Pakistan in New Zealand T20I Series - 1st T20I

New Zealand v Pakistan

New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)

1.56pm Time for the introductions - Venkat Raghav is keeping scores for us, while Andrew Fernando is on the bulletin at Eden Park. I am Nitin Sundar bringing you the commentary for now.

Here we go - Afridi failed at the top in the warm-up game, but has chosen to come out against the new ball again. Hafeez is with him. Franklin, who didn't bowl a single ball in the India one-dayers opens the bowling.

Hello, Merry Christmas and a lovely Boxing Day to y'all! It's a windy, nice day to kick off the New Zealand summer. The hosts have been afflicted with a strong sense of unwinnability in recent times. Well, here's hoping they go cold turkey on that losing habit sometime soon. Pakistan can do with some wins as well. While we wait for the toss, here's the preview to the match.

Toss: New Zealand elect to field.

Ross Taylor: We will bowl, there is a bit of moisture. Good to be back home. Milne and Brownlie make their debuts. Butler and Woodcock miss out. The ground is not a left-hander's ground anymore, but short boundaries to capitalise on.

Afridi: We are trying to build a team - Waqar and me. The defeat in the warm-up game was a good wake-up call. We are happy to be batting first.

A 25 degrees at the Eden Park and a nice stiff breeze blowing across the ground where the pitch has been reoriented 90 degrees. Wonder how they do that! Anyway, it now faces from north to south and the short boundaries are not on the sides anymore. The straight boundaries are a few metres shorter now and that is good incentive for the batsmen to hit in the V.

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0.1

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, and a lively start for Pakistan as Franklin delivers a Christmas present - gentle wafting half-volley angling across and landing outside off, Hafeez leans out and creams it through the covers

0.2

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, better, Franklin holds it back a touch and Hafeez shoulders arms

0.3

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, straighter this time, Hafeez decides to push it straight and picks a single before mid off can intervene

0.4

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, no run, action from Afridi straight away! He looks to launch this out of Auckland and is looking out of Auckland after making contact with a straight heave. Not very good contact though, it runs off the inside half to mid on

0.5

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, Franklin lands this miles outside off and even an eager Afridi can't reach it. He lets it go. Wide called.

0.5

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, no run, Ho ho, what do we have here. A forward defensive from Afridi! Back of a length on middle and off, he stays in the crease and calmly blocks to the leg side

0.6

Franklin to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full and wide half-volley at 130 kph, Afridi opens the face and steers it to third man for a single

End of over 1 (7 runs) Pakistan 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
Shahid Afridi    1* (3b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-7-0
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (3b 1x4)     

Mills shares the new ball. We have to wait for Milne.

1.1

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

1.2

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

1.3

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.

1.4

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.

1.5

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

1.6

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

End of over 2 (14 runs) Pakistan 21/0 (RR: 10.50)
Shahid Afridi    15* (9b 2x6)      KD Mills    1-0-14-0
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (3b 1x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-7-0

Milne has the ball now.

2.1

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, and begins his career with an over-pitched delivery outside off, that's Hafeez's favourite area and he leans into another smooth cover drive for four

2.2

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, pacy, 138 kph and back of a length as it angles in. Hafeez works it to the leg side and gives Afridi the strike

2.3

Milne to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, that's not fair on the youngster. He held the length back and Afridi mistimes the launch over mid-on. It dribbled off the inside half towards midwicket. And just kept bouncing along through to the boundary. Mickey mouse boundaries these!

2.4

Milne to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, 148 kph, this man looks a lot like Bond. Afridi tries to smash a full ball over mid-off, but this is too full for the loft and it lands just short of mid off

2.5

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pacy and short, Hafeez gets into a tangle as he attempts to pull. Fails to make contact.,

2.6

Milne to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, fuller on middle and leg, he works it off the pads and they take a single. The stumps are hit, but the batsmen are safe

Saleh: "Santa baby, stick a afridi wicket under the tree, for me..." because he will ruin my day."

End of over 3 (11 runs) Pakistan 32/0 (RR: 10.66)
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (7b 2x4)      AF Milne    1-0-10-0
Shahid Afridi    20* (11b 1x4 2x6)      KD Mills    1-0-14-0

Mills continues.

3.1

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

3.2

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.

3.3

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

3.4

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

3.5

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.

3.6

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

End of over 4 (5 runs) Pakistan 37/1 (RR: 9.25)
     KD Mills    2-0-19-1
Mohammad Hafeez    15* (12b 3x4)      AF Milne    1-0-10-0

Milne continues.

4.1

Milne to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, begins the new over with a quick one, back of good length and hurries into the new man Shehzad who is a year late on the pull.

4.2

Milne to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, when in doubt, go for the slog towards midwicket. Everything reaches that boundary. Shehzad plays an ugly swipe to a back of length outside off and it runs away to the fence

4.3

Milne to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, 144 kph, Shehzad knows Milne is fast and sets himself up for the whip across the line from outside off. Sets himself up too early, and gets a leading edge. Four to third man. It's the end that counts, not the means.

4.4

Milne to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, that's been brutalised. Milne serves one on the length and Shehzad is ready. Stays back in the crease and whacks the lacquer off that one. It lands a couple of moments later, well over wide long-on.

Meanwhile, Hussey is gone at the MCG. England on top!

4.5

Milne to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full ball on off stump, Shehzad pushes it out to cover. Good timing, straight to the fielder

4.6

Milne to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, defends the last ball as well to the off side, bit of an anti-climactic end to a violent over.

End of over 5 (14 runs) Pakistan 51/1 (RR: 10.20)
Ahmed Shehzad    14* (6b 2x4 1x6)      AF Milne    2-0-24-0
Mohammad Hafeez    15* (12b 3x4)      KD Mills    2-0-19-1

Southee the yorker specialist comes on.

5.1

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, And a big appeal for lbw straight away as he nips one into Hafeez from middle and off as he looks to flick and misses. That was sliding down the leg side though

5.2

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, Hafeez opens the face and nearly runs this all the way to the third man boundary. Flat drop-in pitch, small outfield - this is perfect for batting. Sliding save in the deep saves the boundary

5.3

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good length ball on off, brings the batsman forward into a defensive push

5.4

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, well, good balls have gone for six, so a rank bad ball going for four is something the bowlers will not mind. Southee slides this well down the leg side, with fine leg inside the circle and Hafeez helps it along to the fine leg fence with a neat glance. Didn't have much to do there.

5.5

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, better line, a foot outside off and Hafeez can't do much except steer it quietly square on the off side

5.6

Southee to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, Southee strikes with the slower ball. Bit of a leg cutter that at 118 kph, very smart and nifty stuff. Shehzad was fooled by the lack of pace and was feeling early. He was then fooled by the deviation and ended up getting a thin edge. Good take by McGlashan tumbling forward as it died on him

Ahmed Shehzad c †McGlashan b Southee 14 (9m 7b 2x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Apologies for the confusion - that was Shehzad who was dismissed. Not Hafeez. Styris comes on, with the keeper standing up.

End of over 6 (7 runs) Pakistan 58/2 (RR: 9.66)
     TG Southee    1-0-7-1
Mohammad Hafeez    22* (17b 4x4)      AF Milne    2-0-24-0

6.1

Styris to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, nice tight Kiwi standard off cutter, full and straight, brings the batsman forward and he works it off the pads square

6.2

Styris to Younis Khan, no run, another one to Younis the new man in, who pushes it out to extra cover

6.3

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, over-pitched on middle and leg, Younis is away with a crisp drive down to long on

6.4

Styris to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, tight lines from Styris, full off cutter half a foot outside off at 109 kph. Hafeez makes room and guides it square

6.5

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis forces another accurate delivery through the covers and picks a single to the deep

Hammad: "This boy Milne is very pacey. I hope he fills in the gap created by Shane Bond's retirement for the black caps."

6.6

Styris to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good over this. Hafeez carefully works a full ball on middle back to the bowler to end with a dot

End of over 7 (4 runs) Pakistan 62/2 (RR: 8.85)
Mohammad Hafeez    24* (20b 4x4)      SB Styris    1-0-4-0
Younis Khan    2* (3b)      TG Southee    1-0-7-1

This of course is Younis' return to the Twenty20 format after initially retiring from it following the 2009 World T20. But then, Pakistan cricketers and retirements... Southee continues.

7.1

Southee to Younis Khan, no run, fast and targeting the pads, worked off the legs towards square leg

7.2

Southee to Younis Khan, OUT, Younis' T20 return has not lasted very long. Southee drops this short and wide at 138 kph and Younis is a little late on the cut as he looks to intentionally go over the top. He gets a top edge that nestles in the sweeper's hands in the deep.

Younis Khan c Brownlie b Southee 2 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

7.3

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Southee is on a hat-trick. Three wickets for him in four balls. Whoddathunk. Pakistan's manic start is quickly unraveling here. Nice delivery, in the corridor of uncertainty, and a touch of away movement. Hafeez pokes fatally, and gets a thin edge through to McGlashan.

Mohammad Hafeez c †McGlashan b Southee 24 (35m 21b 4x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

7.4

Southee to Umar Akmal, OUT, Southee by South-west! Hat-trick! Four wickets in five balls for him. Umar Akmal walks back with a wry smile on his face. That was fast and angling into the right hander who was back in the crease. It hit the pads alright, but did it hit bat first? Was it sliding down the leg? Quick appeal from the bowler. The umpire took his time and gave it out.

Umar Akmal lbw b Southee 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

7.5

Southee to Abdul Razzaq, no run, this match has changed completely. That's T20 for you. Southee bangs one in and gets it to whistle past Razzaq'a face at some pace. He weaves away. Wise decision.

7.6

Southee to Abdul Razzaq, no run, back of a length on off stump, Razzaq stays in the crease and defends to the off side

Umpire Barry Frost on debut got that wrong. Umar Akmal got a thick inside edge on that one.

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 62/5 (RR: 7.75)
Abdul Razzaq    0* (2b)      TG Southee    2-1-7-4
Fawad Alam    0* (0b)      SB Styris    1-0-4-0

Alarm bells ringing everywhere for Pak. Here is Fawad Alam.

8.1

Styris to Fawad Alam, no run, full and angling across the left hander, he pushes it off the front foot to cover

8.2

Styris to Fawad Alam, no run, straighter this time, and back of a length and defended to the leg side

8.3

Styris to Fawad Alam, no run, Styris keeps it tight all the time. Alam is cautious, and understandably. Steers a full one outside off to point

8.4

Styris to Fawad Alam, FOUR, and finally Styris delivers a short one, Alam is quick to spot it and cream it through point. Pakistan may be in trouble, but the boundaries remain as short as they did earlier. Whistles away to the point fence

8.5

Styris to Fawad Alam, 1 run, drives a fuller one on off stump into the covers for one

8.6

Styris to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, back of a length, a feeler that outside off and Razzaq looks to open the face and run it off the back foot.

End of over 9 (6 runs) Pakistan 68/5 (RR: 7.55)
Abdul Razzaq    1* (3b)      SB Styris    2-0-10-0
Fawad Alam    5* (5b 1x4)      TG Southee    2-1-7-4

9.1

Southee to Abdul Razzaq, no run, Southee bowls a non-wicket-taking ball. Stop the press. Short and wide outside the off, and he lets it go

9.2

Southee to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, well, nothing unusual about this delivery. Southee has picked his fifth wicket in eight balls. Normal service. This one did nothing. Back of a length and a touch outside off, Razzaq stays leaden footed in the crease and gets a neat little outside edge. McGlashan is in business again.

Abdul Razzaq c †McGlashan b Southee 1 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

This is NZ's first five-wicket haul in T20s. Took just eight balls coming. Pakistan, coincidentally, are not well behind the eight ball.

9.3

Southee to Umar Gul, no run, length ball outside off, Gul leaves

9.4

Southee to Umar Gul, 1 run, this one comes in with the angle and he works it off the pads for a single

9.5

Southee to Umar Gul, 1 wide, one-short. Not something Pakistan can afford right now. Gul doesn't ground the bat at the striker's end while taking the first run

9.5

Southee to Umar Gul, no run, full and fast, a foot outside off, brings Gul out into the push to the off side

9.6

Southee to Umar Gul, no run, that ball whistled across outside off on Boxing Day. Gul's flashing blade came down on it in the new year. And connected with thin air.

End of over 10 (2 runs) Pakistan 70/6 (RR: 7.00)
Umar Gul    1* (4b)      TG Southee    3-1-9-5
Fawad Alam    5* (5b 1x4)      SB Styris    2-0-10-0

10.1

Styris to Fawad Alam, 1 run, Alam stabs one to point and takes off for a risky single. Fumble from Brownlie lets them off the hook

10.2

Styris to Umar Gul, 1 run, Gul works an off cutter off the pads, very fine, for a single to fine leg

10.3

Styris to Fawad Alam, no run, another tight off cutter, Alam stays in the crease and looks for room, but there is none. Worked towards cover without much power

10.4

Styris to Fawad Alam, 1 run, another one back of a length and cutting away, Alam tries to force it against the deviation, but can't find any timing

10.5

Styris to Umar Gul, 1 run, perilously close to seven-down. Styris rolls the fingers over another one, angling into Gul's pads from middle and off line and he's early on the flick. Top edge somehow evades short midwicket

10.6

Styris to Fawad Alam, 1 run, Alam works the last ball off the back foot with the deviation towards cover

Here's the list of best bowling performances by New Zealanders. Southee on top now.

End of over 11 (5 runs) Pakistan 75/6 (RR: 6.81)
Fawad Alam    8* (9b 1x4)      SB Styris    3-0-15-0
Umar Gul    3* (6b)      TG Southee    3-1-9-5

11.1

Southee to Fawad Alam, 1 run, fastish delivery angling across Alam who taps it into the covers for one.

11.2

Southee to Umar Gul, no run, length ball, searching for Gul's outside edge as he pushes at it and plays it to cover point

11.3

Southee to Umar Gul, FOUR, Southee continues to bully them. Bouncer now, Gul is completely beaten by the pace and top-edges the pull just past McGlashan. It lands inside the circle and still runs away for four. Rare, rare boundary

11.4

Southee to Umar Gul, no run, another short one, this time Gul is so late on it, he can't make contact. Clocked at 138 kph, that one

11.5

Southee to Umar Gul, FOUR, a confident shot after a long time. Gul expected a fuller one to follow the bouncers. Well, he was playing this shot regardless of what was coming. To his credit, he was well set in the crease for a swipe across the line and made good contact. That ruins Southee's figures a bit

11.6

Southee to Umar Gul, no run, that's the end of a bustling speel from Southee. 5 for 18 off 4 overs as Gul defends a length ball to the off side. Applause from the reasonably full ground at Eden Park.

End of over 12 (9 runs) Pakistan 84/6 (RR: 7.00)
Umar Gul    11* (11b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-1-18-5
Fawad Alam    9* (10b 1x4)      SB Styris    3-0-15-0

12.1

Styris to Fawad Alam, OUT, Well, Southee's spell is over, but the wickets keep tumbling. Alam's gone now, trying to manufacture a pull out of nowhere as Styris continues to strangle with those off cutters. Alam went deep in the crease and looked to cross bat it, but it was not the right length. Top edge goes into the sky and lands in long on's hands

Fawad Alam c Franklin b Styris 9 (23m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

12.2

Styris to Umar Gul, no run, and nearly another one as Gul sells the non-striker a dummy. Works it off the pads straight to backward square leg and looks to take a single before deciding against it. A better throw to Styris would have got the wicket

12.3

Styris to Umar Gul, no run

12.4

Styris to Umar Gul, 1 wide, huge appeal for stumping, Gul does a banana split of sorts as he over-balances after leaning across as he looks to work one off the pads. McGlashan has the bails off in a flash, but Gul's gymnastics have got him in, just in the nick of time.

12.4

Styris to Umar Gul, no run, defends a full ball slightly outside off to the off side.

12.5

Styris to Umar Gul, 1 run, Gul sets himself up for a slog across the line, but can't quite get the connection this time, Picks a single to the deep

12.6

Styris to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, steers one off the back foot towards the off side for another single

End of over 13 (3 runs) Pakistan 87/7 (RR: 6.69)
Wahab Riaz    1* (1b)      SB Styris    4-0-18-1
Umar Gul    12* (15b 2x4)      TG Southee    4-1-18-5

Milne comes on for a second spell. The match has turned on his head since his first.

13.1

Milne to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, full and fast, a foot outside off, thick outside edge flies away to third man for a single

13.2

Milne to Umar Gul, 1 run, Gul stays back in the crease and taps a back of length ball towards the covers for another single

13.3

Milne to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, more pace from Milne, the batsman stays put in the crease and opens the face to dab it towards third man for another single

13.4

Milne to Umar Gul, no run, bangs it in at 139 kph and it comes into Gul at some pace. He defends to the off side

13.5

Milne to Umar Gul, no run, and he's through him with a fuller ball. This is smart bowling, lands on a length and comes in with the angle at 140 kph. Gul doesn't move forward and pokes from the crease. He can't make contact.

13.6

Milne to Umar Gul, FOUR, a particulatly unlucky debut so far for Milne. Another good ball, fast and hurrying into Gul who fends uncertainly and gets an inside edge that misses the stumps and flies to the fine leg boundary

End of over 14 (7 runs) Pakistan 94/7 (RR: 6.71)
Umar Gul    17* (19b 3x4)      AF Milne    3-0-31-0
Wahab Riaz    3* (3b)      SB Styris    4-0-18-1

McCullum comes on. Of the Nathan variety, obviously. Round the wicket.

14.1

McCullum to Wahab Riaz, no run, fastish outside off and straightening. Riaz looks to drive and misses.

14.2

McCullum to Wahab Riaz, no run, different length, same effect. Riaz looks to cut a shorter ball and misses

14.3

McCullum to Wahab Riaz, no run, gets bat on ball finally. Fuller on off stump and played back to the bowler

14.4

McCullum to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, I thought Gul's gymnastics were entertaining. This is in a league of its own as Riaz gets a full ball on the pads and slips and goes down like sack of potatoes as he looks to sweep. Gets the single, but boy, that took some effort.

14.5

McCullum to Umar Gul, 1 run, Gul stays in the crease and punches against the spin towards cover for one

14.6

McCullum to Wahab Riaz, no run

End of over 15 (2 runs) Pakistan 96/7 (RR: 6.40)
Wahab Riaz    4* (8b)      NL McCullum    1-0-2-0
Umar Gul    18* (20b 3x4)      AF Milne    3-0-31-0

Franklin comes on again. Round the wicket.

15.1

Franklin to Umar Gul, no run, Gul looks to pull as one hurries in short of a length, with the angle. He misses though.

15.2

Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 run, fuller ball, on a length and Gul drives into the covers for a single

15.3

Franklin to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, Riaz gets a thick outside edge yet again, and picks a single to third man

15.4

Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 run, whoa, what happened there? Gul wanted to pull and was almost through with the shot when he realised it wasn't at all short enough. Ended up just tapping it high in the air towards square leg. Milne at midwicket seemed to be the one who wanted to take it, but Styris from fine leg made a late effort. He couldn't reach though. Single as it lands in between both

15.5

Franklin to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, wants to play the cut, and gets a thick outside edge to deep backward point for one

15.6

Franklin to Umar Gul, 1 run, drives the final ball to cover for a single to covers

End of over 16 (5 runs) Pakistan 101/7 (RR: 6.31)
Umar Gul    21* (24b 3x4)      JEC Franklin    2-0-12-0
Wahab Riaz    6* (10b)      NL McCullum    1-0-2-0

16.1

McCullum to Umar Gul, 2 runs, Nathan tosses it up and draws him out for the drive. Uppishly played, but safely through cover point for a couple

16.2

McCullum to Umar Gul, no run, full toss on the pads wasted, worked straight to mid on

16.3

McCullum to Umar Gul, no run, short ball outside off and Gul goes for another sweep and slides. Boy, they are on a slippery wicket here.

16.4

McCullum to Umar Gul, no run

16.5

McCullum to Umar Gul, SIX, forget footwork, forget everything if you can hit it that hard. It helps that the ground is particularly short in that region towards midwicket. Gul doesn't move forward or back. He stays where he is and slams a reasonably good delivery straightening into him over the midwicket stand

16.6

McCullum to Umar Gul, 1 run, drives a fuller ball outside off towards the covers for a single

End of over 17 (9 runs) Pakistan 110/7 (RR: 6.47)
Umar Gul    30* (30b 3x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-11-0
Wahab Riaz    6* (10b)      JEC Franklin    2-0-12-0

17.1

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

17.2

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

17.3

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.

17.4

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

17.5

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

17.6

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

End of over 18 (2 runs) Pakistan 112/9 (RR: 6.22)
     KD Mills    3-0-21-3
Wahab Riaz    7* (13b)      NL McCullum    2-0-11-0

18.1

Milne to Wahab Riaz, SIX, Riaz has decided time is running out. Milne gives him a half volley on middle stump and that's all he needs. Digs deep back in the crease and blasts it over long on. Easily clears the boundary.

18.2

Milne to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, there are no mosquitoes in New Zealand, but that doesn't stop Riaz from going for a texbook swat. Cross bats the forehand across the line on the bounce to long on

18.3

Milne to Shoaib Akhtar, no run, the times have changed, huh! Shoaib Akhtar, the man who once bullied the best top order batsmen in the workd with his bouncers gets one aimed at his head. He just manages to drop away and get his head out of the way

18.4

Milne to Shoaib Akhtar, no run, gets a length ball and he wasn't expecting it. He was waiting for another bouncer and ended up pushing it to the bowler

18.5

Milne to Shoaib Akhtar, SIX, boy, this ground is even smaller than I thought. Milne lands one back of a length, angling into Shoaib at good pace and the batsman plays a rather ungainly lofted tonk towards the leg side - I'm afraid there's no better way to describe the shot. And it carries almost out of the ground. How? Go figure.

18.6

Milne to Shoaib Akhtar, 2 runs, slower ball, smartly done. Milne has poor figures on debut, but he's bowled quite well today. Akhtar pokes it out into the covers and gets a single

End of over 19 (15 runs) Pakistan 127/9 (RR: 6.68)
Shoaib Akhtar    8* (4b 1x6)      AF Milne    4-0-46-0
Wahab Riaz    14* (15b 1x6)      KD Mills    3-0-21-3

19.1

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

19.2

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

19.3

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

19.4

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

19.5

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.

19.6

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.

As a few of you have pointed out, the 18th over was indeed bowled by Mills. Apologies for the scoring glitch. We are correcting it right away.

Bizarre innings that. Pakistan started superbly before they ran into Southee. They played out some quiet overs and then exploded in the end thanks to Riaz. 143 is a decent score, but the ball is coming on and the boundaries are not the longest.

Ian Smith on air clarifies that umpire Frost gave Ajmal out lbw and not caught. So that clears the doubt over that decision.

Right, Abhishek Purohit takes over the commentary for the second innings.

End of over 20 (16 runs) Pakistan 143/9
Wahab Riaz    30* (21b 2x4 2x6)      KD Mills    4-0-37-3
Shoaib Akhtar    8* (4b 1x6)      AF Milne    4-0-46-0
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Ross Taylor made an unbeaten 39, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Auckland, December 26, 2010

Ross Taylor made an unbeaten 39

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Umar Gul provided some resistance as he made 30, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Auckland, December 26, 2010

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