New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Queenstown

Rain wipes out second one-dayer

The Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

January 26, 2011

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The groundstaff were kept busy by the drizzle, New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Queenstown, January 26, 2011
Only 4.2 overs of play were possible in Queenstown before rain descended © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   on (January 27, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (January 27, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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 !!!

Posted by   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 .............

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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