Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 1st ODI: New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Jan 22, 2011
New Zealand won by 9 wickets (with 196 balls remaining)
22 January 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

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And a warm hello to those who prefer English! Welcome to the first ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan. I am Nitin Sundar, bringing you the ball-by-ball action, while George Binoy is on the bulletin. Sanjay Murari is adding up the scores for us today.

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Right, enough of rugby. Over to cricket now. It is currently 5.22 am in Pakistan, but I'm sure several fans are up and catching up on this important series for both sides. Interesting changes in combination for both sides - Brendon McCullum drops to No. 6 for New Zealand. Kamran Akmal returns to take the big gloves, and he will open the innings. Shahid Afridi is back as their captain, and doubt lingers over who will lead Pakistan in the World Cup. Plenty of talking points - here is the everything you need to know about the game. In a completely unrelated note, this is Ross Taylor's full name - Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor.

Toss:

Afridi wins the toss and Pakistan will bat. "It looks dry, we will look to put a decent score. There are a few things we want to try out in the series, but let's first see how things go. The boys did a great job in the Tests. Misbah is in great form.. It is tough for me, [with the captain not being named for the World Cup], but I am confident and positive."

Vettori: "The pitch should remain true through the game. We need to build some confidence leading into the World Cup. Few changes in the side, and there may be a few more in the series."

NZ finalised their XI yesterday. We will bring you Pakistan's team in a moment. We have a dry, hard pitch with a smattering of grass. This ground is not one of those 'Mickey Mouse' grounds you see so often in New Zealand, with good 65m long boundaries. Simon Doull reckons 240 is a good score for this track. There's a small chance of showers later in the day.

Right, the big news in the Pakistan line-up is the return of Sohail Tanvir, who delivers the ball off the wrong foot and produces amazing swing. Saeed Ajmal is not playing today - Abdur Rehman who impressed during the Tests keeps the lead spinner's spot. I am not sure why, but Umar Gul isn't playing either.

A disappointing crowd to start off the day, but I'm sure we will see them coming in through the day. Lovely ground this, nestled next to the Wellington harbour, with a cruise liner moored on the side. And New Zealand has the bluest skies of the cricketing world. Very pretty.

Rana writes in from another part of the world. "Hello to all of you. Here in France, 1:40 am of night with teperature low enough to freeze the water in ice. Waiting for start of match to get warm up by some brilliant Pakistani batting."

Nowshad has similar sentiments: "Its 5:22am in Pakistan, what you think about 1:22am in Europe. Too many mad men are waking to watch good cricket. We dont want someone sleep in middle like Misbah did in last test. Good cricket from all over so expects good from here too."

Talking of good cricket all over, we saw amazing comebacks yesterday from Australia and South Africa, rising from the dumps to turn the screws on England and India respectively. To catch up on all the cricket, you should download the ESPNcricinfo toolbar and check out our Chrome extension. Also, I hope you are following @ESPNcricinfo on twitter - where you get match updates faster than light.

Righto, out come the troops. Kamran Akmal takes strike in bright green. Hafeez at the non-striker's end. James Franklin, who did not ball a single ball in the India ODIs, has the ball. Left arm, over the wicket.

0.1

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball, on a good line, around off stump and slanting a touch in. Kamran defends solidly off the front foot

0.2

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, and Kamran doesn't need much time to get used to New Zealand. Lovely piece of timing as Frankli lands this a foot and a half wide of off. Kamran opens the face as he eases into a square drive and finds the gap through a well populated circle on the off side

0.3

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, similar ball, Kamran drives it on the up this time. Nathan McCullum at point tumbles to his left and keeps it down to one

0.4

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, good delivery, angles into middle and off and nips into Hafeez at 128 kph. Hafeez is neither forward nor back, but keeps it out

0.5

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, too straight, but Hafeez misses out as he looks to flick. Hits him on the pads, safely down the leg side

0.6

Franklin to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, well, well, what happened there? Full length ball on off stump, Hafeez pressed across to defend, but there was a small gap between bat and pad, it squeezed through it, possibly off the inside edge, but ballooned and died on McCullum who dived forward and could not scoop it in time. Was there an edge?

End of over 1 (5 runs) Pakistan 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 0 (3b)
    • Kamran Akmal 5 (3b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-5-0

Two slips for Southee.

1.1

Southee to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, ooh, he begins with a looses cannon. Full and wide outside off, it swings away like it has a mind of its own and Kamran has a swish at it. He misses, McCullum fumbles.

1.1

Southee to Kamran Akmal, no run, over-pitched outside off and again moving away nicely, Kamran drives without getting fully across, to Ryder at cover point

1.2

Southee to Kamran Akmal, no run, holds the length back a touch, and Kamran chooses not to drive. Defended from the crease

1.3

Southee to Kamran Akmal, no run, pleasing shape from Southee again, at lively pace too - 136 kph. Another one lands on a length around middle stump and straightens. Kamran punches it down the track, but not too well-timed.

1.4

Southee to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, this time he slants it down the leg, lost in search of the dream ball. Kamran flicks it to fine leg for one

1.5

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on Hafeez's pads this time, and for the second time he's missed out on an easy scoring opportunity

1.6

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, strong finish to the over. The perfect away-going delivery, slants in from a touch wide of the crease, lands on a length and straightens, squaring up the batsman and taking the outside edge. It went straight down and ran towards point

End of over 2 (2 runs) Pakistan 7/0 (RR: 3.50)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 0 (5b)
    • Kamran Akmal 6 (7b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 1-0-2-0
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-5-0
2.1

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, not much movement at this end, full on off stump and Kamran defends compactly to the off side

2.2

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, smart change in length, dangling the bait outside off and getting it to hold its line and go with the angle. Kamran has a feel at it, but doesn't nick it

2.3

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, solid defence again, to a straighter ball. Positive footwork from Kamran, getting nicelt across to cover the line

2.4

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length, on middle stump, Kamran stays back and defends down the track

2.5

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, over-pitched, well outside off and Kamran goes for the drive, but he hasn't got across. Mis-times the shot to mid-off

2.6

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, another good finish to the over, Franklin finally gets the ball to deviate, starts on off stump and begins to straighten, but not enough to hit the stumps. Rapped on the pads as Kamran was reaching out, but there is no appeal

End of over 3 (maiden) Pakistan 7/0 (RR: 2.33)

    • Kamran Akmal 6 (13b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 0 (5b)
    • JEC Franklin 2-1-5-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-2-0
3.1

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Southee holds the length back outside off, Hafeez opens the face and drops it to the off side

3.2

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, goes fuller, invites the drive, but doesn't get the deviation this time. Hafeez middles the shot this time, but straight to mid off

3.3

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, loud appeal for lbw as Southee scrambles the seam and somehow gets it to jag back into Hafeez, who moves his front foot a mile across and then is in trouble as he looks to get the bat around to the ball. He managed to get an inside edge onto the pads though, that saved him.

3.4

Southee to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Southee has outdone Hafeez with a lovely bit of bowling here. Out-thought and outdone. After getting the previous ball to nip in, he gets this one to dart away from just outside off. Perfect length too, Hafeez stayed on the back foot and tentatively dangled the bat at it, mostly in hope. It took the edge and nestled in McCullum's gloves.

Mohammad Hafeez c †BB McCullum b Southee 0 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Younis Khan is the new man in. In his first ODI in NZ. Amazing. Rameez confirms he has played in 15 other countries.

3.5

Southee to Younis Khan, 2 runs, full on off stump and Younis is away with a nicely timed steer past point. Back for a couple.

3.6

Southee to Younis Khan, no run, Southee keeps probing away, another subtle change in length. Fullish ball, looking for the dream outswinger from middle and leg. Younis had to arrest his forward lunge quickly to defend to the off side

End of over 4 (2 runs) Pakistan 9/1 (RR: 2.25)

    • Younis Khan 2 (2b)
    • Kamran Akmal 6 (13b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 2-0-4-1
    • JEC Franklin 2-1-5-0
4.1

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length outside off, Kamran goes for the big booming cover drive, but it goes without much boom towards cover. Mistimed due to lack of footwork

4.2

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, nice save at short fine leg, that ball had four bonus runs written on it, as it landed outside leg and Kamran timed the glance perfectly. The fielder at short fine moved quickly to his left and tumbled to save four runs.

4.3

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, no run, full and straight on off stump, Kamran eases the check drive towards mid off

4.4

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, fractionally wider outside off and Kamran opens the face to guide it square for one

4.5

Franklin to Younis Khan, no run, angles a full delivery across Younis at 126 kph and he drives solidly into the covers

4.6

Franklin to Younis Khan, 1 run, good running at the end of the day. Full delivery outside off, Younis moved into the drive and used the wrists to play it to the left of Guptill at point. It seemed like a tight run, but Younis made it before the throw come in.

End of over 5 (2 runs) Pakistan 11/1 (RR: 2.20)

    • Younis Khan 3 (4b)
    • Kamran Akmal 7 (17b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 3-1-7-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-4-1
5.1

Southee to Younis Khan, FOUR, Southee continues to do a decent fast bowler's impression of legspin. Another sharp away seamer, sucks Younis into the waft after getting forward, and gets the edge. Unfortunately for Southee, it was a thick edge that eluded the two slips

5.2

Southee to Younis Khan, 1 run, another one that moves away from off stump, Younis opens the face and guides square for one

5.3

Southee to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length outside off, Kamran hangs back in the crease and check drives into the covers

5.4

Southee to Kamran Akmal, no run, every now and then, Southee gets one to jag back in off the seam. Good combination - outswing and in-seam. Kamran is cut in half as he stays back in the crease

5.5

Southee to Kamran Akmal, no run, this is top-class new-ball bowling, from a different era almost. That's how rare good sideways movement has become these days. Southee tries what he did successfully against Hafeez, follows up the inducker with the away swinger again. Hafeez was good enough to edge it, Kamran was not.

5.6

Southee to Kamran Akmal, no run, stays back in the crease, carefully watching the movement off the track, before defending to the off side

End of over 6 (5 runs) Pakistan 16/1 (RR: 2.66)

    • Kamran Akmal 7 (21b 1x4)
    • Younis Khan 8 (6b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 3-0-9-1
    • JEC Franklin 3-1-7-0
6.1

Franklin to Younis Khan, no run, short of a length outside off, Younis pounces back in the crease and looks for the square cut, but finds Ryder at point

6.2

Franklin to Younis Khan, no run, mix-up, but safe. Length ball, on the stumps and holding its line, Younis looks to play to the leg side as he falls across, and is running even as he played it. Kamran was never interested, and rightly so. Franklin ran down to the right of the pitch on his follow through and attempted an under-arm flick towards the stumps, but missed, as Younis dived in.

6.3

Franklin to Younis Khan, no run, outside off this time, Younis unfurls a solid looking drive but finds cover

6.4

Franklin to Younis Khan, FOUR, boy, how close was that to short fine leg? Not a very smart delivery from Franklin, short ball without pace on leg stump and it was there for the pull. It came off so slowly that Younis mistimed the pull, and it went menacingly close to short fine leg before running away to the boundary

6.5

Franklin to Younis Khan, 1 run, reaches across with an angled face to pick up a single behind backward point

6.6

Franklin to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, dropped back of a length on the pads and Kamran works it square for one

Asif: "Hafeez is in his 59th match without single century.. Amazing fact for an opener."

End of over 7 (6 runs) Pakistan 22/1 (RR: 3.14)

    • Kamran Akmal 8 (22b 1x4)
    • Younis Khan 13 (11b 2x4)
    • JEC Franklin 4-1-13-0
    • TG Southee 3-0-9-1
7.1

Southee to Kamran Akmal, OUT, Kamran combusts. Southee has kept testing them from a length outside off, getting them to move away from the right handers. Kamran has another flash at it, but the movement took it away from the middle. He was going uppish with this, so Ryder was always in business at point. He moved quickly to the left to complete a tumbling take, as graceful as his frame would allow him to be.

Kamran Akmal c Ryder b Southee 8 (31m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 34.78

Unverified comment from Yousuf: "And, 'Luteru' in Urdu means 'burglar'. "

7.2

Southee to Asad Shafiq, no run, and the away swinger continues to work perfectly. Lands on a length outside off and moves away from new man Asad Shafiq who lets it go

7.3

Southee to Asad Shafiq, no run, another one, this is superb use of the seam. Asad sees it carefully and does well to resist from flashing at it

7.4

Southee to Asad Shafiq, no run, this time Southee foxes him into the shot, but does so much with the ball that Asad misses the drive. Lands on driving length as it comes in with the angle and then swerves away like a yoyo. He was driving in another zip code altogether.

7.5

Southee to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, unlucky for the bowler. Once again, Southee slips in the inducker after making the batsman look out of his depth with an away swinger. Asad did not see it coming, was taken by surprise by the slight shortening of length and then by the inward movement. He tried to cover the line in a hurry, but only got an inside edge that whistled past leg stump for four

7.6

Southee to Asad Shafiq, no run, that's not a bad idea. Leave outside off as another one moves away

End of over 8 (4 runs) Pakistan 26/2 (RR: 3.25)

    • Asad Shafiq 4 (5b 1x4)
    • Younis Khan 13 (11b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 4-0-13-2
    • JEC Franklin 4-1-13-0

Welcome back Jacob Oram. Has the ball now.

8.1

Oram to Younis Khan, no run, and begins with a gentle away swinger at 129 kph that forces the drive out of Younis. He misses though

8.2

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 run, back of a length this time, a foot outside off, Younis opens the face and steers square for one

8.3

Oram to Asad Shafiq, 1 wide, this time he starts the movement from too far outside off and it is called a wide

8.3

Oram to Asad Shafiq, no run, short of a length and good bounce outside off, Asad lets it go after reaching across

8.4

Oram to Asad Shafiq, no run, pushes Asad back with a back of length delivery with decent lift. Defended compactly off the back foot towards the covers

8.5

Oram to Asad Shafiq, no run, and a spiffing legcutter now from Oran. Seam bolt upright, landed with purpose back of a length outside off and then it moves away with disconcerting bounce. Shafiq did well not to edge that

8.6

Oram to Asad Shafiq, no run, another one. It moved away lesser, making it more likely to take a wicket, but Asad played inside the line and did not get the edge. Oram has hit the ground running here.

End of over 9 (2 runs) Pakistan 28/2 (RR: 3.11)

    • Asad Shafiq 4 (9b 1x4)
    • Younis Khan 14 (13b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 1-0-2-0
    • TG Southee 4-0-13-2
9.1

Southee to Younis Khan, 1 run, good footwork from Younis, gets well forward and across to a full away seamer outside off and guides it off the face, square for a single

9.2

Southee to Asad Shafiq, no run, another one that goes away, Shafiq is more confident leaving those that begin well outside off

9.3

Southee to Asad Shafiq, no run, poor shot selection from Shafiq, stays back and looks to play an ambitious square cut to a ball that wasn't short enough or wide enough for the shot. It swerves away and misses the edge

9.4

Southee to Asad Shafiq, OUT, see you later Asad Shafiq. Having snared two with the away swing, he's now got one with the inducker. Shafiq was not reading the movement at all, and has been made to look out of his depth in his short stay. He came forward and across in hope this time and played all around it. Rapped in front of middle, and despite the angle, umpire Saheba reckons that was crashing into the furniture. Replays are in, that actually hit him well high on the pads. Might have been a rough call.

Asad Shafiq lbw b Southee 4 (11m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

9.5

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah stays in the crease and watches and one angles in from wide of the crease and straightens outside off

9.6

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Similar ball, probably closer to the stumps this time, and another leave from Misbah

End of over 10 (1 run) Pakistan 29/3 (RR: 2.90)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 0 (2b)
    • Younis Khan 15 (14b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 5-0-14-3
    • JDP Oram 1-0-2-0
10.1

Oram to Younis Khan, no run, Oram darts one away from wide of off stump, Younis reaches across and leaves

10.2

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 run, this one holds its line, and Younis is alert to the variation as he gets across and defends to the off side. They take a quick single

10.3

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah stays firmly in the back foot - good idea too, will help him pick the movement off the pitch. Defends a length ball to the off side

10.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, first hint of uneven bounce outside off, Misbah gets back and across for the cut, but misses

10.5

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, another one on the perfect length from Oram, it holds its line again and is defended solidly to the off side

10.6

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly fuller, Misbah stays on the crease and defends with the full face to the leg side

End of over 11 (1 run) Pakistan 30/3 (RR: 2.72)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 0 (6b)
    • Younis Khan 16 (16b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 2-0-3-0
    • TG Southee 5-0-14-3
11.1

Southee to Younis Khan, no run, Southee holds the length back and gets another one to straighten from outside off. Defended off the back foot square on the off side

11.2

Southee to Younis Khan, 1 wide, a rare delivery overcooked by Southee, wide down the leg side

11.2

Southee to Younis Khan, no run, back on track, full on middle and swerving away prodigiously, Younis does really well to defend that off the middle of the bat

11.3

Southee to Younis Khan, no run, play and a miss outside off, Younis had a feel at it as it moved away, but he did not get an edge.

11.4

Southee to Younis Khan, 1 run, nicely played and well fielded. Southee ekes the drive out of Younis with a good length ball, it is timed pretty well down the ground, and Vettori moves quickly to his right from mid off to tumble and stop.

11.5

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, very good adjustment from Misbah to another Southee special away seamer. Moves away from off stump, Misbah opens the face and opens up his stance as he meets the ball, to defend towards point

11.6

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full on off stump, Misbah covers the line more easily this time and defends to mid off

End of over 12 (2 runs) Pakistan 32/3 (RR: 2.66)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 0 (8b)
    • Younis Khan 17 (20b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 6-0-16-3
    • JDP Oram 2-0-3-0
12.1

Oram to Younis Khan, no run, movement and spongy bounce, both causing problems here. This one was back of a length outside off and Younis went for the cut, but it just did not come on. Inside edged into the body

12.2

Oram to Younis Khan, no run, fuller outside off, played with the full face towards mid off

12.3

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 wide, slips down the leg side for another wide

12.3

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 run, another offcutter of sorts from Oram, at 128 kph, Younis inside edge the cut to the right of the pitch and they hare across for a quick single. Oram runs across and kicks the ball at the stumps, but misses. Misbah was not dragging his bat in. Hmm.

12.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length outside off and defended to the off side

12.5

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pushes off the back foot to midwicket, can't find the gap

12.6

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, and Misbah is finally away, steering a cut past point for a couple

Several Pakistan fans criticising Misbah's slow start. This is not a crash-bang-wallop wicket - Pakistan needs a solid stand from these two batsmen.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Pakistan 36/3 (RR: 2.76)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 2 (11b)
    • Younis Khan 18 (23b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 3-0-7-0
    • TG Southee 6-0-16-3

Hamish Bennett comes on now.

13.1

Bennett to Younis Khan, no run, and he bowls a real heavy ball this man. 140 kph, hits the deck outside off and Younis goes for the cut. He misses. Interesting action, huge leap before release, almost a two-legged hop, that propels him a whole metre at least before banging it in. A distinct resemblance in style to Debashis Mohanty.

13.2

Bennett to Younis Khan, 1 run, closer to a length outside off and Younis gets it away square for one

13.3

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, comes into Misbah from wide of the crease and it is defended to the off side.

13.4

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, 140 kph again, moves away a fraction from outside off and Misbah misses as he looks to drive. Good delivery

13.5

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and a sharp delivery that seams in from outside off this time. Misbah was walking into the defensive shot and got an inside edge onto the pads. That saved him from the big appeal for lbw

13.6

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets bat on ball in a better way this time, punches a full delivery on off through covers for one

Andrew Fernando sends us this bit of info: "This is Southee's favourite ODI venue. His best figures of 4/36 against came in his last match here, against Australia in March 2010."

End of over 14 (2 runs) Pakistan 38/3 (RR: 2.71)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 3 (15b)
    • Younis Khan 19 (25b 2x4)
    • HK Bennett 1-0-2-0
    • JDP Oram 3-0-7-0
14.1

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Oram slants one in from wide of the crease and Misbah somehow gets it away off the inside half for a single to the leg side

14.2

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 wide, slips down the leg side and concedes a wide

14.2

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 leg bye, slow offcutter at 127 kph and a huge appeal for lbw from Oram. Younis was decieved by the change of pace, he was well forward and into the shot by the time the ball came on and struck him on the pad. Might have been sliding down the leg. Debatable call, ruled in the batsman's favour. Replays suggest it was going high, so good decision.

14.3

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

14.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, Oram bounced that closer to Younis at the non-striker's end that Misbah. Very short, called wide for height.

14.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, pushes Misbah back in the crease with one back of a length and it is forced to the off side

14.5

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, beats the outside edge again, we have seen this so many times this morning. Misbah plants the front foot and then feels for one that moves away like it has a charm put on it.

14.6

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fuller this time and Misbah launches an expansive cover drive for one to the sweeper. The players will break for drinks

Head over to our YouTube channel to see some poetry in motion. Some of you are not very pleased with the Asad Shafiq lbw. Let us know what you think on our Facebook page, but cut out the abuse please.

End of over 15 (5 runs) Pakistan 43/3 (RR: 2.86)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 5 (20b)
    • Younis Khan 19 (26b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 4-0-11-0
    • HK Bennett 1-0-2-0

Bennett continues.

15.1

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length ball on off at 140 kph, holds its line and is defended off the front foot behind point

15.2

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, another one in the zone outside off and Misbah mistimes a cover drive as badly as it can be mistimed. Still finding his range, Misbah.

15.3

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, opens the face and looks to pinch a single square, but Jesse Ryder at point moves quickly across and dives to stop it. Poetry in motion, as I was saying ...

15.4

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, slightly over-pitched, Misbah times the drill shot back down the track and Bennett does well to stop it on his follow through

15.5

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, agonisingly close to being caught but Misbah survives. More of that tennis ball bounce from Bennett who bangs it in short and this one comes through at its own leisurely pace. Misbah shapes for the pull, waits and waits and plays a sort of mosquito swat in the time. It loops dangerously close to the fielder running across from mid-on, but was safe

15.6

Bennett to Younis Khan, no run, opens the face and defends the final ball off the back foot to point

End of over 16 (1 run) Pakistan 44/3 (RR: 2.75)

    • Younis Khan 19 (27b 2x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 6 (25b)
    • HK Bennett 2-0-3-0
    • JDP Oram 4-0-11-0
16.1

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good length on off stump and hinting at shaping away from Misbah who adjusts for the movement and defends

16.2

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, looks for the off drive to a full ball on off stump, but mistimes to mid off

16.3

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slants this one into the pads and Misbah works it through midwicket for one

16.4

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 run, smart work from Younis, back of a length on off stump, he drops it softly to the leg side and takes a single

16.5

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, dream delivery from Oram, the deceptively gentle away swinger. Misbah nearly falls for its charms, hanging the bat out there in a trance as it nips away. Close to the edge that one.

16.6

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Oram does a Southee. Follows up the outswing with an offcutter. Misbah nearly does a Shafiq, he was late to bring the bat down on that and got an inside edge, just past leg stump

End of over 17 (3 runs) Pakistan 47/3 (RR: 2.76)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 8 (30b)
    • Younis Khan 20 (28b 2x4)
    • JDP Oram 5-0-14-0
    • HK Bennett 2-0-3-0
17.1

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, a rare half-volley from Bennett and Misbah times the straight drive very well, but can't get it past the huge frame of the bowler

17.2

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short ball and huge bounce outside off. Bennett's broad shoulders eking out some extra juice from this pitch. It lifts a mile, outside off, and Misbah leaves

17.3

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this one ends up on middle and leg, Misbah moves inside the line and works a single wide of mid on

17.4

Bennett to Younis Khan, 1 wide, overcooks the bouncer and McCullum does some football goalkeeping, jumping up as he would if he was parrying it over the cross bar, and pouches it in one hand

17.4

Bennett to Younis Khan, no run, short of a length outside off, stays beside the line and plays it with angled face into the off side

17.5

Bennett to Younis Khan, 1 run, this one tails in from wide of the crease, Younis gets across and inside the line before nudging it square for the 50th run

17.6

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full on the pads, a rare poor delivery, and it is clipped well through square lg. Huge effort from the fine-leg fielder, running across and sliding to save the boundary

End of over 18 (5 runs) Pakistan 52/3 (RR: 2.88)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 11 (34b)
    • Younis Khan 21 (30b 2x4)
    • HK Bennett 3-0-8-0
    • JDP Oram 5-0-14-0
18.1

Oram to Younis Khan, no run, bangs it in, more of that balloonish, indifferent bounce. It is left alone.

18.2

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, gently dabbed towards wide mid off for a single. That's what Pakistan want.

18.3

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short ball outside off, Misbah rides the bounce and plays with opened face towards point

18.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this one angles into him and Misbah looks to work it to the leg side, but can't get it off the square

18.5

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah walks across to off stump and works a length ball towards square leg for another single

18.6

Oram to Younis Khan, 1 run, hmm, Oram moves the 19-overs-old ball away off the seam and Younis steers it uppishly through a now vacant gully region for one

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 55/3 (RR: 2.89)

    • Younis Khan 23 (33b 2x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 12 (37b)
    • JDP Oram 6-0-17-0
    • HK Bennett 3-0-8-0
19.1

Bennett to Younis Khan, 1 run, 132 kph, shortish ball coming into Younis, who quietly plays it towards mid on for one. He's beginning to get used to this pitch now

19.2

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length and marginally outside off, Misbah crunches out a cur shot towards deep backward point, but can only get a single

19.3

Bennett to Younis Khan, OUT, oh no, I seem to have put the commentator's curse on Younis. 136 kph, back of a length delivery, it seemed to hurry onto Younis who was late on a forcing shot off the back foot. It took a thin outside edge through to McCullum. He was probably better off defending it. Surely seemed like he misread the pace on that one.

Younis Khan c †BB McCullum b Bennett 24 (75m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.57

19.4

Bennett to Umar Akmal, OUT, Bennett is on a hat-trick and Pakistan are deep in trouble now. Nothing shot from Umar Akmal, first ball. That was short of a length outside off, did not do too much off the track compared to what we have seen today. He could have let that go easily, but chose to dangle a hopelessly angled face of the bat well away from the body at it. Nicked and it carries through to the left of second slip who takes a nice tumbling catch. Umar Akmal is done in by poor shot selection, as much as by the bounce

Umar Akmal c Taylor b Bennett 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here comes the hat-trick ball. Afridi to face.

19.5

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, 140 kph bouncer from Bennett, should he have been attacking the stumps? Even Afridi managed to let that go. Strange things happening at gully - Ryder runs in a good 5 metres and positions himself at a catching position when the bowler is in his run up. That's not allowed, I'm sorry. Very poor sportsmanship. The batsman could not have seen him. This was not just a walk in.

19.6

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, and an absolute jaffa to end the over. Afridi was not just squared up, he was cubed up as that nipped away and took off from a length. Not many batsmen would have managed to edge that. Afridi did not.,

End of over 20 (2 runs) Pakistan 57/5 (RR: 2.85)

    • Shahid Afridi 0 (2b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 13 (38b)
    • HK Bennett 4-0-10-2
    • JDP Oram 6-0-17-0

Dan the man comes on.

20.1

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length, not much turn and Misbah forces towards mid on for a single

20.2

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run, and the armer that slides on menacingly. Afridi is late on the cut, and only just manages to get bat on it

20.3

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run, fuller this time, Afridi comes forward and defends resolutely

20.4

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run

20.5

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, tossed up on off, Afridi drives with the spin past mid off for one

20.6

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah stays back and works it off the pads behind square for one

End of over 21 (3 runs) Pakistan 60/5 (RR: 2.85)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 15 (40b)
    • Shahid Afridi 1 (6b)
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-0
    • HK Bennett 4-0-10-2
21.1

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah times a steer from close to the body straight to point

21.2

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, that's the most awesome piece of placement you will ever see. Though not intentional. Misbah stays back to a length ball, opens the face and looks to steer square, ends up getting it too fine and inch-perfect through the almost non-existent gap between keeper and slip.

21.3

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short ball comes into Misbah from outside off and he drops it to the leg side

21.4

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, short ball just outside off, another forced cut that finds the point fielder

21.5

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, Bennett suggests he is going to land this further up, Afridi suggests he is getting ready to plonk the front foot forward. It ended up being back of a length and he ended just defending it after the half-cock movement forward

21.6

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, pacy delivery comes in with the angle, Afridi drops it to the leg side of the pitch and takes a quick single

End of over 22 (6 runs) Pakistan 66/5 (RR: 3.00)

    • Shahid Afridi 2 (9b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 20 (43b 1x4)
    • HK Bennett 5-0-16-2
    • DL Vettori 1-0-3-0
22.1

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run, tossed up on off, Afridi looks to drive, but mistimes straight back at the bowler

22.2

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, very full on the stumps and Afridi manages to squeeze it out on the leg side for one

22.3

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Misbah comes reluctantly forward and defends

22.4

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full again, slightly quicker through the air and it is defended to the leg side off the front foot

22.5

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah reaches out to a flighted ball on off and drives it with the spin through mid off

22.6

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi is let off! You almost sensed he was eager to get to the striker's end and have a go at Vettori. He succumbed to the temptation the moment he got the chance, prancing down the track and looking to launch him straight out of New Zealand. He did not get to the pitch, and mishits a dolly at Oram running to his right from long on. And he fluffs it!

End of over 23 (3 runs) Pakistan 69/5 (RR: 3.00)

    • Shahid Afridi 4 (12b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 21 (46b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-0-6-0
    • HK Bennett 5-0-16-2
23.1

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, To say Afridi is living dangerously would be an understatement. Looks to flick a length ball from outside off. And gets a leading edge. That flies over the covers. And somehow clears the fielder running back

23.2

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, beaten outside off as he looks to cut a short ball outside off

23.3

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, cherish this rare moment, it is an Afridi leave outside the off stump, on line. He actually shouldered arms to a length ball after thinking of defending it

23.4

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, and again, we are living in privileged times here. Afridi chooses to let another one go through

23.5

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, no run, what happened there? Huge noise as the ball passes the outside edge, but there is no appeal. Replays are in, it wasn't from bat hitting ball - there was daylight between the two. A smile on McCullum's face - credit to NZ for not appealing for that one.

23.6

Bennett to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi gets bat on ball, viciously cutting outside off for a single to third man

End of over 24 (3 runs) Pakistan 72/5 (RR: 3.00)

    • Shahid Afridi 7 (18b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 21 (46b 1x4)
    • HK Bennett 6-0-19-2
    • DL Vettori 2-0-6-0
24.1

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi goes back to a flat delivery from Vettori and cuts. He wants two, he is eager for strike. But can only get one

24.2

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah skips out, and ends up getting too close to the ball. Squeezed off the bottom edge towards midwicket

24.3

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run, full on off, Afridi unfurls a powerful drive straight to cover

24.4

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, the skidder, hurries into Afridi who stays back and manages to play to the off side

24.5

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted on leg at 91 kph, Vettori is varying his pace nicely here. Misbah tries to get inside the line and work it to the leg side, but finds short fine leg

24.6

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, turns away from off at 94 kph and Misbah defends with the spin to the off side.

Run rate of 3 at the halfway mark.

End of over 25 (4 runs) Pakistan 76/5 (RR: 3.04)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 23 (49b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 9 (21b)
    • DL Vettori 3-0-10-0
    • HK Bennett 6-0-19-2

Southee is back. Can he get more of that movement?

25.1

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, not immediately. This one slants into the pads and is worked fine for one

25.2

Southee to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, bangs it short and sends it wide down the leg side

25.2

Southee to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, Afridi continues to find gaps with big mid-hits over the infield. This short ball stops on him and he doesn't time the pull at all. Gets it to land safely behind midwicket for a couple

25.3

Southee to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, fuller on off stump, Afridi quietly taps into the covers for a single

25.4

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, offcutter on off stump at 134 kph, Misbah defends from the crease towards point

25.5

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short ball into Misbah's body at 131 kph and he pulls it towards deep fine leg for one

25.6

Southee to Shahid Afridi, no run, length ball at 137 kph on off stump and it is defended to the off side

End of over 26 (6 runs) Pakistan 82/5 (RR: 3.15)

    • Shahid Afridi 12 (24b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 25 (52b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 7-0-22-3
    • DL Vettori 3-0-10-0
26.1

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Huge appeal for caught behind turned down. That one was sliding down the leg side and Misbah was looking for the tickle. Once again, incredibly, a noise when the ball was passing the bat but there did not seem to be an edge.

26.2

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah guides him with the spin off the back foot towards point for one

26.3

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, The McCullums come together to nearly end Misbah's stay. Afridi drops it softly towards Nathan at cover for one, Misbah prances across and Nathan fires in the under-arm throw on the move. He misses the stumps by a whisker, giving Misbah just enough time to make his gorund.

26.4

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Misbah opens the face and picks a single through the off side

26.5

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, no run

26.6

Vettori to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, short ball turning away from Afridi who backs away and whacks it through the covers. Fielded in the deep, but they get two

End of over 27 (5 runs) Pakistan 87/5 (RR: 3.22)

    • Shahid Afridi 15 (27b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 27 (55b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 4-0-15-0
    • TG Southee 7-0-22-3
27.1

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, 136 kph back of a length, not much movement from Southee any more. Misbah looks to guide off the back foot and misses. Again a ghost noise out of the stump mic. Uncanny!

27.2

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fuller on off, Misbah connects with the steer this time. Single behind point

27.3

Southee to Shahid Afridi, no run, steady length outside off at 137 kph, Afridi looks to pinch a single to the off side, but finds point

27.4

Southee to Shahid Afridi, OUT, Southee takes Afridi out. Not with movement now, but with a little extra bounce and steady unrelenting lengths. This got slightly big on Afridi who looked to steer through the off side. Slightly reminiscent of Umar Akmal's dismissal, except that this went a little finer. Brendon McCullum leaps across and gobbles it mid-air. 200 ODI catches for him.

Shahid Afridi c †BB McCullum b Southee 15 (31m 29b 0x4 0x6) SR: 51.72

Razzaq is the new man in.

27.5

Southee to Abdul Razzaq, no run, lets one go through just outside off.

27.6

Southee to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, slants this one into the pads and Razzaq works it square for one.

Deja vu this. The first Twenty20 of the tour was quite similar. Southee got five there, and a hat-trick.

End of over 28 (2 runs) Pakistan 89/6 (RR: 3.17)

    • Abdul Razzaq 1 (2b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 28 (57b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 8-0-24-4
    • DL Vettori 4-0-15-0
28.1

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, no run, straightens from off stump line, Razzaq stays in the crease and defends to the off side

28.2

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, no run, tight line on middle and off, straightening prodigiously on landing. Razzaq just manages to keep it out

28.3

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, no run, Vettori nearly does his throat with a desperate appeal. Another one straightens from middle and off, but probably wasn't doing enough to his the furniture as it rapped Razzaq's pads. Replays say it was too high too.

28.4

Vettori to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, works this one from middle and leg towards mid on for one

28.5

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah defends a quickish delivery just outside off.

28.6

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, on middle and leg again, Misbah works him through mid on for one to retain strike

M Khan: "I think that Pakistan needs to start sending Razzaq earlier than Afridi - technique wise and based on current form Razzaq deserves more overs in the middle." I agree.

End of over 29 (2 runs) Pakistan 91/6 (RR: 3.13)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 29 (59b 1x4)
    • Abdul Razzaq 2 (6b)
    • DL Vettori 5-0-17-0
    • TG Southee 8-0-24-4

Oram is back on.

29.1

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length outside off and Misbah steers from close to his body towards point

29.2

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, plays with an angled face this time and gets a single towards third man

29.3

Oram to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, I think that's just the second convicing boundary of the day, since Kamran's drive in the opening over. Lovely hands from Razzaq, generates bat speed out of nowhere to a length ball close to the off stump. He just opened the wrists and eased it square for four

29.4

Oram to Abdul Razzaq, no run, better line this time, on the stumps and defended to the leg side

29.5

Oram to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, Brendon McCullum continues to do well in this extended catching practice session. Razzaq this time, gets half forward, and hangs an angled bat miles away from his body. It takes the edge, loops away to McCullum's right and he pounces on it with glee. Pakistan continue to collapse...

Abdul Razzaq c †BB McCullum b Oram 6 (8m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

29.6

Oram to Abdur Rehman, OUT, on a hat-trick for the second time in the day. This time Oram. And McCullum. Another bit of catching practice, this time to McCullum's left. Abdul Rehman gets a better delivery than Razzaq did - he had to play at it as it angled across close to his body. Thicker edge that before, this one makes McCullum dive across and he takes it nearly in front of the first slip. McCullum completes a five-for.

Abdur Rehman c †BB McCullum b Oram 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 30 (5 runs) Pakistan 96/8 (RR: 3.20)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 30 (61b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 7-0-22-2
    • DL Vettori 5-0-17-0

One over to wait for the hat-trick ball

30.1

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

30.2

Vettori to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, works a length ball from the pads to the leg side.

Sohail Tanvir to face.

30.3

Vettori to Sohail Tanvir, no run, tossed up outside off and he lets it go

30.4

Vettori to Sohail Tanvir, no run, again inviting length outside off, Tanvir reaches out to defend

30.5

Vettori to Sohail Tanvir, no run

30.6

Vettori to Sohail Tanvir, no run, more obdurate defence from off stump.

End of over 31 (1 run) Pakistan 97/8 (RR: 3.12)

    • Sohail Tanvir 0 (4b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 31 (63b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 6-0-18-0
    • JDP Oram 7-0-22-2

What a disappointment - Oram is taken off when he is on a hat-trick. Punishment for the dropped catch? Bennett returns.

31.1

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tails into the pads and it is worked to the leg side for a single

31.2

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, no run, hustles in from over the wicket, on middle stump, Tanvir gets behind the line and defends

31.3

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, no run, fuller on middle and Tanvir works it to the leg side carefully

31.4

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, no run, fuller on off stump, Tanvir presses forward and defends to the off side

Furqan: "Now selectors should think about Muhammad Yousuf for middle order, how they made a big mistake... Sigh"

Bennett round the wicket now.

31.5

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, Tanvir leaves a ball. Or atleast tries to. As he is shouldering arms outside off it hits the meat of the bat and runs away through gully for one.

Misbah is still there.

31.6

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short ball, too close to the body for the cut. Misbah rides the bounce and steers it to backward point

Swami: "You must understand that he took him out of the attack because Misbah was on strike, he'll probably bring him back when the tailender is on strike so he has a better chance to get the hat trick. Common Sense." Ah, smart!

End of over 32 (2 runs) Pakistan 99/8 (RR: 3.09)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 32 (65b 1x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 1 (8b)
    • HK Bennett 7-0-21-2
    • DL Vettori 6-0-18-0

Swami (and friends, who sent the same comment) got it right. Oram now, to Tanvir. On a hat-trick.

32.1

Oram to Sohail Tanvir, no run, full ball on middle and off, Tanvir keeps it out with obdurate defence. No hat-trick this time either

32.2

Oram to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, this one angles across Tanvir outside off and he steers it carefully behind point for one. 100 up for Pakistan. Some solace.

32.3

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Oram gets one to move in off the seam, and Misbah just about covers the deviation with bat and pad after getting half forward

32.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah works it through midwicket from off stump line and gets a single.

32.5

Oram to Sohail Tanvir, no run, short ball angling across Tanvir again, he stays back and guides it into the covers

32.6

Oram to Sohail Tanvir, no run, comes into Tanvir from round the wicket and he defend it to the leg side off the back foot

End of over 33 (2 runs) Pakistan 101/8 (RR: 3.06)

    • Sohail Tanvir 2 (12b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 33 (67b 1x4)
    • JDP Oram 8-0-24-2
    • HK Bennett 7-0-21-2
33.1

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah nearly departs. Looks to launch Bennett over mid-on, but it was not the driving length. He almost scooped it straight to mid-on, but it was so badly timed, it did not carry even to the fielder inside the circle

33.2

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, stays back this time and drops him into the covers for a single

33.3

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, no run, Tanvir looks for an ambitions square-punch, and connects with thin air as Oram cramps him for room outside off

33.4

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR, Tanvir produces the third good boundary of the day. Back of a length delivery and enough room for Tanvir to time the steer well through point. He found the gap perfectly too

33.5

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, no run, he's not given any room this time, Tanvir defends with an angled face into the off side

33.6

Bennett to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, nine down. Jesse Ryder gets catching practice now. Full delivery, landed invitingly outside off stump, Tanvir walks into a square drive and fails to keep it down. Straight to Ryder who takes it without a problem

Sohail Tanvir c Ryder b Bennett 6 (17m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Sahil: "Is this Alan Donald's first game as New Zealand's bowling coach? Seems to be working well..."

Yes, this is White Lightning's first game with Black Caps. Not sure if all this credit goes to him though - bit of a grey area that.

End of over 34 (5 runs) Pakistan 106/9 (RR: 3.11)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 34 (69b 1x4)
    • HK Bennett 8-0-26-3
    • JDP Oram 8-0-24-2

Batting Powerplay taken at the start of this over. About time too.

34.1

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full toss on the pads, Misbah slaps towards deep midwicket and now refuses the single

34.2

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, yorker on middle and leg at 129 kph, Misbah drives down the ground. Another single refused.

Batting Powerplay taken now. About time too.

34.3

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah backs away to the leg side, Oram sees him and delivers it nice and wide outside off. Dot ballo

34.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah looks to slog another full delivery, from leg stump through midwicket and misses.

34.5

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, lovely connection. Finally Misbah sends one out of the ground. Oram delivers an off cutter outside off. Misbah goes down on a knee, reminscent of circa 2007 World T20, and slams it over deep midwicket into the stands.

34.6

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Oram ends the over sensibly with a full ball that it worked towards mid on for one. Misbah keeps strike

Amraiz: "Ah, White Lightning plus Black Caps equal to some very Dark clouds over Pakistan's line up."

End of over 35 (7 runs) Pakistan 113/9 (RR: 3.22)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 41 (75b 1x4 1x6)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 0 (0b)
    • JDP Oram 9-0-31-2
    • HK Bennett 8-0-26-3
35.1

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length outside off, Misbah defends off the back foot to the off side ... Meanwhile the TV commentators have started talking about some football. It's the batting Powerplay people!

35.2

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah spanks another nice boundary. Too little too late? Over-pitched by Southee on off stump, Misbah again sets his base nicely, down on a knee and carves this over the covers.

35.3

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, good comeback, follows Misbah who is backing away rampantly and ensures he can't do much with it

35.4

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, Misbah smokes another one. Down the ground this time. He backs away, he walks back across, Southee is thoroughly confused but delivers a seemingly safe full ball outside off. Not safe - Misbah smashes it off the middle despite not being on the front foot and it is four between bowler and mid off. That's what Ravi Shastri calls a tracer bullet.

35.5

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, looks to chop this one from outside off, and decides against a single. He needs one now.

35.6

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, Aha, Southee tries to bowl a bouncer dot-ball, but ends up dropping too short. Called a wide for height.

35.6

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and he can't get the single. Misbah will be disappointed. He got a short ball that could have been pulled anywhere, but he found midwicket inside the circle

End of over 36 (9 runs) Pakistan 122/9 (RR: 3.38)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 49 (81b 3x4 1x6)
    • Shoaib Akhtar 0 (0b)
    • TG Southee 9-0-33-4
    • JDP Oram 9-0-31-2

Shoaib to face now. What a player, this guy! And he still bowls them fast.

36.1

Oram to Shoaib Akhtar, 1 run, and he's away now too. Stays in the crease and blocks Oram into the covers for one

36.2

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah continues to go for a stroll around his crease, Oram follows him with a yorker on leg stump. Hits the pads, but safe.

36.3

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, looks to hustle one past the midwicket boundary, makes very good connection but he finds the man at deep midwicket. There is a deep square leg as well. They know this is Misbah's hitting area.

36.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, another heave across the line, again straight to the deep midwicket fielder. Another single refused. On 49.

36.5

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah has got an important 50 here - may not be important for this game, but with the World Cup coming up this will spark a huge captaincy debate. He has been as calm and assured as Afridi hasn't. Works a full ball past wide mid on for a single

36.6

Oram to Shoaib Akhtar, no run, Shoaib keeps the last ball out, a full toss on off stump defended into the covers

End of over 37 (2 runs) Pakistan 124/9 (RR: 3.35)

    • Shoaib Akhtar 1 (2b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 50 (85b 3x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 10-0-33-2
    • TG Southee 9-0-33-4
37.1

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length ball, giving Misbah no room and he looks to make his own by getting inside the line. Can't get it away to the leg side though.

37.2

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short ball, hurries him into the pull shot and Misbah can't time it at all this time

37.3

Southee to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, five for Southee! Misbah looks bemused. Even mildly amused. He breaks into a wry smile. This is why: It was an offcutter at 133 kph. Misbah spotted the variation and moved across the stumps to look for the tickle to the leg side. It missed the bat, and hit the bottom on his thigh pad, en route to the stumps. It may have hit the stumps in any case. Misbah is distraught. He was looking to whimper this score closer to 150. Pakistan have almost nothing to defend here.

Misbah-ul-Haq b Southee 50 (128m 88b 3x4 1x6) SR: 56.81

Well, we have seen a couple of low-scoring thrillers recently, with India defending 190 by the margin of one run, against SA. But, 125 seems woefully short for that kind of a result - still, you can never discount Pakistan until the winning runs are scored. Here's hoping for a tight chase. Mind you, NZ's batting line-up is not in the greatest form in ODIs. And they are trying out a few experiments. Plus, they haven't won in 11 attempts.

The chase will begin in the next five minutes or so, since Pakistan's innings folded before time. Meanwhile, George Binoy's innings bulletin is getting updated here.

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