 27, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    I think pak should play with same team in next match ,kamran should not open , hafiz should bowl five overs and razaq bowls other give. Every one can bat in this line up, akhter is done, stick a fork in him

  • on January 27, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    Its never humid in Chch, wrong end of the island for such weather.

  • btu10 on January 26, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Just an FYI, as of time of posting the rain-radar forecast for Saturday in CHCH looks clear. Might be overcast and humid but it shouldn't rain!

  • cisco420 on January 26, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Mr Atif-Islam - Afridi is not a good captain...all over the world people know this and its about time that pakistanis also understand this. Afridi cant change his attitude or the sytle he plays with. Captainship is all about leading from front and changing the game accordingly. Hitting sixes and fours is not proper cricket by the way. Misbah is the best choice of captain. He is the Mr Kool in the team. Calculates the situation and plays accordingly. He did the right thing the way he played defense in second test because the tail u had at the end u would have actually lost the match. Afridi has been the captain for almost two years and we have not won a single series....and dont tell me that he does not have players...cuz if he makes that excuse than he should step down and make way for some one else.

  • Stark62 on January 26, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Good move to include A. Shezhad in the team!

    You see how well our youngsters can play and how much talent they have?!?!

    The only thing left to do is kick out Misbah, Younis, Tanvir and one of the two spinner to include 60x more talented youngsters like: Azhar Ali, N. Yasin, N. Jamshed and the best of them all J. Khan!

  • on January 26, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    pcb is wat keeps pakistan demoralised....the players shud kno who the captain is...i strategy be made...evry1 given their role ...i pray the day pakistan plays is pakistans day and they wud crush any1 !! go pak go...our prayers are wid u!!! atleast semis shud be the goal !!!

  • on January 26, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Shoaid Akhtar should not be included in the world cup squad, the once Rawalpindi Express is now out of steam .............

  • Usman65 on January 26, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I reckon Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez should open for Pakistan.

    1. Muhammad Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shahzad 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Umar Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Abdur Rehman/Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Shoaib Akhtar.

    This way pakistan will have depth in their batting.

  • asadkum on January 26, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ................................................................ Shehzad looks in good form. Good to see him opening the innings ............. All the best for the rest of the games !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    :( bad luck fr Pak as they started well :'(

  • on January 26, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    i think today was good combination..i wish that Pakistan coach and Captain retain this side for the next match...

  • on January 26, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Can't they shift the match to someday when there's no overcast conditions.

  • Atif-Islam on January 26, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad looks part of the furniture straight away, coach and captain should persist with him to develop as an opener. He has class and courage for sure. Pak team combination was nearly what i suggested earlier, though i would still like to see Shoaib Akhtar in the team.

    Afridi is the best available choice to captain the team, i can't explain the agony and despair i experienced watching 2nd test. Little courage from Misbah could have seal the series 2-0 in favour of Pakistan. Very very defensive player.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 26, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad looked in great form. Very free-flowing and gutsy. He's delivered a couple of times now as opener, although in different formats. I'd keep him in the squad for the world cup to open. He's a solid fielder too. I'm tempted to keep Asad Shafiq too, but the only person who can be sidelined then is Umar Akmal, since Younis, Misbah and Afridi need to be in the side for various reasons, including experience and aggression. If Umar Akmal delivers, then maybe he can keep the 50 overs, so we chuck out Kamran. Hmmm .. Shoaib Akhter, as much as I love him, needs to sit out of the world cup, I think Tanvir and Wahab are good bets, especially since they can boost the tail end batting line up.

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  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 26, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad looked in great form. Very free-flowing and gutsy. He's delivered a couple of times now as opener, although in different formats. I'd keep him in the squad for the world cup to open. He's a solid fielder too. I'm tempted to keep Asad Shafiq too, but the only person who can be sidelined then is Umar Akmal, since Younis, Misbah and Afridi need to be in the side for various reasons, including experience and aggression. If Umar Akmal delivers, then maybe he can keep the 50 overs, so we chuck out Kamran. Hmmm .. Shoaib Akhter, as much as I love him, needs to sit out of the world cup, I think Tanvir and Wahab are good bets, especially since they can boost the tail end batting line up.

  • Atif-Islam on January 26, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad looks part of the furniture straight away, coach and captain should persist with him to develop as an opener. He has class and courage for sure. Pak team combination was nearly what i suggested earlier, though i would still like to see Shoaib Akhtar in the team.

    Afridi is the best available choice to captain the team, i can't explain the agony and despair i experienced watching 2nd test. Little courage from Misbah could have seal the series 2-0 in favour of Pakistan. Very very defensive player.

  • on January 26, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Can't they shift the match to someday when there's no overcast conditions.

  • on January 26, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    i think today was good combination..i wish that Pakistan coach and Captain retain this side for the next match...

  • on January 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    :( bad luck fr Pak as they started well :'(

  • asadkum on January 26, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ................................................................ Shehzad looks in good form. Good to see him opening the innings ............. All the best for the rest of the games !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Usman65 on January 26, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I reckon Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez should open for Pakistan.

    1. Muhammad Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shahzad 3. Kamran Akmal 4. Younis Khan 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Umar Akmal 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razzaq 9. Abdur Rehman/Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Shoaib Akhtar.

    This way pakistan will have depth in their batting.

  • on January 26, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Shoaid Akhtar should not be included in the world cup squad, the once Rawalpindi Express is now out of steam .............

  • on January 26, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    pcb is wat keeps pakistan demoralised....the players shud kno who the captain is...i strategy be made...evry1 given their role ...i pray the day pakistan plays is pakistans day and they wud crush any1 !! go pak go...our prayers are wid u!!! atleast semis shud be the goal !!!

  • Stark62 on January 26, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Good move to include A. Shezhad in the team!

    You see how well our youngsters can play and how much talent they have?!?!

    The only thing left to do is kick out Misbah, Younis, Tanvir and one of the two spinner to include 60x more talented youngsters like: Azhar Ali, N. Yasin, N. Jamshed and the best of them all J. Khan!