Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 1st T20I: New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Dec 26, 2010
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)
26 December 2010 (20-over match)

Mills to Shahid Afridi, no run, spongy bounce, get used to that in New Zealand. 129 kph, but it stops on Afridi who closes the face and gets a big leading edge that almost carries to cover


Mills to Shahid Afridi, no run, another shot from the Afridi factory. Short and a couple of feet outside off, Afridi shuffles across and looks to whip-pull it away to midwicket. Can't quite get it away


Mills to Shahid Afridi, SIX, Ho, ho hoick, Santa would say. Afridi does not have to shuffle across for the whip this time. It was in the slot, full on the pads and he lofted it cleanly off the wrists. The side boundaries are longer than usual at the Eden Park, not long enough to keep this in. Beats deep square leg for a six. Afridi is away.


Mills to Shahid Afridi, SIX, well, the side boundaries are short - the straight boundaries are in another league altogether. Afridi throws his bat at a back of length delivery outside off and gets an outside edge. Not much pace on that ball, yet the edge flies straight over the third man fence.


Mills to Shahid Afridi, no run, Mills wisely holds the length further back and keeps it wider outside off. Afridi fishes without moving the feet and misses


Mills to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, looks to launch the last ball over the Tasman, but can't quite get the distance with a booming lofted cover drive. Lands safely over the covers for a couple

Pakistan 21/0   KD Mills 1-0-14-0

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short and a touch outside off, not a bad tactic against Afridi, who stays in the crease and dabs it to third man


Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez looks to check drive a length ball outside off, he hardly hit that. It landed a foot inside the cover boundary. Go figure.


Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, holds the length back, Hafeez holds his guns and defends to the off side


Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on the pads, but the length is not too full again and Hafeez can't quite line him up for the whip flick. Defends to the off side


Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Milne has dropped a dolly. Hafeez this time gets a thick outside edge as he throws everything at a full delivery outside off, it carries nicely towards Milne at third man, but he clangs it. The action does not end there - Afridi is walking into the striker's end with the bat safely in his hands and with no intention of sliding it in as Milne's sharp throw hits the stumps. He just made it on time. That's not a good piece of running. That's not any piece of running.


Mills to Shahid Afridi, OUT, Afridi is gone. He gets one back of good length and looks to pull it, but it gets big on him and he ends top-edging to mid-off. The commentator on TV calls that a goober. Not sure what he meant, but this is one of Afridi's common dismissal modes.

Shahid Afridi c Southee b Mills 20 (17m 12b 1x4 2x6) SR: 166.66

Pakistan 37/1   KD Mills 2-0-19-1

Mills to Umar Gul, OUT, Gul is gone, and that's among the plumbest lbws you will see. Length ball landing just outside off and heading straight for thre furniture. Gul doesn't pick the length and goes for the pull again. And misses. Easy decision for the umpire this time.

Umar Gul lbw b Mills 30 (31m 31b 3x4 1x6) SR: 96.77


Mills to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, back of a length on middle and off, the batsman stays back in the crease and works it square for one


Mills to Wahab Riaz, no run, Mills gets one to nip away from a length and has Riaz fishes in hope outside off. No trout on this occasion.


Mills to Wahab Riaz, no run, tries to work one off the pads towards midwicket, can't find the gap in the circle


Mills to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, pushes a fuller delivery towards the covers for a single


Mills to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, another one bites the dust. Ajmal is not the best batsmen going around and I am surprised he was sent in ahead of Akhtar in the first place. He may have got a rough decision here, but he was playing a ridiculous shot to a back of a length ball outside off, trying to work it across the line with an angled bat. The shot was so poor its unlikely he could have made any contact with it. But he's given out. Replays are awaited. Late confirmation from the television commentators that the decision is lbw and not caught as was initially implied.

Saeed Ajmal lbw b Mills 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Pakistan 112/9   KD Mills 3-0-21-3

Mills to Wahab Riaz, no run, length ball a foot outside off and he misses it


Mills to Wahab Riaz, SIX, launched away. Wahab gets average connection on that one. The commentator on TV expects it to be hauled in, but he doesn't seem to have figures just how small this ground is. Another six over midwicket


Mills to Wahab Riaz, no run, refuses a single this time, he wants strike does this man.


Mills to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs, looks to hoick across the line, and gets a thick outside edge that runs away towards third man for a couple


Mills to Wahab Riaz, FOUR, an attempted carve over cover this time and Riaz once again gets a thick outside edge that beats third man who is places very fine. Not fine enough to save this one though. Nice, late flourish for Pakistan here.


Mills to Wahab Riaz, FOUR, and a strong finish. Their strong bowling attack has something to bowl at. The attempted yorker goes awry, not by much. Riaz manages to get a thick inside edge that squirts away between fine leg and square leg for four more.

Pakistan 143/9   KD Mills 4-0-37-3





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