Pakistan in New Zealand ODI Series - 5th ODI

New Zealand v Pakistan

Pakistan won by 41 runs

Shehzad and Hafeez are out there now. Hafeez takes strike against Kyle Mills who finally returns. Two slips. Here we go ...

I am Nitin Sundar, bringing you the action today. Sid Talya is on the bulletin, while Sanjay Murari adds up the scores. Here's hoping for another fascinating game!

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TPain: "So, NZ bowling first in overcast conditions, and the best swing bowler Southee isn't playing. And what exactly do NZ gain from Oram playing instead, nothing, even Southee has been scoring more runs. Or maybe 'rotation' is still going on. Maybe thats why they are losing because they are all dizzy now." Wicked! Omer Farooq chimes in saying Pakistan won't mind batting first since Southee isn't playing. True, he's been their only bugbear so far on this tour. Strange decision to rest him.

Aziz: "I am a huge fan of Shoaib Akthar but I don't think he should play one day games. He does not have the stamina to last 50 overs. T20 is a better suited format for him."

I was watching highlights of the 1999 World Cup last night. A lean, mean Shoaib, chomping at the bit and letting the likes of Steve Waugh and Stephen Fleming face the music, relentlessly. Agreed, he struggles through even three-four overs spells these days, but the pace is still there and the skill. Still a fascinating bowler to watch.

Fifteen minutes to the start. Enough time to reflect on Australia's monster chase against England, whose one-day form is in tailspin right now. Michael Clarke is back in form, things are falling into place nicely for the World Champions. Steve Waugh reckons they have an outside chance at defending the World Cup. 16 days to go to the event, and easily the most open World Cup in recent times. Australia, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka ... may be England ... pencil in Pakistan as well - all these sides are in with a chance. Expect Bangladesh to be spoil the party for some of the bigger teams.

Conditions are overcast, and there is a drizzle forecast for later in the day. The pitch has reasonable grass cover, though it is rolled in. Hard track, the ball should come on to the bat, reckons Simon Doull. The side batting first hasn't won a game here since 2001, so the odds are stacked up against Pakistan. They don't like batting in such conditions in any case.

Vettori is out injured. Ross Taylor to lead NZ. The coin rolls miles before landing heads, and New Zealand will bowl. Mills and Oram to play; Southee and Williamson miss out. McCullum could be floating up the order, Ryder will open the innings.

Afridi: "The pitch is quite good, but it is slightly overcast. Shoaib Akhtar is back and Sohail Tanvir is being rested ... Only one change, not three or four. "

Hello and welcome to ODI No. 5 from Hamilton. Pakistan lead 2-1 and can close the series out today. When was the last time they won a bilateral one-day series? England and South Africa held them to 3-2 defeats recently, and before that Australia blanked them 5-0 nearly a year back. Reason enough for Pakistan to come out all intense and looking for a win today - they have the form and the personnel to do it.

Things don't look quite so rosy for the home side. They have won just one of their last 14 ODIs. There's a question mark over Dan Vettori and Jesse Ryder's availability for today. The big question is - Can New Zealand overcome form, injury woes?

0.1

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, swing straight away for Mills, angles in from slightly wide of the crease and then straightens. Defensively played into the off side

0.2

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, again, nice seam position, searching for away movement, but a little too full. Hafeez punches it back nicely, but Mills fields on his follow through

0.3

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of a length outside off, Hafeez stays back and blocks towards point

0.4

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, 135 kph, in the channel outside off, invites Hafeez to drive and he times it beautifully but straight to cover

0.5

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, wider outside off, shapes away off the seam and Hafeez lets it go

0.6

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Mills begins with a maiden, another short of length ball outside off that Hafeez decides to leave

End of over 1 (maiden) Pakistan 0/0 (RR: 0.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (6b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-0
Ahmed Shehzad    0* (0b)     

Bennett, who's been impressive in this series, shares the new ball. Two slips to Shehzad

1.1

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, edged, but short of slip. Lovely delivery from Bennett, nips away from back of a length, almost squares up Shehzad as he shapes into a loose drive outside off and it takes the outside edge. It landed just short of a tumbling Taylor at first slip

1.2

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length outside off and this time it bends back in, Shehzad punches off the back foot towards cover point

1.3

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, takes it wider outside off this time, Shehzad lets it go

1.4

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, a foot and a half outside off at 134 kph, not full enough for the drive and Shehzad sees it through once again

1.5

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, another edge, again from that channel outside off. Shehzad needs to tighten up, this was not full enough for the drive and he is not really driving through the line. This time the edge flies away towards fine leg.

1.6

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez shows how it is done. Perfect positioning f the head, easy back lift, meets the ball on the rise and drives a length ball cleanly through the line. It whistles away to the right of mid off, for the first boundary.

End of over 2 (5 runs) Pakistan 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (7b 1x4)      HK Bennett    1-0-5-0
Ahmed Shehzad    1* (5b)      KD Mills    1-1-0-0

2.1

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Mills dangles this on the pads and Shehzad looks for the tickle round the corner, but finds short fine leg

2.2

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, holds the length back and Shehzad punches with nice timing into the covers

2.3

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 131 kph, darts away off the seam but from well wide of off. Easy leave for Shehzad

2.4

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad will be very disappointed here. Another delivery on the pads, he times the glance perfectly but finds short fine leg again.

2.5

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, variety from Mills, an offcutter now, bends back into Shehzad from back of a length, but he lets it go

2.6

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, two maidens on the trot for Mills, finishes with the away seamer outside off and Shehzad is happy to let it go. Quiet start, this

End of over 3 (maiden) Pakistan 5/0 (RR: 1.66)
Ahmed Shehzad    1* (11b)      KD Mills    2-2-0-0
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (7b 1x4)      HK Bennett    1-0-5-0

3.1

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, over-pitched outside off, another fluent off drive from Hafeez, but straight to mid off this time

3.2

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, 136 kph, holds the length a little back and gets good carry through to B McCullum as Hafeez shoulders arms

3.3

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, just short of a length, searching for an edge, but Hafeez negotiates it well, reaches across, opens the face and steers it to third man

3.4

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of good length, Shehzad hangs back and defends into the covers

3.5

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, nice stroke, 136 kph, marginally full and Shehzad drives it on the up into the covers. His placement has not been the best so far

3.6

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, absolutely nothing wrong with the placement on this again. Once again, Bennett over-pitches on the last ball of the over and ruins his good work. Too full, on middle and leg, Shehzad latches on gladly, gets half forward and creams it straight back to the right of the stumps at the non-striker's. It whistles away for four, all along the ground

End of over 4 (5 runs) Pakistan 10/0 (RR: 2.50)
Ahmed Shehzad    5* (14b 1x4)      HK Bennett    2-0-10-0
Mohammad Hafeez    5* (10b 1x4)      KD Mills    2-2-0-0

4.1

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, lovely delivery from Mills, offcutter lands on the seam back of a length, jags back in and bounces extra as Hafeez leaves. The extra bounce makes it hit his belly as he shoulders arms, almost cut him in half

4.2

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another one on the perfect length outside off, holds its line this time and Hafeez carefully defends to the off side

4.3

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, Mills concedes a run at long last. Straighter delivery, Hafeez is happy to punch it to mid on and get the single

4.4

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length on off and middle, Shehzad comes forward to a ball he might have been better off playing back to, and drives a little loosely to mid on

4.5

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, half-volley on off, Shehzad moves well into the drive but finds cover

4.6

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, holds it back to end another miserly over, Shehzad tries to force it square off the back foot but finds point

End of over 5 (1 run) Pakistan 11/0 (RR: 2.20)
Ahmed Shehzad    5* (17b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-2-1-0
Mohammad Hafeez    6* (13b 1x4)      HK Bennett    2-0-10-0

One slip is out now. Short cover in place.

5.1

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, and Bennett bowls contrary to the field. Over-pitched on the pads, Hafeez clips it neatly through square leg for a couple

5.2

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, that's the line, and that's the length. 135 kph on the McGrath corridor outside off, Hafeez hangs back and steers it into the covers

5.3

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, nicely done. Bennett pitches this further up, looking for the edge outside off. Hafeez gets forward, opens the wrists and thumps that through point. Off the middle of the bat, completely in control

5.4

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, Bennett responds with the bouncer, Hafeez seemed to know it was coming. He rocked back and pulled imperiously in front of midwicket. A couple more to the cause.

5.5

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, sharp inducker from Bennett, gets Hafeez into a tangle as he moves forward and across looking to flick. Inside edge, hits him high on the pads.

5.6

Bennett to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short cover is in business. Just short of good length, just the length from which it is tough to keep the drive down. Hafeez managed to hit it, a couple of metres short of that fielder

End of over 6 (8 runs) Pakistan 19/0 (RR: 3.16)
Mohammad Hafeez    14* (19b 2x4)      HK Bennett    3-0-18-0
Ahmed Shehzad    5* (17b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-2-1-0

Retro sure knows how to bait the people reading this commentary. Here's what he says: "Is it just me or someone else also notices shades of a younger Tendulkar in Shehzad's playing certain shots!"

6.1

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Mills works away on that channel outside off, keeps it on the perfect length too. Shehzad leaves

6.2

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, drifts onto the pads and Shehzad clips it uppishly through midwicket, and that delightful man, Jesse Ryder, fields on the boundary

6.3

Mills to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, oh, Hafeez! What have you done! Mills keeps it well short of a length as he has most of the morning. A foot or so outside off. Hafeez could have left it. Or cut it, if he wanted to be adventurous. Or steered it, if he wanted a single. What does he do? He drives. On the up. With his feet miles away from the ball. What happens? It lobs up in the air, straight to mid off.

Mohammad Hafeez c NL McCullum b Mills 14 (27m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Kamran Akmal is the new man in.

6.4

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, this one angles in and then holds its line from outside off. And that extra bounce too. Kamran hangs back and leaves

6.5

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, similar ball, ends up wider outside off, Kamran steers from the crease to point

6.6

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, this one stays a touch low, Kamran adjusts and works it to point again. Miserly Mills mesmerises Pakistan. 4-2-2-1

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 20/1 (RR: 2.85)
Kamran Akmal    0* (3b)      KD Mills    4-2-2-1
Ahmed Shehzad    6* (19b 1x4)      HK Bennett    3-0-18-0

Oram comes on. Good time for him to be bowling.

7.1

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, decent pace to start with - 128 kph on a length outside off, no sideways movement and Shehzad leaves

7.2

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, short ball, comes on very slowly off the deck at 125 kph, Shehzad yells "Two" even as he rocks back and pulls it well in front of midwicket. Slightly slow wicket, with sideways movement and extra bounce, this

7.3

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, fuller outside off, Shehzad gets across and defends with the full face down the track

Aha, Roger Twose is in the ground, watching the game. Very good one-day player.

7.4

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Shehzad opens the face and dabs to third man for one

7.5

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kamran hangs back in the crease and looks to crunch a square drive, but there is not enough room for him to get it away. Played feebly to point

7.6

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, tidy start from Oram. 128 kph on a length outside off, Kamran presses forward and defends

End of over 8 (3 runs) Pakistan 23/1 (RR: 2.87)
Kamran Akmal    0* (5b)      JDP Oram    1-0-3-0
Ahmed Shehzad    9* (23b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-2-2-1

Omair has another imaginative doppelganger. "Jacob Oram looks like a blonde Imran Khan," he says. Tiger Woods and Ross Taylor the other day. Now this. Tendulkar and Shehzad as well.

8.1

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full on off stump, Shehzad times the off drive very well but finds short cover

8.2

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 134 kph, a foot wide outside off stump and holding its line. Shehzad leaves

8.3

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, lock, stock and two smoking barrells. Shehzad has had enough of letting Mills get away with his tight lines. He improvises by scurrying down the track, while opening up the off side and then whacks this on the rise wide of mid off. Strong swing of the bat and a clean connection

8.4

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, stays in the crease this time and lets one go outside off

8.5

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, closer to the stumps and fuller, Shehzad unfurls another drive, but finds mid off.

8.6

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, the good old heave-ho! Shehzad tramples down the track in a trice and looks for a full delivery. Mills lands this back of a length, but Shehzad does not let him get away with it. Heaves him over midwicket with an agricultural hoick. Not the prettiest shot, but mightly effective

End of over 9 (8 runs) Pakistan 31/1 (RR: 3.44)
Ahmed Shehzad    17* (29b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-2-10-1
Kamran Akmal    0* (5b)      JDP Oram    1-0-3-0

9.1

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kamran stays on the crease and defends to the off side

9.2

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower ball at 114 kph, stays low outside off and bounces again on the way to Baz as Kamran leaves

9.3

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, closer to the stumps, Kamran stays in the crease and opens the face to steer through the off side

9.4

Oram to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, Kamran gets away with an uppish square drive. There is a gully, a short cover and a deeper point in place, but Kamran is very keen on forcing them through the off side. He stays beside this one, not much width on offer, and manages to force it away without full control to the right of diving point. He had to generate all the power on this one, and ended up playing it uppishly as a result

9.5

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, opens the face this time and steers it defensively to Taylor at that short gully kind of position

9.6

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, for the first time today, Kamran plays off the front foot - a loose drive to a delivery that was angling in, and he gets an inside edge to short fine leg

End of over 10 (4 runs) Pakistan 35/1 (RR: 3.50)
Kamran Akmal    4* (11b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-7-0
Ahmed Shehzad    17* (29b 3x4)      KD Mills    5-2-10-1

Bowling Powerplay taken, no surprises there. Mills continues for his sixth over. He took some tap in the 5th.

10.1

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length, angling into Shehzad who is content to stay back and defend him to the leg side

10.2

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Mills looks for the dream outswinger, the one that lands on leg and moves away. This one, however, despite the perfect seam position, carries on onto the pads. Shehzad doesn't mind that one bit, he happily whips him behind square for four

10.3

Mills to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad charges out again, short ball in line with the stumps, he opens up the off side and looks to carve over the cordon, but gets an outside edge to third man.

10.4

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, length ball on middle and off, Kamran defends down the track

10.5

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, half volley on off stump, Kamran flows into a drive, but once again, a Pakistan batsman finds a fielder

10.6

Mills to Kamran Akmal, no run, dot ball to finish the over, short of a length outside off and Kamran looks to steal a single to cover point. The fielder swoops in too quickly though

End of over 11 (5 runs) Pakistan 40/1 (RR: 3.63)
Kamran Akmal    4* (14b 1x4)      KD Mills    6-2-15-1
Ahmed Shehzad    22* (32b 4x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-7-0

Terry: "And Andy Murray, choking GBR tennis star, must be Kyle Mill's brother."

Baz stands up to the crease for Oram.

11.1

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Shehzad edges through third man for four. Short of a length, tight line just outside off and Shehzad stays back and looks to play the square cut. He is a little late on the shot and it flies away over the slips region and through to the boundary

11.2

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, on the pads this time, Shehzad works it behind square leg

11.3

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, defends a back of length ball outside off into the off side

They are showing pictures of the pitch and it looks quite strange. The ball seems to have made indentations on the track where they have landed, opening small potholes in the pitch

11.4

Oram to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tight line, offcutter comes in and looks for the lbw, Kamran just about brings the bat down in time to protect the pads and gets a single to mid-on

11.5

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad defends cautiously from back of a length outside off

11.6

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, glorious. This is what he was trying to do earlier in the over, but this time he had enough room to work with. Oram lands this well outside off and on a length. Shehzad gets back and across and creams it square with a crack of the bat. Swiped away in style.

End of over 12 (10 runs) Pakistan 50/1 (RR: 4.16)
Ahmed Shehzad    31* (36b 6x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-17-0
Kamran Akmal    5* (16b 1x4)      KD Mills    6-2-15-1

Bennett returns. Mills gets a break.

12.1

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, over-pitched on off, and yet again Kamran finds a fielder with a crisp drive. Straight to mid off

12.2

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, just back of a length, 135 kph outside off, Kamran goes for the off drive, but hits it to mid off

12.3

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, slow offcutter at 118 kph, Kamran hangs back and angles the face to look for a single, but hits it straight to point

12.4

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, release for Kamran, he's finally placed it to the right of N McCullum at mid off. Length ball on off stump, Kamran gets half across and smashes it hard back past the bowler. McCullum should have stopped that, but dived over it

12.5

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, whoa, take that! Short ball, Kamran seemed to be ready for it. He was back in the crease and ready for the cut. He was so ready for it, he played it early enough for the cut to fly through the covers. Nobody moved as it scurried to the fence

12.6

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller to end the over, Kamran's feet are moving now. Gets forward and check-drives into the covers

End of over 13 (8 runs) Pakistan 58/1 (RR: 4.46)
Kamran Akmal    13* (22b 3x4)      HK Bennett    4-0-26-0
Ahmed Shehzad    31* (36b 6x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-17-0

13.1

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of a length at 124 kph, Shehzad stays back and defends

13.2

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Pakistan are breaking free here. Shehzad is charging away in style. He was backing away, looking for an off side boundary. Oram saw him move and dropped it short, but gave him the width he wanted. Shehzad opened the face and resisted from over-hitting it as he guided it through point. The timing on that shot was ominous.

13.3

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, fuller length on off, Shehzad promptly pushes forward and takes a single to cover

13.4

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, Kamran looks to steer into the covers for a single, but its not played softly enough

13.5

Oram to Kamran Akmal, no run, wider outside off, angled face from Kamran as he dabs it straight to point

13.6

Oram to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, with the field hanging back for the final ball, Kamran gets the single, pushing a ball on off stump into the covers

End of over 14 (6 runs) Pakistan 64/1 (RR: 4.57)
Kamran Akmal    14* (25b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-23-0
Ahmed Shehzad    36* (39b 7x4)      HK Bennett    4-0-26-0

14.1

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, short ball, not much width outside off and Kamran goes for the cut. Under-edges it very close to off stump. Hmm ...

Comments flowing in. Scott Styris looks like Michael Douglas (we had that on Doppelgangers sometime back). And then this - Shoaib Akhtar looks like Brendan Fraser. Imaginative .. anyone else sees the resemblance? I don't

14.2

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, back of a length on off stump, Kamran defends to the off side

14.3

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, in line with the stumps this time, Kamran gets behind the line and defends down the track

14.4

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, no run, over-pitched on off and Kamran finds the fielder with another perfectly timed cover drive.

Al: "And Nicholas Cage looks like Younis Khan." I though Jason Gillespie was more of a Nicolas Cage clone. The beard and long hair is a distraction though.

14.5

Bennett to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, fuller on off, Kamran is early into the shot as he looks to turn it to the on side and gets a leading edge through to mid off for one

14.6

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, boy, Shehzad has hit the leather off this one. The kind of shot you would play in a 'hit it as far as you can' contest. Nothing wrong with the ball - back of a length around off stump. Shehzad gets under it and absolutely smears it over long off. Roundhouse kick that would have done Chuck Norris proud.

End of over 15 (7 runs) Pakistan 71/1 (RR: 4.73)
Ahmed Shehzad    42* (40b 7x4 1x6)      HK Bennett    5-0-33-0
Kamran Akmal    15* (30b 3x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-23-0

Spin is in. N McCullum is on.

15.1

NL McCullum to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, turns in from outside off, Kamran steers it well backward of point for a couple

15.2

NL McCullum to Kamran Akmal, no run, fuller this time, he goes for another steer and finds short third man

15.3

NL McCullum to Kamran Akmal, OUT, Kamran is run out. That's a mad, mad piece of running, to go with a really special piece of fielding. Fuller outside off, Kamran got forward and opened the face, looking to steal a single to the off side. It went quickly to Mills at short third man. Kamran had committed himself to the single and went too far before noticing that Mills had fielded and lined up the stumps even as he was recovering from the tumble. Too late. Dead on throw, on the bounce into the stumps. Gone.

Kamran Akmal run out 17 (39m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 51.51

Younis is the new man in.

15.4

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, tossed up and turning in, Younis dabs with the spin for one to mid on

Here's one for doppelgangers - J Kallis and Hannibal Lecter. Think about it!

15.5

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, hint of spin from McCullum, in line with off stump and defended

15.6

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, turns into the pads from outside off, Shehzad turns it with the spin backward of square leg for one

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 75/2 (RR: 4.68)
Ahmed Shehzad    43* (42b 7x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0
Younis Khan    1* (1b)      HK Bennett    5-0-33-0

Scott Styris, he of the twitter fame, has the ball now.

16.1

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, back of a length outside off, he opens the face and dabs it to point for one

Smul: "Shehzad looks like Gary Lyon from AFL Footy show. Only 2 eyebrows between the pair!" Hmm.. And lovely comment, Rastawookie, but I am not publishing it.

16.2

Styris to Younis Khan, no run, back of a length and coming in with the angle from outside off, Younis is a little early on the punch to the on side and goes with hard hands. Uppish, but safe.

16.3

Styris to Younis Khan, no run, fuller outside off, Younis gets forward and defends to the off side

Ibrahim: "Nathan Mccullum is a dead ringer for Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy). Oh, and Umar akmal bears an uncanny resemblance to Kamran Akmal. Spooky." And Adnan Akmal. Brothers of the same feather, flock together.

16.4

Styris to Younis Khan, no run

16.5

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, Shehzad survives a tight run thing. Younis drives straight to Guptill at mid on and takes off for one. Shehzad had to dive in at the striker's end after starting late. A direct hit might have helped

16.6

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, boy, Shehzad is walking all over the crease. Backs away and is on the 10th stump when Styris' 107 kph trundler reaches him. Good line, followed the batsman and cramped him

End of over 17 (2 runs) Pakistan 77/2 (RR: 4.52)
Ahmed Shehzad    44* (44b 7x4 1x6)      SB Styris    1-0-2-0
Younis Khan    2* (5b)      NL McCullum    1-0-4-0

17.1

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, no run, Younis works with the spin to midwicket. Yes, no, stay situation, but all safe

17.2

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, no run, fuller on off, Younis drives it right back to the bowler

17.3

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, works it off the pads through midwicket this time for a single

17.4

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad does it now, gets the pad across and dabs him with the spin to midwicket

17.5

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, no run, Nathan does something he did the other night as well, he slips in the legspinner, at 95 kph with a very quick arm action. Younis doesn't spot it and nearly chips it right back, off the leading edge.

17.6

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, tight line just outside off, Younis rocks back and cuts for one

End of over 18 (3 runs) Pakistan 80/2 (RR: 4.44)
Younis Khan    4* (10b)      NL McCullum    2-0-7-0
Ahmed Shehzad    45* (45b 7x4 1x6)      SB Styris    1-0-2-0

18.1

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, Styris drifts onto Younis' pads and gets worked away behind square for a single

Sammy: "I reckon Younis Khan looks a lot like [Bollywood actor] Akshay Kumar!" I think he's onto something here. Do google for Akki pics. There is a resemblance.

18.2

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, length ball on off stump, Shehzad gets behind the line and defends

18.3

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, offcutter just outside off and coming in, Shehzad defends down the track

18.4

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, another slow offcutter, on the pads, and clipped straight to midwicket

18.5

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad drives a good length ball past mid on and picks a single

Two more from me, Pakistan player-umpire pairs: Rameez Raja and Asad Rauf; Younis Khan and Aleem Dar. What say?

18.6

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, over-pitched on the pads, Younis drives it down to long on for another single

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 83/2 (RR: 4.36)
Younis Khan    6* (12b)      SB Styris    2-0-5-0
Ahmed Shehzad    46* (49b 7x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-7-0

19.1

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, enough width outside off for Younis to go back and dab it behind point for one

19.2

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, good bit of running for a chance, Shehzad plays it with hands soft as a baby's bottom towards point and takes off as Baz scurries after it.

19.3

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, turning into the pads, Younis gets across and drives through mid on for one more

19.4

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full delivery outside off, Shehzad drives against the spin to mid off

19.5

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, too straight, Shehzad gets him away for a single to mid on

19.6

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis goes back in the crease and punches through mid on. Five singles in that over.

End of over 20 (5 runs) Pakistan 88/2 (RR: 4.40)
Younis Khan    9* (15b)      NL McCullum    3-0-12-0
Ahmed Shehzad    48* (52b 7x4 1x6)      SB Styris    2-0-5-0

Hassan: "Conan O'brien and Martin Guptill! they're even the same height. You have never posted anything by me ever." Here you go. Lovely spot. I shall recommend for Page 2.

20.1

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, Styris lands this too straight and Younis drives to mid on for one

20.2

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad now, plays Styris straight to long on for one

20.3

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, on the pads, Younis works it off the pads for a single

20.4

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, slow offcutter on middle and leg, Shehzad drives straight to mid on as Baz yells, "Come on boys, good work, one more ..."

20.5

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, 110 kph off cutter on off, defended by Shehzad. "Good work, Scottie," yells BB McCullum.

20.6

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, a fine fifty for Shehzad. Stays beside the line and opens the face from the line of off stump to pick a single into the covers. Well played.

Carl: "Daniel Vettori looks exactly like me. Been mistaken for him a few times. My wife loves it, if you know what I mean." Huh?!

End of over 21 (4 runs) Pakistan 92/2 (RR: 4.38)
Ahmed Shehzad    50* (56b 7x4 1x6)      SB Styris    3-0-9-0
Younis Khan    11* (17b)      NL McCullum    3-0-12-0

21.1

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up and turning in, Shehzad drives back to the bowler

21.2

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, cut away for four. Short and wide from Nathan, asking to be carressed backward of point and Shehzad obliged. A comical finish to it all as Jesse Ryder tumbles and rolls over the boundary along with the ball as his sliding save goes wrong

21.3

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tossed up, closer to the stumps and worked back down the track

21.4

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full again, this is the line he needs to stick to. Shehzad defends

21.5

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, width this time, Shehzad cuts against this, completely in control against the spin. Surprise, surprise, Jesse gets across from sweeper cover and slides to save a couple this time

21.6

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, turning into the pads, worked with the wrists to midwicket

End of over 22 (6 runs) Pakistan 98/2 (RR: 4.45)
Ahmed Shehzad    56* (62b 8x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    4-0-18-0
Younis Khan    11* (17b)      SB Styris    3-0-9-0

22.1

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis the single-stealer. Drops a 107 kph off cutter on off stump into the off side and takes off.

22.2

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of a length and coming in with the angle, Shehzad guides the pull to square leg, but can't get the gap

22.3

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 wide, this one slides down the leg side, the 100th run for Pakistan.

22.3

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, who had the longer run up there? Shehzad backs away a mile, as Styris begins on his run up. He follows him and keeps it on leg stump, Shehzad has no room and plays into the covers for one

22.4

Styris to Younis Khan, FOUR, they are scrambling his lines with their footwork. Younis jumps inside the line of leg stump as Styris' legcutter goes wrong. It ends as a full toss on the pads and Younis flicks it easily for four through a vacant fine leg

22.5

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, punches this time with the deviation through long on for one

22.6

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad ends the over with another single, driving Styris into the covers for one

Mike thinks Jacob Oram is a spitting image of Shrek. Interesting.

End of over 23 (9 runs) Pakistan 107/2 (RR: 4.65)
Ahmed Shehzad    58* (65b 8x4 1x6)      SB Styris    4-0-18-0
Younis Khan    17* (20b 1x4)      NL McCullum    4-0-18-0

N McCullum continues.

23.1

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, turning in from outside off, Shehzad stays beside the line and steers square for one

23.2

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis charges out too far and gets too close to the pitch. He then guides it safely into the covers for one

23.3

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, pre-meditated paddle, was that pad first? Polite appeal for lbw, turned down. It goes straight to short fine leg

23.4

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, drives against the spin towards mid off and gets a single

23.5

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, 1 run, the more conventional sweep from Younis to a delivery tossed up on off stump, decent connection through square leg

23.6

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad chips out, can't reach the pitch and plays defensively down the track to end the over

Sam Khan: "How about Jesse Ryder and Bollywood Singer Adnan Sami?"

End of over 24 (4 runs) Pakistan 111/2 (RR: 4.62)
Ahmed Shehzad    60* (69b 8x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    5-0-22-0
Younis Khan    19* (22b 1x4)      SB Styris    4-0-18-0

24.1

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, short ball, angles into Younis who pulls powerfully but straight to Ryder on the ropes

24.2

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, Shehzad backs away a mile and a half, showing Styris all his stumps, but Styris is not interested. Follows him and ensures he can't swing his arms

24.3

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Shehzad is looking better with every passing delivery. Styris again refused to give him room, so Shehzad created some of his own and generated power out of no where. Back of a length on off stump, he swayed back a touch, waited for it to come beside him and cut it behind square beautifully. Three fielders thought they had a chance to cut it off, but the ball reached the boundary

24.4

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, works this with the deviation to midwicket for a single

24.5

Styris to Younis Khan, 1 run, Younis promptly returns the strike, dabbing Styris quietly in front of square for one

24.6

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, over-pitched on middle and off, driven back down the ground crisply for one

End of over 25 (8 runs) Pakistan 119/2 (RR: 4.76)
Ahmed Shehzad    66* (73b 9x4 1x6)      SB Styris    5-0-26-0
Younis Khan    21* (24b 1x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-22-0

25.1

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, flighted on off, he opens the face and looks for a late dab. Finds short third man though

25.2

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad backs away and looks to carve over the off side, and gets it away to the sweeper cover for one

25.3

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, no run, turning in a touch from back of a length outside off, Younis defends to the leg side

25.4

NL McCullum to Younis Khan, OUT, you can travel miles and watch a lot of cricket, but it's unlikely you will see a softer dismissal, or one that is more against the run of play than this one. Nathan lands this on middle and leg and it is harmlessly turning further down. Younis sets himself up for a sweep and he was likely just looking for a single, but he misread the length a touch and got a top edge. It balloons up, straight into square leg's hands, who was standing some distance in. Pakistan have gifted all three wickets today.

Younis Khan c Styris b NL McCullum 21 (34m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.76

Misbah walks in. Shehzad faces though.

25.5

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short ball, turning down the leg side, worked with the spin to midwicket

25.6

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, quicker ball, 97 kph outside off, Shehzad punches fluently wide of long off for one

End of over 26 (2 runs) Pakistan 121/3 (RR: 4.65)
Ahmed Shehzad    68* (77b 9x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    6-0-24-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (0b)      SB Styris    5-0-26-0

Tanmay sends in more Doppelgangers. " Sanath Jayasuriya and Dimitri Maschrenas --> Alistair Cook and Moises Henriques My Fav: Brendon McCullum and Matthew McConaughey --> Kyle Mills and Andy Murray."

26.1

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 4 byes, Shehzad just can't let Styris get away with his dibbly-dobblers. He back away and looks to flay through the off side. Another offcutter from Styro, follows him outside leg. Shehzad misses, so does Baz and it is four byes.

26.2

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, this time he stays in a more conventional position and clips him with the deviation to midwicket for one

26.3

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, onto the pads, Misbah can't get it away with the turn of the wrists

26.4

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time he does, soft little dab behind square leg for one

26.5

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 wide, slides down the leg this time for a wide

26.5

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, length ball on the pads, defended towards mid on

26.6

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, ends the over with a single to long off.

End of over 27 (7 runs) Pakistan 128/3 (RR: 4.74)
Ahmed Shehzad    69* (81b 9x4 1x6)      SB Styris    6-0-29-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (2b)      NL McCullum    6-0-24-1

Amraiz: "If you think this is the softer dismissal, or one that is more against the run of play, why don't you check all 3 dismissal of Younis Khan in this series, He truly is gifting away his wicket. I don't know why."

27.1

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, on the pads, Misbah works it with the spin to mid on

27.2

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time he gets the single, working Nathan with the spin to midwicket

27.3

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad sets himself up early for the lap sweep and gets a single through backward square leg

27.4

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, quicksilver wrists from Misbah, turns him with the spin but can't get the gap

27.5

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, looks to play through the leg side again, but this is too wide outside off and he adjusts the shot at the last moment and steers to short third man

27.6

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time he gets the single, working McCullum with the spin off the pads for a single through wide mid on

End of over 28 (3 runs) Pakistan 131/3 (RR: 4.67)
Misbah-ul-Haq    3* (7b)      NL McCullum    7-0-27-1
Ahmed Shehzad    70* (82b 9x4 1x6)      SB Styris    6-0-29-0

Imran: "Jacques Kallis is a replica of Kate Winslet.. You gotta print this one! Hey mom, i'm on cricinfo while at work." Kallis and Winslet is a slightly disconcerting one.. Came up on Page 2 yesterday in Heavy Ball by Anand Ramachandran.

James Franklin comes on now. Left arm over. In the midst of all the Doppelgangers, surprisingly, there is a cricket game going on.

28.1

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length and angling across, a bit of an off cutter that. Misbah defends to the off side off the back foot

28.2

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, 120 kph, another offcutter that goes away from Misbah who steers to backward point

28.3

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tighter line, on middle and off, Misbah plays it with a straight bat to mid on

28.4

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, another offcutter at 119 kph, Misbah gets forward and works it through cover point for one

James thinks Suresh Raina and Ahmed Shehzad have a resemblance. I agree, though it is slightly far-fetched.

28.5

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, over-pitched on off stump, Shehzad drives to long off for a single

28.6

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fuller delivery angling across and looking for the edge, Misbah is sucked into the drive, but manages to play it off the meat despite not getting fully across

End of over 29 (2 runs) Pakistan 133/3 (RR: 4.58)
Misbah-ul-Haq    4* (12b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-2-0
Ahmed Shehzad    71* (83b 9x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    7-0-27-1

29.1

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, tossed up outside off, Shehzad chips out of the track and essays a pleasing cover drive along the carpet for a couple.

29.2

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, hmm, a touch of madness in that shot. Shehzad jumps out and tries to Sehwag it over long on. Ends up getting an inside edge as he wasn't near the pitch of the ball and it did not hit anywhere near the middle of the blade. Single to fine leg. McCullum shares his kind opinion with Shehzad.

29.3

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, turning in from middle and off, Misbah defends

29.4

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets a single this time, turning it off the pads for one

29.5

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, a foot outside off, enough for Shehzad to cut away behind square for one

29.6

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah looks for another nurdle round the corner, but can't find the gap

End of over 30 (5 runs) Pakistan 138/3 (RR: 4.60)
Misbah-ul-Haq    5* (15b)      NL McCullum    8-0-32-1
Ahmed Shehzad    75* (86b 9x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    1-0-2-0

Ravi: "I really do think that Jason Gillespie and the actor Edward Norton look alike, don't you agree?"

30.1

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Shehzad has the scoop of the day. He walks across his stumps, finishes on off stump as Franklin looks to angle it across, he's in perfect position for the shot, fine leg is not in the perfect position to save it - he's inside the circle. Shehzad gets it easily over him and on the bounce to the boundary

30.2

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, steers towards How at point and thinks of a single. There's a shy at the stumps that misses and he eventually gets the single

30.3

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah stays in the crease and guides it quietly to third man for one

30.4

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad looks to hit it more violently through square, and gets a thick edge through to third man for one

30.5

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah, the compulsive flicker. Walks right across the stumps and flicks from outside off to midwicket for one

30.6

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short of a length and angling across, Shehzad opens up the off side and flays towards deep point for one. He is getting into that zone where he wants to hit everything. Calm down young man, there is a hundred for the taking here.

End of over 31 (9 runs) Pakistan 147/3 (RR: 4.74)
Ahmed Shehzad    82* (90b 10x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    2-0-11-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    7* (17b)      NL McCullum    8-0-32-1

31.1

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, short ball outside off, cut away against the spin into the covers for one

31.2

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, flighted generously outside off at 77 kph, Misbah gets forward and flick-drives to mid on

31.3

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short ball, Misbah rocks back and pulls but can't get the gap. Taylor is looking to cut off singles - five men inside the cricle

31.4

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time he gets one, cuts him behind point and turns the strike over

31.5

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, Shehzad jumps out, gets too close to the pitch and then drills it along the ground to long on for one

31.6

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah stays back and defends back to the bowler as it turns in from out side off

End of over 32 (3 runs) Pakistan 150/3 (RR: 4.68)
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (21b)      NL McCullum    9-0-35-1
Ahmed Shehzad    84* (92b 10x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    2-0-11-0

32.1

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, "Shehzad... Captain Marvel!" Another scoop. He's scooping the wits out of New Zealand. Walks across outside off again, and makes even better connection that before. Franklin needs to adjust his lines here, or get fine leg back

32.2

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 wide, and now a wide down the leg side as Shehzad daintily steps into line with leg stump

Fine leg now goes back. Franklin round the wicket.

32.2

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, and he wants more! He wants to brutalise Franklin over the leg side. Length ball on off stump, he tries to drop kick it over midwicket. Doesn't middle it at all, but it is safe

32.3

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, stays in the crease and opens the face to steer a single to third man. One of his calmer strokes in recent times.

32.4

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah looks to cut, too close to the body for the timing to be right.

32.5

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 no ball, no-ball, free-hit time now. Over-pitched on off too, Misbah times the off drive perfectly but finds mid off

32.5

Franklin to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, midwicket is set deep, so Franklin bangs it short and Misbah's pull goes straight to the fielder for a single

Third man inside the circle for the last ball of a very long over.

32.6

Franklin to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length and coming in from outside off. Defended to the off side

End of over 33 (10 runs) Pakistan 160/3 (RR: 4.84)
Ahmed Shehzad    91* (96b 11x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    3-0-21-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    9* (24b)      NL McCullum    9-0-35-1

33.1

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, ooh, almost a run-out. Misbah works it with the spin straight to midwicket where that man Guptill prowls. He goes down the track and then returns late. A direct hit may have caught him short

33.2

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, and the reverse sweep now. Innovations are the in thing. Not very wide outside off, Misbah pre-meditated it and dabbed it over where slip would have been, for a couple

33.3

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this one turns in to the pads, works it away square for a single

33.4

NL McCullum to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, worked down the ground for one

Aha, McCullum pulls out of his delivery to see what Shehzad is up to. He is staying put this time!

33.5

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

33.6

NL McCullum to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah goes back and turns him with the spin for a single to midwicket. That's the end of a manic quick spell from McCullum. Phew.

End of over 34 (5 runs) Pakistan 165/3 (RR: 4.85)
Misbah-ul-Haq    13* (29b)      NL McCullum    10-0-40-1
Ahmed Shehzad    92* (97b 11x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    3-0-21-0

Qasim: "How about Jesse Spencer with James Franklin and Wasim Akram with Luis Figo."

Bennett comes on.

34.1

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, short ball just outside off and Misbah cuts, straight to the only man who could have saved four behind square - backward point.

Extra protection. There is cover point and backward point now.

34.2

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, short again, close to the body for the cut, Misbah stays back and forces into the covers for one

34.3

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, Majestic Shehzad! What awesome batting. Stays back in the crease, gets a back of a length delivery coming into the hitting zone from outside off. Shehzad stays put, swivels his momentum onto the back foot and swings him with disdain over wide long on for a six. You beauty!

34.4

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, surprise, surprise, he's beaten outside off. Just the seconfd time today that I can recall him being beaten, after his first ball that he edged. This one nips away from off stump, good ball from Bennett and even Shehzad can't make connection

34.5

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, 99 now. Stays back and quietly taps him into the covers for one

34.6

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, NZ are bleeding runs. Bennett looks for the yorker and sprays it too leg sidish, despite getting it inside the line of Misbah's pads. Misbah does well to move the toes out of the way and squeezes it down to fine leg for four

End of over 35 (12 runs) Pakistan 177/3 (RR: 5.05)
Misbah-ul-Haq    18* (32b 1x4)      HK Bennett    6-0-45-0
Ahmed Shehzad    99* (100b 11x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    10-0-40-1

Oram comes back on now.

35.1

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, on 99. 19 years and 72 days old. You would expect a tap and a nervous run. Not with this man. Shehzad chips away merrily to the off side. He gets a back of length ball outside off. He dabs it with the angle to midwicket and becomes the sixth youngest player to ever get an ODI 100. Take a bow!

35.2

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah gets one angling into the pads and works it through backward square leg for one

35.3

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, tight offcutter coming in from outside off, Shehzad stays put and opens the face to dab a single towards third man

35.4

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, on Misbah's pads again at 125 kph, easily turned away square for one

35.5

Oram to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, and a new kind of shuffle now. The front foot stays on leg stump, the back foot goes away exploring the area down the leg side and then comes back into place as Oram bangs short. Shehzad pulls, but not enough room to time the shot well. Single to long on.

35.6

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, attempted yorker, full-pitched on off stump and driven into the off side

Time for drinks. And more Doppelgangers.

End of over 36 (5 runs) Pakistan 182/3 (RR: 5.05)
Misbah-ul-Haq    20* (35b 1x4)      JDP Oram    5-0-28-0
Ahmed Shehzad    102* (103b 11x4 2x6)      HK Bennett    6-0-45-0

Several people writing in about N McCullum's resemblance to Saeed Ajmal. Offspinners who look alike. And Hammad thinks N McCullum looks like Hosni Mubarak. Incredible.

Mohammad Hassan thinks Rowan Atkinson looks like Billy Bowden. Billy "Mr. Bean" aha!

Bennett continues.

36.1

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, length ball on off, and Shehzad seems to have been asked to go after everything. He sees ball and hits ball. Tonks it on the bounce to long off for one

36.2

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, ooh, inducker at 135 kph, Misbah almost gets the inside edge as he looks to cut. Not much room to start with and it kept coming back into him.

36.3

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, length delivery on middle and leg, Misbah looks to heave over the leg side and gets an inside edge towards deep square leg

36.4

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, Shehzad can't be caught inside the playing area. Instead, Umar Akmal, padded up and standing some 20 meters back in Pakistan's player area tries to catch it. And even he can't! Shehzad sways back onto the back foot, gets a juicy length ball coming in for the drive and he pummels it over long on. That went right up into the clouds before coming down. Shehzad just stands and admires his own shot. He might have been worried for his team mates.

36.5

Bennett to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, and he takes a single now, this is not just brutal, but brainy as well.

36.6

Bennett to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah looks to force a single through point but can't get it away

Sahir: "Sohail Tanvir and the Indian wrestler "The Great Khali". Good one.

End of over 37 (9 runs) Pakistan 191/3 (RR: 5.16)
Misbah-ul-Haq    21* (38b 1x4)      HK Bennett    7-0-54-0
Ahmed Shehzad    110* (106b 11x4 3x6)      JDP Oram    5-0-28-0

Styris comes back on.

37.1

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, back of a length on middle and off, Shehzad backs away but there's no room to go hard at it. Single to point

37.2

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full ball on middle, Misbah drives down the ground for a single to long on

37.3

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, Shehzad is not so much toying with the bowling as discarding them like old rag dolls. He's moved away to the leg side again, Styris looks to follow him but can't completely cramp him this time. Shehzad inside outs him with clinial precision over the covers and wide long off can't get across to cut it off.

37.4

Styris to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, end of a memorable innings. Shehzad has perished in his attempt to hit another six. Fuller length from Styris, Shehzad was lining up the stands at deep midwicket, but he got too far under it. Ended up scooping it high and when it came down, James Franklin was there to take the steepler. Pakistan in complete charge, all the same. What an innings.

Ahmed Shehzad c Franklin b Styris 115 (156m 109b 12x4 3x6) SR: 105.50

37.5

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah hangs in the crease and plays softly into the covers for another single

Umar Akmal faces now.

37.6

Styris to Umar Akmal, no run, slow offcutter to end the over, he comes forward and defends to the off side

Nitesh: "Andrew strauss and graem smith? I look like Vettori myself.. "

Yeah? And I am a spitting image of Brad Pitt.

End of over 38 (7 runs) Pakistan 198/4 (RR: 5.21)
Umar Akmal    0* (1b)      SB Styris    7-0-36-1
Misbah-ul-Haq    23* (40b 1x4)      HK Bennett    7-0-54-0

Oram back on now.

38.1

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Misbah taps it through point for a single

38.2

Oram to Umar Akmal, no run, angles this one into Umar as he looks to work it off the pads square. Can't get it away though

38.3

Oram to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, Umar is away, steering fluently behind point as Oram over-pitches. I just realised Umar and Oram are almost anagrams.

Remember the Bangladesh batsman Javed Omar? Oram's anagram twin there.

38.4

Oram to Umar Akmal, no run, length ball at 127 kph, Umar gets forward and defends to the off side.

38.5

Oram to Umar Akmal, 1 run, drifts onto the pads this time and Umar works it behind square for one.

Okay then. Lets have some anagrams now to go with the Doppelgangers. I'll kick proceedings off with this one. Virender Sehwag - Danger, we shiver.

38.6

Oram to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah backs away and looks to thump over the covers, but it is too full and he can't quite get under it

End of over 39 (4 runs) Pakistan 202/4 (RR: 5.17)
Misbah-ul-Haq    24* (42b 1x4)      JDP Oram    6-0-32-0
Umar Akmal    3* (5b)      SB Styris    7-0-36-1

39.1

Styris to Umar Akmal, 1 run, back of a length, Umar stays back and steers behind point for one

Doesn't quite add up, but Sachin Tendulkar anagrams to "And I lack the runs"

39.2

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Misbah looks to heave over midwicket, but again the timing is not perfect. Dribbles away to deep midwicket for one

39.3

Styris to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Umar flicks off the pads to fine leg for one.

39.4

Styris to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, Misbah is gone. Never quite looked the part today - rare off-day for him on tour. Looks for the loft over the leg side again, going well deep in the crease as it is angled into his body. He was in position for the shot, but did not make a clean connection. It is lofted harmlessly towards deep square leg for a smart tumbling catch by Oram. He seemed to have over-run the ball as he moved to his right, but adjusted well with the hands to pouch it just above the turf

Misbah-ul-Haq c Oram b Styris 25 (61m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.81

Afridi is out there now.

39.5

Styris to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full on middle and leg, driven to long on for one

39.6

Styris to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Umar opens the face and dabs in front of point for a single

Ahmed: "There is a certain picture of Tom Cruise with long hair and a beard which is the spitting image of Afridi!" I want to see that picture.

End of over 40 (5 runs) Pakistan 207/5 (RR: 5.17)
Umar Akmal    6* (8b)      SB Styris    8-0-41-2
Shahid Afridi    1* (1b)      JDP Oram    6-0-32-0

Mills comes back on. NZ want to send Afridi back cheaply. Not a bad thing to aspire for. There is a batting Powerplay to come. Fasten the seatbelts folks.

40.1

Mills to Umar Akmal, no run, 129 kph, very full on middle and leg, not much Umar can do with it. He digs it out to mid on

40.2

Mills to Umar Akmal, no run, back of a length outside off, Umar looks to pinch a single to the off side, but misses the gap

40.3

Mills to Umar Akmal, 1 run, another full ball, cramping him for room on leg stump, Umar drives to long on for one

Simon: "Fairly apt anagram for Daniel Vettori: Deviant Toiler" Haha! Perfect.

40.4

Mills to Shahid Afridi, no run, Afridi gets across and opens the face to guide a single without violence in front of point

40.5

Mills to Shahid Afridi, no run, on the pads, Afridi looks to flick it away, but is early on the shot and misses

David: "Once im married im not allowed to watch cricket anymore.. :(" Tragic, but Cricinfo to the rescue. Read our comms on the sly.

40.6

Mills to Shahid Afridi, no run, Afridi is revving it up, looks to hit one hard through the covers, but finds the fielder. A polite suggestion that he won't be operating at a Strike rate of 25 for too much longer.

End of over 41 (1 run) Pakistan 208/5 (RR: 5.07)
Shahid Afridi    1* (4b)      KD Mills    7-2-16-1
Umar Akmal    7* (11b)      SB Styris    8-0-41-2

41.1

Styris to Umar Akmal, 1 run, on the pads, Umar works it off the pads through square leg for one

41.2

Styris to Shahid Afridi, no run, oh boy, Afridi sets up a stiff breeze around the ground with an almighty swoosh at a length ball angling into his pads at a friendly pace. He was beaten by the lack of pace.

41.3

Styris to Shahid Afridi, SIX, not this time. At Styris' pace, he can't over pitch, or land it on leg stump. He did both this time. Afridi must have felt insulted at being offered such an easy scoring opportunity. He just swipes it from his presence over deep midwicket. Another six for the man with most sixes.

41.4

Styris to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, ooh, looks to brutalise a length ball over midwicket again, but this time he doesn't get the elevation. It thunders away to the man on the deep for a single

41.5

Styris to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Umar does the smart thing - stays beside the line and runs it square for a single

41.6

Styris to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi is lining 'em up here. Backs away, exposes the stumps and Styris follows him. He smears the short of length ball with furious power through midwicket, but there are several men patrolling that boundary.

Styris must be confused. Most of the time today, he has bowled while having a look at all three stumps. Batsmen haven't bothered to guard their castle against him.

End of over 42 (10 runs) Pakistan 218/5 (RR: 5.19)
Shahid Afridi    9* (8b 1x6)      SB Styris    9-0-51-2
Umar Akmal    9* (13b)      KD Mills    7-2-16-1

Mills now.

42.1

Mills to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower offcutter at 112 kph, Afridi waits and turns it with the movement through square leg

42.2

Mills to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, delicate from Umar, barely a few inches wide of off stump, he walks into it and opens the face to run it really fine. Styris at third man does well to get there, but did he stop it cleanly? He puts in the slide, and lets go of it just before releasing the ball. It is clean, well done.

42.3

Mills to Umar Akmal, no run, banged in short at 129 kph, Umar can't do much with it, stays back and drops it to the leg side

Richard: "Two more anagrams for vettori: 'relevant idiot' and 'titan evildoer'." OOPS!

42.4

Mills to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower ball again outside off, Umar spots it early and check drives into the covers for one

42.5

Mills to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, hmm, low full toss on off stump, Afridi can't get under it and just bunts to long on for a single

42.6

Mills to Umar Akmal, no run, another slow offcutter, this time Umar can't get the gap. He steers it straight to short third man

Ah, the joys of Anagram generators. Steve sends in the entire list for Dan Vettori: "Relevant Idiot, Vitiated Loner, Antidote Liver, Nitrated Olive, Toilet Invader, Deviant Toiler, Titan Evildoer, It Averted Loin, Nailed Over Tit, Trained To Evil, Anti lover diet"

End of over 43 (5 runs) Pakistan 223/5 (RR: 5.18)
Umar Akmal    12* (17b)      KD Mills    8-2-21-1
Shahid Afridi    11* (10b 1x6)      SB Styris    9-0-51-2

Oram into the attack. Batting Powerplay taken. Deep square leg, deep midwicket and long on in place. Four men inside the circle on the off side alone. Needs to be VERY straight here.

43.1

Oram to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, and he's too straight to begin with. Wide down the leg side

43.1

Oram to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full toss, but crucially the line is good. Afridi forehands to the deep for one

43.2

Oram to Umar Akmal, 1 run, on Umar's pads, he turns the wrists late and gets a single square

43.3

Oram to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, nice slower ball at 114 kph, Afridi spots it very late. He was looking for the booming loft down the ground before reining himself in and working it to midwicket for one

43.4

Oram to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full toss on off stump and he bunts down to long on for one

43.5

Oram to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, whoa, Afridi plays the lofted straight drive, but in the opposite direction - over McCullum's head. Back of a length on off, Afridi plays his version of the scoop and looks all at sea. Nearly plays it back onto his own body. Why would you do that when you can bang them down the ground in the conventional manner?

43.6

Oram to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, low full toss on leg stump, Afridi muscles it to long on for another single. Quiet start to the PP

End of over 44 (8 runs) Pakistan 231/5 (RR: 5.25)
Shahid Afridi    16* (14b 1x6)      JDP Oram    7-0-40-0
Umar Akmal    14* (19b)      KD Mills    8-2-21-1

Welcome back, Elaborator: "Ha ha ha - Younis Khan - Shaky Union :-)"

Woolloongabba Wally: "Anagram for Shahid Afridi... Hi, afraid dish."

44.1

Mills to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridi picks four with a very clever shot to a not very clever ball. The field is in on the off side as Afridi backs away, and Mills delivers a full delivery well outside off. Afridi was almost too far away, but managed to reach it with a huge stretch and guide it square for four

44.2

Mills to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, low full toss on middle and leg, Afridi tries to launch it past mid off, but can't get it past. Tight single, he has to run around Mills and dive to get in, but the throw misses. All smiles after Afridi's tumble

44.3

Mills to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Umar moves away now and looks to inside out Mills over the infield on the off side. Can't time it well and gets a single as it is fielded at cover.

Fine leg inside the circle mind you, so Mills can't get too straight here.

44.4

Mills to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, low full toss on off, that's a good option at this stage and even Afridi can't get under it. Drags it away to long on for one

Himanshu: "Kyle Mills ... Smyle Kills..."

If I may say so myself - "Nitin - Ntini"

44.5

Mills to Umar Akmal, FOUR, nice work from Umar, confuses Mills with his movement around the crease. He first moves the back foot across to off stump, then the front foot, then pulls the back foot back to leg stump and opens up the off side for the carve. Mills' line, no doubt scrambled by the movement, is on off stump and it is a nice hittable full toss that is thumped flat through the covers.

44.6

Mills to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Umar is nearly run out at the bowler's end as he looks to steal a single to point. Franklin (I think) throws the stumps down at the bowler's end as he hustles in, just in time.

End of over 45 (12 runs) Pakistan 243/5 (RR: 5.40)
Umar Akmal    20* (22b 1x4)      KD Mills    9-2-33-1
Shahid Afridi    22* (17b 1x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    7-0-40-0

Nick: "Kyle Mills: Yells Milk Jacob Oram: A Crab Mojo"

45.1

Oram to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower ball, at 114 kph well outside off, Umar decides to deal with it without violence. Single to point

45.2

Oram to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, full toss on the pads, Afridi gets inside the line and flick-swats behind square leg. He runs hard for the second. McCullum, by the way, is keeping without the pads. Haven't seen that too often.

45.3

Oram to Shahid Afridi, 1 leg bye, another single, this time off Afridi's pad as he's early into a similar shot to a slower ball.

45.4

Oram to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full length ball on middle and leg, Umar drives to long on for a single

45.5

Oram to Shahid Afridi, OUT, Afridi gone, this is a big wicket in the context of the game with 4.1 overs to go. Short ball, around off stump, and Afridi looks to fore-hand cross-court it down the ground. He ends up top-edging it the shot and it is an easy catch for long on running in. Over to Razzaq and Umar now.

Shahid Afridi c Guptill b Oram 24 (29m 20b 1x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

45.6

Oram to Umar Akmal, no run, good delivery, follows him as Umar backs away and cramps him completely for room. Umar looks to pull, but it is not short enough and he misses.

End of over 46 (5 runs) Pakistan 248/6 (RR: 5.39)
Umar Akmal    22* (25b 1x4)      JDP Oram    8-0-44-1
Abdul Razzaq    0* (0b)      KD Mills    9-2-33-1

46.1

Mills to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, yorker on leg stump at 133 kph and Razzaq digs it out to long on for one

46.2

Mills to Umar Akmal, 1 run, good lines from Mills, very straight, yet not straying down the leg side and Umar can't du much except force it down the ground for one

46.3

Mills to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, Razzaq makes room to the leg side, Mills follows him and ensures Razzaq can't flex those biceps. Still manages to get it away through wide long on for a couple

46.4

Mills to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, New Zealand are making the batting Powerplay work against Pakistan here. Razzaq falls now. Length ball, it was there for the loft over long off and Razzaq made decent connection, but could not clear the boundary rider.

Abdul Razzaq c How b Mills 3 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

46.5

Mills to Umar Akmal, FOUR, amidst all the madness, Umar Akmal produces a class shot. Slower ball in line with off stump at 110 kph. No room to hit it hard, no pace to work with. So Umar instead chooses to make use of the principle of placement and pick a boundary. He just waits for the right moment, opens the face and cuts it in purpose in front of square and in between all the men inside the circle on the off side

46.6

Mills to Umar Akmal, 1 run, steers the final delivery straight to short third man for a single

End of over 47 (9 runs) Pakistan 257/7 (RR: 5.46)
Umar Akmal    28* (28b 2x4)      KD Mills    10-2-42-2
Wahab Riaz    0* (0b)      JDP Oram    8-0-44-1

47.1

Oram to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Jake produces a perfect yorker, 128 kph on middle and leg, Umar digs deep in the crease, goes down and steers with an angled bat to short third man.

47.2

Oram to Wahab Riaz, no run, clever little slower bouncer, 112 kph, Riaz is completely befuddled by the slowness of it as it balloons past him. He just ducks.

47.3

Oram to Wahab Riaz, 2 byes, slower off cutter, and Riaz is years early into the shot. B McCullum muffs it as it comes through on the second bounce. Was he concerned since he did not have the pads on? A couple more.

47.4

Oram to Wahab Riaz, no run, another off cutter, this time more pacy, at 124 kph. Riaz looks to pull, mostly in hope, and misses again. McCullum doesn't

Richard: "Martin Guptil = Platinum Grit ESPN Cricinfo = Epic Scorn Fin"

Aha.

47.5

Oram to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, Riaz connects at long last. He's barely spotting this slow off cutters, and is again too early into the pull. The ball comes after his swing, hits the toe-edge and goes through mid on for one. Bizarre.

47.6

Oram to Umar Akmal, 1 run, well bowled, Jacob Oram. Full delivery on Umar's pads to end the over, and despiute moving across his crease furiously, Umar can't get under it. He drives a single to long on

End of over 48 (5 runs) Pakistan 262/7 (RR: 5.45)
Umar Akmal    30* (30b 2x4)      JDP Oram    9-0-47-1
Wahab Riaz    1* (4b)      KD Mills    10-2-42-2

Bennett comes on.

48.1

Bennett to Umar Akmal, 1 run, another very slow slower ball, 112 kph and Umar waits a while before swat-pulling ti wide long on. NZ have set their fields cleverly. Their best fielders are on the deep on the leg side

48.2

Bennett to Wahab Riaz, 1 bye, another slow off cutter, 114 kph, another swish and a miss from Riaz. Umar is almost expecting him to miss, he takes an early start and they steal a bye.

48.3

Bennett to Umar Akmal, 1 run, another one, 115 kph, short of a length and angling in. New Zealand have done really well in these last few overs. Umar is unable to pack a punch again and his frustrated pull dribbles out to deep midwicket for one

48.4

Bennett to Wahab Riaz, OUT, Umar is run out. Well donw Brendon McCullum. No one seems to expect Riaz to connect. Umar backs up a mile once again. McCullum knows they are likely to steal another bye, so he takes a start as well. True to form, Riaz swings wildly at a full ball outside off and misses. McCullum collects and under-arms a throw at the striker's end in a trice. Umar, despite the early start, is caught short.

Umar Akmal run out 32 (53m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

48.5

Bennett to Umar Gul, 1 leg bye, slow offcutter to Gul, 108 kph to begin with and Gul's not been seeing the action recently. He did not seem to anticipate the slower ball at all, and it gripped and came back into his pads

48.6

Bennett to Wahab Riaz, no run, slow, slower, slowest. Afridi will bowl faster than that later tonight. Offcutter at 104 kph, short and completely befuddles Umar who swipes in hope and misses.

End of over 49 (4 runs) Pakistan 266/8 (RR: 5.42)
Wahab Riaz    1* (7b)      HK Bennett    8-0-56-0
Umar Gul    0* (1b)      JDP Oram    9-0-47-1

Oram for the final over. Pakistan have under-achieved in the slog.

49.1

Oram to Umar Gul, 1 run, low full toss on the pads, Gul gets inside the line and whips it square for a single

49.2

Oram to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, another slow offspinner, back of a length at 114 kph and despite his best attempts, Riaz can't time the pull shot. Skies it towards deep midwicket for one

49.3

Oram to Umar Gul, no run, faster this time, a foot outside off and Gul clearly fooled by the pace again. Attempts a pull and misses on the second try

49.4

Oram to Umar Gul, no run, and now a faster ball, short again and Gul is hurried into a pull. All the same, he makes no contact. Almost a run out as he looks to run a single off the body, but they pull out of it.

49.5

Oram to Umar Gul, no run, another dot ball, Pakistan have stalled on second gear. Gul backs away, Oram follows him, Gul swings, it goes through between stumps and the batsman. You know the drill.

49.6

Oram to Umar Gul, OUT, surprise, surprise! Gul has connected. But sadly for Pakistan, he's holed out. Short of a length, outside off, Gul manages to get a good piece of it as he stays back and carves over the off side. He finds the man sweeping square on the off side. Pakistan's last five overs have yielded 25/4.

Umar Gul c Ryder b Oram 1 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Alright then - here is the bulletin by Sid Talya (who as some of you have insightfully pointed out, resembles Pragyan Ojha). See you around 18.10 local time for the chase.

As we head for the mid-innings break, here is the best of the anagrams that came in during the end overs. And Amit, stop being naughty - anagrams need to use the exact same letters in the names.

Mark: "Martin Guptill: Pull timing art ... He'll need it chasing this total"

McMehmood: "A typo turned to tragedy: You wrote 'barring power play' and it seems so, so far!" Oops, let me fix that!

Since 2001, only once has the team batting first won at Seddon Park, and Pakistan have given themselves only a half-chance at ending that trend. They started really well, saving wickets and setting up for the final-overs blitz. Ahmed Shehzad played a really fine innings there, but the lower order has let them down really bad today. Can the bowlers pull this back for them? The pitch is still full of runs.

End of over 50 (2 runs) Pakistan 268/9
     JDP Oram    10-0-49-2
Wahab Riaz    2* (8b)      HK Bennett    8-0-56-0
Series Results
New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland - Feb 5, 2011
New Zealand won by 57 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton - Feb 3, 2011
Pakistan won by 41 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Napier - Feb 1, 2011
Pakistan won by 2 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch - Jan 29, 2011
Pakistan won by 43 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Queenstown - Jan 26, 2011
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Feb 3, 2011

Martin Guptill was in excellent touch again but New Zealand needed more than his 65, New Zealand v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Hamilton, February 3, 2011

Martin Guptill was in excellent touch again but New Zealand needed more than his 65

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Feb 3, 2011

Ross Taylor played carefully for his 91-ball 69, New Zealand v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Hamilton, February 3, 2011

Ross Taylor played carefully for his 91-ball 69

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