Pakistan in New Zealand ODI Series - 4th ODI

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 2 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Right, time for action. Jamie How and Martin Guptill stride out to take first guard on this belter. There's a short cover and a slip in place as Sohail Tanvir takes the new ball. Here we go ...

Sid Ravindran is on the bulletin today, while Sanjay Murari is scoring the game. I am Nitin Sundar, starting off commentary for the day, and will be joined by Abhishek Purohit later.

Rod: "Are you sure Ryder didn't cut his finger while tweeting about being run out the other day?" Hmmm, now that you mention it ... Stu chimes in with this: "I don't buy the fact that Ryder cut his finger at a domestic game, well maybe he did while attempting to open a beer in the stands." Dan clears the air: "Haha, I love Rod's conspiracy. But yes, he split it diving for a low catch in that Wellington match to make the game 'even more of a waste of time'. It's heavily bruised but x-rays have cleared it from being broken."

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Sunny, pristine blue skies; A hard pitch with the grass rolled in to hold it firm; and short side boundaries - all point to a high-scoring game. The straight boundaries are quite long, though.

Toss: Afridi calls heads, but it is tails and Vettori elects to bat first. The big change for the hosts is that Jesse Ryder misses out, having cut his finger at a domestic game, and James Franklin will play. Vettori admits he is facing a problem zeroing on the right combination for the World Cup, since the lead-up games are all in New Zealand. Today, they will play two spinners - Vettori and Nathan McCullum.

Pakistan are going into the game unchanged. Which means there is no specialist spinner for them, Afridi and Hafeez will be in charge of twirling duties.

13:30 "The curious case of Younis and Misbah" - that's the title for Sriram Veera's preview to today's game. It could have also been "The curious case of Misbah and Afridi". Or "The mysterious ways of Pakistan cricket". The only team that can combine, in Sriram's words, Abdul Razzaq swinging like there is no tomorrow, Shahid Afridi swinging like there is no next moment, Younis Khan who bats in ODIs like he is batting in a Test and vice versa, and Misbah-ul-Haq who is known to bat in all formats like he is batting in a Test.

Hello and welcome to the fourth one-dayer. With 18 days to the World Cup, Pakistan still don't know who will lead them there. They are without their frontline seam attack, thanks to the spot-fixing issue. No problem - they are still finding a way to win games and stretch their opposition. Can they go 2-1 up today?

0.1

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, full length ball from over the wicket, Guptill leans out into a compact defensive

0.2

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, angled across at 122 kph, that didn't really bounce high off the track and Guptill steered it into the covers

0.3

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, 1 run, manic start to the run-scoring for the day. Back of a length on the pads, Guptill nudged it softly towards Hafeez at mid-on and took off like a man possessed. He put in the dive and made his ground comfortably, but the throw missed in any case.

0.4

Sohail Tanvir to How, no run, How adjusts late as some late movement away from off stump tries to square him up

0.5

Sohail Tanvir to How, no run, fuller at 125 kph, How opens the face as he reaches out and steers it defensively towards point

0.6

Sohail Tanvir to How, 1 run, another tight single in the same direction. Late movement again for Tanvir, coming in from well outside leg stump, How goes back to work it off the pads to mid-on

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
JM How    1* (3b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-2-0
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)     

Razzaq shares the new ball. Right arm, over the wicket.

1.1

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, back of a length on off stump and coming in, How works it off the pads towards midwicket

1.2

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, nice lift from outside off, Razzaq lands is short of a length at 127 kph and How rides the bounce to defend off the back foot

A widish leg slip in place.

1.3

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, and the fielder comes into play there, this one tails into the pads and How gets it fine off the pads. Doesn't make good enough contact with it for runs

1.4

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, another one sliding down the leg side, through to the keeper off the pads.

1.5

Abdul Razzaq to How, 1 run, superb stuff on show. Razzaq drops it a touch fuller and How is ready with a crunchy straight drive that seems destined for four ... until Wahab runs across from mid on and dives full length to stop it and nearly produce a run out as the batsmen scramble a single

1.6

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, no run, back of a length outside off to end the over, Guptill defends

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End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 3/0 (RR: 1.50)
MJ Guptill    1* (4b)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-1-0
JM How    2* (8b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-0-2-0

2.1

Sohail Tanvir to How, 1 wide, slips down the leg side, seemed to clip How's pad on the way, but it is called a wide

2.1

Sohail Tanvir to How, no run, better line, angling across the right hander who defends into the off side

2.2

Sohail Tanvir to How, FOUR, whoa, How has thumped this, and how. He walks down the track with intent, converts a back of length delivery into a half-volley and drills it straight towards Gul at mid on, but it bursts through his effort and speeds away for four.

2.3

Sohail Tanvir to How, no run, good response from Sohair, gets this one to swerve away from back of a length and How leaves

2.4

Sohail Tanvir to How, FOUR, bham. Short ball from Sohail, not short enough for the pull, but not fast enough to hustle the batsman either. How goes for the pull shot, and despite being cramped for room makes good enough connection to nearly clear midwicket

2.5

Sohail Tanvir to How, 1 run, leading edge, falls safe. Again Sohail gets that late away movement going, How closes the face early in his eagerness to ping the leg side boundary, and the edge flies between extra cover and point, short of Umar Akmal at point, who then misfields, as the ball spins past him.

2.6

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, FOUR, and that's a very poor ball to end the over. Strays onto the pads with fine leg inside the circle and How does the needful - glances it away without a fuss for four more

End of over 3 (14 runs) New Zealand 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
MJ Guptill    5* (5b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-16-0
JM How    11* (13b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-1-0

3.1

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, back of a length outside off, How stays back in the crease and defends

3.2

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, similar ball, angling in from back of a length at 130 kph and How hangs back to defend again

3.3

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, fuller, that was an attempted legcutter on off stump, but How had it covered off the front foot

3.4

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, on a length again, pushed away to the off side

No slips in place. Short cover and leg slip are the men catching. The former will be a more important position for Sohail.

3.5

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, fractionally shorter on off stump and How is beside himself in glee as he eyes the leg side boundary with another quick swivel and pull, but this one is onto him too quickly for the shot

3.6

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, Razzaq delivers a fine maiden, another one back of a length outside off and How treats it with respect

End of over 4 (maiden) New Zealand 17/0 (RR: 4.25)
JM How    11* (19b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-1-1-0
MJ Guptill    5* (5b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-0-16-0

4.1

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, 4 leg byes, Sohail's radar is not working. Well down the leg side, Guptill doesn't really attempt a shot as it trickles away off his pads towards fine leg, but the umpire declares leg byes

Round the wicket now.

4.2

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, better line, angles in sharply from wide of the crease and Guptill punches to mid on with the full face

4.3

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, FOUR, Guptill smokes the square drive in imperious style. Very full from Sohail, a foot wide of the stumps and Guptill gets half across and just frees his hands through point. That just bounded away off the willow.

4.4

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, comes in again, tightening the line and cutting off the room. Guptill plays straight to mid on

4.5

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, and again the width, Guptill can't quite place the cover drive, and finds the fielder

Back of over the wicket to end the over.

4.6

Sohail Tanvir to Guptill, no run, finishes with one that kicks up off a length and Guptill is a little bemused as he takes the bottom hand off and guides it behind square

End of over 5 (8 runs) New Zealand 25/0 (RR: 5.00)
MJ Guptill    9* (11b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-20-0
JM How    11* (19b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-1-1-0

5.1

Abdul Razzaq to How, 1 run, full-pitched, How drives back past the bowler for a single as mid-on comes across

5.2

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, FOUR, thick edge, but safely away through backward point for four. Guptill did not get across enough to have that under control and it flew very quickly past Umar Akmal at point

5.3

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, SIX, shot of the morning. Guptill siezes a short ball early, and gets into position well before it comes on to him and swats it elegantly over midwicket. Classy.

5.4

Abdul Razzaq to Guptill, 1 run, fuller, 129 kph on the pads, Guptill works it towards wide mid on for a single

5.5

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, How goes back to a back of length delivery and punches into the covers

5.6

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, straighter this time, but How can't place the on drive past mid on

End of over 6 (12 runs) New Zealand 37/0 (RR: 6.16)
JM How    12* (22b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-1-13-0
MJ Guptill    20* (14b 3x4 1x6)      Sohail Tanvir    3-0-20-0

Bowling change. Wahab Riaz comes on. Short cover and short midwicket.

6.1

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, 1 wide, monster short ball, well down the leg side and it is another wide. Pakistan are struggling a bit here.

6.1

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, no run, more like it, whangs this short of a length outside off and gets it to lift nicely into Guptill who defends off the back foot

6.2

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, 1 run, Guptill sets himself up for another swivel pull, but Riaz is onto him at 139 kph and Guptill can't time the shot.

6.3

Wahab Riaz to How, 1 run, on a length, on the pads, and How nudges to the right of mid on for another single

6.4

Wahab Riaz to Guptill, OUT, nicely taken by Younis at short midwicket. Guptill is dismissed again the run of play, in extremely soft fashion. He shakes his head in disappointment, he's missed out on a pitch full of runs. Riaz wisely lands another one short of driving length and Guptill stays back in the crease and looks to work it to the leg side. He can't keep it completely down, though, and Younis was on the move even as he played the shot, tumbling to his left to take a neat catch.

MJ Guptill c Younis Khan b Wahab Riaz 21 (27m 17b 3x4 1x6) SR: 123.52

Short midwicket has done its job. It disappears and makes way for a slip as Ross Taylor comes in.

6.5

Wahab Riaz to Taylor, no run, similar ball, short and on the stumps, Taylor shuffles across and defends to the leg side. This time, he keeps it down.

6.6

Wahab Riaz to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor is away with a whiplash through point. The slightest hint of room outside off as Riaz angles across and Taylor sets himself up for the slash-cut with his trigger movement and connects crisply.

End of over 7 (7 runs) New Zealand 44/1 (RR: 6.28)
LRPL Taylor    4* (2b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-7-1
JM How    13* (23b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-1-13-0

7.1

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, back of a length from Razzaq, he's been very disciplined today. How goes back and defends to the off side

7.2

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, huge appeal for lbw turned down.. 130 kph and nipping in off the seam from middle stump as How misses the flick. That was surely heading down the leg side

7.3

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, back on off stump line, How plays it back down the track compactly

7.4

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, How opens the face and looks to dab past point, but can't beat the fielder

7.5

Abdul Razzaq to How, no run, and that walk down the track again, he doesn't do it consistently like Hayden or Gambhir would - he uses it more as a rare surprise weapon. It is however, not there for the swipe or the drive of the flick. He ends up working it into the covers

7.6

Abdul Razzaq to How, OUT, How tragic! How has picked Umar Akmal at the midwicket fence with pin-point accuracy. Almost scientific precision. Short ball, it was there for the pull and How connected cleanly. That seemed headed for a flat six, but Umar was waiting with glee.

JM How c Umar Akmal b Abdul Razzaq 13 (33m 29b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.82

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 44/2 (RR: 5.50)
     Abdul Razzaq    4-2-13-1
LRPL Taylor    4* (2b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    1-0-7-1

Scott Styris walks out, but Taylor has strike. Pakistan have worked themselves back into this.

8.1

Wahab Riaz to Taylor, no run, wide of off stump and Taylor lets it go

8.2

Wahab Riaz to Taylor, no run, goes across and defends one from middle and leg towards midwicket

8.3

Wahab Riaz to Taylor, OUT, three wickets in three overs, New Zealand are disintegrating. And like the previous two, this is another wicket gifted away. Riaz explores a fuller length, lands it enticingly for the drive outside off and Taylor takes him on, attempting the big booming cover drive. He was so eager to get four, he did not get across enough and just threw his hands at it. The result was a thick outside edge that flew to Younis at slip.

LRPL Taylor c Younis Khan b Wahab Riaz 4 (10m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Young KW walks out now.

8.4

Wahab Riaz to Williamson, no run, back of a length outside off, KW goes back and defends

8.5

Wahab Riaz to Williamson, no run, this one angles across him and he lets it go

8.6

Wahab Riaz to Williamson, no run, a quiet finish to the over as KW again deals with a delivery outside off defensively

Regan: "I'm so tired of seeing consistent non-performers like Jamie How in our team. I've tried to be really optimistic about our chances but then the NZ Cricket selectors betray you, thinking they've got similar resources to the All Blacks and begin a rotation policy a couple of weeks before a world cup. It beggars belief."

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 44/3 (RR: 4.88)
KS Williamson    0* (3b)      Wahab Riaz    2-1-7-2
SB Styris    0* (0b)      Abdul Razzaq    4-2-13-1

9.1

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, Styris opens the face and defends from the crease to the off side

9.2

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, superb delivery, legcutter nipping away, perilously close to the outside edge as Styris hangs his bat out there in hope.

9.3

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, onto the pads, Styris can't make connection with the flick

9.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, on that perfect length outside off again, Styris gets behind the line and defends

9.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, on the stumps this time, Styris looks to get across and work to the leg side, but can't get it away

9.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, another maiden from Razzaq, who has been the best bowler of the day so far. Keeps it short of a length outside off again, nothing Styris can do with it, without taking a risk. He doesn't.

Michael: "Can someone please tell NZ Cricket they don't have the depth of NZ rugby. Rotation is pointless when you're rotating turkeys." Harsh!

End of over 10 (maiden) New Zealand 44/3 (RR: 4.40)
SB Styris    0* (6b)      Abdul Razzaq    5-3-13-1
KS Williamson    0* (3b)      Wahab Riaz    2-1-7-2

Three maidens on the trot now. Bowling Powerplay taken.

10.1

Wahab Riaz to Williamson, no run, angled across from over the wicket, lively bounce from outside off and KW steers it to cover

10.2

Wahab Riaz to Williamson, 1 run, the dot-ball sequence is ended with a manic single. KW dabs into the covers and Umar Akmal has a shy, but KW is really quick and makes it in time. The throw missed in any case.

10.3

Wahab Riaz to Styris, no run, Styris stays back and defends to the leg side

10.4

Wahab Riaz to Styris, no run, back of a length again, angling across Styris who defends to the off side

10.5

Wahab Riaz to Styris, no run, angling across again, at 137 kph, Styris is watchful with the check drive from the crease towards mid off

10.6

Wahab Riaz to Styris, FOUR, cut away for four, in the air, but safely over point. There was room on offer and it was short enough for the shot, and Styris decided to go through with it despite the gravity of the situation. Gets under it on purpose and sends it over the cordon.

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 49/3 (RR: 4.45)
SB Styris    4* (10b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    3-1-12-2
KS Williamson    1* (5b)      Abdul Razzaq    5-3-13-1

11.1

Abdul Razzaq to Williamson, no run, KW perches on the back foot and defends towards mid off

11.2

Abdul Razzaq to Williamson, no run, drifts into middle and leg, KW works it neatly off the pads, but straight to midwicket

11.3

Abdul Razzaq to Williamson, no run, slow bouncer, 123 kph and KW gets under it as it balloons across the turf

11.4

Abdul Razzaq to Williamson, 1 run, short and drifting into the body, KW nudges square for NZ's 50th run

11.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, Styris hangs back to a short of length delivery and defends to the covers

Dan: "Think everyone is being a bit harsh on the people being rotated in. Ross Taylor is supposed to be the premier batsman yet he gets out to stupid shots at stupid times frequently. I don't remember when he last won a game. Maybe it is time he gets dropped to let him know he isn't guaranteed a place. Also KW's day. 100 on!"

11.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, back of a length outside off to end the over and Styris pushes it towards cover point

End of over 12 (1 run) New Zealand 50/3 (RR: 4.16)
SB Styris    4* (12b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    6-3-14-1
KS Williamson    2* (9b)      Wahab Riaz    3-1-12-2

Sohail comes back on.

12.1

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, no run, back of a length and angling across KW who punches off the back foot into the covers

12.2

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, no run, and again, KW goes back in the crease and defends to the leg side

12.3

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, 1 run, this one is on the pads and is eased away through square leg for one

12.4

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, on Styris' middle and leg, he works it cautiously to the leg side

Jamie: "NZ is just making certain that no matter who is in their pool, they are the underdogs."

Simon: " I think it's time we rotated Chris Harris back in the team. He's not too old, honest!"

Boy, vindictive NZ fans on the prowl!

12.5

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, Sohail gets one to nip away disconcertingly at 123 kph and Styris has to adjust quickly to defend to the off side

12.6

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, 1 run, Styris gets one on the pads and clips it square for a single to retain strike

End of over 13 (2 runs) New Zealand 52/3 (RR: 4.00)
SB Styris    5* (15b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-22-0
KS Williamson    3* (12b)      Abdul Razzaq    6-3-14-1

13.1

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, Razzaq darts one in from outside off and Styris plays from the crease back down the track

13.2

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, 1 run, and this one holds its line outside off, while Styris plays outside the line and gets a thick inside edge through square leg

13.3

Abdul Razzaq to Williamson, 1 run, KW forces one from off and middle to the leg side for another single

NZ were 37/0 after 6 overs. The rotation policy seemed to be working then.

13.4

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, Styris hangs in the crease and defends to the off side

13.5

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, rare driving length delivery from Styris and he times the extra cover drive well, but can't find the gap

13.6

Abdul Razzaq to Styris, no run, another crisply timed shot, this time square, but straight to the fielder

End of over 14 (2 runs) New Zealand 54/3 (RR: 3.85)
SB Styris    6* (20b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    7-3-16-1
KS Williamson    4* (13b)      Sohail Tanvir    4-0-22-0

14.1

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, no run, guided into the covers off the back foot, they just can't find the gaps now.

14.2

Sohail Tanvir to Williamson, 3 runs, KW powers the on-drive past mid-on with a special bit of timing. Over-pitched on the pads, he adjusted well to ensure he got it to the right of mid-on and it just kept going. Three runs taken.

14.3

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, Styris has a lazy waft outside off as Sohail gets one to angle across him. Close to the edge

14.4

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, rides the bounce this time, opens the face and steers towards point

14.5

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, no run, and this time he times the square cut perfectly. Inch-perfect lack of placement. Straight to point

14.6

Sohail Tanvir to Styris, FOUR, Styris releases the load of pressure on his shoulders with a sprightly straight drive past the off-colour Sohail. In the bowler's defence, this wasn't his worst ball of the day - just short of driving length on middle and leg. But Styris was good enough to walk into position and punch it with the full face down the ground

End of over 15 (7 runs) New Zealand 61/3 (RR: 4.06)
SB Styris    10* (24b 2x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-0-29-0
KS Williamson    7* (15b)      Abdul Razzaq    7-3-16-1

Two Powerplays done, and Pakistan bring on their best fast bowler - that's a tribute to their bowling attack. Umar Gul chugs in.

15.1

Umar Gul to Williamson, 1 wide, and whangs the first ball too short and wide down the leg side

15.1

Umar Gul to Williamson, 1 wide, iffy start this from Gul, 137 kph well down the leg side and another wide

15.1

Umar Gul to Williamson, no run, finally hits an acceptable line, a touch outside off and back of a length. KW comes forward and punches into covers

15.2

Umar Gul to Williamson, 1 run, angled into the body, KW stays in the crease and works it square for one

15.3

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, Styris hangs back and steers a back of length ball towards point

15.4

Umar Gul to Styris, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Styris can't get bat on it, but they steal a leg bye to the leg side

15.5

Umar Gul to Williamson, 1 run, on the pads again, KW gets inside the line and clips behind square for one

15.6

Umar Gul to Styris, no run, yorker, 141 kph outside off and nearly caught Styris napping. He jams the bat down on it and keeps it out to the off side

Sam: "Whoa! singles! settle down NZ; if this keeps up it may lead to a reasonable total!"

There's more sarcasm than sheep in New Zealand!

Hafeez comes on.

End of over 16 (5 runs) New Zealand 66/3 (RR: 4.12)
SB Styris    10* (27b 2x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-4-0
KS Williamson    9* (18b)      Sohail Tanvir    5-0-29-0

Hafeez comes on.

16.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, 1 run, turns in from outside off at 85 kph, he rocks back and forces it against the spin into the covers

16.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Styris, 1 run, fuller on middle, Styris works it down to long on for a single

16.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, OUT, Styris is run out. As if shot selection issues were not enough, New Zealand now endure a communication breakdown. This was turning into KW from wide of off stump, he shaped for the cut and played it carefully towards cover-point. Styris wanted one and charged out. KW kept asking him to wait, but clearly his plea went unheard. Styris turned back belatedly, but was caught well short before the throw from Gul came back to the bowler and the stumps were broken.

SB Styris run out 11 (39m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 39.28

16.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, topspinner on off, KW defends off the front foot

16.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, I thought that was a replay. Franklin is almost run out following another Styris-esque piece of bizarre running. Full on off, KW leans out and drives into the covers. There is a yes and a no, and there is blind stop-start running from Franklin, who turns back too late. Afridi's throw was poor, else he would have been gone.

16.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 68/4 (RR: 4.00)
KS Williamson    10* (23b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0
JEC Franklin    0* (0b)      Umar Gul    1-0-4-0

17.1

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, back of a length outside off, Franklin goes back and defends to the off side

17.2

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, short and slightly wide, looks for the cut but can't get the gap

17.3

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, holds the length ball and angles it across Franklin who defends to the off side

17.4

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, bouncer at 135 kph and a good one. Franklin drops his wrists and lets it go

17.5

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, over-pitched on the pads, there for the flick, but Franklin finds wide mid on

17.6

Umar Gul to Franklin, FOUR, all timing from Franklin. The flick shot was barely a feather touch. It simply purred away off the sweetest spot. Length ball on the pads, he got into position early and just coaxed it away, in the air, but well wide of mid-on.

End of over 18 (4 runs) New Zealand 72/4 (RR: 4.00)
JEC Franklin    4* (6b 1x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-8-0
KS Williamson    10* (23b)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0

18.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, worked with the spins towards Misbah at mid on

18.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, looks to work him off the pads with the spin, but can't get it away

18.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, Hafeez hangs back to defend as it turns in from outside off

18.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, stays back and looks to work it to the leg side once again, but can't find the gap

18.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, 1 run, KW eventually gets the single, punching a full ball on the stumps back down the track

18.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 wide, this one slides down the leg and is called wide

18.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, fired into Franklin's pads as he misses the flick and it runs away to the off side, towards short third man

Rastawookie: "New Zealand are folding faster than Superman on laundry day"

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 74/4 (RR: 3.89)
JEC Franklin    4* (7b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-4-0
KS Williamson    11* (28b)      Umar Gul    2-0-8-0

More spin. Afridi comes on.

19.1

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, no run, fastish legspinner outside off, KW looks to cut and finds point

19.2

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, no run, this one skids through at 92 kph and KW stays back and tries to force it away, but it is onto him too fast

19.3

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, no run, this one tails in sharply and hits KW's pads, but it was sliding down.

19.4

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, FOUR, marginally short and KW latches on early with a heaved pull shot over the infield. It is away for a rare four

19.5

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, no run, quicker one, 100 kph and KW is hurried into the shot. Dribbles away to midwicket

19.6

Shahid Afridi to Williamson, no run, and raps him on the pads with the last delivery, as KW looks to flick and plays all over it. Phew, what a fast over!

End of over 20 (4 runs) New Zealand 78/4 (RR: 3.90)
KS Williamson    15* (34b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-0
JEC Franklin    4* (7b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-4-0

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin drives through mid-on for a single

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, no run, slowed through the air, turning into KW who is forced to defend after thinking of the steer

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Williamson, OUT, KW combusts now. He jumps out of the crease, but is fooled in the flight and doesn't get to the pitch. He looks to go through with the loft down the ground, but can't make a clean connection. Who else by Younis Khan at long on to snaffle the mis-hit. New Zealand are ticking off all the bad shots in the book today.

KS Williamson c Younis Khan b Mohammad Hafeez 15 (51m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, tossed up from round the wicket, pushed away with the spin to the off side

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, similar ball, dealt with defensiively.

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, stays back and steers a delivery as it turns away, through point for one

Abhishek Purohit takes over commentary now.

End of over 21 (2 runs) New Zealand 80/5 (RR: 3.80)
JEC Franklin    6* (11b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-6-1
BB McCullum    0* (0b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-4-0

Thanks Nitin. The art of self-combustion on display here, courtesy NZ

21.1

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, fuller outside off driven to extra cover

21.2

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, bang on target, defended down the track

21.3

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, drops it a touch short and on leg stump, tickled away behind square leg

21.4

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, quicker, 96 kph, he can only push it back to Afridi

21.5

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, another fastish delivery around off stump, he gets forward and pushes out towards extra cover

21.6

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, can't get him away, no room at all, patted back down the pitch

End of over 22 (2 runs) New Zealand 82/5 (RR: 3.72)
BB McCullum    1* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-0
JEC Franklin    7* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-6-1

22.1

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 2 runs, the one that goes straight on, he was lured into the drive, and got an airy outside edge past short third man, could ave gone to him straight as well

22.2

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, pushed back down the track off the front foot

22.3

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, leans forward and pushes out to cover

22.4

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, gets a shortish one this time, and works it square off the back foot, still no run though

22.5

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, flighted a touch now, but on the stumps, can't do much with those

22.6

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, misses out on some runs here, it was turning down leg, but he cannot beat a diving square leg

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 84/5 (RR: 3.65)
BB McCullum    3* (9b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-8-1
JEC Franklin    7* (14b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-0

23.1

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, tips it into the covers for a single

23.2

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, got him to rush down the track, it was bowled flatter and quicker, McCullum adjusted hurriedly to defend it towards covers

23.3

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, some hesitation here as he pushes one towards mid off and they flirt with the idea of a single

23.4

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, more hesitation now, James wants the run, Brendon doesn't, Misbah fields at mid off

23.5

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, flicked away towards mid wicket

23.6

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, hits it out to sweeper cover for a single

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 87/5 (RR: 3.62)
JEC Franklin    9* (19b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-9-0
BB McCullum    4* (10b)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-8-1

24.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, cut away to sweeper cover

24.2

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, goes on the back foot, but Hafeez is bang on middle, and he can only push it down the track

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 wide, strays down the leg side as he looks to cramp him for room

24.3

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets some width outside off now, and cuts it away to sweeper cover

24.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, worked away wide of extra cover

24.5

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, tries the reverse sweep now, dangerous ploy with a short third man in place, it scoots away to that man for a single

24.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, goes round the wicket, flighted on off stump, driven down the pitch

End of over 25 (5 runs) New Zealand 92/5 (RR: 3.68)
JEC Franklin    11* (22b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-13-1
BB McCullum    6* (13b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-9-0

25.1

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, Afridi continues the squeeze, another one played out to extra cover off the back foot

25.2

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, no run, and another one, cannot beat that man at extra cover

25.3

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, a touch short from Shahid, he rocks back in a flash and cuts, but there is sweeper cover in place, and only a single results

25.4

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, hit down to long on, they need to keep taking these singles

25.5

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 3 runs, goes for the cut, it was bowled quicker and got more bounce, he got a top edge that could have gone anywhere but went over short third man in the end, lucky

25.6

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, slapped away to sweeper cover

End of over 26 (6 runs) New Zealand 98/5 (RR: 3.76)
JEC Franklin    13* (24b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-15-0
BB McCullum    10* (17b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-13-1

26.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, gets forward and eases this one bowled from round the stumps through extra cover for a single

26.2

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, no run, hares down the track, Hafeez saw him coming and bowled it shorter, Brendown found the only man in the ring on the leg side at midwicket

26.3

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, brings up the 100 finally with a nudge past square leg

26.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, gets a thickish outside edge to short third man

26.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, pings extra cover with the back foot punch, cute shot for no runs

26.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, no run, misses out this time, went back looking to work it away square but was hit on the pads, going down leg easily though

End of over 27 (2 runs) New Zealand 100/5 (RR: 3.70)
JEC Franklin    14* (28b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-15-1
BB McCullum    11* (19b)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-15-0

27.1

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz gets forward, taps it into the covers, and off they go for the run

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 2 runs, do we have a boundary, er, we don't! Shahid gave James some flight outside off, and he capitalised driving cleanly through extra cover, the man running across from long off put in the dive to save some runs

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, much flatter and quicker, pushed back to Shahid

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, driven to extra cover

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, swept away to Younis Khan at fine leg

27.6

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, gets a single down to long on

End of over 28 (5 runs) New Zealand 105/5 (RR: 3.75)
BB McCullum    13* (21b)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-20-0
JEC Franklin    17* (32b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-15-1

28.1

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz rushes down the track and works this shortish one away through square leg

28.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, calmly eased away to sweeper cover off the back foot

28.3

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 1 run, it was a touch short and Baz shaped up for the pull, but it got on to him much quicker and he adjust to hit it along the ground to deep midwicket

28.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Franklin, 1 run, James continues to play those calm punches to sweeper cover

28.5

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, FOUR, this time we have a boundary, Baz was quick to get to the pitch of this flighted one and loft it cleanly to the right of long off

28.6

Mohammad Hafeez to BB McCullum, 2 runs, now the reverse sweep, but won't get to the boundary this time, good over for New Zealand this

End of over 29 (10 runs) New Zealand 115/5 (RR: 3.96)
BB McCullum    21* (25b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-25-1
JEC Franklin    19* (34b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-20-0

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, hit away down to long on for a single

29.2

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, that man at sweeper cover is in business again, as Baz cuts a short and wide ball to him

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, pushed out to point off the front foot

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, on leg stump, easy pickings, beats a diving midwicket with the push

29.5

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 2 runs, down on one knee goes Baz and launches him wide of long on, who brings off an absolute beauty, it had bounced just short of the ropes and was about to land on the other side but he stretched out his right hand and pulled it back

29.6

Shahid Afridi to BB McCullum, 1 run, pushed out to covers off the back foot

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 121/5 (RR: 4.03)
BB McCullum    25* (28b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-26-0
JEC Franklin    21* (37b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-25-1

Riaz is back now

30.1

Wahab Riaz to BB McCullum, FOUR, Baz gets some pace, and capitalises, there was some width too outside off, and he cut it past a helpless sweeper cover for a boundary

30.2

Wahab Riaz to BB McCullum, 2 runs, Wahab overcompensates down the leg side this time, and Baz works it away wide of fine leg, and then comes back for the second, putting in the big dive and all, excellent running

30.3

Wahab Riaz to BB McCullum, 1 run, the slower one around off stump, he picks it up, and steers it down to third man

30.4

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, 1 run, James brings up the 50 of the partnership with a back foot punch down the ground, and it has come in good time too

30.5

Wahab Riaz to BB McCullum, no run, another slower one from Wahab, this time Baz cannot get it away, leans forward and pushes it out to point

30.6

Wahab Riaz to BB McCullum, no run, short and wide, but at 106 kph, Baz cannot get it away even as he looks to slap it away through extra cover, ends up bottom edging it in to the ground

End of over 31 (8 runs) New Zealand 129/5 (RR: 4.16)
BB McCullum    32* (33b 2x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-1-20-2
JEC Franklin    22* (38b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-26-0

Umar comes on now

31.1

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, starts off with a length ball on middle stump which is driven straight to mid off by James

31.2

Umar Gul to Franklin, 1 run, bowls his stock back of a length delivery, but a touch wide outside off and he cuts it away to sweeper cover

31.3

Umar Gul to BB McCullum, 5 wides, 144 kph length delivery, but down the leg side, and off the pads and into the fine boundary, given as wides, hmm, there was a deflection there

31.3

Umar Gul to BB McCullum, FOUR, shot! short but again down the leg side, Baz launches in to a violent short-arm pull and sends it crashing into the fine leg boundary

31.4

Umar Gul to BB McCullum, no run, much better from Gul, back of a length around off, played out to point off the back foot, there were some premature thoughts of a single in Baz's mind but he rightly abandoned them

31.5

Umar Gul to BB McCullum, no run, still more short of a good length from Umar, Baz cannot get it away, got in to an awkward position as he tried to ride some extra bounce that Umar got

31.6

Umar Gul to BB McCullum, 1 wide, this is a wayward return from Umar, strays down the leg side again

31.6

Umar Gul to BB McCullum, 1 run, Baz latches onto another short ball down the leg side, but this time the one-legged pull shot goes straight to fine leg

End of over 32 (12 runs) New Zealand 141/5 (RR: 4.40)
BB McCullum    37* (37b 3x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-20-0
JEC Franklin    23* (40b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    4-1-20-2

32.1

Wahab Riaz to BB McCullum, no run, 143 kph delivery on leg, he makes some room outside his leg stump but misses out on the shot, playing inside the line

32.2

Wahab Riaz to BB McCullum, OUT, got 'em! Riaz with the breakthrough, it was a length delivery angled across Baz, who pushed at it inside the line with an angled bat, and Kamran happily gobbled the outside edge, Baz was looking good here, but has got out to a soft dismissal, well at least he has continues the trend

BB McCullum c †Kamran Akmal b Wahab Riaz 37 (42m 39b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.87

Nigelnomates: "My daughters team of 11 year olds has better shot selection. I used to love the Black Caps, now they just annoy me too much to watch on TV let alone pay to watch them." Brendon is replaced by Nathan

32.3

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, gets a short ball, ducks right into it, and is hit on the body, ouch!

32.4

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, has a lazy waft at one going across him, but he does not get the edge that Baz managed to, luckily

32.5

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 run, steered away to third man for a run

32.6

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, 2 runs, dropped it was cut away in the air to the left of point, who dived full length and got a hand to it, but could not latch onto it, very tough chance it was anyways

End of over 33 (3 runs) New Zealand 144/6 (RR: 4.36)
JEC Franklin    25* (41b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    5-1-23-3
NL McCullum    1* (3b)      Umar Gul    3-0-20-0

'Mark Greatbatch': "Nigelnomates - how can we fast-track your 11-daughter into the team?? We are using a rotation policy afterall..."

33.1

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, full outside off stump, he goes for the drive, but hits it straight to backward point

33.2

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, length ball on the stumps, defended off the back foot

33.3

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, Umar with that short of a good length delivery around off stump, he stands tall and defends it off the back foot, elegant but unproductive

33.4

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 run, gets far across the stumps, and works this length ball away to deep midwicket

33.5

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, good stuff from Gul this over, James stands in the crease and pushes out a back of a length ball out to extra cover

33.6

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, gives it a thump off the back foot, but Shahid puts in the dive at extra cover and saves some runs

End of over 34 (1 run) New Zealand 145/6 (RR: 4.26)
JEC Franklin    25* (43b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-0-21-0
NL McCullum    2* (7b)      Wahab Riaz    5-1-23-3

Gcynic: "Vettori's prematch words coming back to haunt him: it's a batsman's paradise...runfest...etc." But it still is a paradise, only the way NZ have batted, they have made it look anything but

ranjan: "only three things certain in life Death,Taxes and consistently inconsistent black Caps." Sigh ...

34.1

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, 140 kph short of a good length delivery around off stump, he rides the bounce, and brings it down towards point

34.2

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, has one more lazy waft at one that was angled across him, but no edge fortunately for Nathan

34.3

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, gives him the bouncer now on leg stump, Nathan lets it fly over him

34.4

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 run, Nathan gets bat on ball this time, punches this one away to sweeper cover off the back foot

34.5

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, no run, looks to drive it past the bowler, but does not get any timing on it, and Wahab fields in his follow through

34.6

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, 1 run, bowls a length ball on the pads, he whips it down to fine leg to retain the strike

End of over 35 (2 runs) New Zealand 147/6 (RR: 4.20)
JEC Franklin    26* (45b 1x4)      Wahab Riaz    6-1-25-3
NL McCullum    3* (11b)      Umar Gul    4-0-21-0

35.1

Umar Gul to Franklin, 2 runs, gets some room outside off and drives this one past point, third man runs in and does the fielding

35.2

Umar Gul to Franklin, 2 leg byes, Gul with the yorker, raps him on the pads and goes up in appeal, but that struck him outside leg stump

35.3

Umar Gul to Franklin, FOUR, lovely free-flowing drive from James, got one in the slot outside off stump and eased it away to the left of sweeper cover

35.4

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, 143 kph bouncer from Gul, what a reply after that boundary, James did well to get out of the line as it got big on him, and thudded into Kamran's gloves

35.5

Umar Gul to Franklin, no run, bowls him the fast full toss, Franklin hits it straight back to the bowler, who dons a menacing expression and throws it back to the keeper

35.6

Umar Gul to Franklin, FOUR, gets an outside edge as Franklin hangs his bat to a short of a good length ball, but no slips at this stage of the innings, and that will runaway in to the fine third man boundary, frustration for Umar after a superb over

End of over 36 (12 runs) New Zealand 159/6 (RR: 4.41)
JEC Franklin    36* (51b 3x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-31-0
NL McCullum    3* (11b)      Wahab Riaz    6-1-25-3

36.1

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, played back to the bowler off the back foot

36.2

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes down on a knee and thumps it along the ground, but straight to sweeper cover

36.3

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, 1 wide, strays down the leg side with a length delivery

36.3

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, no run, good delivery, tucking him up for room around middle stump, he adjusts to push it out to short midwicket

36.4

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, no run, the bouncer arrives from Riaz, James goes underneath it, Kamran collects

36.5

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, 1 leg bye, misses out on the attempted flick to a length ball on the pads, but even as it rolls away on the leg side, they sneak a single

36.6

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, played out to short midwicket off the back foot, miserly over from Wahab

End of over 37 (3 runs) New Zealand 162/6 (RR: 4.37)
NL McCullum    4* (14b)      Wahab Riaz    7-1-27-3
JEC Franklin    36* (54b 3x4)      Umar Gul    5-0-31-0

Shahid brings himself on

37.1

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, the wrong 'un, pushed back down the track

37.2

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, slapped away to extra cover off the back foot

37.3

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, skiddy, slipper stuff from Afridi, he almost gets his man as he drives in the air, but fortunately for him, in the gap through covers

37.4

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, driven to sweeper cove for a single

37.5

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, sweeps this fullish one behind square leg for another run

37.6

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, nudged away to short fine leg and they rush through for a single

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 166/6 (RR: 4.36)
NL McCullum    6* (16b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-30-0
JEC Franklin    38* (58b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    7-1-27-3

Sohail comes back in to the attack

38.1

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 wide, short and too far wide outside off stump from back of a length

38.1

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, another short and wide delivery, slapped away to sweeper cover off the back foot

38.2

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, no run, surprised by the slower one, pushes it out to extra cover

38.3

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, 1 leg bye, they steal a run ever so sneakily, James missed out on the attempted whip across the line, and Nathan willed him into crossing over

38.4

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, steered down to third man

38.5

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, 2 runs, bangs it in short, and he goes for the pull, getting it just over midwicket, Wahab runs across and prevents the boundary

38.6

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, no run, this one almost got through the gap between bat and pad, he got an inside edge that saved him as the ball rolled away to Umar at square leg

End of over 39 (6 runs) New Zealand 172/6 (RR: 4.41)
JEC Franklin    40* (62b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    6-0-34-0
NL McCullum    8* (18b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-30-0

39.1

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, watchfully forward in defence is Nathan

39.2

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, cuts without power and cannot get it past short third man

39.3

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, leans forward and square droves but this time finds backward point

39.4

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, gets the single this time, pushes this one on off stump towards midwicket

39.5

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, gets a top edge as he swivels to pull a short one, but it falls well short of Younis Khan on the backward square leg boundary who does well to stop it inside the ropes

39.6

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, no run, as close to a perfect forward defensive as you will ever get, lovely to watch, but the scoreboard remain the same

End of over 40 (2 runs) New Zealand 174/6 (RR: 4.35)
NL McCullum    9* (23b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-32-0
JEC Franklin    41* (63b 3x4)      Sohail Tanvir    6-0-34-0

The Batting Powerplay has been taken

40.1

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, FOUR, waits for this slower one to arrive and cuts it in the gap between cover and point for a boundary, good start to the Powerplay

40.2

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, no run, another slower one from Tanvir, this time he cannot get it past extra cover

40.3

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, FOUR, this time he bowls the yorker outside off stump, and James manages to squeeze it past short third man for a boundary, got his bat down just in time

40.4

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, FOUR, James brings up his 50 with a neat whip off his legs that goes into the fine leg boundary, well played, he has been in good form recently

40.5

Sohail Tanvir to Franklin, 1 run, driven down the ground on the leg side off the front foot

40.6

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, no run, one more slower one from Sohail, Nathan can only push it back down the track

End of over 41 (13 runs) New Zealand 187/6 (RR: 4.56)
NL McCullum    9* (24b)      Sohail Tanvir    7-0-47-0
JEC Franklin    54* (68b 6x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-32-0

Rastawookie: "Can someone run out and tell McCullum he's left the handbrake on?"

41.1

Umar Gul to Franklin, 1 run, 143 kph yorker from Gul, James somehow manages to dig it out towards extra cover

41.2

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, makes some room outside leg and gives it a good swipe, but the ball was around a foot away from his bat

41.3

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes for the yorker again but this time it ends up as a full toss, he pushes it hastily down the ground for a single

41.4

Umar Gul to Franklin, FOUR, 147 kph from Gul, but a touch overpitched around off stump, and James drives it with excellent timing through extra cover for a boundary

41.5

Umar Gul to Franklin, 1 run, oh dear, oh dear, Gul has made a total mess of a simple run out, James was miles out of his ground attempting a non-existent single to point, the thrown came Gul's away nicely over the stumps, but he failed to collect it cleanly, and James can't believe his luck

41.6

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 run, fast and furious length ball on the stumps, hit out towards extra cover

End of over 42 (8 runs) New Zealand 195/6 (RR: 4.64)
NL McCullum    11* (27b)      Umar Gul    6-0-39-0
JEC Franklin    60* (71b 7x4)      Sohail Tanvir    7-0-47-0

42.1

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, Nathan looks to go downtown over midwicket, but misses the length ball going across him completely, and Kamran collects

42.2

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, plants the front foot down the track and goes for another heave-ho, but Wahab bowled it wider this time, and he misses out again

42.3

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, three in three! he walked outside off stump, and gave it everything possible, the only thing he did not manage was to get bat on ball

42.4

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 wide, bows it wide outside off stump this time, Nathan gave it the swing anyway

42.4

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, FOUR, and our man connects this time, past a diving Younis Khan at midwicket and into the boundary

42.5

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 no ball, Riaz oversteps in his eagerness to angle it past the batsman, Nathan did what he has been doing all over, and the result was the same, but he gets a free hit

42.5

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 run, this time he walks some two feet outside off stump and flicks this length ball past square leg

42.6

Wahab Riaz to Franklin, 1 run, James' luck continues to favour him, he gets an inside edge that barely misses the stumps, Nathan goes through for the single, puts in the dive even as Kamran misses with the throw

End of over 43 (8 runs) New Zealand 203/6 (RR: 4.72)
JEC Franklin    61* (72b 7x4)      Wahab Riaz    8-1-35-3
NL McCullum    16* (33b 1x4)      Umar Gul    6-0-39-0

43.1

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, 1 run, Franklin goes aerial over the leg side, but the top edge falls well short of wide long on

43.2

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, lovely fielding at cover, dives to his left to save a certain boundary, it was cut fiercely by Nathan

43.3

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, no run, goes for the sweep and misses out, is hit on the pads

43.4

Shahid Afridi to Franklin, OUT, Franklin departs, goes for the big swing over square leg, and hits it straight down the throat of Riaz at deep backward square leg, but he's got NZ past 200, how much more can they get?

JEC Franklin c Wahab Riaz b Shahid Afridi 62 (116m 75b 7x4 0x6) SR: 82.66

43.5

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 1 run, gets a thick outside edge that rolls away to short third man

43.6

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 3 runs, goes back and gives it a good old thwack, and the thick edge loops away in the gap between cover and backward point, and only some fine fielding prevents a boundary

End of over 44 (6 runs) New Zealand 209/7 (RR: 4.75)
NL McCullum    20* (35b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-38-1
DL Vettori    1* (1b)      Wahab Riaz    8-1-35-3

44.1

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, FOUR, Nathan has absolutely creamed this full delivery through cover, sweeper cover was a spectator, that pinged the boundary in a flash

44.2

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, no run, yorker outside the off stump, he goes for another swing, and another miss results

44.3

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, FOUR, how did he do this? it was full and heading for the stumps, but Nathan scooped it perfectly over short fine leg, took it almost off the stumps as he went down on one knee

44.4

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 leg bye, rushes down the track blindly, and swings across the line, the ball rolls away off the body into the off side

44.5

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, 1 wide, the bouncer from Wahab but high above the batsman, and is called a wide

44.5

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, 1 wide, short and wide outside off again, too wide to be called one again

44.5

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, no run, goes for a drive to a length delivery, and gets it off the inner half of the bat back to Wahab

44.6

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, 1 wide, Wahab's radar has oscillated wildly this over, this time he goes wide down the leg side

44.6

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, 1 run, good delivery to finish a very productive Powerplay for the batting side, full and on the stumps, squeezed down the ground for a single

End of over 45 (13 runs) New Zealand 222/7 (RR: 4.93)
DL Vettori    2* (3b)      Wahab Riaz    9-1-47-3
NL McCullum    28* (39b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-38-1

45.1

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, 1 run, goes down to sweep this full ball in front of square leg

45.2

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 2 runs, much slower and more flight from Shahid, swung down the ground, long on does the tidying up

45.3

Shahid Afridi to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes for a half-hearted half-sweep, and gets a top edge in to the leg side

45.4

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, no run, goes for the reverse sweep now, and it loops up in the air for Kamran to pouch it, and they all go up in appeal, umpire reckons there was no bat there

45.5

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, no run, looks to hit this one down the ground but the ball rolls away to Shahid

45.6

Shahid Afridi to Vettori, no run, reverse swept straight to backward point

End of over 46 (4 runs) New Zealand 226/7 (RR: 4.91)
DL Vettori    3* (7b)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-42-1
NL McCullum    31* (41b 3x4)      Wahab Riaz    9-1-47-3

46.1

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, 101 kph slower one from round the stumps, he manages to limply push it out to point

46.2

Sohail Tanvir to Vettori, 1 run, straightens from a length on middle and off, he guides it to point, and they go through for the quick single

46.3

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, squeezes the yorker down the ground to long off, but the man there is quick on the ball, and a run is all that he allows

46.4

Sohail Tanvir to Vettori, 1 run, 96 kph slower ball, he waits and waits for it to arrive, and cuts it over cover, but sweeper cover is there on the boundary

46.5

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, full delivery around off stump, smashed along the ground to long off

46.6

Sohail Tanvir to Vettori, FOUR, Dan walks across the stumps, Sohail targets them with a full delivery, but Vettori gets bat to it in time, and scoops it over short fine leg who leaps in vain

End of over 47 (9 runs) New Zealand 235/7 (RR: 5.00)
DL Vettori    9* (10b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    8-0-56-0
NL McCullum    34* (44b 3x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-42-1

47.1

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, FOUR, another cute scoop shot, this one goes barely to the left of Kamran but very high over him, it was a bit of a top edge but Nathan will take the boundary

47.2

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, makes a lot of room outside leg, but Gul follows him with a 140 kph back of a length ball, and Nathan could not connect with the wild flail

47.3

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 no ball, and another one, this time it bounces extra too, that is because Gul put in extra effort, and also managed to overstep

47.3

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, can't do anything with the free hit, it was full and outside off stump, he had backed too far away outside leg

47.4

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, no run, Nathan with his almighty swing on one knee, but cannot connect with the length delivery again

47.5

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, FOUR, this time he does connect, and very cleanly too, lifting a fuller delivery up and over extra cover, and into the boundary

47.6

Umar Gul to NL McCullum, 1 run, off a thickish edge and down to third man for a single

End of over 48 (10 runs) New Zealand 245/7 (RR: 5.10)
NL McCullum    43* (51b 5x4)      Umar Gul    7-0-49-0
DL Vettori    9* (10b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    8-0-56-0

48.1

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 wide, goes very wide of the crease, and delivers a wide ball down the leg side

48.1

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, no run, slower one outside off stump this time, and Nathan gives it the heave, for effect

48.2

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, SIX, alright, this one is not for effect, it was short, sitting up around off, and he made some room to lift it over extra cover for a six to move to 49

48.3

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, one more slower delivery, he looked to go for the scoop over short fine leg but the ball rolled away along the ground to that man, 50 up for Nathan, it has been agricultural at times, but mighty effective

48.4

Sohail Tanvir to Vettori, 1 run, flicked away to fine leg off the pads

48.5

Sohail Tanvir to NL McCullum, 1 run, gets the toe end of the bat as he shapes up for another one over short fine leg, the ball rolls away towards Tanvir, who ponders for a while, and that is enough time for them to go through for a wild run

48.6

Sohail Tanvir to Vettori, 1 run, hit away through midwicket for a single, Dan it will be on strike for the final over

End of over 49 (11 runs) New Zealand 256/7 (RR: 5.22)
DL Vettori    11* (12b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    9-0-67-0
NL McCullum    51* (55b 5x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    7-0-49-0

49.1

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, no run, backs away down the leg side, and Wahab bowls it wide outside off stump, Dan couldn't do anything on that occasion

49.2

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, 1 run, goes way outside off stump now, Riaz follows him there, and he squeezes out the full delivery down to third man

49.3

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 run, drops it a touch short now, and he goes for the pull but straight to the man on the deep square leg boundary

49.4

Wahab Riaz to Vettori, 1 run, full and tight from Wahab on the stumps, pushed out through extra cover for a single

49.5

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 2 leg byes, goes for the pick up shot over fine leg from outside off stump, it rolls away fine off the pads, and they take two through some furious running, Nathan putting in the dive in the end even as the thrown comes in from Razzaq

49.6

Wahab Riaz to NL McCullum, 1 run, end of a fine last over from Wahab as Nathan squeezes out a full delivery towards extra cover, but New Zealand will be happy after having slipped to 79 for 5

Bob with this astute observation: "In the old days NZ did well when the bowlers scored the runs and the batsmen took the wickets... time for Guptill, Styris and Williamson to shine with the ball!"

Pakistan would have been pleased with their initial bowling effort after losing the toss on a flat surface, but New Zealand have come back courtesy James Franklin and the McCullum brothers. They have given the bowlers a decent total to defend, after Pakistan leaked runs in the Batting Powerplay. Afridi persisted with the expensive and unidimensional Sohail Tanvir, and Diljeet has a fair point here: "Why Razzaq never appeared back in attack after bowling stifling opening spells???" Join us in 30 minutes for the chase

End of over 50 (6 runs) New Zealand 262/7
NL McCullum    53* (58b 5x4 1x6)      Wahab Riaz    10-1-51-3
DL Vettori    13* (15b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    9-0-67-0
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Feb 1, 2011

Shahid Afridi was trapped leg-before by Daniel Vettori for 4, New Zealand v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Napier, February 1, 2011

Shahid Afridi was trapped leg-before by Daniel Vettori for 4

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Feb 1, 2011

Misbah-ul-Haq is congratulated by Younis Khan on reaching his half-century, New Zealand v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Napier, February 1, 2011

Misbah-ul-Haq is congratulated by Younis Khan on reaching his half-century

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